Frequently Asked QuestionsCan I have a trial to see if it's right for me?
Yes. The club encourages potential members to come along for 3 discrete days of flying before becoming a member. This is fully covered by the BMFA insurance scheme, thereby incurring no costs to the potential member or to the club for those three days. After this, we would ask that you join the club and also the BMFA, which provides the necessary insurance.
Does the club have a trainer model?
Yes. You are free to receive some instruction using the club's high-wing trainer model, and we require that the first flight (at least) is conducted using a buddy lead to an instructor where we are not certain of the pilot's capabilities. Clearly you would do well to buy your own model and use that, but the club's trainer is a good way to try out the hobby and see whether it's right for you.
When is the best day and/or time to come to the field?
As we fly pretty much any day of the year, no day is 'better' than any other day, and this also applies to Bank Holidays. In general, if you're wanting to be there at the same time as an instructor, then your best bet is to come along to the field between 12:00 midday and 16:00 (or well before sunset in winter) on a day that is convenient for you and on which the weather is good enough for flying (eg. not too windy, no significant precipitation). Alternatively or in addition, you may use the forum to find out or ask if anybody will be there to help you. Obviously, if you come to the field on Christmas Day you're likely to find yourself on your own!
Do more members fly at the weekends or during the week?
Many club members are retired, and thus are able to fly during the week as well as at weekends. This coupled with other factors means that it is not possible to say whether there will be more members down at the field at weekends or on weekdays. Generally, the better the weather the more likely it is that there will be a good number of members at the field.
Can I be sure there will be an instructor at the field when I turn up?
Generally, the better the weather the more likely it is that there will be a good number of flyers at the field, and thus a greater chance of being able to see an instructor. Please feel free to post a request onto the forum (free registration required and all new accounts are approved by a forum Administrator in an attempt to prevent spamming) and ask in the "I am flying ... do you want to join me" section and an instructor may see it and get back to you there. We currently have no system of saying that certain instructors will be available on specified days or certain times during the day, although this is something we are looking into going forward.
Who are the instructors? How will I recognise them?
Please see the Training Page for a list of instructors we have within the club. Perhaps the best approach here is to note their names and ask when you arrive at the field if one of them is available and willing to fly with you. There is no additional cost for instruction; this is offered for free.
How do I join and what does it cost?
Please visit the Join/Contact page for all membership details, including costs. Please note that there is no additional cost for instruction; this is offered for free.
Who do I contact if my question has not been answered?
Please visit the Join/Contact page for a contacts within the club.