Frequently Asked Questions
A: The cost of membership is based on your age at the time you apply for membership. Currently, annual club membership dues are $60. For those who are less than 19 years of age, annual club membership dues are $30 per year. In addition to club membership dues, you must also be a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) which requires you to pay annual membership dues to them directly. Currently annual AMA membership dues are $75. For those who are less than 19 years of age, annual AMA membership dues are $15 per year. The AMA does provide reduced annual membership dues for those who are 65 years of age or older, and for other adult household members who become members, so you are encouraged to visit their website for further details.
A: Yes. Membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is required because our club is a fully-chartered chapter of the AMA and we fully support their work in the radio control aviation community. In addition the AMA also provides its members with liability insurance coverage, which is required to operate radio control model aircraft at our flying field.
A: To begin with, you will receive a subscription to an excellent monthly magazine, entitled Model Aviation. The Academy of Model Aeronautics also provides its members with personal liability insurance coverage, as well as the ability to fly at thousands of AMA chartered club sites. Most importantly, with AMA membership, you have the support of the world's largest aeromodeling organization that works with government agencies to preserve your rights to enjoy this wonderful hobby. For further details, we encourage you to visit the AMA website to see a summary of benefits they provide to their members.
A: Absolutely! In fact, we encourage our members to include their family in our events, which includes non-flying events such as cookouts at the field and our annual Christmas party. Our club currently has a number of families who are members and fly together with us regularly. Those that do not, often bring their family members to our activities, and they are always welcome.
A: Possibly. We have a limited number of scholarships for those with the desire to become a club member and fly with us. In return, we ask that you volunteer to mow our flying field at least two times each year and participate in our club events as much as possible. Should you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please contact us so we can discuss it with you.
A: Because our club and its members are awesome! We are a diverse group comprised of members of all ages and from all walks of life, bound together by a common passion for radio control aviation. Unlike some clubs that ostracize members based on the size, construction material, power source, or use of beginner-safe technology of their aircraft, you won't find that here. If it will fly, and is not a safety hazard, we support your choices. We are all about flying, having fun doing so, and enjoying the company of our fellow members. If you live on the Outer Banks or the surrounding area and want to fly radio control aircraft, then Dare County Radio Control Flyers is for you.
A: It certainly can be, however radio control aviation is now more affordable than it's ever been thanks to the technology revolution. A nice beginner airplane and the required equipment can now be purchased for between $350 and $550. However, before you purchase any airplane or equipment, we recommend that you consult with our club members who can guide you into making informed purchases. That alone will save you considerably, as our experience will prevent you from squandering money on products that will not meet your needs. Our club members can also make you aware of ways to save you money through a number of on-line retailer programs.
A: Yes, we can! Our club has a number of instructors who can train you to become a radio control pilot. We have the equipment, expertise, and desire to work with you to become a radio control pilot. For further information, we recommend that you learn more by visiting the page at the link provided below.
A: Yes! We have a program specifically designed for those who are not club members but want to experience radio control flying just to see if this is an activity that they would like to pursue. This program is called the "Introductory Pilot Program." Full details regarding this program may be found at the link below.
A: No, there are no fees! We only ask that you enroll in our Introductory Pilot Program, and after a period of 90-days, you consider becoming a club member if you decide radio control aviation is a worthwhile hobby for you.
A: No, you don't need your own plane or equipment to learn to fly. The club has the necessary aircraft and equipment to train you, and we recommend that you use them. This will also give you the opportunity to learn about various aircraft and products by speaking with club members and your instructor. This will help you in making informed purchases of aircraft and equipment in the future, and thus, save you money and aggravation.
A: It is a matter of personal preference, however electric-powered planes tend to be more beginner-friendly as they generally require minimal building skills, have a lower startup cost, and can often be purchased as a ready-to-fly package that includes everything necessary to get you into the air.
A: We recommend a high-wing type trainer aircraft with a wingspan of at least 1100mm. High wing type aircraft typically have lower wing loading which will permit you to fly slower without the fear of stalling. For use on our grass field, we also recommend that the aircraft have large tires as it makes ground handling easier. There are a number of electric-powered ready-to-fly airplane packages available that meet these recommendations, including the E-flite Apprentice STS, the HobbyZone AeroScout S2, the HobbyZone Mini-Apprentice S2, and the HobbyZone Carbon Cub S2. All of these ready-to-fly packages include everything needed to fly the plane including a battery, transmitter, receiver, and battery charger. Information about these ready-to-fly airplane packages can be seen at the link below.
A: Yes, because it's law. Failure to do so could result in you being prosecuted by the federal government, resulting in fines or imprisonment. Please understand that the FAA's requirement to register radio control aircraft is relatively new and was a response to so many people purchasing and flying drones without any regard for safety or laws that existed.
A: Yes it does. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) registration number of the plane's owner be applied to an outer surface of the aircraft. To meet this requirement without detracting from the appearance of the aircraft, you can apply the UAS registration number with a small decal or sticker, placed on a lower surface. Other than the requirement that the UAS registration number be placed on an outer surface, there is no specified location or size requirement, so the number can be small but must be legible. We typically apply this number to the lower surface of the cowling, or between the landing gear.
A: Yes you can! We are always happy to have visitors, so if you see us flying and would like to watch, please feel free to do so. However, we do ask that you park in our field's designated parking area and, in the interest of safety, that you remain clear of any posted areas that are used for preparing or flying our aircraft. Information about field access and parking is available at the link below to assist you.
A: You may contact us by e-mail, text, written correspondence, or telephone and one of our club members would be pleased to assist answering any questions you may have.