The Wings training 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.
- 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.