Flying at NSFC Fields

Flying at NSFC Fields

the Tharwa field


CASA Regulations Part 101 and MAAA MOPS apply          see


Safety is a priority along with consideration for others. Flying alone at the field is discouraged.


  • No flying is permitted on days of Total Fire Ban.
  • No Flying of fuel engines before 8.00am
  • Always tether and strongly anchor your models before starting the engines and face them away from the pit area.
  • Pilots must remain close to their models if its motor is running.
  • Never start engines or arm electric motors unless the model is pointed at the runway area
  • When returning to the pits do NOT taxi into the pit area. Stop your model before passing through the safety fence between the flight box and pit area. Switch off motor and in the case of electric models, remove the battery. Then carry or wheel your model to your pit area.
  • Take off and fly circuits in the same direction as others who are already flying. Only change circuit direction with the agreement of our pilots who are flying with you.
  • Fixed wing models must only fly to the West of the pilots’ enclosure.
  • If fixed wing models are being flown, do not fly helicopters over the strip.
  • Rotary models may be flown south of the containers or north of the pit area but always kept clear of the pits and the pilot enclosure.
  • Always ask others already airborne if it is OK to enter the strip to take off
  • Call your intention to land to other pilots flying with you.
  • Respond to the questions of other pilots flying with you
  • When a “Deadstick!”is called all other pilots should fly clear of strip and give the deadstick model plenty of space .
  • When recovering aircraft from the strip or crossing the strip always call your intention and when clear call out “strip clear”.
  • Spectators must not enter the flying area or pilot enclosure. They must remain under the shade cloth area.
  • Children under 10yo must be closely accompanied by a responsible adult if in the pit area.
  • Dogs must be on a leash for their own safety and to avoid damage to models. We are situated on a working farm and stock frequent the site and dogs must not roam free.


Airspace limitations

Our airspace at Tharwa field has no height restriction. However helicopters and the occasional light aircraft fly over our location. If this occurs, land your model or stay under 50 feet until the full sized aircraft is clear.

  • Do not fly over or near to our landholder’s farm house.
  • Do not fly to the East of our field.

Access and security

  • Combination locks are changed frequently. Do NOT divulge the combinations to non members.
  • If you are the last person to leave the field, you are responsible to ensure that:
  • all chairs are packed away in the container.
  • all gas appliances are turned off
  • rubbish is placed in the trash bag in the container
  • the containers are closed and locked
  • the electric fence across the strip is installed and activated (when appropriate)  
  • all gates are closed and locked



Public toilets are available 1 km south at the Namadgi Vistors’ Centre and 2km north at the bridge in Tharwa.



Refreshments are available in the main container. Please only use one dollar or two dollar coins.

$1 buys you a bottomless cup of coffee or tea and a biscuit, or a soup. Soft drinks are $2 per can.

Other refreshments are available from the Tharwa store 1 km north of the field.


Mobile phone coverage is patchy at our field

A First Aid kit is locked in the Frequency Box. The lock has the same combination as the locks on the gates.


Nearby Emergency contact points

Namadgi Visitors Centre 1 km south of the field has; staff on duty, a first aid kit, telephone and helicopter landing pad.

Tharwa store 2km north of our field has a telephone, first aid kit




The Williamsdale Field (Helicopters)


Safety is a priority along with consideration for others.  Flying alone at the field is discouraged.


Flying Restrictions

No flying is permitted on days of Total Fire Ban.

 For the amenity of local residents, flying of fuel powered models before 8:00AM is discouraged.

 All club members now operate 2.4GHz radio systems and do not require transmission coordination.  However operations on 36MHz are permitted and in such cases the frequency board must be used.


Motor and Engine Safety

Models may not be started nor electronic speed controls (ESC) armed in the enclosure area. After flight operations, all motors must be stopped and ESCs disarmed before returning to the enclosure area.

 Engines may only be started and ESCs armed on the flight preparation tables or in their vicinity.  Pilots must restrain their model’s rotor system from rotation while occupying the flight preparation tables.

 Avionics systems (servo system, receiver etc.) may be powered up in the enclosure area for range test or maintenance purposes.  If the avionics system is powered via a BEC from the main flight batteries, the ESC must remain disconnected in the enclosure area.


Flight Safety

Before lift-off, pilots should ensure their airspace is clear and be cognisant of flight operations on adjacent helipad areas.

Pilots must not intentionally fly their models behind themselves (to the east of the flight line).

 The hover pit is to be used only for hover testing.  No extended flight or aerobatic manoeuvres may be performed in the hover pit area.


Site Amenities

The flying field and adjacent areas are often occupied by livestock.  Attendees at the field should observe livestock location and keep gates closed to ensure livestock do not have access to the main road.

 At the completion of activities, attendees should ensure all gates are closed and secured and chairs are stacked under the shelter area.  Attendees should remove all rubbish (especially failed Lipo batteries) resulting from their activities at the field as rubbish receptacles are not maintained at the field.


There are no toilet facilities currently available at the field.



Mobile phone coverage at the filed is adequate for all services.

Two 205 litre drums of water and a bucket of sand are located at the field and are available for fire suppression if required.