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These guide lines are not mandatory and have no legal effect but are in place to assist with the provision of satisfactory accommodation, tours and venues required for a successful Fly-In. It is also intended that appropriate information and briefings will be made available to assist pilots with planning their flying activities in a safe manner, without leaving our IFFR organisation, personnel, Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts or RIBI open to litigation.
IFFR Fly-Ins are fellowship activities and should include time for relaxation with a balance of flying, organised social activities and free time. Late nights before long flying days should be avoided. Consideration must also be given to ways of reducing the pressure to fly in the event of bad weather on the day planned to fly.
2 Where is the location of the Fly-In and who is Organising ?
Where the section has a Fly-In committee, or a nominated person, that committee or person should call for nominations for Fly-Ins from within its membership. Those nominations should be discussed at regular meetings and a decision made on a location, as long as possible in advance.
A standard application form to host an event should be prepared for the collection of information to assist in determining the suitability of the location. (see attached draft)
3 Section Formalities
An application to participate (registration) form must be completed and sent in for each participant or group of participants as a Fly-In registration to include a contact name and phone number in case of an emergency. Applicants should be reminded that it is a requirement that each pilot has adequate third party and passenger insurance for his her plane and a current medical and flight review endorsement. In case of doubt the decision of the organising committee as to adequacy of insurance cover shall be final.
3 Pilot Briefing and Weather Matters
As a service to the pilots, a briefing may be provided before aircraft departure. In default of a briefing the organiser shall inform pilots where and how the relevant information (weather and Notams) may be obtained. It is the pilot’s responsibility to inform the organisers of his/her destination and any alternates. If the weather is such that pilots cannot reach their destination, information on possible alternates and accommodation may be obtained on request and offered to the pilots concerned and their passengers.
It may be prudent to point out the VFR procedures and any local requirements and insist that these be adhered to and no risks be taken. Information may include: Aerodrome procedures. ATIS if any. Taxi procedures. Appropriate run up bay. Backtracking procedures. Aircraft spacing on departure. Required radio frequencies. Other local information if appropriate.
4 ATC, Fueling and parking arrangements
ATC and Airport management should be notified well in advance of the number and type of aircraft so that ATC is aware of aircraft arriving and departing with an estimate of time. Airport Management can organise and advise parking arrangements. Pilots should be advised of the fueling arrangements and the brand of Carnet required or other methods of payment.
5 Responsibility and Airmanship
The provision of information is provided as an aid to the pilot. It remains the pilot’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has adequate information for his or her flight and makes the decision to fly or not. Good airmanship is also the responsibility of the pilot. This is all encompassing, extending from pre flight activities right through to the manner in which the flight has been executed within the privileges of the individual’s licence. Matters covered include: pre–flight checks, route planning and alternatives, aircraft familiarity – important in the case of rented aircraft, weight and balance calculations, availability of survival equipment, passenger briefing. en-route review of weather, fuel planning and management.
On receipt of the registration forms from the applicants the organiser should prepare an emergency information sheet for each aircraft with the following details.
Aircraft make, model and call sign.
Names of all persons on board.
Names of nominated person or persons in case of emergency.
Contact details of nominated persons, address and phone number.
Phone number of mobile (cell) phones in the aeroplane. It is requested that each aeroplane have someone with a mobile (cell) phone.
The organising committee will determine appropriate action in the case of an emergency. A member of the organising committee should be last to leave a departure point and record the departure time for all aircraft taking part in the event.
At the end of each day’s flight, a debriefing session should be offered to discuss any concerns that developed throughout the day’s activities. Action should be taken to alleviate those concerns prior to, but no later than, the next day’s briefing.
There are two forms available for you to download:
Form A. if you are organising a fly-in, please complete this form*.
Form B. if you organise a fly in, please email this out to all the pilots attending. If you are attending an event, please complete this form and return it to the event organiser*.
*the forms are in .pdf format so you can save them to your pc to print out at leisure or email them as attachments