Thinking about a new hobby?
Well we may be biased, but we believe model flying is one of the best. There are so many options available and this is a hobby that you can keep progressing in as you achieve different flying levels / standards.
Whist you’re having fun learning how to fly you will also discover the friendly and sociable side of this great hobby.
So where do you start?
Well every model pilot you see starts with a trainer plane. These are well balanced, high wing planes. They have forgiving flight characteristics and are stable at slower speeds allowing you to learn the basics of flight.
If you are looking to fly helicopters you will also start with a basic training model. Training aids are essential as you learn how to hover and then progress onto manoeuvring the helicopter around until you are competent in flying circuits and figures of eight.
Flight simulators are a great way to get extra stick time in and build up your knowledge of how your actions on your transmitter affect the flight of your model.
At our club we use the buddy box system. This means your transmitter is connected to your instructors transmitter. This allows your instructor to regain quick control of the model to save any incidents.
Choice Of Power
Electric or I/C (glow)
This choice is down to your own personal preference. The electronic motors, speed controllers and batteries are now equivalent in terms of power and reliability to I/C (internal combustion) engines. Flying times and flight characteristics are the same for both and the total price wise is also fairly close.
Electric powered models are cleaner, as you don’t have the fuel residue, and are also quieter but can have a longer down time between flights whist you recharge your battery.
Nitro or glow powered models have a faster turnaround time as you just refill the tank and check your receiver battery has adequate charge to perform a safe flight. The downside is the fuel residue, but that can be easily wiped clean.
What comes after I have learnt to fly?
Once you have achieved your A test (a set flight pattern and questions to show you are a safe model pilot ) which is taken at our field, you can then progress onto more challenging aircraft, perfect your flying skills, learn aerobatics and continue through the achievement ratings set out by the BMFA.
We are happy to advise so for more information please contact us or visit us at our flying site.
Here are a few helpful links.
Electric Gamma trainer plane
Electric Discovery trainer plane
Electric V2 Indoor & Outdoor Helicopter