Flight Training to 'A' & 'B' level BMFA  - 2017

Rolls-Royce (Hucknall) Model Aircraft Club (to use our full title) is affiliated to the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) and as such operates their training plan as outlined in their Radio Control Flight Training Manual 'A Flying Start'.

If you are contemplating taking up the hobby and would like to find out more about it before visiting a club, it is highly recommended that you read the above publication. The early chapters will give you an insight into how radio equipment controls model aircraft and advises how to decide on what to spend your precious pennies.

But don't go rushing out to part with your cash until you have made contact with the club you wish to join. Getting it right at this stage could save you a lot of frustration and disappointment.

Read the BMFA RC Achievement Scheme Handbook

Club indemnity is extended to cover first time visitors to a club who have no previous experience but are seeking to try out model flying prior to joining the BMFA and the club. Indemnity under this First Time Inexperienced Flier provision will only be in place when flights are being totally organised and supervised by a suitable Club Member approved by the Club Committee. The limit of this indemnity is 3 separate day visits for any single inexperienced flier.

Club Instructors - 2017

Fixed Wing - Mode 2 Rating Futaba Spektrum JR
(throttle on the left)
Arthur Brightman I(FW)
Darren Langwade I(FW)
Adam Phillips I(FW)
Dave Phillips I(FW)
Brian Wilson I(FW) Yes Yes
Fixed Wing - Mode 1 Rating Futaba Spektrum JR
(throttle on the right)
Geoff Graves I(FW)
Paul Harrington I(FW) Yes Yes
Keith Lee I(FW)
John Sidsaff I(FW)
Helicopter - Mode 2 Rating Futaba Spektrum JR
(throttle on the left)
Darren Langwade I(H)
Helicopter - Mode 1 Rating Futaba Spektrum JR
(throttle on the right)
The Club currently has a number of instructors able to teach basic flight using a system similar to the dual controls on a driving instructor's car.
This entails connecting the student's transmitter to the instuctor's transmitter either with a cable or wirelessly (called the buddy box system).
Both transmitters must be of the same make, so that they can communicate with each other.

Some instructors are also able to give guidance on reaching the more advanced "B" level.

Club Instructors' and BMFA Examiners' details, phone numbers and photos can be found on our 'Members' pages.

Information for newcomers:

Radio control systems usually have the transmitter set up in Mode 2 when delivered, i.e. throttle on the left.  As this does not suit everyone, we cater for both left throttle and right throttle pilots.  The choice is up to the learner pilot and what is comfortable to them when flying.

Note: With some transmitters it is easy to change modes, but others need to be altered by the manufacturer or a service shop.  If you are buying equipment that is not the correct mode for you, check before buying that it can easily be altered.