ARFF Site Rules & Regulations
Sagebrush Launch and Landing Zone(s)
1. All Pilots must be a current member of both the USHPA and American River Free Flight to fly at Sagebrush. Pilots must have a completed Membership Application and Release Waiver on file, and have paid the dues commensurate with the corresponding member classification.
2. Local P2 pilots are required to have completed a minimum of 40 flights in various weather conditions at other sites, as documented in their log book, to fly here with a sponsor.
3. Pilots new to this site, P2-P4, will be required to walk through the LZ and launch. The walk through covers everything from parking to set up and approach patterns, in order to keep our site running safely and smoothly and to keep you informed and safe. And of course, your sponsor will be more than happy to impart experience on thermal generators for all kinds of conditions.
4. Local P2 pilots need a minimum of 5 sponsored flights in addition to the sponsored walk through.
5. Pilots must follow the “Right of Way Rules” when flying.
6. Local P2 and all P3 pilots must have a sponsored walk through on the day of their first flight. Conditions change sometimes radically from day to day. The information you receive during a walk through on any given day will only be valid for that day. Local P2’s must have their first flight and walkthrough sponsored by an Instructor, or an Observer.
7. Local P2 pilots may be required to fly mornings and/or late day and during light traffic and lower turbulence times. Your sponsor/observer will make the weather call.
8. Local P2 pilots must have a qualified sponsor present for every sponsored flight. The presence of the sponsor should be set up at least 24 hours in advance.
9. All sponsored pilots need to carry working radio/transmitters tunable to our local frequency of 144.445 or a frequency you agree upon with your observer/sponsor.
10. Currently, the only approved Landing Zone is the property cleared and identified within the hairpin turn (AKA Hospital Bend) on Marshall Rd in Lotus, CA. Landing anywhere other than this LZ is expressly prohibited. There is also a portion of the Marshall Gold Discovery Site Park in Coloma that can be used ONLY as a bailout in an emergency should the need arise and a report must be filed with a sponsor if this occurs.
11. After landing in the designated LZ, immediately gather your gear and clear the LZ. Sagebrush’s LZ requires a high level of skill even in calm conditions and every square foot of LZ should be afforded to a pilot on approach.
12. Respect the site! Fly a minimum of 200’ from residences. Pick up trash, even if it’s not yours. Drive carefully and courteously on all unpaved surfaces. Drive NO MORE THAN 5 MPH on Sagebrush Rd, this has been a negative issue for our club! Drive carefully throughout the entire LZ. If your vehicle creates a rut be prepared to grab a shovel and repair it.
Flight Sponsorship Procedure
1. Contact any of the sponsors below to find one that is available to give you the walk through and hopefully your first sponsored flight(s). NOTE: P4, the walk through is required, but sponsorship of your first flight is not.
2. Items to bring to your walk through: a. USHPA and ARFF membership cards.
i. Visiting Pilots can contact a sponsor for forms.
ii. Local P2s, and any P3s – Bring contact information for an Instructor reference. This is to verify that you meet the minimum skills required to fly this site
Sponsor: An advanced local pilot approved by ARFF for site specific orientations.
The following is a list of sponsors that will introduce local P2/P3 and visiting P3/P4 pilots to flying at Sagebrush. Please contact one of these sponsors to arrange sponsorship at least 24 hours before arriving at Sagebrush to fly.