The following questions and answers were generated based on several years of web site and at-the-field questions to members of the Bayside R/C club.
Q. Is there a new club field location?
A. Yes, the club has done a deal in November 2016 to get access to another field location in Newark, CA.
Q. I want to join the club, how do I do that?
Q. How can I help the club out with the new field?
A. If you have thoughts, ideas, expertise or just free labor, contact the club president and let him know. He would welcome the assistance.
Q. I have a turbine / jet powered plane and want to fly it at the field. What do I have to do?
A. Turbine powered craft require a valid AMA Turbine Waiver and assurances that you will not melt the runway and taxi surfaces, as they are not asphalt or concrete based. Please visit the field while one of the club officers are present and see if you meet these criteria before attempting to fly your turbine aircraft.
Q. I am just visiting the Bay Area and/or stopping by and want to fly it at the field. What do I have to do?
A. Bring your proof of AMA insurance with you to the field and speak to someone flying there, as it shouldn’t be a problem to fly. If you plan to use the facility regularly, however, we require that you join the club.
Q. I fly helicopters. Does your facility have a dedicated area just for helicopters?
A. Not at this time. Our plan is to have helicopters fly off the main runway and stay within the boundaries of the flying area that airplanes use.
Q. I want to drive R/C cars. Does your facility have a dedicated track for racing?
A. Not at this time. We have had several members ask about setting up a track, though. If this is something you are interested in, please contact the club president and let him know.
Q. I want to fly drones with goggles (FPV). Do you allow this or have a dedicated area for racing?
A. Drone, UAV and FPV flying are OK at the field, so long as you are not interfering with or endangering other flyers. There is not a dedicated UAV area or race course setup at this time. We have had several members ask about setting up a course, however. If this is something you are interested in, please contact the club president and let him know.
Q. Does the club have any kind of initiation or start-up fee?
A. The club decided to charge a very small amount to encourage everybody to rejoin the club. There are no initiation fees, just the yearly fee for regular membership in the hopes that people will join. It is expected that the fees will go up in 2018.
Q. I would like to train people to fly as part of a commercial business. Does the club allow me to do that at the field?
A. Our AMA sanctioned flying site is not intended for commercial use and we are not interested in opening it up for this kind of use. There are several suitable non sanctioned flying sites around that you might be able to use to train your customers.
Q. Is there power provided at the field? What services are available now?
A. Presently there is not power available at the field. Some members are bringing their own small generators or using their car as a charging source. Other options are being investigated to bring some form of power to the area. There is no phone or Wi-Fi services available at the field. There is an on site port-o-potty for club use.
Q. What is AMA insurance?
A. First, AMA is the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Becoming a member with the AMA grants you access to liability coverage for the operation of model Aircraft, Boats, Cars, and Rockets, comprehensive general liability protection for model activities for members, clubs, site owners, and sponsors and accident/medical coverage for members. This insurance helps protect you, your property, and the property of others while engaged in model activities at an AMA site. And as stated elsewhere, membership is required to use the Bayside club field.
Q. What is FAA UAS Registration?
A. The FAA requires most modelers who fly aircraft between .55 to 55 pounds to register with the FAA. Modelers will receive a single FAA registration number which is to be placed inside all aircraft. You can register at https://registermyuas.faa.gov. You need to register your name, physical address, and email address once. You will receive a single FAA registration number which is to be placed inside all of your aircraft along with your AMA number.