If you want to learn how to fly Radio Control planes, you don't need to have your own plane in the beginning. We have a club trainer plane with an extra transmitter that you can learn to fly with.
So, how does this work?
You can start out without joining anything. There is a program that allows you to "test" out flying for 90 days to see if it's for you. You just need to register with the AMA's Introductory Pilot Program as a student. So click that link and register! (it's basically just name and address, with a couple more items)
From there, one of our instructors will teach you how to fly. You will both hold a transmitter. The instructor will take off the plane, and once it's higher up they will press a button to allow you to control the plane with your transmitter. If there's a problem, they will take control of the plane, talk with you about what happened, and then you'll go try again.
After time, you'll know how to control everything and will earn a "soloed" status after you demonstrate a take off, flight, and landing. At that point, you're ready to get your own plane!
At this point, you would join the club, and need to obtain an AMA Membership, It's required anywhere you might fly, and gives you $2.5 million of insurance should something happen while flying.
Next? You're likely going to want to get your own plane that's a step up from a trainer, right? It's not recommended to jump from a trainer to a jet, for example, but going to a more aerobatic plane than a trainer is a logical next step.
As your flying skills increase, your options for more advanced planes open up. At this point, the sky's the limit!
Let Blue Max help you learn to fly!
Basic Flying Field Procedures
This section contains some of the basic safety and courtesy procedures used at the Blue Max Flying Field.
Learning to Build Model Airplanes (PDF)
An excellent outline by Master Builder Barry Schilling
This section by Scott Christensen goes into your first lessons as a new R/C Student.
Beginner Tips & Hints
This section contains some of the hints & tips that will make your R/C experience much more enjoyable. These are some items that have been learned through years of experience.
Radio Installation Guide (PDF)
Helps with getting your radio installed correctly.
Daily Aircraft Check
This section covers the daily safety checks that should be performed on you aircraft before each flying day.
Aircraft Maiden Flight Checklist (PDF)
All members who build a new airplane (kit or ARF) should be sure all items on this checklist are satisfactory before bringing the airplane to the field.
Blue Max Student Pilot Log (PDF)
Helps students keep track of their progress.
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