The ORCC offers free training to all members. We have instructors for powered airplanes, gliders, helicopters, and even turbine powered jets.
Flight Training Program and Pre Training
Information For Students
ORCC has a number of expert pilots who are also expert flight instructors. If you want to learn to fly R/C, there is no better or less expensive way than with the help of these friendly people. Remember that flight training is FREE for ORCC members! Just call an instructor in advance to make arrangements to start your R/C flying training off on the right foot! While instructors normally teach on Wednesday nights other nights can be arranged with the individual instructor.
Power training night is Wednesday evenings at Drummond Field. Our training season usually starts at the beginning of April and goes until the end of September. The instructors usually show up around 5pm and we fly until dusk. Instructors are available at other times, but please co-ordinate in advance with your instructor. If the winds are blowing over 40 km/h or it's pouring rain, it's better to stay at home as instructors may not show up.
Glider training night is Wednesday at the glider field, unless there is a conflict with the monthly club meeting. In that event, we train on the Wednesday of that week only. Training night is a go as long as it's not raining and the winds are light enough, less than about 15 km/h. For current information on glider activities, including finding an instructor, please join the orcc-g group at Yahoo groups
Pre Training Information For Students
As you know, the ORCC offers an excellent flight training program for members who are new to the hobby. The program is delivered by skilled instructors and has continued to evolve over the years. We are able to provide a comprehensive program for student pilots that most will be able to successfully complete in a relatively short period of time. Our number one goal at the ORCC is safety and this is stressed at all times during the training sessions. There are a few key issues regarding the process for determining which types of aircraft are suitable for use in the training (power) program.
The program's success hinges on the use of appropriate aircraft for training which are examined and approved for airworthiness by the instructors. Students must only use models that are designed specifically as trainers ? high performance or aerobatic models are unsuitable and will not be approved for training purposes.
All training aircraft must be thoroughly inspected, flight tested, and approved by the instructors. Further, ORCC instructor and/or the Chief Flight Instructor have the final authority in determining which aircraft are to be used in training.
Choosing the type of airplane (our recommendations)
Most common trainer airplanes have a flat bottom fixed wing (approximately 48-64 inches) powered by a .40 or .60 size nitro engine with four channel radio. The typical trainer uses the four channels for throttle, aileron, rudder/nosewheel and elevator control. These types of aircraft will allow student to learn from their mistakes by being easier to see and control. Some examples of nitro powered models are LT-40, Eagle II, Next Star, Aero Star 40, Sig Kadet Mark II to name a few. Some manufactures have started a new generation of trainer such as P-51 Progressive Training System or the jet-like F-22 Progressive Training System. These air planes can be faster then regular trainer, which requires faster recovery times/reflexes. These may not be suitable for all students. It is the Instructor's opinion if he feels the student is unable to be trained with the airplane chosen by the student. It depends on our discretion as an instructor and what each student brings to the sessions too in terms of vision, reflexes and skill sets, etc.
Another option is an electric powered trainer such as the NexStar Select EP, or Apprentice 15e. These electric aircraft have large wingspan (over 48 inches) and weigh 5-7 pounds. The larger heavier airplanes, whether powered by nitro or electric are easier to see, and are less affected by the winds. Small park flyer type airplanes can not tolerate winds over 10km/h while the larger planes can still fly safely with winds of 30km/h. With a lighter plane, you may not be able to fly on most training nights which will frustrate most students.
One of best priced ARF nitro powered airplanes sold with real flight trainer for your PC is Hobbico Next Star or the Hangar 9 Alpha. For more information you could always consult with our instructors. Keep in mind that we are all responsible for the safety of each other at the flying field.
Self Taught/Park Flyer Pilots
Members who join the ORCC that were self taught or learned to fly park flyers, will have to pass the wings test when flying their larger airplanes at the west end field. There is a difference when flying from a MAAC sanctioned club versus a schoolyard or park. The wings test consists of knowledge of club rules and 8 maneuvers that can be completed by any r/c airplane (glow or electric):
- Take off
- Straight flight
- Flat figure eight
- Low pass
- Rudder turn
- Rectangular approach
- Dead stick landing
Current Wings Program
This document outlines the current wings program used at the ORCC for powered fixed wing flight. For helicopter and glider instruction information please contact the executive members responsible for those disciplines.
Becoming an Instructor with the ORCC
If you love to teach people and are an accomplished pilot why not become an instructor with the ORCC. We can always use more instructors and teaching others to fly can be one of the most rewards parts of this hobby.
Here are the minimum qualifications to be an instructor:
- Must be a member of ORCC
- Must have had wings for at least two years
- Must participate as assistant instructor for one full flying season
- Must have mastered dead stick landings under every wind direction
- Must have thorough knowledge of MAAC and club safety rules and regulations
- Must have good knowledge of radio control, control issues, batteries and proper maintenance of RC aircraft and systems
- Power instructors must have good knowledge of engines (and/or motors) and their operation
- Sailplane instructors must be experienced in flight-line layout, safety, and winch operation
- Helicopter instructors must be experienced in assembling helicopters and must have good knowledge of helicopter safety and operation
- Instructors must have good general knowledge of aeronautical issues
Pilots coming from other clubs
New members who are joining ORCC from other clubs, should make arrangements with one of the instructors to go over club rules and review the no-fly areas for each particular site. We encourage you to make arrangements to meet an instructor at the field to check you out. Some of our instructors have planes to loan you to take your wings test with (subject to availability) in the event yours are still in transit/storage etc.
After completion of Wings Program
Once students receive their wings, you are still encouraged to practice as much as possible to build up your skill set. We can also teach aerobatics, competition scale building/flying wherever your heart leads you. Instructors can assist you with recommendations for your next airplanes and choices with engines, servos, etc. Members are encouraged to seek out instructors to assist you with the test flights of your new airplanes, or when you decide to move up to larger/faster airplanes. As the majority of instructors fly everything from jets, warbirds, helicopters to giant scale airplanes during the season, we have an immense pool of knowledge and talent to assist you as you progress through the wonderful world of r/c aviation.
For more information please contact the ORCC CFI Alan Nixon