Chapter 245 Tiedown Rules
EAA Chapter 245 provides tiedown facilities to its full members for use with their aircraft. Chapter 245 has chosen to implement rules for the use of these tiedowns in order to maintain an attractive environment for pilots, participants and visitors. The rules are also in place to maintain safe operation of aircraft and vehicular traffic operating on club property.
Aircraft Parking Instructions
While EAA Chapter 245 has a formal “Code of Conduct” for those tying their aircraft at the chapter, there’s also room for us all to be better neighbours while utilizing our excellent chapter grounds. To that end, some suggestions are included here to help highlight how we can make all our lives around the chapter more pleasant.
Tiedown ropes, chains, clevises etc are all part of the good stuff we use to keep our aircraft held fast against the howling wind. Unfortunately, all those pieces of hardware are awfully hard on grass cutting and snow removal equipment. The risk of flying debris injuring personnel or damaging aircraft is very high. The risk (and cost) of equipment breakage is also very high.
Please take the time to ensure your tiedown hardware is secure and is neatly bundled and in a predictable location. A long streamer of rope lying in the grass is invisible. Coil it up and tie the coil up out of the grass so it is both visible and out of the way.
Grass, oh that dang grass!
If you are tying your airplane down at EAA Chapter 245, you are responsible for cutting grass both UNDER and AROUND your aircraft. While you’re at it, cut some more grass. Our chapter survives on volunteer labour. Do a little more than the minimum, become a net contributor. It only takes a few minutes to mow a pretty big swath with the chapter lawn tractor. This will help us avoid burning out a few of the folks who very kindly spend a lot of time mowing for the benefit of all members.
Prop Blast (We ARE a Windy Bunch!)
It doesn’t matter the season, moving airplanes around is always a challenge. Our natural response to those challenges is typically to open the throttle a bit (or maybe a lot) further and power our way from our tiedown spot. This generally is a bad idea on hard surfaces and an even worse idea on soft surfaces. The probability of prop damage increases seemingly exponentially with RPM – that gets expensive really fast.
Looking beyond the issues of damaging our own airplanes, we must give consideration to everything and everybody who is getting blasted by the wind coming from our props. All those grass clippings that are behind your airplane... where are they going? Many times, they end up going under the doors of the row hangars creating a huge mess there. The same thing happens in the winter – there’s an amazing amount of snow which becomes a veritable blizzard behind an airplane using maximum breakaway power. Where’s all that snow going? We sure don’t want it being blown into the nooks and crannies of another airplane, or a hangar, or some poor innocent bystanders face.
Please, be considerate of others. Try to the greatest extent possible to move your airplane by hand rather than trying to use the mighty Lycoming to haul our aircraft from the ruts into which it has sunk.
Speaking of Ruts...
Our grounds at EAA Chapter 245 are quite lovely by almost anybody’s standards. The grass is lush in the summer and there’s always some kind soul who does their best in the winter to keep snow removed to facilitate access by all chapter members. Then there’s that nasty in-between season called spring, when our grounds often become a quagmire.
Any damage we do to the entryway and surrounding grass, becomes a problem for all members. Ruts very quickly fill with water which makes the ground even softer. The problem quickly balloons from one tire track that’s muddy, to our entire entryway becoming impassable.
Please, please don’t be the inconsiderate person who ruins our lovely grounds.
If you DO happen to leave a rut, please take the time to squish it down and flatten it out. Some of our members get tired of having to work to clean up the mess made by somebody who drove through the mud and just kept on driving without even looking back to see if they have damaged the grounds.
Believe it or not, our chapter’s bathroom is not cleaned by a contract cleaning service. Who would’a thunk that? Please do your best to both keep the bathroom clean and to leave it cleaner than you found it. It only takes just a little bit of effort after you’ve washed and dried your hands, to wipe up the vanity and sink. If you’ve tracked dirt and gravel in on your shoes, get the broom and dustpan, sweep it up and leave the place in a state more comfortable for the next person.
EAA Chapter 245, under the guidance of its hard-working executive members, delivers excellent value to its members by keeping membership costs low. When we look at the operating costs of the chapter hangar one of the big cost drivers is our monthly electricity bill. With this in mind, please be very cognizant of the fact that our workshop is heated electrically, so... don’t leave doors open! Likewise with lighting and other electricity use. The juice is there to be used, but if we can’t keep our costs under control the results won’t be pleasant. Please close the doors, turn off the lights and DON’T assume that somebody else will do it for you.
We have always operated on a “last one out locks up” policy. We’ve seen a few too many instances where the man door and/or hangar door has been left open or unlocked. If you’re leaving, assume you are the “last one” and that you should lock up. Don’t think that somebody working over in the row hangar is going to lock up the chapter hangar, or that somebody out working on their aircraft will lock up. Unless you have asked them specifically, please just assume you’re the last person there and lock up (after you’ve turned out the lights!).
Our chapter garbage is not picked up by the City of Ottawa, but rather is taken home by a few stalwart members who put it out to the curb with their own household garbage. With this being the case, if you’re making garbage, make plans to dispose of it rather than leaving it for somebody else to clean up. This is just common sense and common courtesy.
FOD, the bane of our existence. Whatever you leave outside becomes FOD. Wind blows it around, smashing it into things like fragile aircraft. Prop blast blows it everywhere. It often ends up blowing onto the taxiway or, even worse, the runway. Please ensure that you leave nothing outside which might become FOD. Airplanes are expensive to repair!
This one should be obvious, but it doesn’t seem to be. If we see something that’s not right at the EAA Chapter 245 hangar we should be communicating that matter to the EAA 245 executive (firstname.lastname@example.org reaches the entire executive). If it’s something that we can fix on our own, just do it. If it’s going to take a bigger effort, let’s make sure our chapter executive, and particular our chapter Operations officer ( email@example.com ) is aware. Don’t just walk away from it and think that somebody else will see the problem and fix it. Take some ownership of the issue and its resolution, let the executive know so a fix can be organized.
Our chapter is a wonderful place for us to indulge our passion for aviation. Let’s do our best to be good neighbours to our fellow chapter members, making it a better place for us all.
Annex A To Chapter 245 Aircraft Tiedown Instructions
Annex B To Chapter 245 Aircraft Tiedown Instructions
I…………………………………….. hereby absolve EAA chapter 245 (Ottawa) and any chapter executive on behalf of the said chapter from any responsibility for loss or damage to my aircraft, automobile, my person, member of my family, or guests, while on the property commonly known as chapter 245 property. I also confirm I am a member of EAA in Wisconsin and in good standing.
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Dated at ……………………………. this day………………………………….of…………………………