Zone J - St lawrence Zone learn to Fly Program

Posted: March 23, 2015

St Lawrence J : By Steve Woloz: Zone Director

1 Learn to Fly Program

We are pleased to announce that working in conjunction with the City of Cote St Luc , The St Lawrence Zone will be inaugurating a10 week introductory program for model aviation. It is aimed at children 6 and over accompanied by a adult ( hopefully parent / grandparent ) or an adult only. The program will consists of two phases.. Phase 1: Theory 5 weeks and Phase 2: Practical 5 weeks with actual flying. One of the conditions we have made is designing the course was that since it was conceived with the goal of attracting and retaining new pilots, each participant would be obligated to take a MAAC membership in order to be enrolled in the program.

For the course design, ( see MAAC Website : St lawrence Zone: Introductory Course for full outline ) each theory session will last 2 hours, be interactive with video presentation, discussion, and question and answer period. Models and flight simulataors will be used to explain concepts of flight. The second phase will be hands on practical , in which program participants will actually be taught to fly a small electric airplane, the Hobby Zone J 3 Micro Champ that can be flown indoors or in a park . The city of cote St Luc working co-operativel with us, has agreed to provide an AV equipped classroom equipped and subsequently a specific park to fly the models--- all at no cost to MAAC.

The micro champ, to be sourced from a Canadian Hobby supplier, has been selected due its great versatility for either indoor or outdoor use, forgiving flight, safety due to light weight and low speed, and most affordable price as a ready to fly model including all components. We may also mention that we decided to source from a local Canadian hobby supplier to show solidarity with our hobby stores and also assure availability of a ready supply of replacment parts often needed due to crashes , inevitable with new pilots. Note that as a reciprocation, the Canadain supplier for our program has offered to sell us the RTF models at or slightly above their cost to help us attract new MAAC members.

Of interest is that although we had initially considered building a simple model made from fibreboard as shown in the Flite Test models we did end up with a RTF model. This decision was reashed as a consensus of opinion of the 9 memebrs of the executive steering committee in the Sat lawrence zone. The unanimous opinion was that todays new modelers want instant gratification and may lack patience and loose interest in building. Furthermore , much to our dismay, even if we purchased the fibreboard from the local dollar store, for a first time modeller , not yet equipped, by the time we included all materials, tools and then electronics, the gross cost would have reached approximately $ 300. The Micro champ will cost less than ½ and be fully ready to fly immediately upon receipt.

Our ultimate goal is by working with our local hobby shop we hope to recruit the new breed of park flyer who normally will buy and fly without ever thinking about MAAC. We want them to know that by joining MAAC they will get a lot more than simply insurance. We intend to provide more details in the following MAAC magazine.


2 Session 1: Overview
%u2022 Introduction to MAAC and Joining MAAC ( handout material )
%u2022 Magazines and publications
%u2022 Program Overview
%u2022 What is a plane
%u2022 Different Types of Flying Machines
%u2022 Parts of an Airplane
%u2022 Safety Precautions
%u2022 Items to be purchased / ordererd immediately


Session 2: Choosing an Airplane and Sourcing
%u2022 Different Types of RC Models
%u2022 Flight Characteristics
%u2022 Various options for purchasing of models
o RTF ( Ready to Fly )
o BNF ( Bind and Fly )
o ARF ( Almost Ready to Fly )
o KITS ( Parts printed on wood sheets ready to be pushed out and used)
o Scratch Build ( design ; make; parts; build )
%u2022 Local and Foreign Hobby Shops and Suppliers
%u2022 Where and how to buy

Session 3: Propulsion Systems
%u2022 Free Flight
%u2022 Rubber Power
%u2022 Nitro Methane
%u2022 Gas
%u2022 Jet Turbine
%u2022 Electric


Session 4: RC Control Systems Electronics
%u2022 Transmitters
%u2022 Receivers
%u2022 Servos
%u2022 Electric Motors :Types
%u2022 Speed Controllers
%u2022 Flight Simulators




Session 5: Batteries, Charging; Safety Considerations
%u2022 Battery Types
%u2022 Battery Charging procedures
%u2022 Battery Charging equipment
%u2022 Storage and Transport
%u2022 Safety Concerns

Session 6 : Practical ; Preparing Your Airplane For Flight

%u2022 Setting up a flight box and suggested contents
o Minor tools
o Spare parts
o Glue
o Timer
%u2022 Verifying all linkages; listening for servos correct
%u2022 Verifying centre of gravity and correcting if necesary
%u2022 Turning on the transmitter and connecting the flight battery
%u2022 Doing a Range Check
%u2022 Knowing battery capacity and estimated flight time
%u2022 Overview to safety considerations; pilot stations, flight line;
%u2022 Wind speed and direction considerations
%u2022 Field repairs if needed
%u2022 How to change battery; how to change broken propellor
%u2022 Demonstratiions for
o Take off and launching alternatives
o Flight direction
o Achieving Level Flight
o Landing

Sessions 7-10 Practical: Actual Flying

%u2022 Practice flying with instructor Dealing with crosswinds
%u2022 Learning how to do
%u2022
o Gradual take off and banked turn
o Left hand and right hand turns
o Achieving level flight
o Cautions for range
o Use of rudder and elevator when turning
o Banking and Steep turns
o Avoiding spiral out of control
o Stall Turns
o Loop
o Roll
o Landing

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