We’ll assume since you are reading this page that you have an interest in learning to fly RC airplanes. Great! So what is the best way to learn? Most of the sage advice on the subject includes recommending you join a club, and we agree. Well, of course we agree, we’re biased since we are a club. But don’t take our word for it. There are literally thousands of videos, web articles and other helpful “getting started” resources on the web. Here are a couple of good ones (yup, club-positive message included):
- Get Started by GrosbeakRC
- How Do I Get Started in Flying Remote Control (RC) Model Airplanes? from the AMA Flight School. This article refers to the American versions of our national bodies, but the advice is sound nonetheless.
For beginners, one of the most valuable aspects of joining a club is flight training. Although it is possible to learn on your own, there is no substitute for learning from a qualified flight instructor. The FMAC Flight Training Program gives FMAC members the opportunity to learn to fly better and develop superior habits. With our hands-on approach at the side of our Chief Flying Instructor John Gillanders, students learn:
- Radio & Field Procedures
- Aircraft and Flight Familiarization
- Basic Flight Maneuvers
- Orientation Maneuvers
- Approaches to Landing
- Solo Flight
Durham Field is our primary flying site. Designated solely for RC aviation, there are 15 hectares (37 acres) of wide open space, a groomed runway, pilot stations, pit area and parking. Designed according to MAAC R/C Flying Field Specifications, our field offers a safe environment for beginner pilots.
In addition to being covered by MAAC insurance, FMAC members have a wealth of knowledge and expertise at their disposal from the membership. Nobody wants to see you succeed in the hobby more than we do. Even if you never join a club, we hope you get involved in RC aviation and have a safe, responsible and rewarding experience. If you are interested in joining FMAC, head on over to our Membership page to find out how you can get involved with the Fredericton Model Aircraft Club.