Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Do you want to fly RC but you're not sure how to get started?

Do you or someone you know want to find out how to get started flying RC aircraft? If yes, that's fantastic! In my humble opinion, it is the greatest hobby ever! Join my blog and and we'll discuss all sorts of things to get you going and help you all along the way. If you are an experienced pilot, we would love to have the benefit of your expertise & knowledge. Please share your thoughts and ideas...

Men and women have always been captivated by the idea of breaking the bonds of earth and gravity. Maybe it’s the promise of freedom that explains the allure of flying, or maybe it’s just human stubbornness, man wanting to do something he wasn’t equipped by nature to accomplish. For most, flying RC airplanes and helicopters is as close as we will come to realizing the dream of flying under our own control. A thrilling and rewarding pastime, radio remote control aviation satisfies a desire that seems almost genetically imprinted.

Learning to fly takes a little time and patience, but is not really difficult and anyone can do it, young or old. With the right RC airplane and proper instruction, you can be flying before you know it. A good initial step is to join a local RC flying club. Most hobbyists are outgoing and enjoy sharing what they know and most clubs have at least one member designated to assist beginners. Learning under the watchful eye of a certified instructor is probably the quickest and safest way to start flying RC airplanes. If you already own a plane, your instructor can help you avoid damaging it; if you don’t, clubs usually have trainer planes and helicopters that new pilots may “borrow.” To find a club near you, and a list of certified RC flight instructors, visit the website of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) at or call 1-765-287-1256.

If there is more than one club in your area, try to visit them all. Join the club you like the best, or the one that is nearest you or has the best instructional program. And ask about dues (these may vary, so find out what they are and what they cover). The club that we belong to charges $80 per year for an individual or a family. The family plan covers children up to age 18. Many clubs require you to join AMA as a prerequisite to flying your RC airplane on their field regularly. Our club requires AMA membership. Even if yours doesn't, we encourage you to join; AMA works to promote RC modeling and also provides liability insurance coverage--which is a great thing to have. There are a number of great resources on AMA’s site, including an Event Calendar (click on Competition/Events, then use the search box to obtain information about upcoming events in your area), a virtual tour of the National Model Aviation Museum, and the current and past issues of Model Aviation magazine (a subscription to the magazine is one of the member benefits). We love their magazine.

If you are ready to get started in this exciting and rewarding hobby, click the Follow button (over on the left) to follow this blog, check out AMA's website and find the list of clubs in your area and please post any questions or thoughts that you have.

Signing off for now - will be back soon. Until next time, have fun, keep it safe & keep flying!

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