How to find an Instructor
Yesterday, I taught a newby to fly his Easy Star (Yes, he was a very fast learner). I had contacted him to offer my assistance when I noticed on RC Groups that he lived very close me. It was a very satisfying experience for him because he was successful, and for me, teaching is something that I enjoy doing.
There many newbys trying to learn to fly on their own. For some, its by choice... maybe they aren't interested in the whole "club" thing, or maybe just want to do it by themselves. That's fine. But I'm sure that there are others who go it alone because they just don't know how to find an instructor.
With the increasing popularity of electrics, there are more and more experienced pilots who fly by themselves at school yards or vacant lots or fields. They don't belong to clubs. It occurs to me that there may be many experienced flyers willing to teach, and many newbys who would love to make a local contact to take advantage of their experience, for building questions or flying instruction. But how do they make contact with one another?
I suggest to the moderator of this forum that you create a Directory of experienced modelers who want to make themselves available to those who are just starting out. It should allow the pilots who wish to register a way to state their areas of expertise. It should also allow students to post feedback about their experience with the instructor. After that, with the huge numbers of modelers who visit RC Groups and who live all over the world, I'd expect that the "Instructor Directory" will grow like crazy. It will be a useful resource that can really help the hobby grow, and will benefit all of us.
FOLLOWING IS AN INDEX OF INSTRUCTORS WHO HAVE VOLUNTEERED THROUGH THIS THREAD. JUST FIND A CITY THAT IS NEAR YOU, AND THEN GO TO THE POST NUMBER(S) THAT FOLLOWS THE CITY TO GET MORE INFO. If you don't find anybody in the index that is near you, then to locate clubs in your area, go to http://www.modelaircraft.org/clubsearch.aspx
Mesa 536, 638
Bakersfield 6, 184
East Bay 307
El Monte 367
Los Angeles 367
Orange County 367
Rancho Cucamonga 396
San Diego 15
San Jose/SF Bay 296
San Pedro 444
Westlake Village 4
Palm Bay 314
Fox Lake 79
Des Moines 132
Cedar Rapids 575
Murray, Mayfield 498
Lake Charles 293
Maryland metro DC 20
Fall River 73
Grand Rapids 239
Mt. Pleasant 644
Eden Prairie 250
Maple Grove 104
St. Paul 36
Point Pleasant 441,540
South Jersey 387
New York 53
Mt. Gilead 578
Rocky Mount 533
Oklahoma City 403
Portland 212, 447
New Cumberland 65
Goose Creek 369
Rapid City 136,178,220
Copperas Cove 424
Dallas 49, 395
Harker Heights 424
Nolanville 61,209, 424
North Richland Hills 113
United Kingdom 117
Fort Belvoir 523 603
Eau Claire 419,422
For a map of local instructors or to volunteer to help others in our hobby, please see this thread here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...php?t=1833619b Frank will be more than happy to add you to his list. Just let him know you would like to volunteer. If you don't see any mentors close to you, please check back as new mentors are being added to the map all the time.
USA, CA, Westlake Village
Joined Sep 2004
I think this is an important part of an exploding hobby and will serve all of us well in the future. In a sense, we need as many "ambassadors" as possible to help grow this sport while providing safe and enjoyable times for all involved. I shudder to think what could happen if wreckless modelers in the near future 'cause issues to hurt people or property. It's important to note that I'm not just talking about "flying", I'm also talking about the care and use of our lipo batteries which could 'cause significant damage if incorrectly and improperly utilized.
What attracted me most to this hobby is the fact that I can go to my local park and fly whenever I want to. Can you imagine if this freedom becomes restricted in the future because of an uninformed and unsafe minority?
I encourage all of you to PM and email your other friends on this board such that we can all get the "word" out.
I for one am SOLD on the concept! I actually have an INTACT EZ Star that will (fingers crossed) fly many more uneventful days for me!
United States, PA, Hatboro
Joined May 2002
I've taught two people to fly so far, and am actively working with two more at the moment. I enjoy helping other people learn how to fly much more then I enjoy flying alone. I'd be happy to be included in this directory if it comes into existance.
If you live within a resonable driving distance of Sudbury, MA and want help with your plane, feel free to send me a PM or email.
Location: Sudbury, MA
Interests: Electric planes
Suggested Instructor Posting Format
Ok ... so it looks as if this thread is going to be the directory. I suggest that instructors who volunteer state both the nearest large city and areas of interest. For example, for me ...
Location: Oxnard, CA
Interests: Electric planes, slope soaring.
In this way, a beginner can search the thread for a city, and then select an instructor (if there is more than one) with the appropriate interests.
Hopefully this thread grows and becomes a sticky. I am not offering to teach to fly as I am self taught (learning), getting quite adept at rebuilding after crashes, so that would be my strong point, lol. I wish I was able to just go to a thread and pick some help to get started.
I got into this hobby last fall. Treed my Challenger right off the get go. I then went and paid for a MAAC membership, and went to one of the two local flying clubs. No choice as one was closed due to resodding. Anyway, all nitro guys and after all the gee I can't fly that thing and don't know if we can fly 27mhz here, finally someone flew it for me. Proved that it flew at least. Then they said they did have a guy into electric and would set me up with him for training. Paid my dues and never heard from the club till spring when I got renewal notice for my pocketbook, so I have since ignored that club. The other club in town I have not been to but when inquiring at LHS members informed me it is mainly nitro heli now. Bottom line here is it seems in my area the clubs around here don't embrace electric fliers. So far the best help I have come across is a nitro heli guy that flies in the abandoned dump that I frequent to fly. He had never flown a plane just heli's but seemed to be able to move from heli to plane no problem and all his advice really did pay dividends.
So, just wanted to say this is a great idea for a thread, and a good reason for newbies to take note that putting your location on your profile is a good idea. I have even had one of the regulars on here that lives about an hour and a half away be good enough to have me over for an afternoon. You can really fast track the learning process when you hook up with some experienced modellers compared to hours of reading threads to learn.
I have wooden templates for several of the popular beg/int aircraft on RC Groups and am happy to help build, setup, and fly.
Electrics, 3D but not very well..LOL and Sport / Fast Delta's
Have not taught many people, but willing to learn...
seriously, I am training my co-worker right now and have several other friends who want to learn. It's always good to have a new person interested in this hobby
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