The Midland RC Modelers Club is dedicated to sharing our hobby with others. The club has an active instructor program where certified instructors help the newcomer learn to fly. Some of the common questions about aeromodeling are answered below:

Is aeromodeling expensive?
The typical startup cost is approximately $400 to $500. Your first engine, radio and support equipment can be used in other aircraft as your ability progresses.

Can I try flying before I spend that much money?
You are welcome to visit the club field throughout the flying season for a complimentary flying lesson, providing an instructor is on site. The AMA Introductory Pilot Program permits students to fly with an instructor for up to 60 days before joining the AMA.

What is the AMA?
AMA is the Academy of Model Aeronautics. It is the chartering organization for more than 2500 model airplane clubs across the country. The AMA provides its members and chartered clubs with liability insurance and other valuable services. AMA dues for an adult under age 65 are $58.

How hard is it to learn to fly?
It is difficult (and usually expensive) to learn to fly without proper instruction. Our club is dedicated to teaching students to fly. We typically use a “buddy box” system with an override so that the instructor can save your plane when you get into trouble.

How long does it take to learn?
The amount of time it will take you to learn to fly is hard to predict. Time to solo can take from a few weeks to an entire flying season. It will depend on your ability and hand-eye coordination and the frequency of your instruction. Many of our newcomers reduce learning time by working on a RC simulator.

What equipment should I buy?
We recommend a good trainer airplane for learning how to fly. These planes have a high wing and a flat bottom airfoil for stable flight and slow take-offs and landings. Slow flying electric planes can also be used. Trainers are not as pretty as that P-51 but will serve you well when you are learning to fly. We recommend talking to a club member before buying equipment. A good hobby shop, such as Roger’s Hobby Center in Saginaw, can also help you choose the proper equipment.

Do I need to build a plane before I can fly?
Many flyers build their planes from kits but good “almost ready to fly” (ARF) kits are also available. ARF’s reduce the amount of time it takes to build a plane. Often, good used equipment is available from club members.

If you are interested in joining our club we invite you to fill out an application, below. All club members must also have AMA membership to fly at the club flying field. Details on AMA membership can be found on-line.