Welcome to Sumner County RC Flyers Flight Training Program
Training Overview and Disclaimer
The Sumner County RC Flyers have established a flight-training program to assist newcomers to the
hobby to safely pilot radio control aircraft. This program does not insure success, but merely attempts
to teach, through a series of progressive steps, the basics of R/C flying.
Our club has experienced RC flyers that have taken their participation to the next level by volunteering
to support the club’s training program. These instructors have adequate skills and knowledge of RC
aircraft to instruct newcomers to safely fly. This does not however guarantee the success of any student.
Everyone is different and learns at a different rate and to a different level. Although rare, some students
may never obtain the skills to safely solo. Training will begin only when the student has both their
AMA membership and has joined the club.
Our instructors use the “buddy box” system for training. We make every attempt to avoid mishaps but
please be aware that aircraft are often damaged during the learning process. The Sumner County RC
Flyers are not responsible for any damage to any aircraft or support equipment used at the field. It is up
to the students to repair any damage, and if guidance is needed to ensure a proper repair we will offer
our recommendations on how to safely repair the damage and get you back in the air.
The club has set aside scheduled times to assist newcomers to the hobby to become a proficient RC
pilot. Saturday morning is the primary time set aside by the club for flight instruction but it is best to
prearrange a training time with the instructor. We will make every effort to see that you will be able to
train at that time, but there is no guarantee that an instructor will be available at any given time. Those
involved with any club sponsored activity do so on a volunteer basis, and may have either personal or
employment commitments which come first.
Also, please remember that instructors are not obligated to instruct (although encouraged to do so) and
should not be approached at the field at other times and asked to instruct. If you wish to get additional
help or cannot make it on a designated training date, look to find an instructor and make arrangements
prior to coming to the field. Training can take place during any other open flying time as long as prior
arrangements have been made between the student and instructor. Please do not put someone on the
spot where they will feel uncomfortable and have to tell you “no” they are not available to instruct at
that particular time. New aircraft will be thoroughly inspected and test flown before any training session begins. Changes to
new aircraft are sometimes necessary and can prevent an aircraft from flying. This is usually because of
safety reasons. There is always the possibility your new aircraft may not fly on your first training
session or at all until it is deemed safe.
Your Responsibilities: Please make sure that both your transmitter and receiver batteries are fully
charged before arriving at the field. When you arrive at the field for a training session do a pre-flight
inspection of your airplane, do a range check and be ready to fly. Please pay attention to your instructor
and follow the program as closely as possible so you’ll learn to fly sooner. The instructor or instructors
present on any given training date have the right not to fly if they feel that weather conditions are bad
enough to warrant it.
We have developed a great training program that will assist you to become a capable and safe RC flyer.
Our safety record is one of the best. We invite you to participate and to become a welcome member of
the Sumner County RC Flyers.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
By my signature below I certify that I have read and understood the Flight Manual of the
Sumner County RC Flyers and agree to abide by it.
Student Primary Instructor