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Courtesy and Safety Rules

Each Member's Current MCRC Club Card and AMA license (or a legible copy or verification of their valid application for an AMA license), must both be inserted and publicly displayed in the proper slot of the frequency Control Board when any Member is operating a Transmitter at the Field. All TXs must be rechecked for storage /transportation arriving and leaving the field.

Guest Pilots and event participants using Club Facilities must be current AMA Members. Those AMA Members from outside our Club may fly at our site on an occasional basis when invited by a Club Member, who willingly accepts all legal financial responsibilities for any accident to persons and/or property incurred by the Guest during this invited period.

All AMA and FCC Safety Rules are always in effect.

Frequency Control will be maintained! No Transmitter will be turned ON without the proper Frequency Pin being attached and displayed upon the Club Member's person, transmitter or flight box.

A Frequency Pin will not be removed from any Transmitter without assuring that the Transmitter is turned OFF, that the antenna is collapsed and the Transmitter owner is notified of the removal of the Frequency Control Pin.

When many Club Members are flying and others are waiting their turn, all Frequency Pins will be returned to the Frequency Control Board immediately after Transmitter shut-down. Do not “Hog the Pin!”

Violation of Frequency Control Procedures will result in the Violator being held responsible for the satisfactory restitution for property damages caused by improper transmitter operation.

Student Pilots must have the assistance of an Instructor Pilot until properly “Soloed”. Low-time pilots must recognize that their inexperienced flying abilities may constitute a hazard to other people and property.


Aircraft and Engines

1).  Model aircraft will be equipped with a spinner or Safety Nut as required.

2). Muffling devices of all engines will conform to the AMA sound parameters.

3). All new or rebuilt aircraft should be closely inspected by an Instructor Pilot prior to test flight(s) unless the aircraft was built by a highly experienced builder/pilot. This requirement is especially important when many people are present at the Field. (Note.) Expert pilots should allow some clear air time for test flights of such aircraft. Engine sounds, lack of distraction and easy airplane visibility are very important for successful test flights!

4). Engine start/run up will be made with the nose of the aircraft positioned towards the Safety Fence. Please make all efforts to minimize the effect of a strong prop blast toward spectators, other aircraft and flight boxes. Large models with big engines should be started with the use of tie-down ropes with the aircraft securely tied or held in position by an assistant at the extreme ends of the Chainlink Safety Fence.

5).  Prolonged engine operation for adjustments or engine break-in should be performed downwind, distant from aircraft and people.



1). Aircraft taxiing will be done with great regard to Safety and to the effects of prop-blast, especially when aircraft taxiing is performed from the “pit area”.

2). Call out your intentions to enter the runway, to make touch-and-goes, to land, etc.. Airplanes on landing approach shall have the right-of-way.

3). Clear the immediate airspace for airplanes making a “Dead-Stick” engine-out landing approach! Unless it is obvious that all pilots have heard the “Dead-Stick” call, Pilots further down the line shall repeat the Dead-Stick call! Pilots are advised to move back from the regular Piloting Area upon hearing the emergency call warning all Pilots of an impending  power-off  landing.

4).  Do not stand closer to the runway than the Safety Stripes painted on theTaxi Strips during take-off, flying or landing.  A Student with an Instructor may be permitted to do otherwise for take-off only after the Instructor Pilot has assured that all pilots are aware of the intent to position a Student on the active runway. After level-off, the Instructor and Student must immediately move to a position behind the Safety Line. NOTE: The Safety Line establishes the minimum distance from the runway when flying. It is recommended that Fliers position themselves further back from the runway if it is comfortable for them to do so.

5).   Do not walk upon the runway or into the approach area until other  Pilots are aware of your intent to do so. Do not remain in these areas for any longer than absolutely necessary. Call “Runway clear!” as soon as you have left these hazardous areas.

6).  Absolutely no flying shall be accomplished over the piloting areas, the pits, the spectator areas, the high antenna towers to the right of the field, the parking areas or the road! Flying should not be accomplished any closer than the far side of the runway. All farm equipment, all people and animals are to be avoided at all times! Low passes over the active runway are not allowed when other aircraft are taxiing, taking-off or landing. Expert “Show-Off” flying must be performed sufficiently distant from the pits and the parking area to allow for Safety!

7).   On busy days each pilot will have an experienced Spotter/Observer with him in the piloting area to advise him of hazardous situations.

8).   Be especially considerate of Inexperienced and Student Pilots. Give them time and space in which to fly and learn. Experienced Pilots are responsible for avoidance of mid-air collisions with Student's aircraft.

9).   When fast planes are in the air, spectators should watch them continually!   High-speed airplanes can approach spectators very fast if control is lost!

10). Review and adherence to AMA Safety Rules is mandatory.



1). Spectators are welcome at any time that the field is open. Spectators must  always be alert to fast airplanes!

2). Fliers will supervise their Guests and are legally responsible for their  Guest's actions and their Safety.

3). Be especially alert to the activities and movements of children and pets.



Merced County Radio Control Club
Charter Club #1089
23 Alexander Av.
PMB #433
Merced, CA 95348
Field Location: From Merced, CA, take CA-140 W/McSwain Rd (drive 7 miles west). On Bert Crane Rd. make a left turn (drive1.5 miles South). We are behind the new Waste Water Treatment Plant, Atwater, CA. Make a left turn on the dirt road (drive East 0.4 miles slowly). Make a right turn at the intersection (the gate is here) and drive South 0.2 miles. You have arrived. Park you car. Click on the bottom address to see map. (directions)



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In decimal degrees (1/100)    
Latitude: 37.276107
Longitude: -120.627737
Altitude: 206 Ft.
In degrees, minutes and seconds (1/60)
Latitude: 37° 16' 33.9851"
Longitude: -120° 37' 39.8532"
Altitude: 206 Ft.


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