GMFA Training Program

Introduction of the GMFA Training Program

Using proven technology and exclusively developed training methods we make sure that you not only get value for money but also ensure that you take the shortest, safest, most enjoyable route to achieve your goals. Take a look at our sections below to help get a better understanding of how our training can help you.

The GMFA has its own fixed wing training aircraft and our assigned Instructor.

You are more than welcomed to use your own model aircraft and equipment in your training.

Techniques

Our instructor will guide you through our training techniques closely following the ones used today in full size aviation, after all, our model have to abide by the same rules of aerodynamics, physics and gravity. The task of the model pilot is made a little more difficult as piloting is remote from the aircraft and relies upon good hand/eye co-ordination.

When first starting out the student pilots work load is at 100%, here at the GMFA we can help you to reduce your work load by introduction of the Dual Control System (Buddy Box).

The Dual Control System (Buddy Box) is the term used to describe two transmitters connected via a buddy lead, one master and one slave. One feature of this system allows the instructor to assign all or partial controls to the student which permits the student to concentrate on getting comfortable using the basic primary controls first. If, for example, a student was showing difficulty in operating both elevator and aileron simultaneously (being on the same stick), the elevator control can be removed from the equation thus allowing the student to grasp smooth aileron inputs.

The instructor will pass control by simply holding a switch in the trainer on his master transmitter and at any time can take full control by simply releasing this switch.

This eliminates the need for any panic from the student and have to pass the radio from hand to hand as the old days.

Training

As a beginner, mastering the basics is the first step to becoming a competent solo pilot. After an initial short briefing covering basic aerodynamics, safety and use of the Dual Control System (Buddy Box) we then concentrate on as much “hands on” training as time allows (its thumbs on sticks, as often as possible, which allows you to progress your training at a comfortable rate). At the GMFA we will advance your training as fast as your skills allow and we certainly won’t hold you back unnecessarily. You will also learn how to recognise potential problems with your equipment by developing pre-flight and post flight checks as a routine.

Advanced

Recognising and advancing in your current skill level is an important part of flying and sometimes it’s difficult to progress without knowing the correct next steps. Here at the GMFA we will show you those important next steps to be practised and give you the confidence to take your flying to the next level.

As your piloting skills increase from those early solo days, to aerobatics and beyond, making the correct choice of equipment is important to be able to progress to the next level. Whether you are upgrading to your first aerobatic model or perhaps investing in a more sophisticated transmitter, we are here to guide you, enabling you to make an informed choice.

Test Flights

Let us take away the stress and worry of that first maiden flight. Whether you have a project that has taken months or years to complete, or simply cannot bring yourself to take to the sky’s with your latest model, we are here to help.

You can rest assured that our instructor and examiner have experience on all types of models and that your pride and joy is in very safe hands.

Once your model has been certified to fly we are more than happy to give you a confidence boost and allow us in trimming your model for its first maiden flight.

Once your model has been trimmed, test flown and you feel that you have the confidence to fly her, its entirely up to you to enjoy your model.