Despite not flying for 3 months since the course, my training from the beginner course with Dave did not wear off. My takeoffs, landings and patterns were precise and I got several comments from my flying buddies that could not believe how much my flying had improved. Of course, they did wonder why I spent 5 minutes after arriving at the field sighting in landmarks at my local field before flying. Ha, ha! Dave's system rocks!
Ray Gaskins. NC
Dave, my landing and flying has significantly improved since taking your course! The 2 flight instruction courses I had taken with other instructors and the numerous attempts to help me from the club had no where near the impact that your course has had! I now land routinely as opposed to occasionally when lucky. I’m paying attention to hitting my marks and being consistent in turns. Bumping as opposed to holding ailerons (and consequently finding myself in dives/spins), is now the norm. I’m very pleased with the improvements I attribute to your training!
Brock Seigel. CO
It's kind of embarrassing to ask for help on landings when you have been flying for 10 years. At least now I have a plan and an objective. It's hard to believe how important that is. I have had it with learning the hard way". Partially, because the hard way is Hard and often the Wrong way. I can't thank you enough.
Joe Woodard. Tucson, AZ
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
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
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 amazed that I would even attempt to fly. As they watched and waited for me to crash, I just kept remembering what you taught, and finished my flight with a pretty good landing. I couldn't be more pleased with what I go out of the school.
Dan Sprung. Bergen, NY
Your basic course has totally changed my future in this hobby. I was extremely tense at the local field when attempting to fly and it was very rare that I didn’t end up damaging my plane. What a difference after attending your basic course; I’m now relaxed and having FUN. All the subsequent flights to date have been uneventful. The flying has been great and all of my landings have “floated” in, straight down the center of the runway! Some of the flights were even easy, it’s WONDERFUL.
Mark Bennett. Indianapolis, IN
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
Five good flights right after school, 4 nice landings. Two very good flights with strong cross winds. My "Bubba" commented I have obviously been practicing, but that was doing good lines and flying well on center of runway. I walked away with a 'one'piece' plane and proud of my achievements. Flew last week with strong west wind with gusts to 25-30. Haven't broken a prop yet. Happy trails in the sky.
Here’s my story of my post flight school experiences so far. I taxied out, took off, trimmed the plane and flew the pattern, making level turn after level turn. After several minutes, lowered the pattern, setup for landing keying over the target I had picked earlier. Lined up off the final turn for a straight in glide down the centerline and absolutely greased the landing. Got a good bit of applause there and several good jobs, etc.
Andrew Wolf. OH
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
Just got back from the flying field and had 3 successful flights. Even got a round of applause after my first one! Takeoffs were solid, turns were generally level, flew the pattern to the center line, and landings were pretty smooth. Need to work on my taxiing after landing as I didnt realize how fast my plane rolls on the ground. Thanks again for everything.
Gary Kramer. St. Charles, IL
It has been two months since I spent the wonderful week at your school. I arrived at the field and the flags were almost horizontal. I went for it anyway. My takeoffs were perfect and my landings were something to behold. It was like the day we flew in your class with the flag standing straight and all three of us followed your instructions and took off and landed with confidence. Thanks to your classes, I now have confidence in my flying ability, and in being able to fly in winds that make the field undesirable for others.
Jim Kropelin. Lewiston, NY
I’ve started doing what you described in your excellent article and have found that my air speed is more appropriate and my height off of the ground is where it should be and my turn into final is more gradual and controlled. This has really, really improved my landings, and the consistency of good landings.
Dan Reardon. Washington, DC
I am a proud owner of all of your manuals. There’s tons of practical and valuable information in them. Many tips and info would take years to get or couldn’t get anywhere else which helped me greatly enhance my flying skills as well as avoid many crashes that would happen if I depend on the trial-and error approach. More than anything my fundamentals in R/C flying has been very solid by following your instructions. I became a master of “landing” at any situation among my flying buddies. I never panic no matter what when it comes to landing, and that’s a great confidence to have. That ‘s possible because I know what to expect at certain situation and can plan ahead to prevent the fatal moment. I like my nickname as “the World Class Lander” One day I want to attend your flight school, but until then your manuals will do it nicely. Thank you for providing great manuals and I am already looking forward to your next one.
Hachul Song. Seoul, Korea
I really enjoyed the class and have my Cherokee balanced (CG), trimmed out for aerobatics and landing per your instructions. I went to the field to establish marks for lines, got some turns with just elevator, a few loops and Cubans and am feeling good. My landings are much more consistent and am doing better patterns.
Walle Ralkowski. IN