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Our principle flying site is on Chingford Plain, an attractive location accessible to the general public. Our second site is a privately rented field near North Weald. Both sites have their own unique rules so please familiarise yourself with them.

   
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Chingford location map

 

chingford boundary
 

How to get there:
Chingford Plain is a large open space of grass and woodland. It falls between Bury Road and Conaught Waters.

Free parking for forest users can be found in Bury Road and our flying strip is a 5 minute walk away.

The flying area:
On the diagram on the right, the flying boundary is shown by a white dotted line. The boundary follows three paths, part of the access path to the rear and two paths at either side and just past the tree line at the front.

Everywhere outside of the dotted line is a no fly zone including the pilot box, pit and safety officer parking area.

Flying times (all days):
10:30am to sunset.
Night time flying is not allowed.

RC aircraft permitted:
In general terms aircraft that comply with the CAA's Air Navigation Order CAP 658 may fly at Chingford Plain (excluding jets) but with the following provisions. All aircraft must adhere to reasonable noise levels. Excessively loud engines may be scrutinised by the club's committee to ensure we do not unduly disturb visitors to the Plain.

 

The committee reserve the right to vet and exclude any aircraft even if it complies with ANO CAP 658 regulations. Reasons for exclusion might be the difficulty an aircraft may have landing safely within our strip, being assessed to be too fast to be flown in the public space we share or to exceed the skill level of the pilot.

Permitted flyers:
Members should carry their membership card and Epping Forest Permit with them at the strip. Only CMFC and Enfield members are allowed to fly here.

A beginner who is considering joining the club may be invited to fly under supervision of a club trainer on a buddy box. Generally up to three flights would be allowed before they would be required to join the club.

Engine tuning
This is done at the rear of the Pit area. Prolonged testing of engines should not be done at this site.

Incidents
Incidents on the field involving the club should be reported to the safety officer who will in turn report to the Secretary or club official at the earliest opportunity. Examples of this could be injuries sustained, accidents or conduct contrary to club rules.

 

Other Rules
BMFA codes should be followed in regard to safe handling and set-up of aircraft, transmitter and range checks.

All standard warning calls must be made for taking off, landing, dead-stick etc. This is for the safety of your fellow members and members of the public.

The Public
On the site map above, there are many forest paths visible. They cross our flying area and the public have full access to them.

Although we pay a fee to fly at the Plain we need to be aware that the Plain is a publicly shared space. We should strive to be polite when interacting with the general public.

General etiquette
Members should recognise their responsibilities for maintaining good will with Epping Forest Conservators and other visitors to the Plain.

Any requests we receive from the Conservators or other recognised authority should be treated with due respect.

 

 

It is expected that members understand the need for them to be 'self-policing'. All members have a responsibility to maintain the standards we set for flying and general behaviour.

Any consistent excesses or problems caused by any member should be reported to the committee.

The site should be kept clean and tidy and all litter must be removed.

Animals
It is not desirable to have animals on site but they are permitted if under the control of their owners at all times and should be confined to the safety of the pit area.

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The information above is a simplified summary of our club's site rules for Chingford Plain. Club members are expected to be aware of all of our site rules and BMFA regulations in regard to safe flying.

A pdf version of our site rules for Chingford Plain can be accessed from the link below.

Click for Site Rules PDF

 
 
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Banks Lane location map   Banks Lane site map
 

How to get there:
Banks Lane is a private field we rent near Epping and the M11. It can be found close to Galloway Farms.

Mandatory requirement:
Before anyone can fly at Banks Lane a member must call the control tower at North Weald Airfield to notify them that RC aircraft are flying at this site. The call should be made by the first flyer on site.

Parking
The site is accessed via a padlocked gate. Cars should be parked on the right in the area shown on the map.

The gate must be locked immediately after you have entered and must always be locked when you exit.

Members are responsible for ensuring that the gate is locked at all times and that the site is secure from unauthorised visitors.

The flying area:
The map above shows the flying boundary clearly marked by a white dotted line. Everywhere outside of this line is a no fly zone.

Do not fly behind the line of the pilot box or you will be flying too close to the road.

At the top right of the map is marked a private residence. Flying anywhere near here is not allowed.

 

Flying times (all days):
'Open flying' is permitted between 10am and 6pm.
'Quite flying' is allowed from 6pm to sunset.
Night flying is not allowed.

RC aircraft permitted:
Aircraft that comply with the CAA's Air Navigation Order CAP 658 describing aircraft for sporting and recreational use may fly at Banks Lane (excluding jets) but with the following provisions.

'Open flying' is for aircraft that adhere to reasonable noise levels. The permitted noise level will be determined by the club's committee with the intention of ensuring our neighbours are not unduly disturbed.

'Quite flying' is only for aircraft that can fly more silently. Aircraft such as some foamies and powered gliders would be likely to fall into this category. Whatever their type, all aircraft should be flown gently at this time.

Permitted flyers:
CMFC members only. Members should carry their membership cards with them when on site.

A guest can only be allowed on site if accompanied at all times by a member. A guest is not permitted to fly unless they have applied for a training flight with a view to joining the club.

 

Engine tuning:
This is done at the rear of the Pit area. Prolonged testing of engines should not be done at this site.

Incidents
Incidents on the field involving the club should be reported to the safety officer. They will report to the Secretary or club official at the earliest opportunity.

Examples of this could be injuries sustained, accidents or conduct contrary to club rules.

If any damage is caused to the site by our activities that must be immediately reported to a committee member who will contact the landowner.

Other Rules
BMFA codes should be followed in regard to safe handling and set-up of aircraft, transmitter and range checks.

Although Banks Lane is a private site without members of the public having access, all standard warning calls must be made for taking off, landing, dead-stick etc. This is for the safety of your fellow members and any other individuals authorised to be there.

General etiquette
Members have a responsibility to maintaining good will with the landowner and nearby residents.


 

Any requests we receive from the landowner or their representatives should be treated with due respect. If they or their staff should be present on our site, appropriate care must be taken. It is expected that members understand the need for them to be 'self-policing'. All members have a responsibility to maintain the standards we set for flying and general behaviour.

We have access to the flying field only. We do not have access to private land adjacent to where we fly and cannot trespass there to retrieve lost aircraft.

The site should be kept clean and tidy and all litter must be removed.

Animals
It is not desirable to have animals on site. They are permitted if under the control of their owners at all times and are their owners responsibility. They must be confined to the pit area for their safety and also to ensure they cannot roam onto private land.

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The information above is a simplified summary of our club's site rules for Banks Lane. Club members are expected to be aware of all of our site rules and BMFA regulations in regard to safe flying.

A pdf version of our site rules for Banks Lane can be accessed from the link below.

Click for Site Rules PDF

 
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