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FLYRC is a chartered club of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). It includes a diverse group of people dedicated to the construction and flying of radio control aircraft with comradeship and friendship. Everyone is welcome to join the organization. Members are encouraged to help everyone participating in the hobby, assist newcomers (applicants) and improving the modeling and flying skills of all members is a club goal.

Operations of the club are financed by annual dues, auctions and 50/50 club.

The club and the field are operated under the guidelines provided by the AMA and the club. AMA is the governing body of model aviation in the USA, and charters both the club and flying site. AMA provides liability insurance for members, the club, and co-insures the property owner.

FLYRC flies at Mitchell's Farm in Southbury, Ct.

The general business meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Hobby Hangout in New Milford, Ct. at 7:30 pm.

To join FLYRC, you must have a sponsor who is a club member in good standing who will be your mentor. To fly you must be a member of AMA. While you are learning, your status will be an Applicant and you may fly when any member is present assisting you in the flight activities. When you pass your flying test, you will be allowed to fly solo (by yourself) 



There are many aspects of radio control aircraft, which are powered by piston engines (2 stroke and 4 stroke), and also electric power. Sailplanes are primarily winch powered, but also may be electric powered or powered by a small piston motor on power pods. A wide range of helicopters are available to the modeling members. These models vary in sizes from 2 to 3 lbs. up to as much as 55 lbs. Radio control aircraft can perform and exceed maneuvers that a full scale aircraft can perform. RC models should be considered as real aircraft, with the pilot controlling remotely from the cockpit. This requires the pilot to learn to fly aircraft in two directions. Aircraft flying away from the pilot, and the aircraft flying to the pilot. The performance of the model is based upon the building and flying skills of the modeler.


To join FLYRC and fly you must be a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Applications to AMA may be obtained from most model shops, modeling magazines or on-line. Your AMA Membership provides limited liability insurance and the monthly magazine (Model Aviation). AMA is the governing body of model aviation in the USA.


Additionally, an applicant must have a sponsor. The sponsor will sign the club application, which must be submitted to the membership chairman along with the payment of dues, the applicant is now ready to peruse his or her new found hobby. The sponsor will assist the applicant to obtain information from other sponsors, members, and modeling personnel to obtain suggestions of appropriate models, equipment and construction details.


All power modelers will need a model (trainer), engine, radio (servos), glue, knives, sandpaper, covering material (except ARFs), field boxes (well equipped)), fuel, glow plug exciter, starter, and battery. Some model kits will require additional materials to complete the kit. The sponsor should assist you in obtaining the additional materials, and the additional assistance may be obtained by attending monthly meetings.


Before flying the new model, it must be thoroughly inspected to insure safe and proper operation. The sponsor may perform the inspection, establish the flight training program requirements, and fully brief the applicant on the flight training requirements leading to the final examination. Field and flight safety shall be stressed in these initial briefings.



1. Every applicant must obtain a sponsor who will assist him or her in the fundamentals of joining FLYRC. Your sponsor should be your guide through the initial stages of selecting, building, and checkout of your model aircraft. He will also be responsible for your conduct as an applicant. It is not the responsibility of the Club or its officers to find you a sponsor. If you are interested in joining, become active by attending meetings, flying Sessions, this is how to meet those who may be willing to sponsor you. (AMA membership required to fly.).

2. Your sponsor must be a member in good standing of this club, and willing to assist you. He will either instruct you in basic flying skills, or will put you in contact with someone who can instruct you. An applicant is never to fly unsupervised. To do so is immediate expulsion from the club.

3. Your instructors will guide you through the skills necessary to pass a basic flight test after you obtain your AMA card. It is advised that you stay with one instructor throughout the learning process so that continuity in your progress exists. It is generally best to have a time scheduled with your instructor and be there promptly. He has volunteered his flying time to teach you, so please respect it.

4. Your aircraft should be able to pass a preflight safety test by a qualified instructor or examiner. This is for your protection as well as the preservation of your aircraft. Your sponsor can make the arrangements to have this done.

5. When your instructor, or a member in good standing who could be a sponsor or examiner, feels confident that you can pass the basic flying skills test, he will sign the instructors section of the qualification flight test sheet. The sponsor shall then set up the flight test with an approved FLYRC flight test examiner. The qualification test will be administered by flight test examiner and two other qualified club members in good standing. .

6. The qualification test consists of maneuvers you have been practicing throughout your instruction program, so there should not be any surprises. By completing this test, you have demonstrated that you are capable of flying your aircraft in a safe and controlled condition.

7. At the next club meeting, your sponsor will present your name with a recommendation that you be admitted to full membership status. If accepted by the membership, you will be allowed full rights of any member and will be allowed to fly without your instructor or sponsor present. Applicants will be requested to attend 3 meetings and 2 events for the first year of their membership. Applicants are encouraged to meet members at various functions and events, and whenever possible to assist in the chores of running an event. It is a great way to show your interest in the hobby and club. As a rule the more members you know, the more help you can expect. Above all don't be discouraged if it seems difficult at first. We all found it so when we started. Even the best flyer in the club was a beginner at one time



Sponsors perform a very critical function in the FLYRC organization. The acquisition and retention of new members is related to how they interface with the club in their early relations with the current members. This relationship is one of the key sponsor responsibilities. The sponsor must assist the applicant in the transition from a keen interest to a highly responsible safe pilot.

Any full member can be a sponsor, however this member should fully understand all of the important issues as covered in this flight test program handbook. Also the applicant must understand that either the club or its officers are not required to find a sponsor for the applicant. It is suggested that the applicant attend events at the field, attend membership meetings, and ask questions at the flying field to interface with modelers on the type of equipment to purchase. Not all members are able to sponsor an applicant due to other conflicting requirements, such as other applicants, club management priorities, event directorships, personal work or travel, and in some cases illness. Whenever conflicts arise as cited above, the member should help and assist the applicant to find a sponsor within the organization.

The sponsor shall be responsible for the training and conduct of his applicant (s).

The sponsor shall provide training or arrange training by a qualified instructor

The sponsor shall instruct the applicant in all aspects of field rules and etiquette of the club.

The sponsor shall integrate modeling safety in construction, field rules, flight line etiquette, and in all aspects of flight training.

The sponsor shall be the prime contact for construction information and equipment selection.

The sponsor shall be responsible for introducing the applicant to the club members.

Prior to recommendation for membership, the sponsor shall be in a position to vouch for the applicant certify that he or she has received the necessary flight training and is well acquainted with the training handbook, field rules, modeling safety, and field etiquette of the club.



All member pilots must comply with the AMA Safety Code as well as the following FLYRC field rules established for safety, and to enhance our enjoyment of our hobby.  Members must keep in mind that safety is the responsibility of all members, and infractions should be discussed and acted upon whenever they happen by all members present. Each of us has the responsibility to enforce the rules for all our safety. In addition, we are all guests of Mitchell farm and must act accordingly.

1.      All new members must complete a brief field orientation provided by the Club President, or alternate, as soon as possible after joining.

2.      All Club pilots flying solo must have passed our flight test (see section 10) and had their membership card signed off. Student pilots must have a FLYRC qualified instructor at their side during all flights.

3.      72 Mhz flyers must identify themselves to other flyers and avoid overlapping frequencies.

4.      Only four aircraft may be in the air at the same time.

5.      No flying over the pits, towards the pits, behind the flight line, over the buildings or towards spectator areas. The initial turn after takeoff shall be away from these areas.  (See map)

6.      Normal flying hours are 9:00AM until Dusk. Quiet electric planes may fly starting at 7:00AM, and properly illuminated, quiet, electric planes may fly from after Dusk until 10:00PM.

7.      Engine run-up is only allowed in the flight box, and not for an extended time. If you need to tune your engine for more than 5 minutes, you must leave the box and set up a table or other aircraft restraint by the shed end of the pits facing the end fence.

8.      ALLOWED SOUND; Sound is our Enemy, all aircraft must meet FLYRC sound rules:  At nine feet 100 decibels or less for any aircraft is satisfactory. For large two stroke motors RPM in thousands plus decibels must equal 110 or less. For four stroke motors RPM in thousands/2 plus decibels must equal 110 or less. Sound tests will be done at full throttle, restrained, and in a flight box. Non- compliant aircraft will be grounded until repaired and retested.

9.      Guests must be accompanied by a member who is responsible for guest conduct. They must have a current AMA card, fill out a guest survey, and only fly with a qualified host member in the flight box. A guest may fly on only three occasions during one calendar year. If they desire to fly more, they must apply for membership. The host member is responsible for making sure all club rules are followed by their guest.

10.  A guest without an AMA card must be accompanied by an Introductory Instructor on a Buddy Box when participating in an introductory flight. An exception will be made for certain single day club sponsored events where other club selected experienced pilots may participate on the buddy box.

11.  Maiden flights will be announced and will ground all other aircraft. Pilots of these flights must exercise common courtesy and wait for a lull, so as not to interrupt other pilots.

12.  Helicopter and drone pilots will observe all rules and must adhere to the flight pattern unless they are the only one flying.

13.  Before flight, fuel planes may be started on a portable table lined-up behind an empty flight box or in a flight box. Electric planes must have batteries connected on a portable table lined-up as above or in the flight box. Transmitter throttle hold and/or safety plugs are recommended. No engine starts or battery connections may be made on a stationary prep table or in the pits!

14.  All fliers must have a current AMA card and current FLYRC membership card on their person. It is required that you always have your membership card in full view.

15.  Fly from designated flight boxes only. If you must go on the runway announce “on the field.”

16.  Absolutely no flying in restricted areas. Members may enter restricted areas only to retrieve aircraft. (See field map) Under no circumstances are we allowed on ComSat property. If you need to retrieve a plane, drive down to the ComSat front gate on River rd. and use the intercom to talk with the station operator, who is there 24/7. Explain the situation and resolve how to retrieve the plane, then call the FlyRC President (Bill Josiger, 845-821-3269) and inform him of the circumstances.

17.   “Hot dogging” or 3D flying is permitted only with the consent of other pilots flying at the time and only down the far side of the runway, away from the pilot boxes. This type of flying is intimidating and distracting to some pilots, and may be done only with due consideration for others. There will be no “buzzing” of vehicles on the access road or farm workers. A flier shall not willfully and deliberately fly his model in a careless, reckless, or dangerous manner

18.   All flights should be limited to 15 minutes.

19.  Young children are permitted at the field only if closely and continuously supervised by a non-flying, responsible individual. They are not allowed on the runway or in the flight boxes at any time. They are not to be unescorted at any time!

20.  Call out your landing to make other pilots aware of your intensions.  Yell “coming in” or “landing.”

21.  The flier of a dead stick aircraft shall clearly and loudly warn other pilots. Other pilots must then yield to dead stick aircraft.

22.  Do not taxi in the pits or taxi toward the pits at a fast rate of speed. Aircraft must stop and engines must be turned off before the model returns to the pit area.

23.  Only well-mannered and leashed pets are allowed at the field.

24.  All takeoffs and landings are to be executed in the direction indicated by the consensus of pilots present.

25.  Do not litter. Pick up after yourself and remove all garbage from the field.

26.  No flying of free flight or control line planes at the field.

27.  No fuel powered turbine engines of any kind may be operated at the FLYRC field.

28.  Aircraft and equipment will be removed from the flight boxes when not in use.

29.  Aircraft will not be placed on the picnic tables in the eating area.

30.  Remove aircraft from the assembly tables when assembly is complete as space is limited.

31.  The grill and propane are for the use of club members only. When finished please clean the grill, remove the disposable grease receptacle, and return the grill to the shed in good order.

32.  The last person to leave the field will lock the shed, secure the solar charging station, and close the gate.

33.  There will be no consumption of alcoholic beverages during flying hours and flying while impaired is always prohibited under AMA rules.



34.  All FPV pilots will comply with AMA FPV rules.

35.  All FPV pilots will comply with all FLYRC Field & Safety rules stated above.

36.  All FPV flights require a flight qualified FLYRC member as a spotter, in the box with the pilot, maintaining visual line of site with the FPV craft.

37.  If an FPV pilot experiences a safety issue he must abandon FPV mode and fly visual line of site.

38.  All FPV flights must yield right of way to all other craft if safety demands.

39.  All flights from the FLYRC field, either manually or utilizing FPV, stabilization or autopilot systems for automated flight, must maintain the craft within visual line of sight.




The preflight and safety inspection is a necessary final inspection before flight to ensure the best possible chance for incident free flights. Your instructor will help you with this inspection and will make recommendations for additional work on the aircraft.

Do not be discouraged by any delays. Your instructor is only interested in the safety of your model and the spectators

Name, address, and telephone #, or AMA # are required by AMA to be attached to your aircraft.

Your FAA registration number must be displayed on the outside of the aircraft.


1.  If aileron equipped, aileron is shock mounted and secure.

2.  Aileron linkages & clevises secure & clamped closed with a piece of tubing or equivalent.

3.  Wing dowels not loose or cracked.

4.  Check for wing warping. (Explain to applicant how to remove warping)


1.  All engine and motor mounts are tight.

2.  Muffler installed and secure.

3.  Propeller tips not nicked and propeller blades not cracked.

4.  Spinner, safety nut, or prop nut securely tightened (AMA safety nut W/O spinner)

5.  Fuel hoses not punctured or pinched and properly connected.

6.  Klunk moves freely.

7.  Fuel tank compartment fuel proofed. (Fuel proofing is strongly recommended)

8.  Servos shock mounted and securely fastened.

9.  Pushrods & control surfaces move freely, clevises closed and secured. (Fuel tubing or equiv.)

10.Servo plugs clean and plugged into correct receiver channel.

11.Switch assembly properly secured. (If possible check soldering)

12.Fully charged Rx batteries, or new Dry Cells. (If possible check with ESV.)

13.Receiver and battery pack wrapped in foam and secured in place.

14.Receiver antenna not broken and fully extended in a safe manner.

15.Control surface hinges pinned and secured.

16.Wheel collars tight and wheels should rotate freely.

17.Nose gear aligned and at proper height.


1.  Aileron servo plugged into correct receiver channel.

2.  Wing hold down screws tight, or rubber bands per model requirements. Typically #64 size with on per side for each 3/4 lb of model weight. Two crossed bands for security of bands.

3.  Center of gravity falls within model limits.


1.  Place you frequency pin on your transmitter. Then you can activate your transmitter.

2.  Fully test all control surfaces for proper movement to transmitter commands.

3.  Range check: With antenna collapsed walk about 100 feet towards the parking lot.

     Check control motions, noise or jitter during the walk. This is done with the engine off.



One of FLYRC’s primary requirements is to establish and maintain field and flight safety to insure the model is properly built and SAFE to fly. When a model is completed the sponsor or instructor will check it for safety.

A log is recommended to be used by the applicant to assist him or her through the instruction and leaning experience. It is suggested that the applicant log his or her flights and request the instructor to sign and comment on the instructions as given. The log will assist applicants and instructors to maintain a steady learning process. SAFETY is vitally important. Radio controlled models are heavy and fast. Handled unsafely, the model can do a great deal of damage. Remember that SAFETY must be considered on the ground as well as in the air. The applicant should consult with the sponsor and or instructor on the equipment best suited for him or her. Come to the field and to the meetings and get to know the members. Ask questions and ask for help. Everyone is more than willing to assist.


You should read and become familiar with the full AMA Safety Code. The following is a short list of safety tips that you should keep in mind whenever you are operating an R/C model.

1. Observe all field and safety rules. Failure to do so could result in loss of club flying privileges and could lead to expulsion from the club.

2.  When the engine is running, make all needle valve adjustments from behind the rotating propeller.

3.  Keep face and body out of line with the propeller arc. If a blade were to break off it could be thrown like a KNIFE. THINK OF THE PROPELLER AS A RIP SAW BLADE.

4.  An R/C airplane when operated out of control or in a reckless fashion can be a lethal missile. If you are in trouble in the air, alert your instructor and others around you immediately.

5.  Do not fly your aircraft over the pits area or spectators.

6.  The first turn after takeoff must be away from the pits and spectators.

7.  Landings shall parallel to the pit area or angularly away from the pits.

8.  There should only one retriever per plane. Notify all pilots "ON THE FIELD "before proceeding on to the field. Children are NOT ALLOWED on the RUNWAY at any time.

9.  Excessive running of a motor for tune up or carburetor adjustments is not allowed in the pits and should not infringe on another persons flight time.

10. Please communicate effectively when in the flight boxes. Notification of takeoffs, landings, emergencies, man on the field, etc. Must be communicated to all pilots who are flying. Whenever possible, use another member or friend as an observer.



Required Materials: 1. Club Badge 2. AMA card 3. Suitable equipment.

Knowledge:     1. Field rules 2. Basic flight aerodynamics 3. Airplane parts and operation  4. Safety rules and etiquette

 Safety:           1. Suitable equipment 2. Preflight inspection 3. Proper frequency control  3. Safe starting procedures  4. Calls out intentions on flight line

Development of practical skills: The development of practical skills never ends in flying. This required activity is the primary reason why people get into RC modeling. Some people attempt to fly without instruction, and almost always end up with piles of wreckage. The concept of qualified members who have passed a qualifica­tion flight test, and the applicant who will train to meet the requirements, is the primary purpose of the FLYRC organization. The practical skills test demonstrates the applicant’s ability to maintain adequate con­trol of the aircraft at all times, in any direction. The flight maneuvers are intended to prove the applicants abil­ity to make the aircraft to go in an INTENDED direction, not as a test of precision flying ability. The appli­cant must exhibit proper safety and field etiquette procedures. The examiner must note unsatisfactory perfor­mance and provide a written record to be used by the applicant and instructor for further training. All the practical skills are intended to develop the capability to fully fly the pattern, through the KEY POINT in both directions. The KEY POINT is 10 to 15 feet above the runway and is located at the end of the runway as a plane descends for its landing. The plane should glide through the KEY POINT to establish the proper touch down point for the landing.

Figure from Model Airplane News Tech Tips




The pattern contains all the necessary maneuvers to make the landings in a Consistent manner that all pilots follow as a standard. Your instructor is interested in developing your skills and capabilities to fly the pattern with relative ease. Please review the pattern as shown below to learn the location of the FLIGHT LINE, the SPOT, and the KEY POINT. The FLIGHT LINE is located along the pilot's edge of the runway. We are to be trained never to fly through or over this line. The SPOT is located in front of the pilot (about 200 feet) and 50 to 100 feet high in altitude. On a downwind leg the SPOT represents the location to reduce power and descend into the landing pattern into the base leg and final approach to the KEY POINT. This maneuver will require a lot of practice, but forms the basis of becoming a good pilot. As you develop your approach skills you will also learn to adjust the aircraft rate of descent through the KEY POINT. This blending of the rate of descent and accuracy of flying through the KEY POINT will provide the real clean landing that all pilots love to achieve.

Figure from Model Airplane news Tech Tips




The following maneuvers are considered to be essential to an applicant’s ability to fly in a safe controlled manner at the flying field. Remember; we are not establishing precision maneuvers but are establishing the proper procedures and intended safe maneuvers.


TAXI, TAKEOFF AND PROCEDURE TURN: Taxi and takeoff requires the development of skills to hold a straight line into the wind. The ability to hold a straight line is greatly influenced by the aircraft and its wheel alignments. This is true for both the tricycle, and tail draggers. The aircraft should be checked frequently for wheel alignments. Remember to check the wind prior to takeoff. Trainer type aircraft with flat wings need to be carefully controlled in crosswinds. If you turn from the flight line too early (before getting good air- speed) the crosswind can push up the wing and cause a wingover crash. Get some altitude and airspeed before initiating the procedure turn. This turn starts with the initial turn away from the pits or flight line (90 degrees) then a turn at constant altitude, which will cover 270 degrees back to the runway with heading adjustments to be made on the return. (See figure below.)


HORIZONTAL FIGURE EIGHT: To demonstrate aircraft maneuvering skills, the horizontal figure eight provides all the turns required in pattern flight. This maneuver should be conducted at about 100 feet of alti­tude, with the crossover point 200 to 250 feet in front of the pilot. Maintaining altitude is one of the measure­ment parameters in the horizontal level.




SQUARE FIGURE EIGHT: The square figure eight is conducted the same as the horizontal figure eight except that the turns are squared in all of the maneuver. This maneuvering enables the instructor to see some precision in flying skills while maintaining a constant altitude in the horizontal level.

SLOW FLIGHT AND LANDING: This maneuver demonstrates the flyers ability to fly near a stall speed at 20 to 30 feet of altitude the full length of the runway. This speed is obtained by setting the throttle at the 1/4 to 1/3 setting. This maneuver should be flown into the wind for safety reasons and the pilot should be aware of the flight line, maintain a straight line, and hold a constant altitude. The ability to land an aircraft, in most cases, is the most challenging part of learning to fly. Learning to fly the pattern, turning capabilities, maneu­vering, slow speed flight, and awareness of the FLIGHT LINE, SPOT, and KEY POINT are all important elements of the model pilot’s expertise. All experienced pilots will tell you that the most important maneuver in flying is practice, practice, practice, etc.





The practical skills qualification test will be conducted by a Club designated qualified flight test examiner and two qualified Club members in good standing, using the form below which will be filed for future reference. The applicant must pass all six elements and will be graded as follows:




1.0 TAXI: &TAKEOFF (Includes hand launch)

            [10 9 8 7 6] [5 4 3 2 1 0]




Selects proper wind direction.



 Adequate directional control



Makes first turn away from flight line.



Safety and etiquette (announces intentions, yields to other traffic, etc.)





[10 9 8 7 6] [5 4 3 2 1 0]



Adequate directional, and altitude control. Avoids flight line.



Exhibits stall awareness.



Safety and etiquette (announces intentions, etc.).






[10 9 8 7 6] [5 4 3 2 1 0]



Adequate directional, and altitude control. Avoids flight line.



Exhibits stall awareness.



Safety and etiquette (announces intention, etc).






[10 9 8 7 6] [5 4 3 2 1 0]   



Adequate directional and altitude control (to and from flight line).



Avoids crossing flight line.



Safety and etiquette (announces intention, etc.).






[10 9 8 7 6] [5 4 3 2 1 0]



Adequate directional, and altitude control (to and from flight line).



Avoids crossing flight line.



Safety and etiquette (announces intention, etc.).






[10 9 8 7 6] [5 4 3 2 1 0]



Adequate directional control, exhibits stall awareness.



Avoids flight line.



Safety and etiquette (announces intentions, yields to. other traffic, etc.).





FLIGHT TEST RESULTS: Applicant___________________ Pass (  ) Fail (  ) Test Date:________________


Qualified Instructor: ______________ Examiner: ___________________ Sponsor :___________________


Comments: _______________________________________________________________________________









Bill Josiger


Brewster, NY

(845) 821-3269









Cliff Becker                   


Southbury, Ct. 06488                

(203) 264-6139









Paul Ivey                      


Sandy Hook, Ct. 06482             

(203) 426-0579











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