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The Midwest Sundowners are always accepting applications.  If you would like to join
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I learn to fly?

Simulator Practice:
In this day and age, purchasing an RC Flight simulator is your best bet – here is a basic version for $99 – this includes a radio that plugs into your computer: CLICK HERE

Trainer Planes:
An entry-level training airplane with everything you will need to get started will cost about $180.  The below is a trainer plane that can be had in an electric or glow format for a reasonable price. CLICK HERE

Work With An Instructor:
After a few lessons with our flight instructors, you will quickly learn the basics. The radio control systems can be interconnected so that an experienced pilot can assist you on your first flights. This "buddy box" system allows you to learn to fly in a step by step manner. At first, instructors will takeoff and land for you, allowing you to concentrate on learning to control the airplane. Once you're comfortable with climbs, descents, turns and other various maneuvers, you'll learn how to takeoff and land. After you've mastered those skills, you'll be soloed!  Then the fun really begins as you continue to learn to fly on your own. This system helps reduce the risk of crashing your model before you really get to enjoy the hobby.


How long can the airplane fly?

Most R/C aircraft are equipped with a fuel tank that can power the engine for about 20 minutes.  Depending on the size of the tank flight times can go as high as 35 to 40 minutes.  The rechargeable batteries in the radios, which control the airplane, generally last ten to fifteen flights.


How much are club dues?

Club Dues are $100.00 annually, $20.00 for juniors (19 and under), and $75.00 for seniors (62 and over). If you wish to join, click here for the form.

In addition to the club membership, all users of the fields must also be members of the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics). This organization provides liability insurance, a monthly magazine and other benefits at an annual cost of $58.00. Those 19 and under receive special rates on both memberships.