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Never Turn Your Radio On Without Frequency Pin. When you first reach the field (especially first time pilots ) you may be tempted to turn your radio on to check control throws and the like. Always pin the frequency board first!!! Also, check to see if there is as many pins on the board as there is pilots. Someone else may not have pinned the board. For this reason it’s not a bad idea to walk down the flight line and let people know what channel your on. I found a fellow who had pinned the board for one radio he had, but not the second radio he was using and it was the same channel as mine. Though he would usually check the board, on that day he did not.

Radio Channel Flags. All radios come with a frequency flag and or a set of numbers. Using them may save your plane. Most modelers will not distract you at the flight line by asking what channel your on. This is the most important time for your to have your frequency known. If using used equipment or if your channel flags are missing. Buy inexpensive numbered stickers and stick them to your flight box in clear view. Modelers walking down the flight line tend to notice these. Still its no replacement for pining the board. It is double protection for you though.

Secure your plane while running. Never let go of an unsecured plane while its running. Even if your plane is at an idle. Your radio may fail, get interference or you may bump the throttle by mistake. a running plane coming straight at you or one of your club members is a scary sight!!!! Something as simple as a large screw driver stuck deep in the ground with a rope lopped around your tail adds a lot to flight line safety.

Use an Electric Starter or Chicken Stick. Flipping a prop over by hand is asking to get bit by the prop. Use a wooden dowel or cut a 8 to 12 inch piece of garden hose, these work well.

Adjust Motor From Behind. If you need to adjust your motor, do it form behind the prop, this is much safer then reaching over. If you lose balance or someone stumbles in to you by accident, you could fall in to it.

Turn Your Motor Off for Low Idle Adjustment. Most low end needle valves are same and recessed in to the throttle arm. It is very unsafe to try and make fine adjustments with the motor running.

Communicate your intentions. There is nothing more important then communication with others.

On The Field. If you have to retrieve your plane call out loudly "On The Field" before stepping out. Also, look around to makes sure other flyers are clearing the area, they may not have heard you.

Dead Stick. You must call out "Dead Stick" loudly. This gives you first priority over anyone landing or taking off. You may think you can get your plane down and out of the way before the dead stick pilot comes in, but never do this. Your plane may stall on the field and a dead stick pilot needs all the field he can get.

Landing. Let people know if your coming in or landing. The pilot that calls it has the right of way. If you do not call it, pilots will assume your doing a slow low flyby or touch and go. Again communication.

Ask for Help! When your not sure of something, always, always as for help!! There are no dumb questions concerning safety.

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