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learn to Fly with Us for Free

Use our club trainer and one of our experienced instructors to learn to fly before you buy. See if you like to fly. Test drive a plane before you make an investment in the hobby. We are so sure you will like it, we will train you for free! The only thing more thrilling is flying the real thing.

We will take you every step of the way

You will have an experienced copilot connected via wire to guide you step-by-step from takeoff to landing. No need to worry about crashing a plane you have spent money and time building. We have an easy to fly trainer for your use. If you prefer, start by training on a flight simulator. You can train anytime in any weather while being connected via the internet to your personal trainer. Either way our instructors will make your flight training easy and fun!

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Try this deal offered by the AMA

The AMA has what they call the Intro Pilot Program. This gives you the insurance needed to fly at our field.

How does it work?

  • Contact one of our flight instructors and arrange a time to meet at the field.
  • Your instructor will then give you an initial flight training session.
  • If you are interested in continuing, your instructor will fill out the appropriate paperwork with the Academy of Model Aeronautics to enroll you into the Intro Pilot Program. The Intro Pilot Program provides you with the necessary insurance to fly at our field. The insurance coverage is only valid at the Flight Masters’ flying field with an instructor and lasts for 60 days.
  • After 60 consecutive days, you must join the AMA to receive insurance benefits that are required to fly at any AMA chartered club. Additionally, after your 60 consecutive days, if you wish to continue flying at the Flight Masters’ field, you will need to become a member. The membership is a great value because it gives you access to an outstanding flying field that includes a runway, other facilities, and fun like-minded people.

Our Instructors:

Mike Antonelli (fixed wing) 574.320.2007

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Words from one of our trainers that we can all learn from.

James E. Gluckin, M.D. November 1st, 2018 First – the principal reason why people leave this hobby is because of the REPETITIVE expense and effort required to repair an aircraft after a bad landing. Many people never learn how to land RELIABLY, and as a result windup quitting the hobby in complete frustration. Repairing an airframe every 2nd or 3rd flight, gets old (and expensive) very quickly. Secondly – ALL of the aerodynamic rules that apply to full-size fixed-wing aircraft apply with very slight variation to model aircraft. Smaller does NOT = easier to fly. It normally takes an average pilot an absolute MINIMUM of 40 hours of actual flight time to learn how to fly a full-size aircraft. Electronics in the form of gyros and autopilots can decimate this time, (divide by 10) but leave you dependent on them for successful flight. Thirdly – the one high-precision aerobatic maneuver that needs to be performed on EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY flight – is a landing. Remember, takeoffs are optional, but landings are mandatory. Landings are where 98% of all model damage occurs. Fourthly – the successful flying of a radio controlled model airplane from the ground – not in first person view – requires that you CONTINUALLY AND IN SMALL INCREMENTS – adjust the ATTITUDE of the aircraft to produce flight and airspeed in the direction that you want . The importance of this CANNOT be overstated. This applies to full sized aircraft as well. Fifth – learning how to SLOW FLY an airframe close to its stall speed, (along with stall recovery procedure) is the single most important thing you can learn and practice. This is an integral part of EVERY single landing approach. Sixth – my practice recommendation is to initially practice horizontal figure 8s at decreasingly lower airspeeds, two or three mistakes in height above the ground. The aim is to keep the aircraft at the SAME HEIGHT throughout the entire maneuver. If possible get the ground track of each horizontal figure 8s to overlap themselves. This means that BOTH the aircraft altitude, and position over the ground remains constant throughout the entire figure 8 and succeeding ones. This will also teach you how to compensate for the wind. Addendum LEARN HOW TO CORRECTLY USE THE RUDDER for both turns and STALL RECOVERY! When you can accomplish number 6, you are 95% home free!! Seventh – I will show you how to KNOW EXACTLY where your landing aircraft will touch down. A landing is a precision aerobatic slow flight maneuver which MUST BE PERFORMED UNFAILINGLY and SUCCESSFULLY at the completion of every single successful flight. James E. Gluckin, M.D. November 1st, 2018