Visitors and Flight Instruction

Visitors to the club

We welcome flying and non-flying visitors to the club and the best days to drop by are usually Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. However, as long as the weather is fine and the winds light, there is a chance someone will be at the field. The best times are usually between 9am and 11am.

We ask non-flying visitors to remain in the clubhouse area, unless accompanied by a member.

Flying visitors are also welcome, just talk to a club member when you arrive and ask if you can be signed into the visitors book. It may be necessary to have one of our members ensure you are a competent pilot.

Flight Instruction

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 model 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.

The model we use for training is a Boomerang 40 with a methanol / castor oil glow motor. While it is true that electric power is gaining an ever increasing level of popularity, the glow engines have great endurance and can be refueled as many times a day as necessary – this can be much more convenient than charging batteries. As a bonus the student can get some experience with glow motors.

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 past the club and have a chat to 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.

Also see the club’s Learn to fly RC Aircraft page

Fostering aero-modelling in the Belconnen region, Canberra