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Flight Rules

We all enjoy flying our models and are pleased to see others join us in this great hobby.  Each of us is unique, and we take pride in our individual skills of building, flying and sometimes teaching new members how to fly.  To a great extent, this is a very individual activity.  It takes a great deal of personal skill to build and fly a model airplane.  We work with various  components of our hobby (planes, engines, fuel , etc.)which can pose a danger to ourselves and others.  Therefore when we join a club and come to the club field, we must take this into account when conducting our activity.  The individual activity becomes a group activity, and compliance with rules becomes mandatory for our safety, and that of others.  With this in mind we are adopting the following:

The AMA safety code takes precedence over all, should a conflict occur. Our Club Rules are divided into two major categories and four special considerations:

  1. FIELD SECURITY: Intended to preserve our privileges to use the facilities provided by Sarasota County.
  2. FLIGHT SAFETY: Intended to prevent injury to ourselves , other club members, and visitors.
  3. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: To include field courtesy, electric aircraft, control line, and jet aircraft.




The flying field will be open between 7am and dusk (or 8:30pm, whichever comes first).

  1. A complete and successful radio equipment ground check will be done before the first flight of a new or repaired model.

All new members, students or limited fliers must at all times fly with an instructor using a "Buddy Box" until solo status is granted. New members or guests with previous flying experience must complete a Flight Authorization check.

  1. Any member with solo status instructing or helping a member or guest on a "Buddy Box" assumes the responsibility of the aircraft, and must maintain its control at all times.

Any Club member who demonstrates a disregard for Club rules or property will be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the Board.

Anyone wishing to use the model field must be a member of the AMA(MAAC) and have in their possession a valid and current AMA (MAAC) card.

Engines above .10 cubic inch must be muffled. SAM engines with less than a 60 second run time are excluded.

No one is allowed north of the pilot line while flying is in progress without first giving the warning "Man on the Field", which all pilots can hear!

When entering or leaving the field follow the signs that direct you to the south side of the facility.

On Sundays, holidays, and after normal Landfill opening and closing hours both entrance gates are to be kept locked upon entering and leaving the Landfill. (See Addendum)


Click here for Printable version of Field Security Rules revised March 2008



EFFECTIVE MARCH 2008 (revised April 2015).

All members and guests who wish to fly must have in their possession a valid and current AMA membership card, and comply with all the rules of the RC Fliers of Venice Inc.

Any guest wishing to fly must be qualified and can only use the Field for a total of 3 days per calendar year. All guests must be sponsored by current Senior member (over 18 years of age) of the RC Fliers of Venice, and the sponsor must be present when the guest flies.

Every student must pass a standard Club exam given by a Club certified instructor to gain solo status.

New Club members or guests with previous flying experience must complete the requirements of the Flight Authorization Form.

No taxiing in the Pit areas. Shut off engine(s) before passing the 25 foot line on the taxiway. (see Addendum)

No more than 4 planes may fly at one time. Contests and Special events are exempt.

Do not fly south of the Flight Line (designated by a yellow line at the southern edge of the paved runway).

High speed passes over the runway are not permitted.

No takeoffs or landings are allowed when a "Man on the Field" warning has been given. Wait for " CLEAR" before resuming normal operations.

Do not restart engines north of the Pilot Boxes.

All radios not in use or within range of the Field must be kept in the Impound Area. All 72 MHz radios must display a visible channel number. 2.4 GHz radios must display a green pin. Only FCC model aircraft designated frequencies will be permitted at the field, and must meet AMA guidelines.

Radios removed from the Impound Area to fly an aircraft must be replaced with a members Club card or an AMA card. The card shall be placed in the frequency slot or the green pin slot.

No flying during field maintenance work, or if the County is cutting the fields adjacent to Memorial Field.

High alpha or 3D style flying will be restricted to the middle of the grass area north of the paved runway.

Jets (Turbine) or Rockets cannot be flown if the Drought Index is 500 or above, or if the Wind Speed exceeds 14mph. (Note: The large Wind Sock at the spectator shed will stand horizontally at 15mph.)

 (see Addendum)


Limit flying time to 15 minutes when others are waiting to fly.

Refrain from flying when another member calls for a test flight, or a new plane is being flown for the first time.

It is a good idea for a new or inexperienced pilot to have a new or repaired model to be checked by an instructor or experienced pilot prior to its next flight.

Always be safety conscious when flying your plane.


Basic field safety, flight and security rules will be adhered to. The contest director will have discretion over the way the contest is run.

During contests and or fun flies the field is under the direct supervision of the contest director.

Club fun flies are limited to members only. The Board has the authority to change this rule under special circumstances. (revised March 2008)


Electric models with performance similar to “wet fueled” models will fall under the same category  as far as solo training, testing and flight safety rules. *(See June 10, 2009 Addendum) 

Electric gliders and old timers whether they are gas, electric, or high start, do not require a buddy box for training but the new pilot must be under the direct supervision of an experienced pilot.

If a person has been taught to fly  a glider, high start or old timer they are only entitled to fly these types of model.


(See AMA Safety Rules for Turbine Aircraft  at bottom of page.)
(Also see the new drought and wind restrictions posted below)

Before flying a jet or ducted fan model, the pilot will notify any other pilot flying, of his intentions to fly, so they may have the choice of landing or continuing to fly.

Spotters are to be used by the jet pilot while flying.

All pilots wishing to fly gas turbine models must follow the latest issue of AMA rules covering “Safe regulations aircraft gas turbine” and must have in their possession the required waiver covering that particular aircraft. A copy of which is on file with the secretary of R/C Fliers of Venice.   

All gas turbine engines will be started at the far downwind end of the field beyond the last pilot box, and south of the pilot line. 


All control line flying will be confined to the designated control circle.


Any member witnessing a violation of flight safety,  field security or AMA rules should inform the violator at once.  If the person continues to ignore the rules please report them to the Club Officers, who will investigate the incident.  Deliberate or consistent violation of AMA and or Club Rules are a serious matter and can result in “grounding” or loss of membership.


February 19, 2010

AMA Insurance Clarification

December 10, 2009

( Modification to Flight Safety Rule # 11 )
2.4 GHz Transmitters are exempt from Impound Rules.
2.4 GHz Transmitters do NOT require a pin.
2.4 GHz Flyers are REQUIRED to place their club card
               or AMA card in a green slot when flying.

(72 MHz rules remain unchanged)
72 MHz Transmitters MUST be placed in the impound area.
72 MHz Transmitters REQUIRE the appropriate frequency pin
72 MHz Flyers are REQUIRED to place their club card or AMA card in the appropriate frequency slot.
These rules apply to all flying including contests.

June 10, 2009

Effective immediately the Board of the R/C Fliers of Venice Inc. has established the following policy regarding flight training.

All fliers who presently hold a Solo Certificate are grandfathered from this policy.  All new fliers and those presently in training will comply with the requirements of this policy.

Fliers who train to solo in an electric trainer will receive an "Electric Only" solo certificate.  The Fundamental Electric training course must be completed prior to the actual solo test flight.  This  course will be taught by an instructor approved by the  Board of the R/C Fliers of Venice.  Presently Ed Gandorf is the only approved instructor. All new students in this category will have to complete a Fundamental Gas/Glow course, taught by an approved instructor, before being cleared to fly a gas/glow aircraft.  When that course is completed the student will be reissued a Solo certificate with no restrictions.

Fliers who train to solo in a gas/glow trainer will receive a "Gas/Glow Only" solo certificate.  The Fundamental Gas/Glow course will be an integral part of the initial flying training prior to solo. All new students in this category will have to complete the Fundamental Electrical training course, taught by an approved instructor, before being cleared to fly any electric aircraft. When that course is completed the student will be reissued a Solo certificate with no restrictions.

April 9, 2009

The Board published the new Hurricane plan.

February 4, 2009

The Board voted to eliminate Model Rocketry launching from our flying facility because of an extreme fire hazard 

July 9, 2008

The Board approved: Pilots may taxi -- Outbound Only -- forward (North) of the (new) white line at the inner fence

February 13, 2008

The Board has  revised  the drought condition Turbine Jet and Rocket no-fly rules effective immediately. "Turbine Jets and or Rockets cannot be flown if the Drought Index reaches 500 or above, or if the Wind Speed at the time of the intended flight, exceeds 14 mph."

Note: Drought index is available from the Div of Forestry by calling 941-751-7627

The new AMA wind sock indicates 15 mph when being blown in a horizontal position. If the sock is horizontal do not fly, regardless of the drought reading.

February 4, 2008

The Board establishes new Key Lock system to improve field security.

President's memo regarding new Key Lock system

September, 2006

Diagram of New Boundary & Flight Pattern

September 13, 2006

Modified Rules (Excerpt from minutes)
The above modification establishes the west fence as a Safety Zone, and the west road being the Boundary.