I want to learn to fly but don't know where to start. What should I do first? The First and most import thing to understand is if you have purchased an airplane and have never flown it... DON'T!! If you attempt to fly on your own without the help of an experienced pilot YOU LIKELY WILL CRASH. There goes your investment and desire to learn with it. If you haven't purchased an airplane yet, you don't have to. Come to us and we will provide everything you need to try out the sport before you invest a penny. This a free service we offer to all newcomers interested in model aviation. We have Instructor Pilots who are very qualified to get you started. After you have had a chance to fly, then decide if you want to pursue model aviation. Our members can give you advice on what and where to purchase your first plane. We don't sell planes so this is not a trap to get you to buy from us. Where does the Texoma RC Modelers Club Fly? Our primary site is about 7 miles West of Sherman, Texas and 1 1/2 miles North East of Southmayd, Texas. This has been the home of the Texoma RC Modelers Club since 1973. What is the training program? Our club has several members who volunteer to help the all new enthusists to the exiting hobby of RC flying. They will go over everything in extreme detail in order to keep you (and us) safe. We don't want you to lose your new plane on the first day. When it comes to the actual flying, (which you will do on day one), we use something called a "Buddy Box". This is a secondary controller that is connected by a cable to your controller. With the use of a spring loaded switch, the actual control of the airplane is transferred back and forth between the Buddy Box and the actual controller. The instructor will get the plane in the air and when you are ready, he holds the spring loaded switch which gives you complete control over the plane. If you get in trouble, he simply releases the spring loaded switch and assumes control of the plane to prevent a loss. He then flies the plane back to a safe altitude and location where he returns control back to you for more practice. This system works extremely well. As your flying skills improve, you will be performing a variety of maneuvers including loops, rolls, take off, and landings. When the instructor feels that you are ready, it's time to "Solo". Just how long the entire process takes is entirely based on each individuals ability to learn how to fly.