Q: Which is better? Electric or Glow powered models?
A: Electric models have advanced tremendously over the years. While both methods of powering a model are equally capable, at the present it is more convenient for a beginner to begin with an electric model. We strongly recommend “The Apprentice” ready-to-fly model with “SAFE” as a first model.
Q: How much does it cost to get an airplane?
A: A “Ready to Fly” basic package starts at about $300 and up. The Motor and Radio can be reused indefinitely and can be transferred to another airplane, so once you have the motor and radio, a new plane can be purchased for about $100.
Q: Now that I have a plane, what is it going to cost me to join your club?
A: Membership fees are as follows for 2020: First time regular membership is $100 per year. Seniors(65+) are $70 and Junior members are $10. On subsequent years, renewing regular and senior members are entitled to a $25 discount. All members must also purchase insurance through our governing body, the Model Aviation Authority of Canada(MAAC) http://www.maac.ca/ . Annual MAAC insurance is $80 for adults and $10 for juniors.
Q: I am a beginner and I need flying lessons. How much will that cost me?
A: Other than your membership and insurance fees (above) there are no additional costs. Flying lessons are FREE for as long as you need them.
Q: How old do you have to be to start flying?
A: There is no age limit to participate in this enjoyable hobby. Pilots can be any age. Presently, our oldest member is 85 years old and our youngest winged member was 8 years old when he got his wings.
Q: I’ve heard that Transport Canada has passed new RPAS flying regulations. How will that affect me?
A: MAAC Clubs (including the 905 Squadron) are exempt from these new regulations, and continue to be governed by MAAC regulations.
Q: Can I get my wings using an Electric Plane?
A: Absolutely! Provided the pilot meets the requirement of the wings test.
To further clarify this issue, there are 2 categories of electric flight, “Wings Required” and “Wings NOT Required”;
“Wings NOT required” is a category for small electric foamies and microlight models that can be flown in a gymnasium or in the helicopter area of the field without any risk to the pilot or other members.
On the other hand, “Wings Required” is any electric aircraft that can be flown at our field from the main runway and fly a proper circuit. This qualifies it as a “Wings capable” aircraft. In this case the pilot must follow our wings training program and ultimately pass a flight test to obtain their wings.