About world renowned flight instructor Dave Scott

RC Flight Instructor Dave ScottDave Scott grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin - home of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the world's largest sport aviation convention and airshow. He began flying R/C at the age of 9 and has accumulated over 12,000 hours of flying experience. He has worked in the development of several full-scale aircraft and has designed nearly 50 radio control planes. Dave is a full-scale commercial pilot and champion full-scale aerobatic competitor and airshow pilot (Scott Airshows). Dave founded 1st U.S. R/C Flight School and has professionally trained 2000+ R/C pilots during 14,000 hours of instruction.

His groundbreaking flight training techniques have resulted in 98% of his primary students achieving solo in less than a week, and more than 80% of the people who take our Solo course returning to take an Aerobatics course the following season. Dave is deeply influenced by his experiences with full-scale and believes that model aircraft should be flown and instructed with the same professionalism and realism. He continues to formally instruct 70+ pilots each summer and develop training materials for all airplane and helicopter skill levels. When he isn't competing, instructing, working as an R/C contract pilot, or writing his latest book or article, Dave thrills crowds with his exciting full-scale and R/C aerobatic demonstrations at full-scale airshows and large R/C events.


1st U.S. R/C Flight School

PHASE 1: The objective of 1st U.S. R/C Flight School is to provide an environment in which to develop, codify, and deliver new standards of systematic radio control flight training programs at all skill levels.

And to be recognized for our flight training accomplishments as the Leader, the Best; and providing a positive opportunity for those committed to learning in the sport.

PHASE 2: Develop unprecedented results-based instructional resources for every pilot, student, and instructor to utilize.


1st U.S. R/C Flight School

We will continue to take responsibility for how well each student performs.

The Flight School will be designed around what works best for the student, combined with an enthusiasm and life-long study of aviation and teaching.

We will accomplish our goals while offering innovative services and resources beneficial to fostering the growth of radio control model aviation, the greatest sport/hobby on earth!. 


It goes without saying that any piece of equipment that performs well in a full-time flight school can be expected to provide performance and dependability that can’t be beat for the individual flyer!

I have to believe in a product before I will use it in my airshow performance or in the flight school. All the companies listed below represent the absolute best in their class. I fully recommend these companies and their outstanding products. I am very, very proud to carry their logos on my airplane.


A Main Hobbies flight training sponsor
Outstanding supplier of some of the best cost-to-performance EcoPower Lipo batteries used in 1st U.S. R/C Flight School courses.

Castle Creation flight training sponsor 
State-of-the-art professional grade ESC speed controllers and quality service.
DLE flight training sponsor

Rugged and dependable. DLE engines are ideal for the flight school's full-time training environment.

DuBro flight training sponsor

Du-Bro's field and aircraft accessories have been meeting and/or exceeding the school's needs since its founding.

Eflite flight training sponsor

Manufacturer of many of the best engineered and flying electric airplanes and accessories in the sport.

Fromeco flight training sponsor

Lithium-Ion batteries and power accessories for large aircraft utilizing new LiFePO4 chemistry for unbeatable performance and longevity.

Fults flight training sponsor

Manufacturer of robust dual struts nose gears used on 1st US RC Flight School's fleet of primary trainers.

Hangar 9 flight training sponsor

Manufacturer of Dave's 35% airshow Extra 260 and most of the aircraft and field equipment used in the school. Simply the best engineered and flying ARF aircraft in the sport!

HiTec flight training sponsor

The capability of Hitec’s X4 AC Plus to charge/discharge 4 batteries simultaneously makes this incredibly easy to use charger an important tool to enable the flight school to operate even more efficiently.

HobbyKing flight training sponsor

One of the most extensive selections of inexpensive Turnigy Lipo batteries and electric airplane components for every level of training and flying style.

Horizon Hobby flight training sponsor

Distributors of top of the line aircraft and accessories. A first-class organization with outstanding product support.

Jersey Modeler flight training sponsor

Second-to-none high performance self contained fuelers and fueling accessories.

Pilot flight training sponsor

Cutting edge construction, design, and performance make these the gas airplane of choice in Dave's advanced aerobatic training courses.

PlaneBender Products flight training sponsor

Cutting edge construction, design, and performance make these the gas airplane of choice in Dave's advanced aerobatic training courses.

Redwing RC flight training sponsor

Great quality and performance in a mid-size perfectly suited for intermediate through advanced aerobatic skills training.

RevElectrix flight training sponsor

With the capability to charge up to 10 cell batteries, the Cellpro line of highly versatile programmable chargers covers any and all charging needs that the flight school and Dave can throw at them.

SebArt flight training sponsor

Top-of-the-line mid-size and world-class competition pattern airplanes that enable Dave and his students to fly with utmost precision.

Sullivan Starters flight training sponsor

With a long track record of success, no other starters are a strong or as rugged.

TruTurn flight training sponsor

These lightweight, perfectly balanced, and beautifully machined spinners add a real professional look to Dave's airshow Extra 260.

Venom flight training sponsor

Great performing line of inexpensive Lipo batteries used to power the flight school’s mid-size training aircraft.

Walkera flight training sponsor

Amazing helis and multirotor aircraft ready to fly & take professional video right out of the box!

WingTote flight training sponsor

These top of the line wing carrying bags stylishly protect Dave's airshow Extra 260 and the school's training fleet during transport.

WingTote flight training sponsor

Giant-scale propellers that generate tons of power and great all-around flight performance.

Zap Adhesives flight training sponsor

Superior strength and consistency. When only the best will do.


DAS System of flight training, by David A. Scott

A.K.A. "Knowing" how to fly

In order for 1st U.S. R/C Flight School to successfully train people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life how to fly significantly better in less than a week, it had to develop a kind of training far more efficient than traditional methods.

The DAS System of (accelerated) flight training was born out of the familiar old 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 and continue getting better year after year.

Our study revealed distinct reasons why certain people fly far better than their counterparts with similar abilities and stick-time: The best flyers in our sport were 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 started becoming routine, i.e., requiring little or no 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 fly abstractly, that is, not making or utilizing the connection between their actions and the responses of the plane. Instead, most of their actions are a response to what the plane is doing. Getting better at making corrections is 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 flying skills tend to plateau after a few years while continuing to struggle in certain areas because they remain too busy responding to deviations to learn how they might be prevented in the first place. The hope that practice-will-make-perfect lasts for awhile, but eventually the lack of advancement erodes their desire to improve, and other aspects of the sport become their main interest. These days it's tinkering with plane/radio setups. Of course, none are aware that this has happened to them.)

Our study can be summed up in two statements: Proficient pilots don't merely get better at their corrections. Proficient pilots know how to fly so altogether fewer corrections are needed (therefore freeing up more time to think ahead to other things). 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 techniques attributable to the best pilots who fly and learn with the greatest ease. (Compartmentalize) Assemble those techniques into a logical-progression syllabus, or system. (Effective practice) Present the appropriate techniques to the student pilot in a crawl-walk-run format.

"Your nearly 30 year effort to define 4 fundamentals and break each maneuver into its component parts and steps accelerated our learning."

- 2014 Student: Calhoun Wick.