Dave's friendly approach made the lessons easy to learn and the training flights allowed us to immediately put his techniques to use, get feedback, and continue on. I've now successfully flown 21 flights on my own. I hope to return to Wisconsin for an aerobatics course.
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.
Your explanations before the flights and during the flights eliminated the usual disorientation and lack of control. If anyone had told me that a person who had never flown R/C could solo in just 4 days, I simply would not have believed it - I do now!
Faye Stilley. Wilton, CT
I just wanted to say what an awesome experience I had at the flight school. I can’t believe how much my flying improved in such a short amount of time. Dave, your intuitive perception of where I was at during each step of the training was incredible and allowed us to accelerate when possible and slow down when needed.
Kevin Brice. Milwaukee, WI
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
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 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 anyone who wants to learn quickly.
Kevin Klaus. Hardin, IL
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
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!
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 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 learned more in the first two days than I had in 25 years of training in my two clubs.
Gerald Jefferies. Robertsdale, AL
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. The lessons I learned in the primary course stuck with me and I was able to solo back at my home field with no problems.
Chris Leyden. Fort Wayne, IN
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.
Dave Healy. Medford, OR
I learned more in four days with you than I could have learned by myself in four years. Thanks again for a great experience.
Bob Wertz. Lebanon, PA
Attending Dave's aerobatic class was the best money I have spent since taking up the RC hobby a couple years ago. Words cannot describe Dave's passion and enthusiasm. His teaching methods work, his approach is logical, and he is a master in his field. I was somewhat skeptical as to what could be accomplished in 4 days, but now I am a believer and I look forward returning next year.
Jim Crowe. Fort Payne, AL
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
After your course on my second flight, it was very windy. The best flyers had stopped flying and there I was with my Goldberg. When I brought it back down, under control, only a few feet in from me, you could tell their amazement. I walked away from the field with a great feeling of satisfaction that I am on my way to mastering this art of flying, and will be able to share it with my boys, and I will be able to teach them correctly.
Dan Reardan. Washington, DC
I just flew my first flight since your solo class. I am happy to report everything went smooth. It was windy today with 10-15mph winds. The instructor told me that he would watch me fly for the first four times out until he felt comfortable with me being out there on my own. After a 5 minute flight, he told me I could come out anytime and he didn't need to be there. He said I can tell that you have been flying for quite some time. I want to thank you for your teachings and I hope to make it back for some aerobatics training. (I still haven't told him that I had only been flying for a week when he checked me out.)
Brett McArthur. Manteno, IL
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 not getting excited, now knowing what I did wrong and how to perfect my technique.
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
It has really been fun flying out at the field and to listen to the remarks guys make about my flying. 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
The flying was incredible. I learned more in 4 days than I have in all my years in the hobby. Your knowledge and approach to flying was reasoned and thorough. Each maneuver was a progression of steps building on a foundation of the basics.
Gary Westerfield. Orange County, CA
I had five flights with good landings my first time out after the School. 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 reaction). I am so excited to fly, each flight was a little better, smoother and automatic.
Michael Pad. Bloomfield, MI
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 know it would have taken me years of club instruction to have advanced to where I am. Your school is invaluable for struggling pilots-to-be, like myself, whose time is very important and solo flight is the ultimate goal.
Tony Graham. Jasper, AL