Yokine Reserve is a place in Perth where you can fly a model aircraft in a public park.
However, you’ll have to be a member of one of two authorised clubs. The two clubs are us, the Soaring Model Society of Western Australia, and the Western Australian Radio Soarers. And if the Model is a powered one, it has to be electric. So please don’t turn up with the new “toy” you just got for your birthday. Chances are that a ranger will be spoiling your experience.
By becoming a member you’ll also have to be a member of the AMAS (Australian Miniature Aerosports Society Inc.) and you will be covered by liability insurance. And the City of Stirling can rest assured that you are operating you aircraft according internationally recognised rules. Model Airplanes have been flying there since 1975 and there has never been a serious accident.
So what’s the difference between the two clubs? If you want to join us you should own and sometimes fly a glider model. In case you don’t know: Gliders are those gracious birds that majestically soar motor-less and silent:) Of course a glider can have an electric motor to get up to altitude, and then glide. The aim is to find a bubble of rising air and soar to a much higher altitude. On good days you can fly for a long time and rarely use the motor. We have an altitude exception limit of 1000 feet granted by CASA, more than double the 400 feet mandatory in controlled air space!
Safety and Model Specifications
Please be aware that Yokine Reserve is a public park and members of the public can, and do sometimes walk through the flying area. In an effort to manage and minimise the risk to the public and members alike, the club has introduced a number of model specifications. These specifications still allow some larger models to be flown, while also balancing the need for risk management. The models flown by club members must be less than 3kg ready to fly, ie, including the propulsion battery. The propulsion battery can be up to four (4) cells in series of Lithium chemistry, ie, 4S. If using other battery chemistry types, the limit is 14.8 Volts based upon the nominal cell voltage.
The City of Stirling have altered the requirements of clubs to use the reserve, effective from 1 July 2014. There is a requirement to have an observer to warn pilots should members of the public enter the flying area. There are more stringent signage requirements. Cones and flags must be used to mark the flying area. The required equipment is kept in a store room at the premises to which a number of club members have a key.