Learn to Fly...!

Beginners are not allowed to fly without supervision until they pass the BMFA ‘A’ Test.

You won’t learn how to fly from a book. Club members are irreplaceable.

All club members will help you get started & willing to help get your wings

Your first lesson

Get an instructor to check out your model and installation. Tell him of any alterations you have made on your own. The first lesson will be, the site layout, where to park, where to place your model in the pits, and most importantly.

Site Layout

Make sure you understand the site layout especially the Transmitter control procedure.

Flying Area

The flying area will be explained to you, make sure you understand the areas to fly in, if in doubt ask, see the site layout diagrams.

Always Remember

Your instructor is only human; he can make mistakes like you and me. Don’t blame him for any mishap, which might occur during your tuition. He will teach you to the best of his ability. Always remember he is there to enjoy our hobby just like you. Make sure you and your model are ready for the days flying.

The skill of flying radio controlled models is not easily acquired, and you the beginner need all the help you can get. Joining this club and getting the help and support of experienced model flyers is the quickest road to success, and the cheapest!! This booklet is designed to introduce the novice to a programme of learning, by which he can avoid pitfalls, acquire good habits, and check his progress.

Your success in the sport depends on you.

Look at learning to flying radio models with the same respect you would give full size aircraft; they can be just as challenging. Without the proper training the sport will not only be expensive but also frustrating – this can put the newcomer to our sport off...!

Get The Proper Training

The length of time-spent learning depends on the individual. Some people learn faster than others, the average time from your first lesson, to going solo, is about three months; again this depends on how much time and effort you put in. But don’t worry it will all click into place eventually. Of course you will not achieve the necessary flying skills by reading about it, use these notes only as a guide. Your instructor is the most important road to success.

Choosing a Trainer

There is a bewildering variety of trainer kits, plans and ready-builts on the market, most of them good, practical designs, easy to build and to fly. “Which is the best?” is a meaningless question, rather you must ask, “Which will be most suitable to my temperament and circumstances?”

What has attracted you into the sport? Do you like excitement, or do you prefer quiet satisfaction? Are you going to be a meticulous builder who also likes to fly, or an ace pilot who puts his models together as quickly as possible? Are you extravagant or do you take pleasure in economy? The modeller will find the balance of activity, which suits his personality.

Ideally it’s better to get advice from instructors and club members rather than the local model shop.

Come along to one of our flying sessions and get all the advice you require!

Size, Weight and Power

THERE IS A BEWILDERING CHOICE; IT’S UP TO YOU but most ARTF Trainers are acceptable with electric becoming more common.

Kits and Plans

If you have a lot of time on your hands, this is the most satisfying way to come into the sport. The draw back is the time it takes to build and finish the model. And if you have a mishap early in your training, it could put you off a little seeing your hard work broken at your feet.

Your instructor or any of the experienced club members will give you good advice.


As with aircraft, there are a large variety of motors & engines to choose from, some very good and some not so good.

Other Field Equipment

a Flight box wit a samml selection tools, starting equipment, suitible charged batterys.

Remember if you borrow anything from fellow modellers, return the item as soon as you finish with it, if you don’t, you may find it difficult to borrow anything else later.

The Guidance System

You don’t have to be an electronic wizard!

Your Instructor will check your installation before the aircraft flies.

Always tell him if you have changed or altered anything!

Any of the standard radio sets will give you all the controls you require, and they are very affordable. It’s up to the individual how much he wants to spend.

Remember, ask your instructor about anything of which you are not sure.

Get advice from the club, rather than the local model shop.


Learning to fly a model aircraft safely and proficiently takes an awful lot of dedication from you. The Instructors word is final on all matters, you should ask him about everything of which you are not sure. If he doesn’t have the answer at hand he will find out for you. Also, remember the Instructor is a modeller - he wants to enjoy our sport like you. Always make sure you are ready for the lesson, there is nothing more frustrating than having to abandon a flight due to poor preparation or a forgotten item.

Remember you may not be the only pupil so don’t waste your tutor’s time.

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