Temecula Valley Flyers est 1988

Flight Training Program(May 22, 2013)
A big "THANK YOU for all the Instructor Members, Club Members, Parents and the Great Oaks AFJROTC Cadets that came out and had a great "FUN FLY" on May 18. It was a great day to fly, instruct, and have a great time.
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Flying RC Aircraft is not to be taken for granted as these planes (and helos) are not toys. These aircraft can get out of control quickly and someone may get hurt and or damage to personal property can occur. Temecula Valley Flyers (TVF) maintains safety as its number one tenant for all members, family, and guests who are at the field where it is stated as part of our mission statement  "Temecula Valley Flyers will be the regions' best in providing a safe environment for model aircraft instructions, development, and operation....." 

Individual can go out and purchase an aircraft that is "Ready to Fly (RTF)" that can literally be taken out of the box, charge up the batteries, and flown. However, unless you have "natural ability" and some understanding of flight characteristics, the odds will be that you will have a catastrophic crash resulting in the possibility of a decision to never to fly again. Do it right the first time and learn from our experience trainers who will help you learn at your own pace and comfort zone.

Learn it correctly, develop a solid foundation the first time, and enjoy it for life!!! You just can't jump out of an airplane or go SCUBA diving without some training that allows you the comfort and confidence that you will do it correctly; so do it right the first time and learn the fundamentals!!

Temecula Valley Flyers (TVF) welcomes new members regardless of ability. TVF has training equipment to begin your new adventure into this fun sport. Our training equipment includes two training aircraft  with each having a dual set of transmitters that can be connected via communication cable which allows the instructor to pass (and regain) control of the aircraft to you so flight training can begin.

If you have already purchased an airplane and transmitter, then you can begin training with it. We have a variety of transmitters in the club that should be compatible and able to link up with the communication cable.

The training aircraft have engines that require RC Aircraft Fuel. The only cost for flight training is the fuel. When you are in training, you can purchase the fuel from any Hobby store. Here in Temecula you can go to Hobby People or Hobby Town that carry respectively the following two types of fuel: Powermaster 15% Gallon - Airplane Sport Fuel or Omega 15% with Castor Gallon. Plan on at least one gallon. Each flight consumes about 6 to 8 oz of fuel per flight which gives you about 16-20 flights.

One key question asked by students is how long with my training take? Well, it is up to your ability to learn, ability to model the required task back to the instructor for approval, signing off your student log sheet, and ability to acquire your own aircraft and transmitter. It could be 1, 2, 3, 4, or more hours of flight instructions. The key point is not to be overly impatient but instead enjoy the interaction with the instructor so you can learn the foundations correctly and the numerous aspects of this fun sport. This will result in you ultimately enjoying this great sport knowing that you can continue to learn on your own. In addition, if you get into trouble, you will be able to revert back to your training to get out of a problem (or better yet not get into trouble) before your plane gets away from you.

The training syllabus covers 11 required items that each student must master and then be signed off on by your flight instructor. The 11 steps are (1) ground school sessions before, during, and after every flight with a post day of flying summary to critique the strong points and areas for growth; (2) learning the many functions of the transmitter, what each control stick does,  and how those sticks affect and control the aircraft in flight; (3) foundation pattern flying which is a large rectangle called the "race track" pattern; (4) horizontal figure 8 patterns; (5) 360o  steep turns; (6) loops and rolls; (7) trim control on the transmitter; (8) unusual attitude recovery; (9) take offs; and finally (10) landings. Once the student demonstrates each of the 10 steps with mastery, the instructor will allow the student to complete step 11 which is solo flight that includes step 3, 9 and 10. Successful mastery of step 11, the instructor will sign off the student and become member with flying status who can now operate his aircraft without the direct supervision of an instructor.

However before a student can move into step 9, 10, and 11 of the training syllabus, you must use your own aircraft to transition into this critical phase of your training. TVF trainer aircrafts are only to be used for steps 1 through 8 of the training syllabus. So please talk to the flight instructors (and other senior members)  for recommendations of a training aircraft to purchase in addition to a transmitter. There are many excellent training aircraft that are RTF and Almost Ready to Fly (ARFs) in addition to transmitter models that will allow you to move up in the sport.  

Regardless of experience levels, our flight instructors in addition to some of the senior flyer members are always available to help you when you bring a new aircraft out for its first maiden flight. It is important to ensure your new aircraft is safe and flight ready by doing a ground work up (ensure flight surfaces are correct, prop spins correctly, and CGs are within specification), then when getting ready to fly perform a thorough pre-flight, and finally as only a recommendation have another member connected via training cable for dual controls to back you up as you conduct the first maiden flight to identify and learn the flight characteristics of your aircraft. A second flyers with a control cable is always a good thing!! 

Individuals with previous experience flying RC Aircraft who come into the club and feel that they need some refresher training can speak to John Bikle (membership chairman) or one of the other officers who can recommend a member who flies your category of aircraft that can best support your needs.

Welcome to TVF and enjoy a great sport!!!!!!!


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