Phoenix Model Flying Club (Dorset)

Advice

Advice to new Members

Now you have joined the Phoenix Model flying club you have access to many hundreds of years worth of modeling experience and that's just from two of our members! Please take advantage of the experience available as it will minimize the frustration this hobby can bring. Whether its engines, electronics, airframes, wing sections or those beloved electric motors there is always someone who is willing to help. It's all included in the subscription as are the club meetings where you will be sure to know what's going on. While this web site attempts to keep you updated with the clubs events there's nothing like getting the information first hand and, of course, you have the chance to contribute to any debate. Our club is only as good as it's members so the more you contribute the better the club becomes. Happy Landings!

Advice for new modelers

If you are reading this because you are new to radio controlled planes and are wondering how to get started then here is the best advice I can give you. Don't go it alone! Follow this simple advice and I'm sure you'll spend the minimum amount of cash for the maximum amount of fun. If you don't want to get disillusioned and waste lots of money on replacement models, black bin liners and personal injury claims I strongly recommend you find a good flying club where you'll find proper advice and experience readily available. Listen to what the experienced members have to say before you start and you won't end up spending your hard earned cash on the wrong model and equipment.

We all like to think that our first radio controlled plane will be a scale Spitfire. Try this and and you'll find it's a long way down (assuming you even got it up there in the first place) and very expensive.

The Phoenix Model Flying Club (Dorset) and most radio controlled model flying clubs will have a training scheme where you can be trained to fly safely. All of us who continue to enjoy flying radio controlled planes started out flying a high winged trainer. Once this has been mastered you can progress to shoulder winged then low winged trainers. Then there are the tail draggers, the highly aerobatic models and then, yes, oh yes, that illusive Spitfire!. It may appear to be a slower route than you anticipated but you'll gain all the skills you need on the way and you'll retain a hanger full of undamaged aircraft.

For more information go to the BMFA web site and you'll find all the information you need including a list of clubs and their achievement scheme which will give you an idea of the standards you will need to attain to fly radio controlled planes. Alternatively, your local model shop should be able to put you in touch with your nearest club.

What Trainer do we recommend?

The choice of trainer for those learning to fly is important. An inappropriate model will  make learning difficult and more expensive and might even result in the learner giving up the hobby altogether.The club recommends that newcomers to our past time buy a 'Chris Foss Uno-WOT' either as a kit or as a ARTF model from Ripmax. For details click on the following links:-

http://www.chrisfoss.co.uk/#/uno-wot/4538950489
http://www.chrisfoss.co.uk/cgi-bin/download.cgi
http://www2.ripmax.net/item.asp?itemid=A-CF001&Category=010-010

Why do we recommend this model?

1. In the opinion of the club instructors the Uno-WOT is the best trainer avialable either with IC or electric power.
2. Many of the club members fly Uno-Wots regularly so there will be plenty of advice on set ups and flying.
3. With suitable power, the model is an excellent intermediate choice because it is capable of a range of aerobatics and therefore will give the newcomer many hours of enjoyment well after they have obtained their "A" certificate.

 

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