In order for 1st RC Flight School to train people of all ages and abilities to fly significantly better in less than a week, it had to develop a kind of training far more efficient than traditional approaches...
The DAS System of (accelerated) flight training was born out of the adage that if you want to be highly successful at something, study and pattern yourself after those who are already highly successful in that area. To determine what makes highly successful pilots tick, we chose as the subjects of our study the elite class of flyers who make everything they do look easy. Their landings are consistently smooth on the centerline near the front end of the runway, even when it's windy, and they're able to seamlessly transition between different model types.
Our study revealed distinct reasons why certain people learn far faster and fly far better than their counterparts with similar abilities and stick-time: The best flyers in our sport are able to compartmentalize their flights early on, remembering the things they did that produced favorable results, and forgetting everything that was unfavorable. In time, they developed proficiency, or efficiency. That is, by repeating the favorable actions often enough, significant segments of their flying start becoming routine, requiring little conscious thought. At that point they started detecting ways to improve their flying further and adding new maneuvers, with each new success motivating them to do even better. Flying is, after all, more fun when doing well and making progress.
In contrast to the best flyers, most flyers do not connect their inputs to the responses of the plane. Instead, the majority of their inputs are in response to what the plane is doing. Getting better at making corrections is therefore considered to be the main requirement for better flying, so little or no thought is given to how they fly, or whether they are flying correctly. Their skills tend to plateau at the point where reacting to deviations after the fact is already too late to perform any maneuver really well. If persistent, those who do get better at reacting require great amounts of time and expense to do so, only to have their struggles reappear when winds blow above 10 mph, or when new planes and maneuvers are introduced.
Our study can be summed up in two statements: Proficient pilots don't merely get better at making corrections. Proficient pilots utlize techniques that reduce the need for corrections altogether (therefore freeing up more time to think ahead of the airplane). And, it is not how many hours one flies that determines success, but how he or she spends their time. A.K.A., practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.
The DAS System can be summed up then as: (Teach proficiency) Identify the fundamental techniques attributable to the best pilots who fly and learn with the greatest ease. (Compartmentalize) Assemble those fundamentals into a logical-progression syllabus, or system. (Effective practice) Present the appropriate techniques to the student pilot in a crawl-walk-run format.