We typically train new persons to fly every Tuesday evening weather permitting. Training usually starts in April.  It occurs from 6:00 PM until dark, during daylight savings time months.  This is on an instructor permitting basis.  
The Hawks operate under the guidelines of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the by laws of the Hawks. An individual that does not belong to the Hawks and / or AMA is still welcome to join us as a guest. We offer a 60 day introductory including 3 flying sessions with an instructor prior to joining the Hawks and AMA. The individual can then move forward and become a member of the Hawks Club and AMA if they choose.
Almost anyone can learn to fly a radio controlled model aircraft, with the help of a competent flight instructor. This article is intended as a guide to help the student understand the steps necessary to learn the art of flying a radio-controlled airplane. By providing a somewhat standardized curriculum and an experienced instructor the solo pilot will achieve all the necessary understanding and skills to be able to safely fly a radio-controlled airplane at a busy model field.


The following training program was developed to be a guideline to club members that are in flight training. Its use ensures that all students receive training in the fundamentals of flight and ground support and that their progress is documented.


When an instructor is assigned a new student, the instructor will make every effort to contact the student as soon as possible to make arrangements to begin the training procedure. The instructors for the HAWKS are experienced and competent. We utilize a training system called a "Buddy Box". This allows two people to fly the same aircraft without having to pass a transmitter back and forth or use the "reach around" method. While this system is proven to save aircraft from mishap 99% of the time, a completely mishap-free learning experience cannot be guaranteed.
In the very unlikely event of any problem, the instructors are not liable for crash damage during normal training operation. (A student that believes there has been inappropriate behavior or flying by the instructor will result in an investigation by the Board of Directors.)


Inspection of model:
The inspection of the airplane and equipment is crucial for safe flight and effective instruction. Inspections include the following:
  • Make sure the wing is secured with enough rubber bands
  • Check that all of the screws and bolts are tight.
  • The prop should be an appropriate size with a contrasting tip color, free of cracks, and properly secured.
  • All control surfaces and the throttle should move freely with no binding or stalling of the servos
  • The push rods should be attached to the servo control arms securely.
  • A screw must secure the control arms.
  • The receiver and battery should be wrapped in foam rubber, and securely attached.
  • Control surfaces must be securely attached by an adequate number of hinges.
  • Control horns and clevises should be properly attached.
  • Check the Center of Gravity.
  • Inspection of Radio system:
  • When was the system last charged, and for how long?
  • If possible check the batteries with load on a voltmeter.
  • The control surfaces must move in the proper direction and the amount of movement correct.
  • Range check the radio.
  • The flight controls must match the buddy box for direction and trim.
  • The control functions and the direction of the control movements should be explained to the student.
The student must also understand the buddy box system and its function. (This is essential crash insurance)
The student should know the location of the flight line.
The student should understand the frequency board and its usage.  The student should know the necessary announcements including:
  • On the field
  • Take Off
  • Landing
  • Dead stick
The student should understand the field and flight rules. (Flight courtesy by Example)


Starting Procedures:
During the starting procedure a hold down must be used.
The instructor should explain the starting procedure to the student.
After engine starts, the proper glow starter removal and Needle valve adjustment method is from behind the prop.