The following is a list (in no particular order) of Safe Flying Practices adopted by the PPPPC pilots:

  • CLEAR YOUR TURNS: It is important to check over your shoulder and below you for traffic before turning. This holds especially true when making aggressive turns and when there are a lot of flyers in the area. Fellow pilots will often fly close to you when you are unaware of their presence. A mid-air collision can be (and has been) fatal.

  • FLY SMARTLY AROUND THE LZ (Updated): Being in the LZ is mandatory for pilots who are taking off and landing. For others, flying through the LZ is a choice. Keep these following issues in mind before flying through the LZ.
    1. Flying through the LZ leaves a wake in a critical flight zone (read more). This wake can be very disruptive to launching and landing pilots.
    2. Pilots on the ground are waiting for clear and undisturbed airspace to takeoff. Courtesy and safety suggest that you should avoid flying through the LZ while pilots are setting up for a launch.
    3. Launching pilots have poor visibility behind themselves and may be unaware that you are approaching. Be prepared for a wing to "pop up" at any time.
    4. Heavy traffic near the LZ significantly raises the chances of a collision.

  • ALWAYS LAND TO THE SIDE OR BEHIND PPG'S ON THE GROUND: During your landing don't land in the takeoff path of PPG's on the ground. This raises the risk of a collision. Also don't fly over a wing lying on the ground. You never know when the wing may pop up for a takeoff.

  • CHECK FOR AIR TRAFFIC BEFORE STARTING YOUR TAKEOFF RUN: Immediately before your takeoff run, check around you (360 degrees!) and be sure that there is no traffic that will interfere with your climb out. This includes checking BEHIND YOU for approaching pilots who may be coming in for a landing.

  • LEAVE ROOM FOR AN ABORTED TAKEOFF: Make sure you have enough runway in front of you to safely abort your takeoff. Don't takeoff if your climbout requires you to quickly clear nearby obstacles. It is not uncommon to have motor problems during your run or immediately after becoming airborne.

  • FORM A CONSENSUS ON THE WEATHER CONDITIONS: When weather conditions are questionable, form a consensus with all of the pilots as to whether the air is safe or not. DO NOT ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL WEATHER TEST PILOT TO FLY, unless you are all prepared to fly anyway. Consider visiting our Weather Forecast page and/or calling 1-800-WXBRIEF before heading to the field.

  • FLY WITH A WORKING FRS RADIO: The club generally uses FRS channel 4. Pilots should perform a radio check before takeoff and monitor the channel while in flight. Fellow pilots frequently announce weather updates, announce if aircraft are in the area and can sometimes call for help.

  • KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE WITH YOU WHILE FLYING: In case of an emergency landing, cell phones are more reliable than FRS radios. Get the phone numbers of your fellow pilots so you can call for help if needed.

  • KNOW THE AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS: The club web site has interactive maps showing the airspace restrictions for Meadowlake, Springs East and Calhan. Meadowlake is the most restrictive and it's important to know where the aircraft flight paths are. Please review these before flying in those areas. Otherwise, follow FAR 103 and try not to bother the locals.


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