GETTING STARTED

We advise that you meet us before buying a model aircraft. Getting advice from club members might save you from chosing something unsuitable for your current skill level or for the places we fly at.

Airplanes
We fly in a big open space so it needs to be visable when a few hundred feet up and cope with a decent gust of wind. You might not want anything much smaller than a 1000mm wingspan. A high wing trainer is usually considered a good starter plane.

They are designed to cope with the bumps and bruises of some less than perfect landings. They will most likely be made from a type of expanded foam (foamies) which are particularly easy to repair with glue.

A ‘pusher’ trainer plane has the propeller mounted above the body facing backwards. These often dispense with an undercarriage and can be landed on their belly. Easily damaged bits like engine and propeller are out of harms way should you not land perfectly.

Flight Assistance
Some trainer planes have flight-assisted stability modes which help protect beginner pilots from crashing. These systems will try to prevent you from loosing control of your aircraft by reducing the input from your transmitter. They can be useful but ‘safe’ modes may restrict your growth as a pilot if you rely on them too too much.

     
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Mini Apprentice is a high wing trainer with flight assistance and easy to steer tricycle style undercarriage.   Bixler is a high wing trainer with a pusher prop but no undercarriage to damage in a bad landing.
 
   

Transmitters
If you are in need of training please try to avoid transmitters (TX) that we are not familiar with. We like to assist new flyers using dual TXs (the buddy box system) but if we cannot connect you to one of our instructors TXs we may not be able to help you.

Training
We have skilled members who are happy to assist new pilots. Training will include teaching you about safety, site rules, general flying rules and the basics of RC flying. Members who help with tuition will be giving up their own time and most likely sharing their equipment with you so you will need to check their availability as they might not be able to help at short notice. We also ask that if a member offers to help you that you do turn up for training sessions and notify us in good time if you have to cancel.

Simulators
Pilots traditionally have learnt to fly by going to a flying site and putting in a lot of practise. There is nothing that can replace real flying experience but a simulator can be a useful additional tool to have.

Multi rotors - drones & helicopters
These are allowed at our sites and if you are an experienced flyer we can accommodate you but currently we do not have much capacity for training a novice.

Contact us and let us know what exactly what you wish to fly and what if anything you have flown to date and we will see how we can help you.

 
 
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