Contact any of the flight instructors below to confirm instruction on Wednesdays
Flying field is reserved for students on Wednesday evenings, between Late April until September. Regular flying not permitted by other club members. Everyone is welcome to attend and contribute on Wed. nights with the focus always on creating a very fun environment that will maximally benefit the student pilots. If you attend please plan to find yourself helping and while having a few good laughs along the way.
Instructing starts around 5:00 PM through dusk weather permitting. Please email the instructors (scroll to bottom) if you are unsure of the night’s class status.
New Pilots Getting Started
There is a lot of great information out there on purchasing your first airframe. Here is a snippet that will help you make that decision a little easier.
Trainer Ready to Fly (RTF) Packages
There are 2 packages that we recommend that are RTF (ready to Fly) and Include Flying Simulators to Practice at home on your Computer between Training sessions.
The Alpha , from Horizon Hobbies is very complete entry level package featuring a 5 channel 2.4 GHz Spectrum Radio system, Evolution 46 engine, servo’s and fuel tank already installed. This plane is not the most docile trainer on the market and at the start can be a steep learning curve but many students are successful with this very compete package. The quality of the kit is certainly good enough for a entry level trainer and one can expect the Alpha to be well worn by the time you have your wings. As the Alpha comes with almost every thing you need and assembled it is a good place to start for those completely new to the hobby.
The NexStar from Hobbico was in the past a highly recommended RTF trainer but the manufacture has allowed the package to become dated as time and technology has moved forward. The NexStar is still other wise a very good package for a RTF trainer. The NexStar features top quality covering material, a top quality OS46AX engine and Futaba servos and battery that with some care will provide many years of service. Limiting a otherwise very good package is the Radio supplied is the older and now little used 72Mhz type and the flight simulator software will only work on Windows XP and earlier computers. The NexStar is available with motor, servo’s and fuel tank installed and very little work is required to get it ready for first Flight.
Both of these are available from our local Hobby shops, and its highly recommend to try and shop locally as they will be able to provide you guidance and great service that isn’t always available from mail order suppliers.
Trainer Almost Ready to Fly (ARF) Packages
If you are interested in being more hands on in getting your first airplane flight worthy there are many good Trainer ARF Packages (Almost Ready to Fly) available. While it is more difficult for the first time RC pilot to assemble a operational trainer by starting with a ARF package the results can be a superior trainer that could last the student well into the future. Starting with a ARF package can expose the new pilot to more of the details of setting up a new plane and this can add to your overall knowledge more quickly. We have found the SIG ARF Kadet series of planes provide a superior environment for new pilot training. The largest, the Senior Kadet provides for a very slow and forgiving flight experience where there is plenty of time for the student to observe and correct the plane’s flight path and so allows a rapid confidence building learning experience for new pilots. The smaller and lower cost Kadet LT ARF for glow motors is also a excellent trainer for new pilots. There are many other good trainer ARF planes on the market as well. It is suggested you contact the training instructors to discus what you are considering before jumping in.
Trainer Kit Packages
For those that really want to do it yourself this path to your first operational trainer is the most hands on and challenging. For new pilots who have the time, patience and commitment to build from a kit it can be very satisfying. Building a operational trainer from “a box of wood” does take time, some skill and patience. If it is your first time there may well be some missteps along the way to a operational trainer. You will find the the flight instructors happy to advise and help you on the way to finishing your kit. A very good kit is the Sig Kadet LT as it is a simple rugged kit that results in a excellent trainer when completed. Please bear in mind that your first trainer may well have a hard life as you earn your wings so your hand made baby may well get a few bruises on the way to you wings. For this reason some wait until later and hand build their second plane.
Things to consider
Keep in mind that as a learning pilot your trainer can be expected to take a quite a few bumps along the way to your wings. We suggest new pilots select their trainer not on looks or “I have always wanted it” but for economical rugged practicality in the knowledge that by the time you get your wings most trainers will probably be pretty rough looking from the bumps along the way to success.
Some manufactures have started a new generation of trainer such as P-51 Progressive Training System or the jet-like F-22 Progressive Training System. These air planes can be faster than regular trainer, which requires faster recovery times/reflexes. These are suitable for most students. It is the Instructor’s opinion if he feels the student is unable to be trained with the airplane chosen by the student. It depends on our discretion as an instructor and what each student brings to the sessions too in terms of vision, reflexes and skill sets, etc.
The program’s success hinges on the use of appropriate aircraft for training which are examined and approved for airworthiness by the instructors. Students must only use models that are designed specifically as trainers – high performance or aerobatic models are unsuitable and will not be approved for training purposes.
All training aircraft must be thoroughly inspected, flight tested, and approved by the instructors. Further, ARCC instructor and/or the Chief Flight Instructor have the final authority in determining which aircraft are to be used in training. We will not approve small “foamie” planes for fight instruction as they do not allow the student to acquire the required skills.
Although Electric Flight is becoming more popular they still don’t offer flight time’s equivalent to Glow powered, and we don’t recommended them as your Primary first trainer. They also require more technical understanding of the power system and Battery Handling, best left for future projects.
Self Taught/Park Flyer Pilots
Members who join the ARCC that were self taught or learned to fly park flyers, will have to pass the wings test when flying their larger airplanes at the field. There is a difference when flying from a MAAC sanctioned club versus a schoolyard or park. The wings test consists of knowledge of club rules and 8 maneuvers that can be completed by any r/c airplane (glow or electric):
- Take off
- Straight flight
- Flat figure eight
- Low pass
- Rudder turn
- Rectangular approach
- Dead stick landing
Flight Instruction Overview
- Flying field is reserved for students on Wednesday evening, between May and September. Regular flying not permitted by other club members. Everyone is welcome to attend and contribute on Wed. nights with the focus always on creating a very fun environment that will maximally benefit the student pilots. If you attend please plan to find yourself helping and while doing that having a few good laughs along the way.
- Instructing starts around 5:00 PM through dusk weather permitting. Email the instructors if you are unsure of the night’s class status.
- Students will be accompanied by an instructor at all times while learning to fly. Unless they are soloing, the student should never attempt to fly by themselves.
- It is the student’s responsibility to ensure his/her plane is kept in flight worthy condition at all times. They must perform regular maintenance and upkeep.
- There is often a plane(s) that can be used by new students who have not yet acquired their own trainer. As these training planes are supplied by fight instructors they may not always be available. We strongly suggest for students that wish to progress rapidly without interruption toward getting your wings you plan on acquiring your own trainer.
- Fully charge batteries in TX, RX, glow igniter, and field box
- Frequency pin if using a FM transmitter 🙂
- Paper towels, rags, cleaning solution (Windex is excellent)
- Rubber bands, tools
- Water or cold drinks
- Bug repellent
- Emergency first aid kit