The Chinook Winds RC Club is a group of around 60 enthusiasts interested in aviation. 
We have members of all ages. 

New Members (Pilots)
Chinook Winds welcomes new members interested in our hobby.  In order to maximize
field safety Chinook Winds requires the following:
· A current copy of your MAAC membership card be placed on the frequency board
prior to turning on your transmitter
· Chinook Winds requires membership for all days beyond the first day of flying
· Flight Box Training completed with a club instructor is required before the first
· Completion of a Maiden Plane inspection form is required for all new planes to the

New Members (Students)
Chinook Winds welcomes new members interested in our hobby.  In order to maximize
field safety Chinook Winds offers prospective new pilots a “Wings Training Program”
and instructors to take you through the hands-on program so you can get your Wings.

To get started with this program a number of items need to be addressed before training
can start as follows:
· Purchase a Chinook Winds membership
· Purchase a MAAC membership
· Contact an instructor before purchasing a plane to ensure the best choice is made
· Completion of Flight Box Training with a club instructor is required for all pilots
· A pre-flight maiden inspection for all planes prior to flying at the Chinook Winds
· Read and understand the Chinook Winds safety requirements
· Read and understand the MAAC safety requirements
· Identification requiredeither inside or outside of all your planes with your name and
· Read the “Wings Program” to understand the future testing requirements
· It is recommended that you purchase and use a RC Flight Simulator to speed the
training process along and have you confident in your skills (this could save money
in the long run).  It is important to practice using the ground view rather than the
chase or cockpit views.

Field Safety
· NEVER turn on your transmitter until both Chinook Winds and MAAC
membership cards have been placed on the frequency board and you are sure the
frequency is not being used. Failure to do this could cause a crash and your
responsibility to replace a plane (72 mhz only).
· The pit area (between the fences that separate the spectators and the pilot stations)
is the set-up and assembly area and has tables for your use.  All equipment is to be
stored in this area. 
· Engines and motors are not to be started in the pit area.
· The start-up areas at the ends of the pit areas have starting stations for holding your
planes.  This is the only area plane engines and motors can be started.
· The start-up areas are not for tuning only for starting prior to takeoff.
· Tuning areas will be assigned each day depending on the wind direction.  Tuning is
best done when planes or Helis are not in the air due to problems created hearing
the engines. 
· Ensure that you have no loose clothing when starting any engine.  Straps for
transmitters are particularly dangerous.
· NEVER start an engine or motor unless the plane is restrained by one of the
systems provided in the start-up area.
· NEVER reach over or around a rotating propeller.  All adjustments must be
completed from behind the prop.
· NEVER stand directly at the side of a rotating prop, since the prop can fail causing
· NEVER smoke around gas or fuel engines that are being fueled or around the gas
or fuel containers.
· Electric motors have supplied power and can start instantly at full power and cause
serious injury.  Electric motor batteries should be connected while using the same
start-up restraints as the fuel engine planes, depending on size.
· All planes must be able to be shutdown with the transmitter.
· Always remove your plane and equipment from the start-up area after each flight to
allow others to use the provided equipment.
· If planes are flying you must fly on the same runway as the existing planes in the air.
· If plane(s) are flying request permission to take-off from the other pilots prior to
entering the runway.
· Ensure all flights are within the flight box outlined in your membership package.

Some humor:
· The amount of runway behind your plane is not as important as the amount ahead
of your plane
· The amount of altitude above your plane is not as important as the amount below
(unless inverted)
· The size of a plane's fuel tank is not as important as how much fuel is in the tank
· Taking off  is optional, landing is mandatory
· It's better to have your plane on the ground and wish you were flying than to be
flying and wishing you were on the ground

Finally, the Chinook Winds members hope you enjoy your student pilot experience and
look forward to flying with you in the future.