AMPS Flying Site
The AMPS flying site has an asphalt runway that is 600’ long and 75’ wide. Both ends of the runway have an additional overrun areas for airplanes that fail to stop on the asphalt. The asphalt paved pit area is on the south side of the runway and is 250’ long and 35’ wide. Concrete parking blocks and a two-foot high safety barrier fence separate the pit area from the runway. Five flight stations are located along the barrier fence with openings between the pit and the runway. This allows up to five airplanes in the air at any time.
North of the runway is a cleared over flight area which is approximately 1000 - 1500 feet wide and 400 feet deep. This allows for safe emergency landings when necessary. Desert brush and trees cover the additional over flight areas.
AMPS members have constructed a Ramada shade structure that is 120’ long and 16’ wide. The Ramada is an open structure with telephone pole posts that support the roof. The 24’x10’ concession area is located at the west-end of the Ramada. The concession area is constructed of five-foot high concrete block walls on three sides. The walls step down to form low walls with concrete counter tops for serving food. Water is available at the Ramada for food preparation and clean up. Electricity is also available at the Ramada. The field has a mercury vapor flood light for security that lights up the parking area. AMPS members have installed fluorescent lights under the roof of the Ramada for activities at night.
The AMPS flying field has a vast parking area consisting of 5.5 acres south of the Ramada and runway. The parking area is separated from the pit and runway by a 5’ high chain link fence. Portable toilets are also available in the parking area.
Club Operational and Flying Site Safety Rules
1. A valid membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is mandatory for all pilots using the field, with the exception of student pilots enrolled in the AMA Intro Pilot Program and under the control of an instructor.
2. The AMA Safety Code shall apply to all aircraft and pilots using the facility.
ALTITUDE RESTRICTION, FLIGHT BOUNDARIES
1. The terms of our use permit require that we do not exceed 400 feet of altitude. It is mandatory that all pilots avoid any proximity to full scale aircraft. Full scale aircraft always have the right of way, regardless of their altitude or position! The use of a spotter to warn of approaching aircraft is strongly encouraged.
2. The yellow concrete bumpers at the flight line constitute the "dead line", and all flying in the primary flying area shall be kept to the north of this line and its extension both east and west.
3. The white pilot line in the alternate flying area shall be considered the “dead line” for that area. Flying in the alternate flying area shall be kept east of that line. Additionally, the north boundary of the alternate flying area is the east-running fence and a line extending from the end of the fence eastward. Flying in not allowed north of that boundary to provide clearance with the primary flying area.
1. All pilots must fly from one of the five marked pilot stations.
2. Takeoffs and landings shall be made in the direction of the traffic indicator arrow, which is to be set pointing into the wind, if any. Dead stick landings may be made from either direction and have priority over all other traffic.
3. As in full scale operation, the runway center line is to be used as a guide for takeoffs and landings. Landing aircraft have priority over aircraft taxiing or taking off.
4. Flights must be flown north of the runway. High speed passes are not allowed over the runway. Touch and goes, slow fly bys and practice landing approaches by students are allowed.
5. Verbally announce landings, touch and goes, or intent to cross the runway to retrieve a model so others are aware of your intent.
6. Taxiing is not allowed in the pit area or beyond the flight station aprons.
7. Prolonged running of engines in the pit area is discouraged. An engine test area has been provided in the parking lot.
8. Up to four pilots may use the alternate flying area simultaneously. Flight stations are not marked allowing pilots to position themselves to avoid the sun.
9. The alternate flying area is restricted to the use of small lightweight aircraft. As a guide, profile foamy 3D aircraft weighing less than 20 oz., electric helicopters with main rotor diameters less than 20 inches, Micro models such as the UMX series and multicopters are permitted.
10. The above listed aircraft may be flown in the primary flying area. They must remain clear of the runway except for takeoffs and landings.
RADIO AND FREQUENCY CONTROL
1. All radios must meet 1991 narrowband guidelines and operate on AMA authorized frequencies.
2. Transmitters shall be turned off and stored in the impound area when not in use and may not be turned on without the proper frequency pin. When the pin is taken from the frequency board, the user’s valid AMA card must be inserted in the appropriate slot. 2.4 GHz transmitters are exempt from this requirement. Pilot AMA cards shall be displayed in the 2.4 GHz area of the frequency control box or worn on the pilot’s outer clothing or lanyard for those using 2.4 GHz transmitters.
3. Do not control a frequency pin for more than twenty (20) minutes as a courtesy to your fellow members.
1. Mufflers or tuned pipes must be used on all engines over.15 displacement, and the use of efficient mufflers, soft mounted engines and high pitched props are encouraged to reduce noise. Multi-cylinder 4-stroke engines are exempt from the muffler requirement so long as they meet the 100db at 3 meter requirement listed below.
2. All engine runs in excess of sixty (60) seconds must meet the sound limit of 100db at three (3) meters.
3. Gas and glow engines are not to be started before 7:00 a.m. because of the surrounding communities. Electric motors are exempt.
1. Model engines/motors of any kind may not be run or armed in the pit area south of the yellow safety line on the curb in front of the Ramada.