The Wings program has been developed to assist people who would like to fly radio controlled airplanes develop the basic skills, so that they can enjoy this great hobby in a safe manner. Once able to control a trainer type airplane, the student will be permitted to fly at both Club fields and, with practice, move on to more complex models. There is no age limit, young or old, for this program.
The Wings Program is only for fixed wing models. There are many skilled helicopter and multi-copter pilots in the club, and the Wings Director will be able to put students who wish to learn to fly these types of models in contact.
Students wishing to participate in the Wings Program must be members of the Club and MAAC.
An application form must be completed and sent to the Wings Director. The form and the Wings Program Guide may be picked up at the monthly Club meeting or downloaded in PDF format from the website.
The first step is attendance of a mandatory Ground School. These are normally held in the Bayview clubhouse on a Saturday or Sunday morning, and last for about 3 hours. The first is held at the beginning of the flying season, which can be as early as March or as late as May, depending on the weather. The Wings Program Guide must have been read prior to the School, and the Student is required to sign a confirmation, including an assurance that he/she will abide by all of the Club and MAAC rules. Student do not have to have an aircraft to attend the school, but will not be able to work with an instructor until they have a model considered to be a suitable trainer by the Wings Director. It is strongly recommended that students discuss the suitability of a model with club member pilots or qualified hobby shop staff before purchase.
Following the Ground School, the student will be assigned to an instructor. The instructor and student will arrange a training schedule convenient for both. It is important to note that all instructors are volunteers, who willingly give their time to assist students. They are all very competent pilots, but are not responsible for a student’s aircraft. If damage occurs, repair or replacement is the responsibility of the student.
The details of the flight training program are provided in the Wings Guide, but briefly the progression is:
• The Instructor will examine the aircraft and, if satisfied that all is correct, will test fly and trim the model to ensure that it will fly safely.
• The first few flights will involve the use of a “buddy box”. This is a slave transmitter linked to the controlling transmitter by a cable. This arrangement allows the student to fly the aircraft, but the instructor can take over at any time he feels that the student is in difficulty. This ensures safety and reduces the probability of a damaging crash.
• Once the instructor considers that the student has developed the capability of taking off, flying safely and landing, the “buddy box” will be disconnected and the student will continue to practice using the control transmitter, but with the instructor by his side to advise and comment.
• When the instructor is satisfied that the student is ready, the student will be required to take a Wings Test flight, witnessed by the instructor and another qualified club member. If the student satisfies both, they will have graduated from the Wings Program and must have their Record Sheet (included in the Wings Program Guide) signed off and sent to the Wings Director. When this is received the Graduate will be presented with a MAAC “Pilot” badge and a Certificate.
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