TRAINING NIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT
Unfortunately social distancing requirements have forced the cancellation of training nights. With many unknowns we don’t have a date when training will resume but our members and volunteer instructors look forward to resuming training.
Now that we’ve switched to daylight savings time(DST), training season officially starts this Wednesday March 11, 2929 and will continue until Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 (DST expires Nov 1).
Non-students(eg, signed off club members) are strongly encouraged to help with flight training. We typically have several students each week. In addition to flight instruction, help is often needed in the areas of having a spotter, radio expertise, aircraft setup and debugging, and just plain encouragement and advice. Also, we sometimes have first time visitors come to the field, and we need someone to make them feel welcome and explain what we do. We will even tolerate the Peanut Gallery, but if it gets out of hand, we reserve the right to demand a remedial training flight from the offender(s), with a single, compulsory known maneuver: a perfect three point landing exactly on the runway center line in front of a panel of student judges. Based on your performance, the students may then suspend your Peanut Gallery privileges 🙂
We try to start at 5pm, and fly until sunset or 8pm, which ever occurs first. We fly when weather permits. This means we do fly in high winds, but not in continuous rain, nor snow, nor when it’s ‘too cold’. If no instructors are available on a particular night, training will be cancelled that night via text message to the students.
We offer training on basic aerobatics(eg, loops, rolls, inverted flight, immelman, split S, hammer head turns, etc). And we offer helicopter flight training.
We strongly emphasize safety, from ground procedures, to pre-flight checks, flying procedures and etiquette, post-flight procedures, and field communication/courtesy.
All students are required to bring user manuals for their radios and their planes.
Recently graduated students are encouraged to bring their next ‘step up’ plane to the field for assistance with the maiden flight, and, if required, additional instruction on advanced controls(eg, learning to use flaps, landing gear, etc).
Non-students(eg, signed off club members) are permitted to fly during training nights, subject to the discretion of the instructors. Usually, the instructors grant permission, especially for students who have recently graduated. However, experienced pilots should not bring a new plane out to the field and expect the instructors to shut down the runway for your maiden flight. In addition, please do not bring a new engine or turbine to the field for break-in. Even at the far end of the runway, the noise makes it difficult to communicate with the students. There are six other nights of the week available to you.”