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Begginner's Costs Guide

How to be an Awesome Pilot (courtesy of Troy Built Models) (If you don't laugh, you've no sense of humour)

Firstly:- PLEASE e-mail or drop in at the club before buying or building your model.

Congratulations on considering aeromodelling as a hobby, and congratulations for having the good sense to check things out before buying. As a club we much prefer to give advice and guidance before rather than after as that way we can advise on a suitable model and the modifications that are best made during the construction stage. We can also ensure you get equipment compatible with the instructors so as to minimise delays through training. Please contact me for the latest edition of our Beginner's Guide

If you have a 35hHZ set, please check with the club before buying crystals, as only 1 person can fly on a frequency at a time, otherwise the model in the air will crash and the quilty person pays the bill!!. This means you do not switch on a transmitter at a flying site until you have approval, normally a frequency peg allocated for your flight. Buying the correct crystal can reduce the amount of down-time waiting for someone else to land if your channel is in use.

If you have a new 2.4Ghz set then again come along to ensure compatability with the instructors' buddy box system.

Although the club has a buddy box for general use, we advise that you purchase your own. That way it is set once for your model and does not need re-setting each time a different pupil is flying. Again, this is a tremendous saving in valuable time. Remember that you can always sell it on to a new beginner when you have finished with it.

The club has a number of instructors who are prepared to give up their free time to help train beginners. Pupils are advised to contact an instructor to arrange lessons and this way we do not have people turning up when there is no-one there to teach them.

The club also recommends the RC Plane Master PC flight simulator from your local model shop to give very useful experience. This simulator comes with its own controller, but more advanced ones can work with your own transmitter. These are free downloadable programs with many different scenery files, and hundreds of models. Phoenix, Aerofly and Real Flight are more advanced simulators, so with on-line multiplayer capability. Simulators are an essential learning tool and dramatically cut down the learning time.

All pilots who have not reached "SAA Bronze / BMFA "A" are expected to undergo training and attempt this part of the achievement scheme at the earliest opportunity. A downloadable pictorial diagram of the Bronze schedule is here, and the full text version of the Safety Code is available on the S.A.A.'s web site here. The Bronze call sheet and Silver call sheet are also available.

Our instructors are very happy to check out your model in their garage rather than at the flying site. This saves valuable time at the flying site, and also means that all neccessary tools are available if any further work needs done. I have only ever seen 1 model turn up and fly on it's first visit so avoid dissapointment.

The main problem we see is getting engines to run properly so:-
- Check that the tank height is correct. The centre line of the fuel tank needs to be set no more than 1/2" below the centre of the needle valve to start with (never, ever above or you will flood the engine). Drill a new hole in the bulkhead if neccessary.
- Give the fuel a shake to check for frothing. If it does we will have to treat it.
- Protect the fuel tank. A lot if not all these ARTF planes don't have room to put any packing around the tank so the tank support might need to be modified.
- Take note of the throttle stick and trim positions at start-up
- Don't tinker after the engines have been set up.

Remember, Never switch on a 35Mhz transmitter at a flying site until you have approval, normally a frequency peg allocated for your flight, otherwise you may cause a crash, potentially with fatal results.

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