Thanks Keith for all your help in me getting my solo.I can’t remember the number of time you saved my airplanes from disaster not to mention money,I have enjoyed all the fun times we had in getting to this point. If there is anybody out there thinking of taking up rc flying you can’t go pass rc flight training. Thanks again Keith.cheers roy
I’ve got my wings! Thanks to my ace instructor Keith Francis. He is the gentleman in the red shirt.
With just on 3 months training and on my second flight for the day, Keith silently left my side. With the glider in all sorts of trouble, I did manage to put all he had taught me into practice and bring my glider to a reasonable landing with a cheer from all the members behind me.
Keith was quick in determining on day one to train me on mode two due to my hand tremor. I haven’t looked back on that decision. He has a gentle and encouraging manner, with his quick as a flash “I’ve got that Brendan”, saved my plane again and again.
Thank you Keith. I will enjoy many hours with my eyes to the sky for years to come.
I finally went solo last weekend, Keith pulled a shifty on me and shot thru back to the pits while I was still flying the boomerang 60 around.
Hey Keith no answer I have lost oreintation, the aircraft was wing dropping close to the ground. Have you got it, still no answer oh shit, full power wings level and back to altitude.
I then cottoned on that I was banging about the circuit solo which after doing a sort of reasonable landing was the cumulation of about 5 months of nerves, why cant I do this smoothly and not over control the aircraft and every other issue to do with learning to flying r/c aircraft.
Keith is a great instructor with an enthusiatic attitude plus the inate ablility to impart the knowledge and skill required to reach a competent skill level to enable anyone to go solo and proceed onwards and hopefully upwards in this great and rewarding hobby.
Thanks for the fun including all the other flyers I have met while training.
Most of life I have been fascinated about anything and everything about aircraft. I loved the look of them and the way they fly. I really enjoy going for airshows with my dad and watching the aerobatics and stunts that they do. My dad took my brothers and I to a local hobby shop in search of nitro cars.
I wanted to fly! That’s all, I wanted to fly. So, I joined a local club that offered training. Well, after two years of “training” I wasn’t any closer to flying solo and I was totally frustrated. I saw an advertisement in a magazine and decided to give RC Flight Training a try.
During my first visit I was given the choice of which transmitter mode to use. Say what- this never happened before, and after trying both, I settled on mode 2. Now, on to the aircraft, the Sky Raider. What a great forgiving training platform, and with the patience Keith was showing I knew I had a chance. Well, that’s before the weather started to show its ugly side. Booking after booking was cancelled due to deluge or cyclonic winds. However, I was never let down and always received a text message informing me that conditions weren’t suitable for flying. One day Keith gave me a lesson in high winds just to see what it could do your aircraft. Man, I was so happy to have Keith on the buddy-box to get the aircraft down safely. And this is where the training at RC Flight Training really pays off- great instruction and the buddy-box system to keep you safe and the aircraft in one piece.
Finally, a couple of weekends where the weather co-operated and I flew solo! In retrospect, I spent more money and 2 years of my time never achieving my goal. But thanks to Keith and Wayne for all the training and information that they supplied, I achieved my goal. I’ll remember to keep the wings level and fly straight.
After two years of attempting to learn to fly RC planes frustration was beginning to set in. I was thinking of quitting when I noticed the advert for RC Flight Training in a magazine.
A phone call and discussion with Keith had me booked in for the five day Fast Track course.
Come the time I packed the camper and plane and headed for the airfield east of Melbourne.
Day one Keith and I checked each other out, rules explained etc. Day two still nervous but settling in. By the end of day three I felt that with Keith and Wayne’s personal approach I was getting somewhere. Day four is when it started to all come together, takeoff’s were ok and by the end of the day landing was near the strip but solo.
Day five on my transmitter was the reality day, no backup. With sweaty palms and shaking hands I took off, did a couple of circuits and brought it safely home. Boy what a rush, after two years to be able to do it by myself.
Thanks to Keith and Wayne for their patience and encouragement. Best money I’ve spent in a long time and would highly recommend this Fast Track course to anyone who wants to get up into the air on their own.
The Radio Controlled Flight Training School was the perfect match for my needs. I was interested in an intensive flying course that would enable me to progress from novice to pilot. I rang a number of RC clubs and in most cases such a course was not offered and/or council restrictions prohibited these clubs from flying for more than 2-3 days per week. I rang Keith Francis at RC Flight Training and was pleasantly surprised to find out that Keith offered an intensive 5 Day Novice to Solo Pilot flying course. I told Keith I had never flown a RC model and that before I invested in any equipment, I would like to fly one of his trainers using one of his transmitters. Keith was more than accommodating so on day 1 of my flight training I was able to do this. At the end of the first day’s training I was pretty much hooked and committed to RC flying. I told Keith I wanted to purchase my own flying gear. Keith was able to advise on the trainer, transmitter and equipment best suited to my needs and skills. Days 2 and 3 of my scheduled flying course were cancelled due to inclement weather but on these days, Keith and I assembled my training aircraft together. Keith was able to give invaluable advice on model aircraft building including many tips, that the a/c instruction manuals don’t include. Weather permitted three clear days of flying and in short, on day 4 of my 5 Day Novice to Solo Pilot flying course I flew solo.
Keith was a patient, supportive and friendly instructor. His philosophy is to enjoy, relax, have fun and learn in RC flying. I witnessed Keith assisting club members with on site repairs and answer their many varied questions concerning RC flying, aircraft and equipment. Keith has an onsite trailor/shop and is able to supply most, if not all parts as required on the day. I was impressed by the fact that the training area has a sealed runway. I know of no other RC flying cub that offers this. At most clubs pilots land “out there” on the grass area. Landing on a sealed runway improves one’s flying skills and does less damage to aircraft. I live in St.Kilda and the travel time by car to the training area was a comfortable 45-50 mins. I found the other members of the club very friendly and easy going and all of them introduced themselves to me. Some flew glow fuel aircraft, some battery powered, some flew both. True to Keith’s philosophy, they were there to have fun. The 5 Day Novice to Solo Pilot flying course satisfied all my requirements. Importantly, I know Keith will provide ongoing support when it come to my flying needs. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Thank you Keith
Where to start? Having read the existing testimonials I see so many similarities to my own experiences. As a child in England I do not remember RC as it is today, my recollections are of friends flying control planes and wishing I could do that. As an adult I hoped to get my grandson into the hobby and so bought a trainer, we then headed down to the local oval to give it a go, with very mixed results I might add. Sure we got it into the air, and occasionally got it down again, but more often than not we were savagely attacked by vicious trees or strange winds, that caused tip stalls and crashes.
So this is where Keith and Wayne came to the rescue, because it doesn’t matter how many videos you watch, or how many hours you spend on a pc flight trainer (although I reckon they do help a bit). There is no substitute for having an experienced trainer standing next to you, giving sound advice and having a buddy box to get you out of trouble as you learn the basics.
The instruction you receive is clear, helpful and geared to each students abilities and pace, they are both excellent flyers and Instructors, what more could you ask for. Plus the bonus that everyone I have met that flies with them, has been helpful and friendly
I am flying solo now thanks to their wonderful help, I still have a lot to learn, however I am confident that no matter what crops up in the future, I can happily turn to them for the best advice possible
I wanted to say thank you and share my experiences of RC Flight Training so far.
At the age of 10 I looked to join a club in England, I went a few times but with the combination of ‘miserable old blokes’ who knew it all but wouldn’t share that knowledge (it’s power, right??!), rules for the sake of having rules and very limited training time available, I was put off, for the next 20 years!!
I found RC Flight Training online, the boyhood excitement returned at the thought of flying models so I decided to give it a whirl. From the first phone call to Keith I was given the time to chat about all things RC, after my questions were answered, and there were many, I understood the best way to get started and go flying.
Before flying I was a little nervous at ‘having a go’ for the first time, I was quickly put at ease by a very confident Keith, assuring me he could fly my new aircraft with his eyes closed (Note: He didn’t include a safe landing in his statement though!!!) Needless to say with the training from both Keith and Wayne, (each has a different training style but compliment each other very well) I no longer need them by my side to fly.
I have been flying with them for around 18 months now, with the monthly newsletters, the recent upgrade at the strip, more and more friendly faces around at the weekends and the consistently witty banter from the ‘cheap seats’, whilst flying, their important motto is met…..Fly For Enjoyment!
Thanks again and see you at the strip.
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