Training Manual

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Do YOU want to fly like this?

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Then YOU should first learn to fly like this!
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So YOU don’t look like this.

FLYING BEFORE YOU JOIN

The Cape Coral R/Sea Hawks operates, under the guidelines of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the by laws of the Cape Coral R/Sea Hawks. An individual that does not belong to the R/Sea Hawks and AMA may fly, on a one-time basis with an instructor prior to joining the R/Sea Hawks and AMA. The individual must then become a member of the R/Sea Hawk Club and join the AMA.

LEARNING TO FLY

Almost anyone can learn to fly a radio controlled model aircraft, with the help of a competent flight instructor. This manual is intended as a guide to help the student understand the steps necessary to learn the art of flying a radio-controlled airplane. By providing a somewhat standardized curriculum and an experienced instructor the solo pilot will achieve at the necessary understanding and skills to be able to safely fly a radio-controlled airplane at a busy model field.

TRAINING PROGRAM

The following training program was developed to be a guideline to club members that are in flight training. Its use ensures that all students receive training in the fundamentals of flight and ground support and that their progress is documented.

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SCHOOL:

When an instructor is assigned a new student, the instructor will make every effort to contact the student as soon as possible to make arrangements to begin the training procedure. The instructors for the R/Sea hawks are experienced and competent, but a crash-free learning experience cannot be guaranteed. The instructor is not liable for crash damage during normal training operation. (A student that believes there has been inappropriate behavior or flying by the instructor will result in an investigation by the Board of Directors.)

 

GROUND SCHOOL

Inspection of model:

The inspection of the airplane and equipment is crucial for safe flight and effective instruction.

  • Make sure the wing secured with enough rubber bands
  • Check that all of the screws and bolts tight.
  • The prop should be an appropriate size with a contrasting tip color, free of cracks, and properly secured.
  • All control surfaces and the throttle should move freely with no binding or stalling of the servos
  • The push rods should be attached to the servo control arms securely.
  • A screw must secure the control arms.
  • The receiver and battery should be wrapped in foam rubber, and securely attached.
  • Control surfaces must securely attached by an adequate number of hinges.
  • Control horns and clevises should be properly attached?
  • Check the Center of Gravity.

 

Inspection of Radio system:

  • When was the system was last charged, and for how long?
  • If possible check the batteries with load on a voltmeter.
  • The control surfaces must move in the proper direction and the amount of movement correct.
  • Range check the radio.
  • The flight controls must match the buddy box for direction and trim.
  • The control functions and the direction of the control movements should be explained to the student?
  • The student must understand the buddy cord system and its function. (This crash insurance is KEY)

Safety Procedures

  • The student should know the location of the flight line.
  • The student should understand the frequency board and its usage.
  • The student should know the necessary announcements:
  • On the field
  • Take Off
  • Landing
  • Dead stick
  • The student should understand the field and flight rules. (Flight courtesy by Example)

FLIGHT SCHOOL
Starting Procedures:

  • During the starting procedure a hold down must be used.
  • The instructor should explain the starting procedure to the student.
  • After engine starts, the proper glow starter removal and Needle valve adjustment method is from behind the prop.
 First Flight Procedures:
  • The student should place the airplane on the taxiway.
  • After takeoff the airplane should be trimmed to both the master and trainer transmitter.
  • The airplane should be at a 3 mistakes high altitude when control is first given to the student.
  • The instructor should tell the student when control is transferred from one transmitter to the other.
  • The student should understand that very little control movement is needed to fly the airplane.
  • The first flight should be limited 3 to 5 minutes in duration at a 3 mistake high altitude.

Post Flight Procedures:

  • A debriefing of the flight by the instructor and the student should take place immediately after the flight.
  • The instructor should explain improvements that the student can make. Subsequent Training Flights
  • The training should proceed at a pace the student is comfortable with.
  • The student should learn to fly a figure 8 maneuver and rectangles.
  • The student should learn to do his or her first Loop and Roll.
  • The student should do a take off but not a landing.
  • The student should learn to become more comfortable flying closer to the ground.
  • Next will be landing attempts only by getting lower and lower on each pass while setting up for a landing.
  • Touch and goes can be attempted when the student is ready.

The Day of the Solo Flight

  • The student should be able to make an entire flight without any outside correction from the instructor.
  • Unplug the trainer cord and the Instructor will stand ready to assist if help is needed.
  • The student will fly about 5 minutes and then land.
  • The student should be presented with a Solo Certificate.