Tinley Creek Model Airplane Flying Field    

Updated March 2018


  1. Tinley Creek Model Aircraft Flying Field (aka, SAC field) has three designated flying areas to accommodate all types of model aircraft including; fixed wing (airplanes), rotary (helicopters), and U-Control/multi-rotor (drones) aircraft.  The designated areas are signed, as well as designated on the Field Safety Diagram.  Pilots should use the area appropriate to their model type.  Hybrid types (autogyros, V/STOL) should use the area appropriate to the intended flight pattern.

  2. All pilots must abide by the current AMA Safety Code, FAA regulations, and CCFPD rules.

  3. No spectators are allowed beyond the designated areas unless accompanied by an AMA member.

  4. All participants and spectators must park in the designated parking areas.

  5. No flying of any kind is allowed over the pits, parking area, entrance drive lane, or Cicero Avenue.   A “No-Fly Zone” is designated on the Field Safety Diagram.
  6. Pilots shall clearly call out “Take-Off”/ “Landing” or “On the Field” as appropriate to avoid  possible conflicts.  Pilots should minimize the time spent “on the field”.

  7. All pilots must fly behind the safety barrier (split rail fence) and be positioned in a designated pilot station at all times.  When standing along the east/west fence the designated flight pattern shall be east/west.  When flying from the north/south fence the designated flight pattern shall be north/south.  
  8. Pilots should not ground or air taxi their aircraft inside the safety barriers.  Walk to the safety barrier and then taxi to the take-off area.

  9. For safety, it’s suggested that all pilots fly with a spotter.  If flying FPV  a spotter is required.
  10. The first pilot(s) on the field in the morning should open the field/safety box.  The last pilot(s) leaving in the evening should lock the field/safety box.

  11. No helicopters or multi-rotor aircraft are to use the asphalt runway for any reason, UNLESS (a) by agreement with all other pilots currently  using that area, or (b) no fixed wing pilots are present.
  12. FLYING THE “L” - If a pilot chooses to fly in both  east/west and north/south (Flying the “L”) then he/she should stand in the corner of the pit fence and fly only from this location as shown on the Field Safety Diagram.

  13. Flying the “L” should only be done when there are no  helicopter pilots on the north/south flight line and it’s communicated with everyone, airplane and helicopter pilots, that you are flying in both directions.
  14. SAFETY LINE - Both Fixed wing (airplanes) and Rotary (Helicopters) are to respect the “Safety Line” as designated on the Field Safety Diagram and by orange cones or other means in the field.  The “Safety Line” is an imaginary line extended east / west from the asphalt path south of the airplane pit area.  At no time should aircraft cross this line without the pilots communicating their intentions to others at the field and mutual agreement that it’s acceptable to cross this line.  

  15. High speed  low passes  should be not be made closer to the pit area than the center line of the active runway or take-off area for that aircraft type.
  16. In the event that Free Flight model pilots are using the field, they may use the north south grass runway area and west open space to fly as long as there is no conflict with other radio controlled airplanes or helicopters AND   they communicate their intentions to others at the field and mutually agree on what is acceptable to all parties.  

  17. The Contest or Event Director of an AMA sanctioned event or FPDCC permitted event may make adjustments to these rules if necessary for the safety of participants and spectators.

Courtesy items: 

  • Extensive ground testing and run-up of nitro or gas engines  should be performed as far away from other people as possible.    

  • Avoid directing prop blast at people or other models