Learning to fly radio-controlled (RC) model aircraft can be fraught with difficulties when you try to learn on your own.
However; learning to fly (RC) model aircraft alongside one of BMAC‘s fully qualified flying instructors is an easy, safe and enjoyable process. Our Flying Instructors will help you select a suitable first model and arrange a free course of flying lessons using either the club’s dedicated trainer aircraft or your own suitable aircraft.
Model Flight Instruction at BMAC
If you are interested in learning to fly model planes, helicopters, or multi-rotors (e.g. quadcopters), we should be able to help. BMAC is fortunate to have a number of instructors with skills in most disciplines of the hobby.
Before you go out and buy a model plane or helicopter, it is recommended to visit the club and have a chat with a few BMAC members. We might be able to help you with your choice of model and help steer you towards a path with the greatest chance of success.
The club also has a number of training aircraft set up with a “buddy box”. This gives the student a controller that is connected to the model via the instructor’s radio. In practice what this means is that the instructor can “hand over” or “take back” control at any time, avoiding crashes and giving the student as much time in the air as possible. Most students will start with a model flying in the air and progress towards take-offs and ultimately landing.
An alternative option is to use a buddy box with a model the student has bought. While it isn’t always possible and depends on both the model and the chosen radio, it does give first hand experience with the model that the student is likely to continue with after their initial period of flight instruction.
Again, the best thing to do is drop in to the club and have a chat with a few members. Chances are that be of our instructors will either be there, or that a recent student will be able to give you more information on the training that they received.
Computer Flight Simulators
The latest generation of computer based flight simulators for RC model aircraft provide realistic imagery and use very accurate flight dynamics and provide a great way to practice RC flying in a very realistic environment. BMAC has a PC flying simulator that can be borrowed for practice.