Training

The Exeter & District Radio Control Club does not charge members for providing flying tuition and technical guidance. The building and flying of radio controlled model aircraft is a technical hobby which provides tremendous satisfaction for those involved.  Whether this is flying precision aerobatics, the building and flying of scale models, or the flying of all other types of model aircraft  just for fun.

The club has experienced flying instructors who provide training towards achieving the BMFA “A” and “B” certificates of flying competence.  “Dual-control” transmitter systems are used for all initial flight training.  Novice members are then required to provide their own model aircraft and radio control equipment before commencing a full course of  instruction to BMFA “A” certificate standard. All instruction is provided at a pace to suit the students capability, although training periods are often governed by the weather conditions.  All club flying instructors are volunteers who receive no payments, and provide training  in their own time to benefit newcomers to the hobby.

It is recommended that prospective members first discuss their choices of model aircraft and radio control equipment with our instructors before rushing out to buy anything. This is because some model aircraft  and radio control equipment available in the shops and via the internet  are unsuitable for training purposes, and also offer poor value for money.  Pre-owned model aircraft and radio control equipment are often available for sale, and are advertised on the “For Sale” pages of this website from time to time.

Although some members have CRB clearance for providing model flying instruction, it is a club rule that the parent(s) or guardian(s)  must supervise the activities of their children at all times when at the flying site,  Unless, there is a prior agreement with a club member of,  “In Loco-Parentis” with the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the  Junior member(s) concerned.

The BMFA “First Time Inexperienced Flyer” Scheme

Any person who is a complete novice may receive basic instruction and experience flying a “trainer” type of model aircraft, or glider, on up to three occasions, at no cost to themselves, using a Dual-Control transmitter system.  In this way, someone who is not a member of the BMFA  or the E&DRCC, may see if they may enjoy the hobby.  They will be fully covered at these times by our own comprehensive BMFA insurance cover.

Flying Instruction (Weather Permitting)

Flying instruction normally takes place on Saturdays or Sundays. Other periods of flying training and technical instruction may be undertaken at other times to suit the circumstances of the pupil and instructor.  Arrangements are sometimes made to conduct  flying instruction at alternative flying sites.