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29th Apr 2007, 20:45
I'm trying to find the original rules of flight or flight safety which, I think, were issued by the RFC. There were about ten of them which appear pretty obvious and would still be valid today. Any ideas where I can find them as I need to do a talk to a bunch of nine year olds regarding aviation safety and I want to show them how far we've come.

29th Apr 2007, 22:00
Are these the ones you're after?

Practical Flying By "A Flight Commander"
(W.G McMinnies, R.N. & Flt Lieutenant E.L Ford R.N.)
Temple Press 1918

1.Find out why a machine flies and learn to understand what happens when you get off, fly level, dive, turn steeply or gently, and land.
2.Study the control levers and their effect when moved on the controlling surfaces (rudder, elevator and ailerons) of the machine you are going to fly.
3.Find out how the, switch, petrol and oil taps, throttle and fine adjustment work.
4.Find out how the instruments work and what they are for; air speed indicator, height recorder, engine revolution counter, compass and side-slip indicator.
5.Learn all about the details of construction of the machine and engine.
6.Practise swinging the propeller.
7.Practise sitting in the machine and working the control levers as if you were flying.
8.Find out the correct number of revolutions at which to run the engine, and the climbing, flying level, and gliding speeds of the machine.
9.If there are any points that puzzle you, ask your instructor to explain them.
10.When an engine or machine gives trouble, find out the cause and remedy.
11.Obtain a map of the country round the aerodrome and study it, so that you can pick up your bearings in the air.

I have some earlier manuals if this is too recent.... but most still seem to offer good advice today.

29th Apr 2007, 22:58
........or these?
Regulations For The Operation of Aircraft January, 1920
1. Don't take the machine into the air unless you are satisfied it will fly.
2. Never leave the ground with the motor leaking.
3. Don't turn sharply when taxiing. Instead of turning sharp, have someone lift the tail off the ground.
4. In taking off, look at the ground and the air.
5. Never get out of a machine with the motor running until the pilot relieving you can reach the engine controls.
6. Pilots should carry hankies in a handy position to wipe off goggles.
7. Riding on the steps, wings, or tail of a machine is prohibited.
8. In case the engine fails on takeoff, land straight ahead regardless of obstacles.
9. No machine must taxi faster than a man can walk.
10. Never run motor so that blast will blow on other machines.
11. Learn to gauge altitude, especially on landing.
12. If you see another machine near you, get out of the way.
13. No two cadets should ever ride together in the same machine.
14. Do not trust altitude instruments.
15. Before you begin a landing glide, see that no machines are under you.
16. Hedge-hopping will not be tolerated.
17. No spins on back or tail slides will be indulged in as they unnecessarily strain the machines.
18. If flying against the wind and you wish to fly with the wind, don't make a sharp turn near the ground. You may crash.
19. Motors have been known to stop during a long glide. If pilot wishes to use motor for landing, he should open throttle.
20. Don't attempt to force machine onto ground with more than flying speed. The result is bouncing and ricocheting.
21. Pilots will not wear spurs while flying.
22. Do not use aeronautical gasoline in cars or motorcycles.
23. You must not take off or land closer than 50 feet to the hangar.
24. Never take a machine into the air until you are familiar with its controls and instruments.
25. If an emergency occurs while flying, land as soon as possible.

29th Apr 2007, 23:05
Thanks Mate! Them's the one:D Windriver, thanks for those as well. There are several there I can use.
Thanks guys