On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Rochester Modelers Club hosted its first "Learn to Fly" radio-controlled model aircraft event for about a dozen members of the Newmarket Cub Scout Pack 201.
The event was held to teach the kids about flying radio-controlled (RC) model aircraft — what they are, how they work, how to fly them safely, and to give them the opportunity to see many different types of aircraft and what each of them can do. Scouts were able to see model aircraft including: duct fan flying wings; duct fan jet; electric prop-powered planes; quads and more. Throughout the day RMC member volunteers were on-hand to teach the Scouts about all the different aspects of RC flying and to answer any questions they had.
The weather was beautiful last Saturday as the event got underway with a field safety meeting for the Cub Scouts so they could learn the rules of flying RC model aircraft at the field. The Scouts then built their own airplanes while RMC club volunteers discussed the different parts of planes, how to control them and how to adjust them for flight. Then everyone headed over to the "pit area" to go over all the parts of the radio control (RC) trainer plane and radio system. The group then tried out the rubber-band powered planes they had made earlier and they all took part in a flying contest. The kids really enjoyed the First Person View (FPV) quad demo and everyone got a chance to see the flight from the air through FPV goggles. The Cub Scouts then got to see how a "camera quad" worked, getting a "bird's eye view" as the camera took pictures from the air. There were flying demos of many different types of RC aircraft that they had seen on display earlier in the day back in the pit area. Finally, each of the Scouts got the chance to experience what it was like to actually fly an RC plane using the club’s trainer plane that was set up with a two-pilot “buddy box.”
The day finished off with a cookout lunch for all attendees. The Cub Scouts, their leaders and their families thanked the RMC and its volunteers for hosting the event. It was such a great success that the Cub Scouts talked about planning more “Learn to Fly” events for other Cub Scout Packs in the area. If your Cub Scout Pack would be interested in having an event, please contact the RMC club for info.
This event was made possible thanks to the Academy of Model Aeronautics for providing each child with airplane and training information and to Robert Magnusson of Waste Management for providing the flying field for the event. A big thank you also goes out to RMC club volunteers including: John Cahill, VP; Marshall Smith, Safety Officer; John Kostis, FPV Quad Guy; Chris Johnston, Camera Quad; Terry Smith, Trainer Instructor; and Bill Hodgdon, event photographer and glider builder for providing each child with a glider to take home.