“Learning Radio Controlled Flying From The Experts”

This time I’m going to relate to you a little more on the benefits of learning RC flying from an experienced flier/teacher.  I know I’ve talked about this subject before, but from my years of personal experience and from observing the failures and frustrations of others new to the hobby, I am just trying to impress upon those of you that are beginners, the advantages of having an experienced flier/trainer help you to get started and through the initial flights to the point of soloing with a minimum of in flight mistakes and the ultimate consequences.

I will again bring up the issue of locating a local flying club in this post.  You can go to the AMA website and search for AMA sanctioned clubs in your area.  They have names and email addresses or phone numbers of the people you can contact to learn about their club.  They will be able to direct you to the correct person or persons that are able and usually very willing to help you get into the RC hobby.

You can also sometimes learn about getting help from the local RC modeling hobby store.  They are a good source of information on the local clubs and they are usually a member of the club.

You don’t have to “go it” alone.  And it is to your best advantage to seek out qualified help and avoid the many pitfalls and frustrations that can lead to you becoming discouraged and give up on the hobby altogether.

I just read a news story today from the “The Roanoke Times .about some young teenage boys and their success in learning to fly from a qualified trainer.  You can read the entire article here: Aviator in training.  At the end of this story, there is a link to a RC flying club’s web site.  It is an interesting club with a lot of history.  Be sure to check it out and watch the video on their site.  It is about 5 minutes long and it really shows you a lot about the fun and frustrations of our exciting hobby.

    This is the OldManFlier and I’ll see you next time.

 

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4 Responses to “Learning Radio Controlled Flying From The Experts”

  • Karen Thomas says:

    Hi Dwight!

    Thank you so much for leaving me a little message over at my blog about my son and his RC flying!! We are truely amazed by his ability as are some of the club members who initially thought he might be too little to learn! We love taking him out to fly every Saturday as a family. He is just fascinated by all the planes that come out there, and what he is learning about mechanically from the older folk is wonderful. It’s also been wonderful that it has made him interact with adults, because he is quite a shy little thing. We might have a little pilot in the making on our hands! ha ha
    Where are you located? We are in Australia – Mackay in the state of Queensland. The club we have here is fantastic and very helpful. Brocks trainer is an older gentleman and he is just as proud as punch of him! He even lets brock fly his beautiful big Tigermoth which we think is a real honour of his ability!
    I look forward to reading more on your website and thank you so much again for leaving me such a lovely comment!

    Cheers

    Karen

  • Matt says:

    Dwight,

    That is excellent advice. I like to think of it this way… Flying RC airplanes isn’t hard at all. But… you only have one shot at it. One mistake turns into a pile of balsa.

    I really like your blog. If you get a chance take a look at my page about learning to fly RC and tell me what you think.

    It’s http://www.hooked-on-rc-airplanes.com/learning-to-fly-rc-airplanes.html

    I’m looking forward to hearing your opinion.

    Matt

  • Matt,
    Thanks for posting your comment on my blog site. I have looked at your website and I think you have done a very nice job of presentation of pertinent information.
    I agree wholeheartedly with your statement about helping each other learn and I would like to use your link in my upcoming newsletter. Also, I would appreciate it if you could add my link to your site. It is all about sharing information.
    Thanks again and keep reading.
    Dwight — OldManFlier

  • Matt says:

    Hello Dwight

    Just send me an mail of exactly where you want me to link to. Not sure if you mean this thread or http://talkingrchobbies.com.

    I would post my email address but I don’t want to start getting spam. So just go to the contact me part of my page and let me know.

    Thanks,

    Matt