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How to be an Awesome Pilot (courtesy of Troy Built Models) (If you don't laugh, you've no sense of humour)
PLEASE e-mail or drop in at the club before buying or building your model.
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.
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.
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.