GCMFC Training Information
All top gun pilots have to start somewhere and RC Flying is certainly no different. Those sleek F18 jets and snazzy Spitfire's sure look great in the air and we would like to tell you that you could fly one of these from your very first flight but we can't. 9 times out of 10 people who try to fly these types of planes without ever having flown before will turn their expensive investment in to a plastic shopping bag full of rubbish in the first 20 seconds. It takes quite a bit of time to familiarise yourself with the various controls of an RC aircraft as it does with full scale aircraft. Please don't expect to fly at 100mph on your first day!
Good trainer planes don't usually look as sporty or attractive as the more advanced models but they are essential in teaching you how to fly correctly and safely. They are usually a high wing type aircraft with the wing sitting on top of the fuselage and they have a reasonable amount of dihedral. Dihedral is the upward angle of the wings in relation to the fuselage. Wings that come straight out of the fuselage at a 90 degree angle have no dihedral whilst the trainer has a substantial amount. This, along with the high wing makes the plane more stable in the air.
Beginners will normally start out on a 3 or 4 channel trainer. 3 channels means throttle, elevator and rudder (both on the tail) and 4 channels adds in the ailerons which are located on the wings. Throttle is used to make the plane climb or descend, elevator is used to change the pitch (angle of attack), rudder is used to change the yaw and the ailerons are used to control the roll or bank angle.
It is the correct application of these controls taking in to account environmental factors such as changing winds, sun angle and other aircraft that will result in a successful and rewarding flight. There is nothing more exhilarating than your first solo flight - all it takes is training and practice and you will achieve this yourself.
Your first few flights will be under the 'buddy box' system. This is where your instructor has one transmitter and you will have another. Both transmitters are linked by a trainer cable. Your instructor will take off and then get the plane to a safe height before handing the controls over to you via a switch. Should you get in to difficulty your instructor is immediately able to take over control again and rectify the situation. In no time you will progress to earn your Bronze License and then perhaps your Gold License - details of the requirements for both are linked in the Information section of the website.
Gold Coast Model Flying Club undertakes training days on Wednesdays and Saturdays (weather permitting). If you would like to come out and have a go at flying please contact any of the Commitee on our Contacts page to arrange a date and time.
See you at the field!
Jeff training Brenton using the 'buddy box' system.
Jeff presenting Russell Thorne with his Bronze Wings Certificate and Badge.