New Pilots

So, you’ve decided to give aeromodelling a go?  This page will give you a little more of an insight into the hobby before you part with your hard earned cash.

Have a read through all of the information and come down to the club for a chat to see the sort of aircraft you should purchase.

Where to Start

Flying model airplanes can be a thrilling and rewarding hobby.  It is an open-ended hobby in which you will continually be learning new things and developing new skills (building, flying, design, aerobatics) almost without limit.

  • Before you spend your money, come to the club and chat to some of our members to see what sort of model you should be thinking of.  Many new pilots come to the field with unsuitable models that are either too difficult to fly or use inappropriate radio gear and have to go home disappointed.
  • Learning to fly is not as easy as it looks.  Be prepared to put time and effort into learning the basics.
  • Join the flying club!  Joining a club will get you access to instructors, friendly advice, field facilities and most importantly insurance against 3rd party claims.

Building Your First Plane

When you start to assemble your first model bring it down to the field frequently so that an experienced builder can check it over.  Some errors are very hard to correct once the model is finished.  Before it’s first flight, one of the clubs instructors will complete a new model checklist with you to make sure there won’t be any nasty suprises once the model is airborne.

The initial gear required to get flying are:

  1. A High-Wing trainer aircraft of around 60 inch wingspan
  2. 4 Channel radio system on the 2.4ghz band
  3. .40 to .46cu.inch 2-stroke motor to suit the plane*
  4. 2-stroke fuel, pump and fuel tubing (talk to us about mixing your own fuel)*
  5. Battery & Clip to heat the glowplug*

The average cost for a new setup is around $750.  If you are considering buying second hand gear please talk to us first to make sure you aren’t wasting your money.

Now, having considered the cost involved, ask yourself if you are ready to commit the time and effort required to build and learn to fly your model.  Learning the skills required to build, fly and maintain a model aircraft is not easy and from time to time your model will suffer damage that will take time to repair.

If you can answer yes to the questions of time and commitment then you may be in for many happy years of aeromodelling.

Details of club membership fees and an application form can be found on the About The Club page

* Electric models and foam models are now very popular in the hobby. Electric models are suitable for learning as long as they have undercarriage, 4ch (minimum) minimum controls and a wingspan of over 1000mm.

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