The spotter plays a pivotal role that goes beyond mere observation. Their duties are critical in ensuring not only the safety of the flight but also the safety of the pilot they are assisting. Here, we outline the key responsibilities of a spotter.

1. Assist pilots when multiple aircraft are in the pattern as to their location, wind direction, takeoffs/landings, runway incursions and emergencies.

2. Keep the pilot aware of what other model pilots and crew members are doing, such as retrieving a plane from the runway, or crossing the runway, or starting a plane in a nearby pilot startup station. Alert other pilots and spotters as to your pilot’s intentions, e.g. “Taking off to the right!”, or “Landing from the left!”.

3. Watch for any models that seem to be out of control, in ground handling, or take-offs, landings, or in the pattern. Prepare to protect your pilot if an out-of-control aircraft is approaching, by moving him/her out of its path.

4. Assist the pilot in starting his plane, moving it to the flight line, checking all flight control functions (rudder, elevator, ailerons and throttle) before releasing the model for take-off, and retrieving the plane after landing.

5. Scan the immediate airspace area for full scale aircraft in your vicinity and keep your pilot informed.

6. REMEMBER, you are not here to admire the flight. YOU ARE NOT A SPECTATOR! You are a crew member with definite and important responsibilities.



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