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Feb 10, 2013, 12:44 PM
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New To The Hobby? Need Help Learning To Fly? Looking For Someone Local? (Beg. )


We all love model aviation no matter what the form. Some like airplanes, some helicopters, some sailplanes or gliders, others like multicopters, cars and/or boats. No matter what form of model aviation you participate in or like to do, at one point in time there was someone to teach you the ropes and show you how to build, fly, or how to know what power system to use on your new model. We were not born with knowing how to fly model aircraft or knowing how to build a foam or balsa plane. That skill or talent was most likely taught to you by someone close to you, or someone you met at your local club. But for some, finding that person to teach them the necessary skills is not always easy to do.

I have found a solution which will make it easier for modelers to get help in their local area, and an easy method that allows providing and offering help to others in this hobby. I have coined the term for those willing to help others “Model Aviation (MA) Mentors.” The idea is quite simple and it uses an online map program that is available to everyone.

The online Google Maps titled “Model Aviation Mentors; Model Airplane Builder Volunteers & Flight Instructors” allows MA Mentors to identify themselves with a location and contact information such as an email address, phone number, or RC forum link so modelers or newcomers in their local area can contact them if they are looking for help. Anyone looking at the map will not know your exact location or address; but they will know your general location to see if you are near enough to provide assistance.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Model Aviation Mentor please post in this thread and let me know, or if you prefer, send me an email or PM.

If you are looking for someone in your area, click on our map link: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=U...fa6f42a3de34bc

If you do not see someone local to you, post in this thread and we'll try to find someone close.

Frank
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Feb 10, 2013, 12:45 PM
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Instructors/Builder


See map link in post #1
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Feb 10, 2013, 12:45 PM
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Students/Plane Needs


1. Kitsura "I am a newb in the Coquitlam area of Vancouver, Canada and would love to get tips from people with experience."

2. Kmaung from Fresno, Ca. Looking for someone who can train me. I have a few RC planes. Thanks
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Feb 10, 2013, 04:56 PM
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A great idea Muroc... I really wish I had the time to devote for more building.
I have about three models in 'progress' at the moment, and have just agreed to help a fairly new FB with his scratch-build FunBat.
You'r right, first there needs to be a model plane before learning to fly, but I expect there's a number of people (experienced or not) that would say it's far better to buy a RTF model. Not me, I like building too, and there's nothing like taking your new build for it's maiden flight, a feeling I didn't get when flying an 'off-the-shelf' model. Good luck with your worthy venture, I really do wish I had the time to have my name etc. in your 'Volunteer builders' list
Feb 10, 2013, 10:31 PM
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Thanks! I wish there was something like this available when I first started in the hobby. I would have loved to have someone build my first couple planes for me for free and they probably wouldn't have flown so poorly. Or at the very least, be there to provide some advice when I did build them on my own.

Hopefully we can get quite a list of some kindhearted souls from all over to help newcomers in this hobby.

Frank
Feb 13, 2013, 01:28 PM
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I'm happy to help with building and with flight instruction. I'm in Central Massachusetts. I like building from plans using sheet foam, I also like building balsa kits, foam kits, and ARFs.
Feb 14, 2013, 09:16 AM
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I'm happy to help. I'm in Guelph, Ontario, and can do foamies, ARFs' and a bit of balsa.
Feb 14, 2013, 10:54 AM
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Awesome! Thank you gentlemen! I have updated post #2 and our map as well.

Map looks a little bare at this time, but I imagine over time, it will be more populated as the word gets out and we find more people willing to help.

Frank
Feb 17, 2013, 07:47 AM
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I'm in. Located in the South Jersey area (Glassboro/Vineland),have 40 years of flying and building behind me. While I do all kinds of flying, my main interest now lies with things that go bump in thermals. Specialities are electric sailplanes and antique ignition and electric old timers but also have glow and electric sport experiance.

Warren
Feb 17, 2013, 10:38 AM
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Awesome! Thanks Warren!

I know right now the map looks pretty empty, but Rome wasn't built in one day.

Frank
Feb 17, 2013, 11:33 AM
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I would love to be part of this but I obviously don't have the time, I can't even get a laser cut kit built. Although in my defense, that's because I can't figure out the perfect way to put lights in it.
Feb 17, 2013, 02:28 PM
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I would love to be part of this but I obviously don't have the time, I can't even get a laser cut kit built. Although in my defense, that's because I can't figure out the perfect way to put lights in it.
You can always be a MA Mentor. That will take a lot less time than building but also help others in your area. See:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1833619

Frank
Feb 20, 2013, 06:36 PM
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For some reason, NJ is leading the way with 4 folks volunteering from the Garden State.

Frank
Feb 21, 2013, 01:26 PM
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I fly with a bunch of experienced guys, and I'm always open to help newcomers (payback for all the help I got when starting!). Just send them to my RCG blog and they can PM me.

Located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I fly both planes and helis, and I'm a scratchbuilder (foam or balsa).
Feb 21, 2013, 03:17 PM
yes, I am an RC addict
I am a newb in the Coquitlam area of Vancouver, Canada and would love to get tips from people with experience.


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