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Livingston Model Aircraft Club (LMAC) Covid-19 Guidelines -  28/9/2020


Nothing in these guidelines replaces the current Scottish Government regulations and recommendations which will change on an ongoing basis.  You should keep up to date on the current restrictions and obey them at all times.

The following is a list of measures taken by the club to ensure your safety and the safety of others.  Obviously nothing is without some level of risk and it is expected individual members will make their own minds up when to return.  We are certainly not back to normal, Covid-19 is still very much a threat. Some of our normal activities may not be possible due to the 2m separation requirement and the issue of surface contamination.

  1. Before attending Kirknewton you must register to attend a session.  This is required by Test and Protect Scotland.  Details of how to register were sent to you in an email.​

  2. Any person who has symptoms of COVID-19 - that is a cough, a temperature or loss of taste or smell - should take immediate steps to book a test.  If this applies to you, please go straight to to get a test or, if you can’t go online, call NHS 24 on 0800 028 2816. Don’t wait to see if you feel better before booking a test, and all people in your household should self-isolate.

  3. People who are symptomatic should self isolate for 7 days; household members for 14 days as per info on NHS guidance.  No one who is self-isolating should attend Kirknewton airfield.

  4. Recent Scottish Government changes have limited the number of households that can meet outdoors to 2 up to a maximum of 6 people total.  i.e.  The so called rule of 6.
    There are however different rules for outdoor sport which allow up to 30 attendees subject to certain conditions being met.  Your committee has taken the necessary measures to meet these conditions.  The most significant measures being appointing a named Covid Officer, undertaking Scottish Government training, producing a risk assessment and implementing a system for recording who is present at the airfield at a particular session and their contact details.  This is for Test and Protect.  If you have recently changed phone number please make sure the club has a record of your current phone number.

  5. If possible it is recommended you install one of the contact tracing apps on your smartphone.


  6. Before leaving home to travel to the flying site wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  7. The gate at Kirknewton represents one of the more significant risk factors.

    Gloves, e.g. Latex/Nitrile/Vinyl to be worn or hand sanitiser used immediately before and immediately after opening/unlocking and closing/locking access gates and padlocks.

  8. You should maintain 2m separation from other people (except family members living in the same house).

  9. Cars should be parked in the normal place but you should leave a car’s width between your car and the next car.  This will help maintain the 2m separation distance. See Fig. 2.  If mobility is not an issue for you, please leave some room closer to the runway for those less able.

  10. You should not walk up and down the pits as this would compromise the 2m separation distance. See Fig. 2.

  11. When it is your turn to fly walk directly away from the cars to a safe distance before turning left and proceeding to the runway.  Similarly when returning follow the reverse procedure.  This maintains greater than 2m separation. While on the runway maintain 2m separation from other flyers. See Fig. 2.

  12. No sharing of model flying equipment and aircraft (apart from by those sharing a household).  Contamination hazard.

  13. No launching of aircraft for someone else (apart from those sharing a household).  Contamination hazard.

  14. Please turn up with your plane all set up and ready to fly.  Others are not able to handle your equipment or tools without putting themselves and you at risk.

  15. Buddy box control (dual control) may not be possible.  E.g. The wire linking the sets is very often less than 2m so 2m separation may be impossible.  In addition the cable and 2nd transmitter cannot be simply be handed to the second person because it could be contaminated.
    Wireless buddy box control is possible since 2m separation can be maintained but the individual must either be from the same household or each uses their own personal transmitter.  You cannot simply hand a transmitter from one person to another because it could be contaminated with the virus.

  16. Some people use the assistance of a second person to start internal combustion models.  Remember the 2m rule still applies.  Retaining stands are one way round this problem.  Remember however not to compromise safety.  Spinning propellers can be dangerous and reaching where you should not is also a hazard.  Please take care.

  17. Hand sanitiser should be considered an essential item in every model aircraft flyer’s flight box.

  18. Consider wearing a face covering.

  19. It is recommended that you bring your own first aid kit.  There is a contamination hazard from using somebody else’s first aid kit.

  20. The outdoor sports concession to allow 30 attendees requires that no spectators are present other than where a parent/guardian is supervising a child or vulnerable adult.

  21. These Covid 19 guidelines will remain in place until further notice.  The guidelines will be reviewed periodically by the LMAC committee.


Fig. 1 Car parking and Pits area

Please note that the drawing above shows the normal short route to the flying area.  Due to the condition of the track we currently have an exception to allow optional use of the longer path up by the windsock.


Fig. 2. Close up of car park and pits area showing modified procedures

The situation is constantly changing but as of 21/9/2020 the Scottish Government requires that we conduct a risk assessment in order to hold events with up to 30 participants.  Previously a risk assessment was carried out for the RAF and this has been updated to cover the Scottish Government developments.  Please click on the link below to view the risk assessment.

We are also required to appoint a Covid Officer.  The name and contact details of the current Covid Officer can be found on the Contact Us page of this website.

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