BELL-AIR R/C FLYERS, Bellingham, Washington, RADIO CONTROL FLIGHT TRAINING PROGRAM.
Hello To All Our Fellow Radio Control Enthusiasts
Welcome to our clubs R/C flight-training program! As a new member you are entitled to participate in an excellent TRAINING PROGRAM designed to introduce you to the fun filled world of radio control flight. Our club maintains a list of Qualified Instructors, able, willing, and ready to assist you in every possible manner. Whether you wish primary or advanced flight instruction, physical inspection of your airplane or advice, these people are ready to help.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK! Your progress through the training program is proportionate to your enthusiasm and willingness to ask for help. If you have any questions concerning our club-training program you may call our Program Director or any Club Official.
All flight training instructors have three primary areas of concern; First and primary concern is for your SAFETY and the SAFETY of all others at the flying site. Second concern is to PROTECT your airplane and other personal property at the flying site. Third concern is to TEACH you to fly. The goal of this program is to produce SAFE COURTEOUS, COMPETENT R/C PILOTS and have FUN while learning.
Note: Every effort will be made to assign each student to one instructor. This will provide continuity of training and will decrease the time required to re-establish training levels of performance. The instructor can also plan training sessions directly with the student for those non-scheduled training days when the instructor will be at the flying site.
You will be expected to participate on a regular basis and ask for any additional assistance you may require. There are two things as a student you must remember;
THE TRAINING PROGRAM FLIGHT LOG
You will be given a Flight Log at the beginning of the program to monitor your progress through the program. It is MANDATORY that the student brings the Log to each Flying Session and that all entries are maintained. After each session the instructor will initial and date the appropriate space provided to verify the level of competency before the student can progress to the next level of instruction. The Log will allow any new instructor to determine the student’s level of training. You must also be prepared to advise a new instructor of your experience level. A new instructor may also ask you to complete the maneuvers of the previous flight level.
The training program includes five levels designed to teach you to fly quickly, safely and competently. The main thrust of any training program must be directed towards the final level of competence in the skill being taught. In your case, it is the “SOLO” of a RADIO CONTROL MODEL AIRPLANE. Attaining that final skill level is not a giant leap that can be taught at the first training session but, instead, is the fitting together of an associated series of intermediate attainable skills, each of increasing difficulty.
FLIGHT LEVEL I
The first level of instruction is NON-FLYING. The instructor will show you the necessary ingredients for a thorough aircraft preflight inspection and will check your aircraft for AIRWORTHINESS. It will be your responsibility thereafter to demonstrate the preflight before each training session. An instructor will suggest that structural or installation improvements be made prior to flight. Even if this means a lost training session, HIS ADVICE MUST BE HEEDED. The instructor is acting from experience and any attempt to fly could result in loss of the aircraft or be a possible safety hazard.
FLIGHT LEVEL II
This is the beginning of the in-flight portion of your training for which you’ve long awaited. After having read and understood the Rules / Regulations of the flying field, as well as becoming aware of Field Etiquette, you are now ready for your first flight lesson. All flights will be performed in the areas designated by the instructor to assure aircraft spacing and safety. All efforts must be made to AVOID FLYING OVER THE PIT AREA OR THE PARKING LOT. The Instructor will now give your aircraft it’s initial flight check prior to having you take the controls to insure it’s airworthiness and trim, after which you will perform the following maneuvers:
1. Straight and level flight.
2. Left and right hand oval race track pattern.
3. Left and right hand figure eight (8) patterns. With 45 degree intersections.
Once you have demonstrated these maneuvers adequately, you will be able to advance to the next flight level.
FLIGHT LEVEL III
The activities included in this level are designed to provide better control and improve precision of the maneuvers. The student will perform the following maneuvers:
1. Left and right hand oval race track pattern with throttle and altitude changes.
2. Procedure turn.
3. Left and right hand figure eight (8) pattern with
90 degree intersections.
FLIGHT LEVEL IV
In preparation for advancement to the final level of instruction you will be expected to become proficient in the following maneuvers:
1. Taxi and takeoff.
2. Slow flight, while maintaining altitude and airspeed control utilizing throttle.
3. Stall recovery including recovery from unusual attitudes.
4. Demonstrate traffic pattern and approach procedures while at pattern altitude to include low approaches over the runway. No touch down!
FLIGHT LEVEL V
This is the flight level we have been aiming for. We will now work on your ability to land the airplane. It is strongly recommended when this level is attained, the instructor and student now arrange additional and concentrated flight instruction. Flight training will now be conducted at a lower altitude where transfer of control of the aircraft between student and instructor becomes difficult. The student must be thoroughly capable of controlling the aircraft and initiating a missed approach, unassisted. The maneuvers required for Flight Level V include:
1. Traffic pattern and landing.
2. Touch-and-go landing.
3. Forced landing, throttle at idle.
4. Dead stick landing, engine cut-off.
5. Solo flight (Non-assisted).
Up… Up… and AWAY !
To Sum It Up…
We hope this training program has provided you with the skills necessary to safely control a model aircraft at the same time building and enjoying new friendships. This is your program and you are the reason for its existence. If you have any, questions or suggestions for improvements, as you continue through your training, please notify one of the instructors or club officials. Please obey all rules and regulations of the flying field
Bell-Air’s Instructors are available by appointment. Remember to download and print out all the flight training files (Bellair flight training manual) so you will have them on hand for your training.