Solo Course at 1st U.S. R/C Flight School

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Tuition: $769

Course Description:

Solo Model Airplane Flight Training CourseCourses 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.

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.

Students train at our private flying site utilizing our One Week To Solo syllabus developed during the training of over 2000 students at this school.


Slow-n-Low Solo Course TrainerYou'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.

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 Ground School located at the Shawano Municipal Airport conference room (map), where we will discuss:

  1. Previous experience
  2. Your goals in R/C
  3. Uses of transmitter controls and effects
  4. Overview of the 5-day-sequence of instruction
  5. 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 

Preparation...Professionalism...Proven Results

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 2019 training season:

Number of pilots trained:............................Over 2000
Number of flights:.......................................Over 31,000
Actual flight time:........................................Over 10,000 hrs
Number of landings:...................................Over 74,000

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.