September 28

Joining A Club

Flying Club Pits
Flying Club Pits

I know, I know…. I keep going on about joining a club. Not without good reason. It makes life so much easier when it comes to learning to fly. The years of combined experience within the existing membership is worth its weight in gold and the help you will receive if you co-operate with your tutor and fellow club members is invaluable.

Lets look at some of the advantages from your membership:-

1)  An established flying site at your disposal.

2)  Essential third party insurance included in your membership fee.

3)  Free tuition and mentoring at most clubs.

4)  Help and support with model assembly, setting up, safety checks and sorting out problems with your model.

Yes, it will cost you an annual fee but you cannot put a price on the help and support you will receive. Especially if it means you learn to fly without wrecking your pride and joy and save yourself the unavoidable cost of replacing it. Going it alone is inevitably expensive and frustrating, especially when you come up against problems you cannot resolve alone.

Find a Club

If you are not sure of the location of your nearest club, you can refer to the website of the national governing body for the hobby within your country. They have listings of all affiliated clubs with contact details for you.  Below is a list of these organisations for most of the English speaking countries:-

UK                       BMFA, British Model Flying Association 

USA                     AMA, Academy of Model Aeronautics

Canada                MAAC, Model Aeronautics Association of Canada  

Australia            MAAA, Model Aeronautical Association of Australia 

New Zealand     MFNZ, Model Flying New Zealand

South Africa      SAMAA, South African Model Aircraft Association


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