FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I get involved?

An entry-level training airplane will cost about $350.00. This will include a basic radio, an engine and a trainer airplane kit. To get started right away, you should look for an ARF (Almost Ready to Fly). An ARF is essentially a kit that has been pre-assembled which can have you flying in a very short time. In addition to these basic costs, there are several accessories which are needed to get your aircraft up and running which will add approximately another $100.00.

 

Club Dues are $55.00 Annually and $27.50 for Juniors. There is a one time initiation fee of $20.00. Prior to joining you must attend three meetings or have three visits to the flying field. You can download a Membership Application HERE.

 

In addition to the club membership, all users of the fields must also be members of the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics). This organization provides liability insurance, a monthly magazine and other benefits at an annual cost of $58.00. Those 19 and under receive special rates on both memberships.

 

How long can the airplane fly?

Most R/C aircraft are equipped with a fuel tank that can power the engine for about ten minutes. This is an average length of flight for most R/C pilots. The rechargeable batteries in the radios, which control the airplane, generally last six to ten flights.

 

How do you learn to fly?

After a few lessons, you will quickly learn the basics. The radio control systems can be interconnected so that an experienced pilot can assist you on your first flights. This "buddy box" system allows you to learn to fly in a step by step manner. At first, instructors will takeoff and land for you, allowing you to concentrate on learning to control the airplane. Once you're comfortable with climbs, descents, turns and other various maneuvers, you'll learn how to takeoff and land. After you've mastered those skills, you'll be soloed! Then the fun really begins as you continue to learn to fly on your own. This system helps reduce the risk of crashing your model before you really get to enjoy the hobby.