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Len Petkun. Indian Hill, OH
Dave Scott of the "1st US R/C Flight School" offers a very complete training syllabus that he employs during his famous 4-5 day Flying School.
Jerry Festa, RCM Beginners' Bench
When I called AMA to research your school they gave you seven stars out of five! The school met and exceeded all my expectations and my first Solos back home were text book.
Joseph Balabon. Mays Landing, NJ
I have heard nothing but the very best about you and your school. Looking forward and we will schedule early.
Don Fletcher. Louisville, KY
The course, the equipment and your teaching were all excellent, even better than your site promised!
Gary Demchick. Acworth, GA
Dave is both very patient and very thorough in his instruction, and I
felt he had a true concern for my understanding of the information.
Dave has the student focus on making prescribed control inputs and
Bill Felton. Apex, NC
(NC) Charles County Windrifters R/C Club Editors note: I also attended this school three years ago. It is all Bill says it is, and more. It makes for a nice vacation as well as expediting a tedious learning process.
I think you should stop calling yourself an instructor and begin calling
yourself a teacher, coach, and inspirator. The way you have structured
your course, from simple to complex, is educationally sound and it
Faye Stilley. Wilton, CT
Jeffrey Steinberg. Chessnut Hill, MA
I'm much more comfortable flying near the ground which was a real hurdle for me before the school. Your crawl, walk, run teaching approach coupled with your aeronautical knowledge makes the school and instruction the highest quality available. Dave is quick to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each individual and work with them on an individual basis to make them successful. Read Perry's full report
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
As a very demanding consumer, I readily admit that I am almost impossible to completely satisfy. However, 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 school. Read Bob's Full Report
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 patience. Infinite. There were times when I just knew he’d lose it and start yelling, but nothing more than a calm, soft voice. The voice of reason. Read Dave's Full Report
Dave Healy. Medford, OR
Being an instructor myself for many years I have taken many classes and typically am very critical of instruction received – you could say my bar of excellence is higher than most. Your crawl, walk, run teaching approach, aeronautical engineering knowledge coupled with your flying experience makes your school and instruction the highest quality available. In addition, I believe you have the patience of Job and the teaching wisdom of Solomon. In a nutshell, I don’t believe there is another RC instructor that could even come close to your quality of instruction.Perry Tamarra. Snohomish, WA
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. Read Steve's Full Report
Steve Storman. Harrington Park, NJ
Dave is a great instructor and fantastic R/C pilot. His lessons are well laid out and there was plenty of actual flight time. Learning to fly R/C planes can be an harrowing experience but Dave destresses the experience by instilling confidence and ability in you. Before you know it and with his method of teaching, he has you flying with all the confidence in the world. I would recommend 1st US R/C Flight School to anyone wishing to learn from the best R/C instructor in the field.
Michael L. Wood
I really look forward to flying every chance I get since the school. Tuesday I went out to the field only to be greeted by a 10-20 mph crosswind which also varied in it's direction. Having had so much experience at your school in windy situations I didn't consider that a problem and I got in 4 flights. Probably the most important thing I took away from the school was CONFIDENCE. I am able to do really consistent patterns, approaches and landings. It's like it's just automatic. Thanks for all the great instruction and RC tips. It makes flying so much fun and rewarding.
Peter Renwick. Lake Oswego, OR
I flew in winds the other day that scared a few of the old club boys right back into their cars. Two who flew crashed, and the new guy (me) flew without incident three times. Those windy class days were great for us.
John McCallum. Chicago, IL
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. The tuition is far too low for the results obtained-approximately 30 solo "takeoffs" and "landings" each, by myself and my son before the week was over!!! After 5 days in class, I have completely revised the approach I will take with respect to the equipment and the type of aircraft I will build. Even if you exclude stick-time, the school was cost effective.
Tony Fassi. Palm Beach, FL
Please allow me to reiterate what a fantastic experience your primary course was for my sons and myself. 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! Hope to see you again in the near future for aerobatic training!
Ken, Nate, and Ben Moore. Las Vegas, NV
I had a great time and learned a ton of new things during the solo course. The class has helped my flying immensely. I don't hesitate to fly in the wind after flying in 15 and 20+ winds during the course. I used to only fly in calm conditions, so I'm progressing. Thank you for doing what you do- I learned more in one week than I had in the previous 20+ years of RC!Bob O'Connor
I soloed the first day back home without a problem. When I went out
to fly the next day there were several members at the field, but none
had unpacked their airplanes because of 15-20 mph winds. They were
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. You have an inborn talent that makes you a unique person. I look forward to attending your advanced classes but I must first perfect the basics that you so beautifully illustrated during the week. I believe your class should be mandatory for anyone wishing to excel.
Romeo Bachand. Mundelein, IL
Dr. Hubert Aeaton. Wilmington, NC
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
It was the most positive training experience I have had in sometime. I now have the confidence to go out the field with a planned set of steps to fly my own planes, instead of going to the field with thought of I hope I don't crash. The tone and progression of the class was terrific!.
Kent Miller. Boone, IA
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
My flights this year have been getting better each time out. I am increasingly more confident and more relaxed when flying. I cannot say enough about the tools you’ve given me. The techniques you’ve taught me are just what I needed to become an independent flyer at the field. Your school is a terrific resource. I’m looking into signing up for the aerobatics course in 2010.
Tom Nelson. Streamwood, IL
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, I just couldn't believe this.
Al Reynolds. Cheyenne, WY
I can't say enough about your class and instruction. It exceeded all my expectations.
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. Thanks.
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. Read Mike's Full Report
Mike Anthony. Naperville, IL
I want to tell you that I enjoyed your "Solo Class" very much and your approach to the subject is excellent. All the things you said about flying after the course are right on target. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to learn from a "REAL PRO". I have flown approx. 20 flights since the school and I'm way ahead because of you and 1st U.S R/C Flight School. I would like to return in June for the next level of instruction.
Dennis Eckstein. NY, NY
I was one of your basic training students in June 2006. Have had a blast ever since. Thanks again for teaching me how to fully enjoy this wonderful hobby. I now have several students of my own using your training techniques successfully.
Gary Graham. Fredericksburg, VA
The knowledge and confidence I had got from the inspired class you've created translated to reality very well! It really is amazing what your concentrated study plan accomplishes. When I was driving home from the class last spring, I remember thinking that if you had been my fifth grade math teacher, I certainly would have done a lot better on my math scores!
Chicago, IL Read John's Full Report
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 confidence!
William Snow. New England, CT
I can't thank you enough, 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! Read Robert's Full Report
Robert Delaurentis. San Diego, CA
My first approach was set up really well so I landed. I shut the engine down so I could let it sink in that a person really can learn to fly R/C in 5 day's! 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 into it!) I will return for your aerobatics course next year!
Bob Thomas. Fowlerville, MI
I just wanted to thank you for the great week. I certainly learned a lot and reinforced some of the fledgling skills I had been working on. I think your approach is excellent and produces good results. I know I have a way to go but it was a great confidence builder to be able to take off, establish a pattern and land with no problems. I think I've already got a few people interested in the class. I look forward to coming back for the aerobatics class.
Chris Leyden. Fort Wayne, IN
Hi David - Thanks for a great week and for the excellent instruction. You are very well suited for instruction, very professional and very knowledgeable - your mastery of both the sport and the training are very evident in everything you do.
Glenn Dye. Saukville, WI
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
I really appreciated the opportunity to attend your class. We finished your class on a Friday, and the following Monday I was at the field FLYING!!!!! No help, just preflight, takeoff, fly in comfortable view, and beautiful landings!!!!! You are the best!!!!! One of the old hands at my field came over to say that I was flying beautifully!!!! Last week I took out my MidStar 40 and flew it flawlessly. Your calm 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
Chris Leyden. Fort Wayne, IN
I just got back from my first time out on the Somethin' Extra since the course. I think people were quite surprised. I had multiple people comment "Doc's been practicing" and even the "nice flying airplane"!! Worth it's weight in gold. It is refreshing to meet someone who knows what they are doing and even more importantly how to share their wisdom. Your attitude, patience, and example are to be commended.
Bela Ballo. Gates Mills, OH
I started Dave’s school not much more than a newly soloed pilot. At the end of the week I was able to fly a number of planes and perform the majority of aerobatics: Loops, Immelmanns, half and full Cuban 8’s, reverse Immelmanns and reverse 8’s, four and eight point Hesitation Rolls and more. I received not only the primary diploma but also the aerobatic diploma, usually only given after the second year of the school. Not bad for a guy that thought he couldn’t fly the week before. The other fellows in the class hadn’t really flown before and they both soloed on the third and forth day. Read Dave's Full Report
Dave Healy. Medford, OR
Thanks for doing such a great job teaching me RC flying. You're a master at instructing!
Bill Capstack. Lenexa, KS
Your training and the 1st US Flight School was the best thing I could have done. I was not comfortable with any of the basic maneuvers before getting to your school. 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. I was surprised at how much fun it is when people start accepting you and helping. 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. I would also say buying the flight book in advance was a great help. I think all beginners should study this book so they have an idea what they are trying to do when on the buddy box.
John O'Keefe. Springfield, IL
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful instructor you are. As 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
I want to thank you for contributing and assisting me in completing a very successful week of training. I know that I will be able to fly my models. It is no longer intimidating as once was perceived by me. 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. Thanks again.
Paul Moore. Plymouth, MN
I was extremely impressed with your approach and methodology to
Primary Flight Training. I have had a lot of 'advice' over the past
two years, but no one made any effort to work on the pure basics
with me.....'just go fly the plane and if you crash, it is just part of the
learning curve'........I now realize that with attention to consistent
Jeff Wallach. Dallas, TX
One club member stated that I must be rich to be able to go to Dave Scott’s flight school, but as I see it, I’m saving money by going to the flight school.
Ron Francis. Clarksburg, ONT
Big day yesterday. Two guys in the OFC took me up for my wings test and I passed! I'm on my own, thanks to your splendid instruction. My wife thinks the 1st US RC Flight School was the best investment I ever made.
Doug Crowne. St. Agatha, ONT
One of the most important things I took away from the school is the need to do an after flight analysis to decide where I can improve. You are an excellent teacher. Very competent, very professional, and very enthusiastic. You made the somewhat arduous task of learning to fly fun. Read Joe's Full Report
Joe Thompson. Palm City, FL
I want to tell you that coming to the school was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I've been upgrading my adult education, yet I never had an instructor who so clearly conveyed the lessons to the students as effectively as you. The way you built the training made it easy. Your true concern and support for how well I did gave me a confidence I still have today and you would be proud of how well I've applied your teaching.
Edward Smetak. Houston, TX
Dan Reardan. Washington, DC
I flew yesterday, but on take off a line of squalls came through creating
turbulence. The plane performed all sorts of gyrations on its own at low
altitude. Heard David's voice, neutralize and level wings! IT WORKS!
Thomas Harris. Ajax, ONT
I'm going to touch a bit of controversy by plugging the 1st R/C Flight School site because there seems to be a great deal of debate about whether people should have to pay for R/C instruction. As far as I'm concerned, if it gets more flyers in the sky and they have the cash to pay, then why should anyone care? Regardless, they have a good site and offer a step-by-step ground school there, which contains some excellent lesson plans and graphics that can be useful to any instructor or beginner. I dare you to go see them! www.rcflightschool.com
R/C Cyber Tour, Model Aviation Canada
I just wanted to say thank you for your great instruction. I flew three solo flights one week after your school! I am so excited to finally have independence from the buddy box! Thanks to your instruction I am no longer afraid to fly!
Dale Smith. Ann Arbor, MI
Each time I have flown since the class, I have been able to improve
because of the proper basic training. When I make a mistake, they
have not been catastrophic thanks to now knowing what I did wrong,
Jim Hahn. Birnamwood, WI
I learned more after the first two flights at your school than I had in three years at my club.
Neil Reynolds. Peterboroug, ONT
My flying continues to go very well. My landings are crisp or as some say "greased.' The takeoffs are steady and flights themselves steady and organized. All the result of your training at the Primary school. I am considering the Acrobatic school next year to improve my flying experience.
Jim Klass. Lewiston, NY
It has really been fun flying out at the field and to listen to the remarks guys make about my flying. I keep remembering what you said you do to keep it interesting; trying to make it look real. You would not believe how many guys are amazed at how fast I have progressed and are now asking me if I want to fly their airplanes! What a terrific testament to your training!
Bob Kohler. Cedarburg, WI
I had five flights with good landings my first time out after the School.
Told myself, small bumps and do not hold in the aileron. Have been
flying nice patterns, have been flying mainly right turns due to the
wind directions. One fellow yesterday wanted to know how long I
have been flying. I told him a week and he was kind of shocked at
the ease of my flying. I told him I attended your school and he was
impressed. I was a little afraid that I would forget everything, but
Dave, it was automatic for me, very little thinking just action (not
Michael Pad. Bloomfield, MI
Your training methods have stayed with me. I still laugh when I see all the complicated garbage out there about landing in a crosswind, etc..
Glenn Dye. Saukville, WI
7/18. I am pleased to announce that after flight school I went to the
field and flew four solo flights. The club instructors were amazed as
to how I could do such landings. I confessed and let them in on our
secret of the approach. I showed them the coupling that you use, and
whilst a steady wind was across the field the plane flew with little
deviation and the turns were smooth. The club "diehards" were still
not convinced until later that day when we ended up with about 20
mph winds and I took off and landed with no difficulty. They were
7/20. Went out again yesterday and had a great day at the field. I now have 2 other novices using the same system and they improved immediately. They were over correcting the controls and with coupling now are able to see that holding in the stick is not the way to do it.
Tony Graham. Jasper, AL
Dave believes there are two basic types of flyers. Most club flyers are "Reactors" who watch what the airplane is doing and react to deviations. By definition, they are slightly behind the airplane. For a "Reactor", improvement takes lots of practice and fuel for incremental improvements. I had been flying like this. On the other hand, "Controllers" anticipate the appropriate corrections to prevent the deviation before it occurs. They are thinking ahead of the airplane. An important part of being a "Controller" is identifying which corrections need to be made ahead of time. This is the heart of the DAS (David A. Scott) system in his manuals, and used at the flight school. Read Ken's Full Report
Ken Weddell. Fremont, MI
Dave, you gave 150% and you did get through to us. I have had 9 flights. Winds both days, 15 - 20 mph. Gusty. Last flight, engine quit, landed Ok. Miracle! Maybe we'll be ready for aerobatics next year.
John Wall. "Gust Busters"
Michael Anthony. Naperville, IL
Your teaching methods and style are excellent, as proven by taking a novice, such as myself, and in one week of training, not only getting him to solo several times, but giving him the confidence that he goes off and "knows" that he can do it on his own.
Ralph Mallin. DCRC
First I want to say, what a joy it was to be one of your students. I still can't stop telling people what a wonderful learning experience you have put together for the RC student.
Ed Bleske. Pewaukee, WI
You are a great instructor and the school you run is the best. I now have the confidence to take my plane out and fly by myself.
Eddie Lord. Sheffield, MA
Thank you for developing all the training aids and the school itself. Your school has gotten me off the ground in the right way.
Paul Moore. Plymouth, MN
The club examiner wanted me to do 3 take-offs and landings to receive my wings.....I did more than 20! Thanks for the great week in Wisconsin and for the skills and confidence to solo! I'm looking forward to the aerobatics class next summer!
Ron Capstack. Harrisonburg, VA
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
Like you predicted, the first home solos after completing the course were anticlimactic! I had absolutely no apprehension at all and flew the plane like you taught me. Like you said, losing an airplane is unacceptable. The check pilot found it difficult to believe that my total experience was one week and that I soloed in three days, but he said "you don't need my help at all."
Bill Voss. Grand Rapids, MI
I flew all day Friday after the course and greased 9 out of 11 landings. Saturday I flew with an old friend who was amazed at my improvement and overall confidence. I showed him a few things that you taught me and he improved immediately.
Jeff Wallach. Dallas, TX
I had told my mentor here that I was probably going to fly my plane this week. He offered to come out with me but I felt that I had to do it by myself. If he had taken it off and trimmed it out and then handed me the transmitter I would have missed the experience of making 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
I am still sooooo thankful to have attended your primary flight school! Your teaching helped make flying enjoyable. I have purchased several of your manuals and I put in a good word for you whenever I can. I hope to attend sport aerobatic school this summer.
Dale Smith. Ann Arbor, MI
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