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Turbine Operation

KBDI for Sarasota County
Check KBDI District Map for Conditions at Field
August 14, 2020

Mean: 250
Change: -13
Min/Max: 44 / 556

Click Here for Turbine Aircraft Fire Safety Rules and Myakka River District Map

Click here to visit the Florida Forest Service KBDI website

Current Conditions

Memorial Field Weather Station
Last Updated on Aug 15 2020, 12:40 pm EDT
High: 89°F at 10:30am
Low: 75°F at 6:43am
Wind: 3 mph from SSW
High Gust 19 mph @ 10:40am
Humidity: 72%
Feels Like 100°F
Rain: 0.1 in
Seasonal Total 31.1 in
Barometer: 30.1 in Hg
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SARASOTA RC SQUADRON Turbine Aircraft Fire Safety Rules

  1. Club members and guests shall not fly turbine powered model aircraft if the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) for any area within a one mile radius of the flying field is 500 or over.
  2. It is the turbine fliers responsibility to check this daily before flying. During AMA sanctioned events, this shall be the Contest Director’s responsibility.

  3. It is also the turbine fliers responsibility to follow all points of AMA document #501 “SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR MODEL AIRCRAFT POWERED BY GAS TURBINES” including fire extinguisher and water based fire fighting equipment rules. The Club will provide water based fire fighting equipment. Turbine fliers shall unlock the storage area and ready this equipment before flying. When finished flying, the equipment storage area shall be secured.

  4. The Club will not police these rules on a daily bases. However, if a turbine flier is found to blatantly disregard these rules, the turbine flier shall be subject to a 30 day suspension of all flying privileges.

  5. The daily (KBDI) shall be checked by the turbine flier using the following process:

    1. Visit the R/C Fliers of Venice website and view the status icon in the left sidebar labeled Turbine Operation

    2. Indicators are as follows:

      •  conditions are acceptable for turbine operation. The maximum KBDI is below 500 for the entire district.

      •  conditions are not acceptable for turbine operation. The minimum KBDI is above 500 for the entire district.

      •  conditions vary throughout the district and the KBDI map (below) must be viewed for closer determination. If any area within a one mile radius of the field has a KBDI value equal to or above 500, it is not acceptable for turbine operation.


4KM Resolution KBDI for Myakka River District

A full report from the Florida Department of Agriculture can be found here.

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