1ST IN R/C FLIGHT - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RADIO CONTROL CLUB
MONTGOMERY COUNTY MARYLAND - ESTABLISHED 1951

Welcome to DC-RC Flight School!

The DC-RC Flight School programs are very popular and grow in popularity every year.  Since 2012, over 250 people received formal flight instruction at DC-RC’s Walt Good Field, and most became DC-RC Certified Pilots.


 

 

DC-RC Flight Training 2018

Ed Leibolt- Flight Training Coordinator

 

DC-RC Introduction Pilot Program (IPP)

DC-RC is offering new potential students a chance to trying RC flying without buying anything or joining the club/AMA.  There will be IPP sessions throughout the flying season if you would like to try RC Model Airplane flying. These sessions will be Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 11: 00 am at our field (see The Flight Training schedule). The club will provide the planes/ transmitters/buddy boxes etc. for the IPP Flights.  The students will be given an introduction to RC flying and then paired up with an IPP pilot. Each student will be given the chance to fly a Club trainer airplane. There is a limit of 2 sessions you may attend.  After that, you will need to move into the regular flight training.

Please contact Ed Leibolt (Flight Instructor Coordinator) via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

DC-RC Flight Training

This year we are moving to an exciting and more productive training program. In an effort to get a student ready for flight certification quicker we feel that one on one instructions will allow the student to move quicker towards completion of the first solo flight and then on to the Pilot Proficiency  Test. This means that a student will need to provide their own trainer airplane, transmitter, and most everything they need to get in the air. The trainer will need to be on the approved list (see below) of trainers that the club will accept into the training program.  The radio gear also has to be compatible with the club’s Spektrum radio buddy boxes or the student must provide his or her own buddy box. The student is highly encouraged to consult with the flight instructors prior to purchasing any equipment. If the student already has an aircraft or purchases one not on the list, the instructor will need to inspect it to make sure they can train on it or reject it as inappropriate for the training.     

 

 

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We will have a lot more training sessions than previously. We plan on having the training on Tuesday nights from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  The club will provide at least one or more instructors for each training session.  If there are a lot of students, the club will look into providing more instructors.  The cost of the training is free, but the student has to be both a member of the DC-RC Club and the Academy of Model Aeronautics.


The flight instructor coordinator has the right to cancel any training session due to weather or lack of instructors.


 Please contact Ed Leibolt (Flight Instructor Coordinator) via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 DC-RC Flight Training 2018 Approved List of Trainer Aircraft

Aircraft Requirements:

  • Wing Span: 48” Min.
  • Power: Electric
  • Channels: 4 Min.

  

List of Approved Aircraft - Ready to Fly (radio included) - Bind to Fly (radio not included)

* Club Recommended

*E-Flite Apprentice S 15e:

  • Vendors:  Motion RC
  • Horizon Hobbies

TechOne Saturn

  • Vendor:  Motion RC

Flyzone Piper Super Cub EP

  • Vendor: Tower Hobbies

*FMS Super EZ V2

  • Vendors:  Motion RC
  • Horizon Hobbies

FMS Sky Trainer 182

  • Vendor:  Horizon Hobbies

Flyzone Island Wings DHC-2 Beaver

  • Vendor: Tower Hobbies

TechOne Air Titan

  • Vendor:  Motion RC

*Flyzone Sensei FS Trainer

  • Vendor: Tower Hobbies

Cessna 182 55 in.

  • Vendor: Value Hobby

 

Approved - Almost Ready to Fly (ARF)

Requires assembly, Radio, servos, electronic speed control, battery, motor, and propeller

Easy Stik 40

  • Vendor: Value Hobby

*Aviator 40

  • Vendor: Value Hobby

Great Planes Avistar Elite

  • Vendor: Tower Hobbies

*Hacker Cool Master Sport Trainer

  • Vendor: Tower Hobbies
   

  


 

Flight Training Aptitude Requirements

All students must display the comprehension, attention, concentration, motor skills, and adherence to instruction and safety requirements required by DC-RC flight instructors and ground crew to safely participate in the flight training program. The level of student adherence to instruction and/or skill level will determine which DC-RC Flight School aircraft type the student operates.

 

The DC-RC Certified Pilot Program

To use Walt Good Field on a regular basis, every pilot must demonstrate proficiency in the safe operation of a model aircraft through successful completion of the DC-RC Pilot Proficiency Test, and be a member in good standing.

For pilots new to Walt Good Field, here’s your path to becoming a certified pilot:

Experienced pilots: must successfully complete the DC-RC Pilot Proficiency Test and become a club member.

Inexperienced pilots: must successfully complete the DC-RC Pilot Proficiency Test and become a club member.

For inexperienced pilots, formal flight training through the DC-RC Flight School is highly recommended prior to attempting the DC-RC Pilot Proficiency Test.

All pilots: must be a DC-RC club member in good standing and perform the DC-RC Pilot Proficiency Test using their personal aircraft and equipment.

 

DC-RC Pilot Proficiency Tests are administered by DC-RC Pilot Proficiency Test Conductors only, and can often be performed immediately after a training session and most weekends. To arrange a DC-RC Pilot Proficiency Test, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance in coordinating a date and time for your DC-RC Pilot Proficiency Test.

Upon successful completion of the DC-RC Pilot Proficiency Test, the pilot is issued a Certified Pilot membership card, provided with the gate code for Walt Good Field, and is authorized to fly without other Certified Pilots present as long as membership is kept in good standing.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to join DC-RC?

Membership is open to everyone. To become a DC-RC club member, simply join the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and DC-RC:

Join the AMA online at http://www.modelaircraft.org/

Join DC-RC online or download a DC-RC Membership Application, mail in your completed DC-RC Membership Application, proof of AMA membership (copy of AMA card or copy of your AMA Temporary Receipt), and dues payment to the address on the Membership Application, or come to a Flight School training session or the next club meeting and sign up there.

 

What are the rules?

Safety is no accident. Everyone piloting or observing air operations at Walt Good Field must read and obey the Field Rules.

 

How long will it take for me to learn to fly?

That very much depends on you. Some people learn in just a few sessions, while others take months, a year, or more to become proficient. The pace is up to you.

Will DC-RC help me choose equipment and training aircraft?

Talk to your instructors and training crew for recommendations on first aircraft and field equipment. DC-RC Club members are happy to provide all the guidance and recommendations you desire (and possibly more than desired)! We will be happy to inspect your aircraft and equipment, and perform the first flight to “trim” your aircraft to fly straight.

What aircraft should I buy for training?

Please see the list of Approved Trainer Aircraft Above

What make of radio is the best?

Every pilot seems to love their radio make, it’s the best... Come to the next club meeting and talk to our many experienced and opinionated members to help guide your decision. For the beginning pilot, the following guidelines should help:

Purchase a modern radio system; a full range transmitter that operates on 2.4GHz.

The 2.4GHz systems significantly reduce the chance other radio signals will interfere with yours. Also, more and more clubs, flying fields, and events (competitive and just for fun) only allow participation using 2.4GHz systems.

DC-RC Walt Good Field REQUIRES the use of 2.4GHz radio equipment.

Purchase more radio than you need for your training aircraft (most training aircraft use 4 channels).

More than one aircraft in the “hangar” is probably in your not-so-distant future. Generally, radio transmitters with 6 or more channels store control settings for multiple aircraft and offer programming functions (such as the ability to “tone down” control sensitivity). One transmitter, many aircraft.

Purchase a popular radio brand. Different brands use different communication protocols and are usually not compatible with each other.

 

Do I need to join DC-RC to learn to fly?

Yes, you need to be a member to participate in training.

Do I need to be a DC-RC member to continue to fly at the field beyond training?

Yes, you need to be a member to continue to fly at the DC-RC airfield. You must remain a “member in good standing” by renewing your membership each year, obeying club rules, and attending at least one safety briefing annually.

 

Do I need insurance?

Yes, you need liability coverage to fly at Walt Good Field. Liability Insurance that supplements your own insurance is obtained by becoming a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and is required.

Join the AMA online at http://www.modelaircraft.org/.

 

What is meant by R/C disorientation?

R/C disorientation explained: When the aircraft is travelling away from the pilot, input control for a right turn and a right turn (in relation to the pilot) commences. When the aircraft is travelling toward the pilot, input the same right turn control input and the aircraft turns left in relation to the pilot.

 

Where do I go for more information?

Come to a club meeting or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Will an R/C flight simulator help me learn?

Yes! RC Simulators are an excellent training aid. You will be able to practice everything from basic flight training to advanced flying on a simulator… then take your “experience” to the field. Many experienced pilots use flight simulators to learn advanced maneuvers or practice for competition. Also, R/C flight simulators help the new pilot cope with common challenges such as R/C disorientation.

Any of the better commercial simulators are well worth their expense in terms of reducing training time and overcoming R/C disorientation. Phoenix, Aerofly & Realflight are top notch simulators that will serve anyone well for years.


 

Publications

 Flight School Documents

2016 DC-RC Pilot Training Handbook (not updated for 2017, but useful and fairly current)

2017 DC-RC Flight School Sign Up

2017 DC-RC Pilot Waiver

2017 Pilot Certification Fixed

 

Hobby Hangar Discounts for DC-RC Members

Hobby Hangar offers discounts to support our club and flight training activities! Here’s the skinny on the discounts Hobby Hangar offers to DC-RC members, effective through 12/31/2017:

10% discount off the purchase price of any flight simulator to all DC-RC club members, and anyone completing the AMA Introductory Pilot Program (IPP)

Each student is eligible for a discount voucher after their first Flight School or IPP training session
Discount Vouchers are available from your Flight School Administrator

When you are at the store, ask Bob or Kwang what special discounts they are offering to DC-RC members.

Offers are not valid in combination with any other offers (one discount per person per day)

Hobby Hangar
14014 Sullyfield Circle, Suite-D Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 631-8820
http://www.hhvastore.com/

 
  

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DC/RC Flight Training Schedule 2018

 

May 2018

Flight Training (Tuesday 5 to 7 pm)

  • 5/01/18
  • 5/08/18
  • 5/15/18
  • 5/22/18

 IPP Session (Saturday 9-11 am)

  • 5/19 18

June 2018

Flight Training (Tuesday 5 to 7 pm)

  • 6/05/18
  • 6/12/18
  • 6/19/18
  • 6/26/18

 IPP Session (Saturday 9-11 am)

  • 6/16/18

July

Flight Training (Tuesday 5 to 7 pm)

  • 7/10/18
  • 7/17/18
  • 7/24/18
  • 7/31/18

IPP Session (Saturday 9-11 am)

  • 7/21/18

August

Flight Training (Tuesday 5 to 7 pm)

  • 8/07/18
  • 8/14/18

September

Flight Training (Tuesday 5 to 7 pm)

  • 9/4/18
  • 9/11/18
  • 9/18/18
  • 9/25/18

IPP Session (Saturday 9-11 am)

  • 9/15/18

October

IPP Session (Saturday 9-11 am)

None

 

 

Safety is no accident. Read and obey the field rules - for your safety, and everyone around you.

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