Medicine Hat R.C.'ers Wings Training Program

The Medicine Hat R.C'ers Wings Training Program has been developed to provide a convenient and practical way for a beginner to obtain his/her Wings in a safe and proficient manner.

Wings Airplane Requirements: The club agreed that the following airplane requirements are needed in order to get instruction from an instructor and pass your wings test. a) 48" or more plane. b) gas or electric. c) minimum of 3 1/2 lbs. 4) trainer-type (high wing) airplane.
New pilots can only use a trainer type air craft when give permission to fly on their own (MAAC Insurance)

MAAC Safety Code
Basic Rules
1. I will make sure no one is using my frequency prior to turning on my transmitter, and my frequency
    is marked as being used.

2. I will complete a successful radio range check prior to the first flight of each day.

3. I will not fly my aircraft until I am qualified to do so without the presence of a qualified instructor.

4. I will perform my initial turn after takeoff away from the pit area and I will there after perform any type
    of flight in a safe and proficient manner to the best of my ability.

5. I will not hot dog at the risk of others or their property and will conduct my flying in a manner that
    will give the indications of my pride and proficiency within my club.

Notes:
     - Wings testing will be completed in order - 'A' to 'B' to 'C'; no jumping or missing a step.
     - Retesting will be required after two years of inactive flying, starting with the A level.
Preflight Checks
1. Make sure the transmitter and receiver batteries are fully charged (or charge for 12 hours the night
    prior to flying).

2. Radio Checks:
    - Ailerons - Right aileron moves up and left aileron moves down when the stick is moved right.
    - Elevator - Moves up when stick is moved towards self.
    - Throttle - Carburetor closes when stick is moved toward self and opens fully when stick is
       moved away from self.
    - Rudder - Moves to the right along with nose wheel when stick is moved to the right.

3. Aircraft Checks:
    - Check all hinged surfaces for loose hinges and damage.
    - Check for loose landing gear, propeller and spinner, engine mount and damage to propeller.
    - Visually check all surfaces of the airframe.
    - Servos and wing are mounted correctly.
    - Antenna is mounted correctly and routed away from switch, battery and servos.
    - Push rods and clevises are not binding or damaged.
    - The balance of the aircraft is correct as per the manufacturers instructions.

4. Your frequency is displayed properly on the transmitter frequency board!
Student Pilot
Level 1 - Ground School

Basic airworthiness check to insure that the training aircraft is:
    - Properly balanced.
    - Flying surfaces are warp free.
    - Components are secure and properly installed.
    - Control surfaces are aligned and operating properly.

Flight Preparations:
    - Proper use of the frequency board.
    - Familiar with MAAC and club rules.
    - Range check radio.
    - Tune engine ready for flight.

Level 2 - Flight Training

Maintain safe and predictably flight at a safe altitude.
    - Straight and level flight.
    - 90 degree turns to the left and right.
    - Figure 8's in both directions.
    - Procedure turns, left and right.
    - Field circuits, left and right.
    - Landings with the aid of a qualified instructor.
    - Take offs with the aid of a qualified instructor.

Level 3 - Solo Flight

Solo flight is restricted to trainer aircraft, and is permitted only after endorsement by a qualified instructor. The student is evaluated by the instructor and MUST be able to do the following on his/her own. Solo flight will give the student time to practice for their Wings test.
    - Use frequency board properly.
    - Range check radio.
    - Safely start and tune engine.
    - High-speed taxi in both directions.
    - Controlled take off and landing of the aircraft.
'A' Wings Test
Pilot Status

The testing of a student pilot will be carried out by two pilots holding either Instructor or Senior Instructor status, the student's instructor may stand with the student but will not partake in the testing or help the student with the flight of the aircraft; coaching is allowed.

1. Prepare flight plan from the list of compulsory maneuvers below.

2. Complete the following maneuvers to the satisfaction of the testing Instructors:
    - Take off with a rectangular field circuit to altitude.
    - Straight and level flight for 600 feet.
    - Procedure turns, left and right.
    - Horizontal figure 8, maintaining proper altitude.
    - Left and right hand rectangular circuit with landing approach and overshoot the runway 10-20 feet.
    - Climb to altitude, stall the aircraft and recover from stall with power off landing approach and add
      power for a 10-20 foot overshoot.
    - Landing circuit and safe landing and taxi off of runway if possible.

Notes:
    - The student may perform the above maneuvers in any order but must inform the testing instructors
       of any deviations of the above prior to the flight test.
    - Testing may be done at any time as long as the arrangements are made in advance. The student
       will be allowed to attempt the Pilot flight test twice in one day. Failure to qualify after two attempts
       generally means the student requires a little more practice.
'B' Wings Test
Instructor Status

The pilots wishing to improve themselves may wish to practice and complete the 'B' Wings test and become an instructor if they feel comfortable test flying and instructing other people to become proficient to obtain their 'A' Wings.

1. Prepare a personal flight plan

2. Complete the following maneuvers to the satisfaction of the testing Instructors:
    - Take off with rectangular field circuit to a reference altitude for subsequent maneuvers.
    - Straight and level flight for 600 feet.
    - Procedure turns, left and right.
    - Two consecutive figure 8's with the same crossover point.
    - Inverted straight and level flight for 600 feet.
    - Two alternating rolls - one in one direction and the other in the opposite direction.
    - One immelman turn.
    - One Split 'S'
    - Two inside loops maintaining same shape and crossover points.
    - Rectangular circuit with landing approach and over shoot at 6-10 feet.
    - Rectangular circuit and a controlled landing on the runway.
    - Engine should remain running (not mandatory).
    - Taxi off of runway if possible.

Notes:
    - Testing is to be done by arrangement with two instructors.
    - Only one attempt may be made in one day.

'C' Wings Test
Senior Instructor Status

The Senior Instructors test is for instructors that have proven themselves as a leader and have shown an excellent example of flying, instructing, safety and goodwill in the R/C field.
The Test will be done in the following order, no deviations are allowed.

1. Prepare personal flight plan.

2. Complete the maneuvers in the following order:
    - Take off with a rectangular circuit to a reference altitude for subsequent maneuvers.
    - Immelman turn with large half loop.
    - Three alternating horizontal rolls with a full stop between each.
    - Three inside loops with the same crossover point.
    - Four point horizontal roll with definite stops at each point.
    - Inverted flight with one 180-degree turn.
    - Cuban 8 with large ¾ radius loops.
    - Large Radius outside loop - roll inverted at altitude then carry out loop.
    - Rectangular field circuit, landing approach, touch and go with wheels on the ground for at
       least 50 feet.
    - Landing circuit, landing (on runway), roll out and stop, then taxi off runway.

Notes:
    - Testing is to be done by arrangement with two instructors.
    - Only one attempt may be made in one day.

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