Note: the Gude site will be closed on 4/30/2018. Re-opening will not happen for several years.
The Safety of Pilots and Spectators Comes First.
The use of the Gude Drive Flying Site is restricted to current Capital Area Soaring Association (CASA) members and to their guests. Guests intending to fly must have proof of AMA Membership with them unless flying is done under the auspices of the AMA Introductory Pilot Program. Proof of AMA Membership consists of a current AMA Card or an email from the AMA stating that their application is in progress.
All CASA members MUST have their CASA membership badges prominently displayed on their person while on the non-spectator side of the fence. CASA members should display their badges while at the CASA site. Anyone flying as a CASA guest member must have proof of AMA membership with them.
Non-certified CASA members and CASA guests must be supervised by a CASA Certified Pilot while flying at the Gude Drive Flying Site.
The use of the Gude Drive Flying Site is restricted to Radio Controlled Sailplanes and Electric Powered Aircraft only. No combustion engines are allowed. Wheeled RC vehicles are prohibited.
There is to be no unauthorized driving on the site roads except the main access road up to the parking area. A vehicle may be driven onto the field to aid in the placement of winches for sailplane launches.
There is to be no motorized flight before 8AM.
The area to the west of the chain link fence (pit area, parking lot, road, etc.) and continuing to the landfill boundary (fence at the bottom of the hill) is defined as the No Motor Zone. The only aircraft allowed in this area are non-powered sailplanes flying at altitudes above 50 feet. Electric sailplanes must not use motors in the No Motor Zone. Flying North/West (Residential side) of the No Motor Zone is prohibited. Refer to the map posted at the Gude Drive Flying Site.
Electric powered aircraft (non-sailplane) – The North/South and East/West flight lines define that portion of the field behind which pilots stand and in front of which electric powered aircraft are to be flown. Pilots of powered aircraft are to stand on the Gazebo side of the flight lines with their backs to the gazebo and are to fly in such a way that their aircraft remain on the other side of the flight lines. If pilots wish to cross the Flight Line to retrieve a model or access the asphalt runway (therefore being in front of the Flight Line), they must announce their intention to do so. PILOTS ARE NEVER TO FLY THEIR PLANES AROUND THEMSELVES. When sailplane aircraft are flying, electric powered non-sailplane aircraft must remain EAST of the North/South flight line.
Sailplane aircraft (hand-launch and electric) – Sailplane pilots will stand WEST of the North/South Flight Line when electric powered non-sailplane pilots are present. Electric launched sailplane pilots must announce and coordinate their launch with the other pilots on the field.
Thermal duration sailplane pilots should avoid setting up winches or high-starts across an active runway. Clearly, where the parachute lands after launch is not controllable. Hence, electric sport fliers should be ready for this possibility and should cooperate with sailplane pilots in clearing the line from the runway. Thermal duration sailplane pilots will designate a specific landing area to be used for a given winch/high-start setup. When other types of flying activity are active, thermal duration sailplane pilots should loudly announce their intention to launch or land.
Sailplanes in flight have priority over powered models. Sailplanes on tow (winch or hi-start) have priority over all other models. All pilots MUST communicate and share the air.
Noisy aircraft should use the North/South Flight Line to be as far as possible from the neighboring houses. Planes that would fall into this category include large helicopters/multirotors, pusher aircraft, and ducted fan aircraft.
Should a full scale aircraft approach the Gude Drive Flying Site air space, all model aircraft must be brought down as quickly as possible.
Pilots flying First Person View must follow the procedures outlined in AMA Document #550 and remain within visual line of sight.
Flights must be limited to 400 feet above ground level.