Your training program works as advertised and I wouldn't
change a thing. (I'm actually quite thrilled about your program and
very impressed with the amount of thought and work you have put
Bob Thomas. Fowlerville, MI
What a great time I had flying with you. It was truly one of those
great memorable aviation experiences of my life. I can't get the grin
off my face!
Capt. (United Airlines) Elwood Woods. Dundee, IL
demeanor, tremendous knowledge, and proven system, coupled with
your great dedication and personality made flying easy and fun! I
can't wait to come and see you next year, my skills have already
improved exponentially, thanks to you!!!
Don Fletcher. Louisville, KY
I owe my RC flying skills to you and your progressive and insightful
series of classes. I was very disenchanted with my club instructor's
techniques and the progress I was making before I signed up for the
primary flight course. I was very impressed with your approach to
learning and learning to solo in only 3 days.
Chris Leyden. Fort Wayne, IN
Thanks to your training, I'm enjoying
flying instead of trying to keep up with the plane. The really amazing
thing was that it seemed so easy. On my return, all of the instructors
were amazed at the progress I had made. Even
the "General" speaks to me every now and then. Thanks again for
making flying a fun hobby.
Sam Stimson. Austin, TX
The bottom line for any service is did you get your moneys worth
and was it worth the time? The answer to both is definitely yes. I will
recommend the school to new students.
John O'Keefe. Springfield, IL
more time passes I reflect on the super duper time I had in your class!
You are a real pro. The school was the best $---- I have ever spent!
Rachel Hall. Berkeley, CA
gained the knowledge to know how to correct errors, and yet has also
instilled the "fun" into the hobby. Your additional input on equipment,
engines, fuel, maintenance, etc. will be very helpful and cleared the
air of a lot of misunderstood information. Your school has gotten me off the ground in the right way.
Paul Moore. Plymouth, MN
My goal in attending the Flight School was to be able to Take off -
fly comfortably and land the airplane in one place. The objective was
achieved during the five day course. I would highly recommend the
Flight School to anyone who wanted to learn to fly in a very short
period of time without crashing a number of planes.
William Reynolds. Alpena, MI
I can honestly say that I
have never been more satisfied with any investment of my time,
energy and money than I am with the training provided by your
Bob Kohler. Cedarburg, WI
I have never met a more capable instructor in any discipline. Dave
knows his stuff backwards and forward. Dave is also a man of infinite
Dave Healy. Medford, OR
The course totally exceeded my expectations, and I had high
expectations. I now have the confidence that I am totally in control
of my plane. The DAS system just can't be that simple, and yet it is!!!
Please feel free to have anyone who wants confirmation of your
courses worth to email me. I will tell them that it is the best $ I have
ever spent in the hobby.
Harrington Park, NJ
I went flying today for the first time since taking your course and it went very well. I had 15 to 20 mph 90 degrees of cross winds to the runway. It was a bit tough but I handled it well. I wasn't near as nervous as I was before I took your course. I did 6 landings and my plane is in good shape. Took it home in one piece. Been awhile since I did that. HA HA. It seems so easy when I fly like you taught me. I'm having a ball now.
Dave Scott is a SUPERB teacher, with "nerves of steel" and a quiet,
relaxed manner that leads to early confidence in flying. Prior to each
flight Dave would explain exactly what we were going to accomplish
and why. After each flight Dave critiqued it (always most politely) at
which time he explained what happened and why. The student's only
concern is to learn, and have fun while learning.
Tony Fassi. Palm Beach, FL
Since the class I have found that I have more confidence in my flying abilities. I am more relaxed and enjoy the sport more than ever. I have to admit that my investment in Dave Scott's class was the best thing I have done to improve my ability to fly.
Dean Ehn. Boulder, CO
To put it short, your program works and it gave me the confidence to
fly when I got back home. I would readily suggest your course to
other people like myself whose schedules do not permit sustained
weekend after weekend flying to build proficiency. The 5 days I spent
with you represented several summers worth of regular training.
Chessnut Hill, MA
I can't say enough about your class and instruction. It exceeded all
Mike Weathers. St. Louis, MO
Your approach of treating both
flight preparation and the actual flying as though it were full scale is
absolutely on target for maximal learning and fun with minimal
headaches. I only wish I'd come to the School BEFORE making all
the ridiculous mistakes!
Ken, Nate, and Ben Moore.
Las Vegas, NV
Learn good habits with 1st U.S. R/C Flight School
the sport to the fullest!
Solo Course Details:
Courses run May through September. Each class runs 5 days, Monday through Friday. Class sizes are held to 3-4 people so each person receives plenty of personal attention and instruction.
You'll find that training with other similarly motivated students provides additional feedback and experience that you will use to benefit your own practice, while eliminating the "rookie" or subordinate feeling felt in a club of experienced flyers or when dependent upon recreational club instructors and their schedules.
Students’ train at our private flying site utilizing our One Week To Solo syllabus developed during the training of over 1500 students at this school.
The week of instruction, training aircraft, and all support equipment are provided by the school for the tuition of $699.
We train using the "buddy" system. The student controls the airplane with a transmitter connected by a cord to the instructor's transmitter. The instructor can instantly take back control (but only when absolutely necessary) so that you can focus on learning with less anxiety until your skills have increased. You'll also have much more time to think through and recover from your own mistakes, thus learn from them and build confidence in your control skills to return home with.
You'll be flying a large airplane designed by the instructor named Slow-n-Low. This is significant because you will be able to see better how the airplane responds to correct and incorrect control inputs, and therefore learn proper airplane control more quickly. Larger planes are also more stable in windy conditions, so we are able to more effectively train in the winds you're sure to experience flying 5 days straight, therefore instilling in you the confidence to fly in wind when you get back home.
FYI: The principle effect of wind is that it tends to exaggerate the poor flying techniques that people can otherwise get away with in calmer conditions—thus emphasizing the importance of proper training.
"I cannot express how much you've helped me gain confidence. That first day when you had me fly in 20 mph winds, I would not have believed it unless I had tried it myself! Your training has helped me to be better prepared to fly successfully on my home field."
Michael Anthony. Naperville, IL
"After a great week in Shawano, I flew six solo flights---no problems. It was extremely windy when I was finally able to get our chief flying instructor to the field. However, having high winds all week at your school proved to be advantageous as I achieved a total score of 87 out of a possible 100 and therefore received my wings."
Neil Robertson. Peterborough, ONT
"I was able to make a successful maiden flight with an out of trim airplane. I couldn't have done this without the training you provided. I certainly wouldn't have even tried with a crosswind if I had not flown all week at the school in crosswinds."
Joe Thompson. Palm City, FL
No trial-and-error here
Training will begin Monday at 9:00 A.M.with indoor Ground School located at the Quality Inn (formally Settle Inn) conference room, where we will discuss:
- Previous experience
- Your goals in R/C
- Uses of transmitter controls and effects
- Overview of the 5-day-sequence of instruction
- The DAS System critical elements to accelerated Solo
After an approximate two-hour Ground School we will relocate to our private flying site
where we will spend the rest of the week flight training free of distractions.
Instruction will begin with David Scott demonstrating his DAS System of flight training: Techniques and procedures designed to bypass common errors and enhance your practice effectiveness will focus your attention on controlling what the airplane does, instead of reacting to what it does. (Consider that when a pilot applies his or her control inputs correctly to begin with, the need for additional corrections is less likely, and the more time there will be to focus on learning and the next maneuver.)
That's what the DAS System is all about: Taking the techniques attributable to the best pilots who fly with the greatest ease—traditionally learned over long periods of time—and systematically applying them to the student pilot from day one.
The instruction will follow a systematic crawl-walk-run format to make learning easier. Each flight lesson will be explained in terms of what we're going to do, how we're going to do it, why it's done this way, and where it will fit in the scheme of your solo and better flying in the future.
"Your explanations before the flights and during the flights eliminated the usual disorientation and lack of control."
Faye Stilly. Wilton, CT
"Your approach of treating both flight preparation and the actual flying as though it were full scale is absolutely on target for maximal learning and fun with minimal headaches. I only wish I'd come to the School BEFORE making all the ridiculous mistakes!"
Ken Moore. Las Vegas, NV
"Dave has the student focus on making prescribed control inputs and the airplane follows along - versus reacting to the airplane and always being one step behind it. Dave's friendly approach made these lessons easy to learn and the training flights allowed us to immediately put his techniques to use, get feedback, and continue on."
Bill Felton. Apex, NC
Confidence hinges on advancement, but you can't gauge success without first defining it. So every flight will begin with a precise review of what was right and what needs to be improved from the last flight, what we're going to do to fix it, and what we're going to work on that's new.
The way the training is structured, good landings and your first Solo won't seem like hurdles, but more the results of everything that you had been practicing leading up to them. Once Solo is achieved, we will then break down your flight in more detail in order to refine it (accumulating 30 to 40 Landings in the process).
With the experience of training hundreds of pilots to draw from, David Scott will be able to quickly formulate strategies for you to overcome any trouble spots that you may experience along the way with minimal interruption in your overall progress and confidence. No other source can provide you this level of experience and personal attention.
Students say that one of the most important features of retaining the services of this school's professional flight instructor is the absence of feeling bothersome or imposing when asking questions. Not only will questions be encouraged, each answer will be supported with the reason why.
Of course one of the biggest advantages of our training course is the concentrated day-after-day practice. The combination of concentrated training, a proven system, personal attention, constructive exchanges between classmates, and reliable equipment all adds up to your best opportunity to quickly start enjoying the endless rewards of R/C flying!
"The combination of concentrated training, emphasis on fundamentals, and your infinite patience has enabled me to be successful."
Archie Paez. Jacksonville, FL
"I would readily suggest your course to other people like myself whose schedules do not permit sustained weekend after weekend flying to build proficiency. The 5 days I spent with you represented several summers worth of regular training."
Jeffrey Steinberg. Chestnut Hill, MA
"I gained the knowledge to know how to correct errors, and yet has also instilled the “fun” into the hobby. Your additional input on equipment, engines, fuel, maintenance, etc. will be very helpful and cleared the air of a lot of misunderstood information."
Paul Mohr. Plymouth, MN
While this flight school's primary emphasis is on flight instruction, all the major equipment subjects will be addressed to ensure that you have the practical operational knowhow to go along with your new flying skills. You'll also be able to observe what brands of equipment hold up best under the constant use and abuse of daily training, and therefore can be expected to provide the individual flyer outstanding performance and reliability.
To get an idea of what the school's equipment is subjected to, here are 1st U.S. R/C Flight School's performance totals at the end of the 2010 training season:
Number of pilots trained:............................Over 1700
Number of flights:.......................................Over 31,000
Actual flight time:........................................Over 9,200 hrs
Number of landings:...................................Over 70,300
Age range of students: from 7 to 84; average age: 55
Your first instructor will have a profound impact on your flying. Professional training may cost a little more at first, but you get a lot more in return. Don't put off this first-class opportunity to learn to fly correctly.
I've heard club members ask why would anyone pay for RC flight
training when he can be taught in his club for free? I have attended
several clubs and have not seen anything that resembles the
professionalism, amount of thought, enthusiasm, and the personal
attention that you bring to training your students.
Joe Thompson. Palm City, FL
I honestly didn't know how you were going to exceed my expectations in the aerobatic class in comparison to the quantum leap in the basic class
over a year ago, but you did. Your
business card claims World Leader in R/C Flight Training--I agree
and would add Premier R/C Flight School.
Jim Hahn. Bernumwood, WI
Dave has almost unlimited patience. His manner and calm reactions
to any flying situation is one of the keys to the success of the students.
It was well worth the investment and I would recommend it to anyone
who wants to learn to fly properly.
Brad Moss. Cleveland, OH
I needed concentrated training. So, I decided to attend the 1st US R/C
Flight School in Shawano, Wisconsin. Dave has an extraordinary
amount of patience and he had the ability to keep calm during all of
out student flying sessions. He never appeared ruffled or irritated at
our repeated mistakes.
Al Reynolds. Cheyenne, WY
I can't say enough about your class and instruction. It exceeded all
Mike Weathers. St. Louis, MO
It's official Dave. It all came together to allow me to Solo. What a
rush! I even landed the plane on the runway in front of an audience
of 3 other club members. The combination of concentrated training,
emphasis on fundamentals, and your infinite patience has enabled
me to be successful.
Archie Paez. Jacksonville, FL
The school has been one of the best time investments I've made in
years. You're very professional and structured classroom setting
complimented the flying time you individually tailored to the student.
You have succeeded in establishing the foundation that every pilot
needs in order to be successful.
Mike Anthony. Naperville, IL
I can't thank you enough! We all were highly satisfied with your course
and are still amazed at how you can tailor the instruction for each of us
separately. I can't imagine that you could have made a more thorough
or professional effort. I would highly recommend
your course to anyone learning to fly and wanting to be a proficient
Ernest Waud. Lake Forest, IL
I would once again like to thank you for the instruction. I learned a lot
and had a blast. I've got 30 flights in to date with no repairs. Money
well spent! I am missing the Wisconsin winds! Flew one day in
approx. 20 MPH crosswinds since I've been back. A scant breeze
after the course. I will highly recommend your school to any student.
Kevin Klaus. Hardin, IL
Dave Scott, a 1st rate instructor who made all of his commands in
a clear level voice which were easy to understand. I have more
confidence now and I feel I really got my money's worth.
Bob Harris. Ontario, CAN
I am in total confidence that anyone that goes to your school will
receive the professionalism and friendliness of the "DAS" system,
helping them to achieve solo status in the shortest possible time with
New England, CT
I got what I came for, confidence, and the
correct way to fly. Don't change a thing. I think coming to Shawano
and going through the school was one of my best investments in rc
flying. A lot of guy's will spend a lot more on equipment, only to
trash it, get disgusted, and leave the hobby, because they never had
the knowledge you shared with us.
Bob Bortman. Greenfield, WI
As I participated in your program over 5 days, I honestly could not
think of a single way to make your program better. You tailored a
program to my specific needs, recognized the areas I needed work,
helped me to confront my issues, and then directed me on to my next
R/C adventure. I greatly exceeded what I thought I could possibly
learn to do. Soloing the third day, doing barrel rolls, loops and
Immalmanns on the fifth day was awesome!
San Diego, CA
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the training and how much more I got that I didn't realize until I returned to the home field. My flying is with a purpose now and since I know what I'm doing wrong, plus how to fix it. I've changed the set up on a number of my other planes that didn't seem to " fly right " and now they are more like what we trained with and are much more comfortable to control.
The club members were amazed that I would even attempt to fly in 15-20 mph winds. As they watched and waited
for me to crash, I just kept remembering what you taught, and finished
my flight with a pretty good landing. I couldn't be more pleased with
what I go out of the school.
Dan Sprung. Bergen, NY
Having been a full-scale instructor for over 25 years I can truthfully
say your method of RC instruction is superb and effective. I believe your
class should be mandatory for anyone wishing to excel.
The way you have structured
your course, from simple to complex, is educationally sound and it
works. Your teaching and coaching ability is however, the thing that
brings it all together. Your explanations before the flights and during
the flights eliminated the usual disorientation and lack of control.
The lessons that you imparted are invaluable. I thought that flying in 30 mph winds was a highlight, until Friday when we greased nearly every landing.
Thanks to the confidence that you had instilled in me at your school, back home I lined up for a straight in glide down the centerline and absolutely greased the landing. Got a good bit of applause and several good jobs.