The Fly'N Wolverines Club,
Dedicated to the Sport of Radio Controlled Model Aircraft
The club is sometimes asked to give flying demos, and we must explain why we sometimes decline.
Our aircraft must be flown in a responsible and safe way, and one of the main ingredients in this is a controlled field, with spectator areas, starting areas, and proper fencing to separate the planes from the people during taxi, take off and landing.
In order to provide maximum safety, our organization, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, provides guidelines for the construction of a safe flying field. When the field has been developed to meet these guidelines, we are able to obtain approval from the AMA, and then our insurance becomes valid and is in force as long as we continue to maintain these conditions.
If we, or any other club's members were to risk flying in a non-sanctioned environment, we have a greater risk of accidents, AND lose our insurance coverage, a very poor combination.
Add this to the unfamiliar surroundings of a new flying area, and the possible uncontrolled movement of people in the landing area, and you are just asking for trouble.
Not all R/C airplanes present danger, there are many electric "Park Flyers" that weigh 1 pound or less, fly at less than 30 MPH, and wouldn't hurt you if flown right into your chest. But these aren't the type of planes people want to see, they want a 1/4th scale WWII fighter, or a high-powered stunt plane with smoke trails, and these don't fit the "Park Flyer" category.
We are always glad to have you at our field, and in our environment, we feel safe enough to show the things we can do. We have well thought out contingency plans that allow the safe handling of the plane in case of a problem, and we can insure a safe enjoyable time under all circumstances.These practices work very well for us, our insurance coverage is about the price of a subscription to a good model airplane magazine, AND includes the magazine. The only way we could maintain this is to have extremely few accidents, and that's what we do.
Static displays are a different thing. The only danger is to the planes, and we have found the people tend to respect the work we put into these aircraft, and understand they can be delicate. We have put together some nice static displays, such as at the Cheyenne Elementary School, but please don't ask for this in the summer, we want to fly them!