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COPA green policy checklist

Codes of Conduct for Airsports

Ballooning

Power

Gliding

Parachuting

Model Flying

Rotorcraft

Aerobatics

Para & Hang Gliding

Micro-lites

Participants must realize that, in practicing their sports, they have an effect on their environment, and in particular put pressure on natural resources - land, air, and water - by:

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-using land for aircraft manoeuvring and parking, for hangars and garages, for airport buildings such as control towers, and for driving to and from the airfield.

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-producing waste products, noise and emissions when aircraft are serviced and operated, and when vehicles are driven to the airfield.

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-producing waste products, noise and emissions when 
powered models are serviced and operated, and when vehicles are driven to the airfield.

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Pilots respect the environment by:

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Assuming the responsibility for minimizing the impact described above.

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Constantly trying not to jeopardize the claim of Air sport to be a legitimate form of recreation.

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Observing this code of conduct. Beginning with flight preparation, continuing throughout the flight and until the aircraft is put back into the hanger, pilots must strive to protect the environment.

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Environmental awareness means:

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When buying new aircraft, choosing types with noise suppression.

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Ensuring that available technical means (multi--blade propellers, exhaust silencers) are employed to reduce noise levels.

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Flying in an economic way, by not overloading the airplane, by leaning the mixture as much as safely possible, by reducing power early for landing, and by knowing and adhering to circuit patterns.

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Using winch launching rather than Aero tow when possible.

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Reducing energy consumption in building models, use of powered models, and use of cars.

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Choose operating area carefully, with special consideration for local wild life.

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Using the minimum number of helpers in open country areas to get models to the starting area

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Making sure that protected flora outside the manoeuvring area are not damaged.

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Adhering to optimum climb and descent rates.

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Observing optimum climb and sink rates with powered gliders.

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Reducing noise pollution by observing local restrictions and avoiding overflight of heavily populated areas.

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Planning take-off and climb routes that avoid areas requiring quiet and tranquility.

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Varying the route taken for Towing/climbing to the drop zone.

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Only starting the flight when when there is sufficient opportunity to land, e.g. staying clear of large crop fields in low wing conditions.

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Avoiding noise wherever you can.

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Making as little noise as possible in ones own vicinity.

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Arranging take-offs to respect neighbouring people's rest periods.

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Giving maximum consideration to people and nature when flying models with combustion engines.

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Overflying nature reserves and recreational areas at a minimum height of 2000 feet.

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Avoiding flying low over hospitals, churches, villages, recreation areas, and nature conservation areas etc.

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Observing legal minimum altitudes above villages and nature conservation areas

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Ballooning

Power

Gliding

Parachuting

Model Flying

Rotor-craft

Aerobatics

Para & Hang Gliding

Micro-lites

Respecting wild animals, especially in spring and early summer when they are rearing their young.

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Avoiding areas that need peace and quiet (recreational areas and places where protected species live -especially during the breeding season).

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Not flying low over people or animals.

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Calling to give notice of using burners when near people, to avoid startling them.

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If possible, avoid flying below 500' - use "whisper burners" if low flying is necessary.

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Taking care of victims if they have been frightened or if damage has been caused.

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Not guiding radio-controlled models towards people or animals

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Not aiming at people or animals.

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Avoiding areas that are liable to erosion or which have wild flowers.

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Not landing in protected areas

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Not landing in in long grass or meadows, or in prepared fields.

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Landing close to the edge of fields.

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Seeking areas that have been harvested for field landings.

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When landing outside the flying site/airfield, keeping visitors out of the fields.

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Using existing paths, verges etc. to retrieve models.

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Not repacking parachutes on high grass or meadows.

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Minimize noise, energy use and intrusion to neighbouring people when towing trailers.

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Ensuring that opened gates are closed after use.

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Keeping workshops, club premises, parking areas and campsites clean and tidy.

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Carefully handling fuels, oils and lubricants (refuelling and waste disposal).

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Leaving no litter.

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