Training FAQ

 

  • What is center of gravity (CG) and how do I check it
    The center of gravity or CG is fore and aft balance of the aircraft. It is a point usually 30% back from the leading edge of the wing and normally provided in inches by the aircraft manufacturer. To check the CG Support the aircraft at the suggested location under the wing (on a high wing trainer. Low and mid wing aircraft are easier to check if inverted) the correct CG is achieved when a slight nose down position is achieved. To achieve this balance you can move the battery for or aft if this is not possibly you should add weight. Remember that a nose-heavy aircraft may fly badly but a tail-heavy aircraft will fly only once.

     

  • What's a range check and how do I perform one
    A range check is an operation that verifies the integrity of your transmitter and receiver set up. To perform a range check, do the following.
    • Turn on your transmitter
    • Turn on your receiver
    • Walk away from your aircraft approximately 60 feet
    • Operate all control surfaces and watch for any abnormalities

 

  • Pre flight inspection
    You must always do a pre flight inspection of your aircraft. Included in your student pilots package is a checklist, which lists the things, you should look for. This checklist is also available on the clubs web site.

     

  • What are the flight controls and what do they do
    The four basic flight controls of an aircraft are throttle, rudder, elevator, and ailerons. The throttle controls the altitude (climb or descend) the rudder controls yaw (nose and tail move left and right) the elevator controls pitch (nose and tail move up and down) and the ailerons control roll (wing tips move up or down).

     

  • Proper & safe engine starting&adjusting
    Learning proper engine break in and tuning procedures is essential to becoming a qualified pilot. Included in your student-training package is a guide to help you with this. This guide is also available on the web site. Please do not be afraid to ask for help from an instructor or fellow club member. These engines are dangerous and can cause injury please be careful.

     

  • What are fight boundaries
    Flight boundaries are areas designated by the club as no fly zones. Included in your student-training package is a map showing the clubs flight boundaries. This map is also available on our web site.

     

  • What is solo status
    Solo status means that you are flying on your own without an instructor but must have a proficient member at the field while you fly. Please introduce your self and let the pilot know your intentions and be sure the pilot is willing to help you if you need it. Not all of our proficient members are willing to do this so please ask before you fly.

     

  • What is a proficient pilot
    A proficient pilot is one who has taken and passed The New Hampshire Flying Tigers proficiency test. A copy of this test is in your student-training package and is also available on the web site. A proficient pilot may fly during any of our open flying time.

     

  • How do I become an Instructor
    To become an instructor all you need to do is take the instructor proficiency test administered by two qualified instructors.
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