The club has a vested interest in developing the flying skills of its members, in order to foster the sport of model aviation and promote safety at the flying field. For that reason, all new members begin as "students" and cannot fly "solo" at the club's flying field until they have been qualified. Qualification is determined by "Instructors".
Instructors are experienced and skilled club members who have volunteered to help students learn basic and advanced flying skills, and have been given authority by the club to perform the qualification function. The club has four pilot qualification levels and the instructor has the responsibility to determine when a member is qualified in one of those levels.
In order to help new members get started, we've set aside two times when the instructors can be available - Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Once you get to know an instructor you may also decide to meet at other times that are convenient to both parties.
If a new member already knows how to fly, the qualification process can occur very quickly. Brand-new pilots can expect to need several flight-hours of flying instruction - of course this varies by each person. In order to qualify, pilots must demonstrate their competence of the expected flying skills (takeoff, safe flying and maneuvering, aerobatics if applicable, and landing) in their appropriate class. When the instructor determines a student is ready to "fly solo", he will sign-off on the student's membership sticker to recommend qualification. As long as there are no objections, the achievement will be recognized at the next club meeting. A signed "Class Sticker" will be awarded at that time, to be displayed on the member's AMA card.
The levels of qualification are:
Student - allowed to fly at the field only while under direct supervision, preferably by an instructor. We encourage the use of a "buddy box".
Class A - Qualified Pilot of "Trainer" aircraft (high wing) up to "60" size engines or electric motor equivalent.
Class B - Qualified Pilot of "High Performance" aircraft (low wing & other) up to "1.20" size engines or electric motor equivalent. (Class B is also qualified for Class A)
Class C - Qualified Pilot of "Giant Scale" aircraft and/or greater than "1.20" size engines or electric motor equivalent. (Class C is also qualified for class A and B)
Class D - Qualified Pilot of "Park Flyer" aircraft as defined by the AMA - electric-motor powered aircraft weighing less than 2 pounds and less than 60mph top speed.
Our current roster of instructors and their current status are: