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Turbine Aircraft Fire Safety Rules

 

  1. Club members and guests shall not fly turbine powered model aircraft if the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) for any area within a one mile radius of the flying field is 500 or over.
  2. It is the turbine fliers responsibility to check this daily before flying. During AMA sanctioned events, this shall be the Contest Director’s responsibility.
  3. It is the turbine fliers responsibility to follow all points of AMA document #510-A “AMA GAS TURBINE PROGRAM” including fire extinguisher and water based fire fighting equipment rules.
  4. The Club will not police these rules on a daily basis. However, if a turbine flier is found to blatantly disregard these rules, the turbine flier shall be subject to a 30 day suspension of all flying privileges.
  5. The daily (KBDI) shall be checked by the turbine flier using the following process:
    1. Visit the club website and view the status icon in the upper-right labeled KBDI
    2. Indicators are as follows:
      • conditions are acceptable for turbine operation. The maximum KBDI is below 500 for the entire district
      • conditions are not acceptable for turbine operation. The minimum KBDI is above 500 for the entire district
      • conditions vary throughout the district and the KBDI map (below) must be viewed for closer determination. If any area within a one mile radius of the field has a KBDI value equal to or above 500, it is not acceptable for turbine operation
Memorial Field is located directly behind the large shaded block labeled Sarasota

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