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Stetson Flight School 2023

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Flight School 'Go/No-g'o will be posted here & the Facebook group around 3pm.

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2022 Flight School is now CLOSED.

2023 Flight School will be held every Tuesday night from mid-May till end-September. Actual 2023 dates will be updated later.

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Status values for the fight school:

  • TENTATIVE- waiting on updated weather forecast.
  • DEFERRED - to a future date.
  • CANCELLED - usually due to high winds or bad weather.
  • ON - flight school is in session for the specificed date.

The Stetson Club Executive, Chief Flying Instructor and Flight School are working to ensure all provincial law/requirements are met regarding Covid-19 along with the safety of all club members is upheld.

If you have any CV-19 symptoms or any illness whatsoever, DO NOT attend Flight School.

General information:

Most newer radio controls are capable of wireless training connectivity. Students must become familar with enabling the feature prior to Flight School and must carry the owners manual (or a print out of your exact radios wireless features). The Flight School staff are unable to know the exact details of every radio out there, so documentation will be the difference between flying and not.

Per normal operations bring the following:

  • Your aircraft in good working order (full inspection prior is highly recommended).
  • Fuel, fuel jug, fuel pump, glowplug ignitor (charged) OR batteries, charged and in good condition.
  • Tools and spares.
  • Cleaning solution & paper towels.
  • Stetson Club membership card & MAAC card.

Keep a close eye on this webpage for the latest information.
Nigel Chippindale
Chief Flying Instructor
Stetson Model Flyers Club

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The Stetson Flight School Program is now CLOSED for the 2022 season!

We've enjoyed another successful year in 2022 with plenty of students, successful sessions and pilots receiving their Wings.

The school will begin again in mid-May 2023 and occurs each Tuesday from 4:30pm until dusk. This of course is weather dependent and relies on the field condition. Continuing from previous years is the option to defer to Wednesday as dictated by the weather (& dependent on student numbers). Keep an eye on this web page for all the information you need during the season including live weather updates on flight school nights (Tuesdays). Go/No-go status will also be posted on the Stetson Flyers Facebook group page.

Students who started last year and have not yet earned their wings are invited to return to the school for the 2023 season. There is a limit of 16 active students due to the number of available instructors and actual flying time, slots are still available so register now!

All students must apply via link below and will be added to the student list until the limit is reached. Ater that, they will be placed on a waiting list and contacted as slots become available.

The flight line is open to current students and instructors only on Tuesdays from 4:30pm.

Click here to register for FLIGHT SCHOOL.

Please contact me at anytime via email for any/all of your questions, I�m here to help and I�m looking forward to the new season.

Nigel Chippindale
Chief Flying Instructor

What is the Stetson Flight School?

Stetson Flight School (SFS) is a program designed by experienced club pilots to get you flying radio control aircraft as soon as possible while teaching you all that you need to know for a long and safe flying career..."

What do I need to do? That's a good question.

  1. Join the Stetson Flyers Model Airplane club.

  2. Join the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC).

  3. Read the Students Brief carefully to understand what the SFS is all about and what the school program involves.

  4. Purchase an approximately .40 sized (or larger) trainer aircraft (fuel-powered or electric), complete with radio control and support equipment. Contact your CFI for more information here.

  5. REGISTER by clicking the link above

    Plusieurs de nos instructeurs sont bilingues et offrent la m�me qualit� d'enseignement en fran�ais.

    We are working hard on the program and the support structure, including constant upgrades for your benefit.

    The first Flight School class date is on May TBD, 2023 as announced above (weather dependent) and will cover field familiarization, club rules & safety and an opportunity to have your aircraft checked by instructors. All things going well, we will get your plane in the air for a trim flight.

    What is the Stetson Ground School?

    Stetson Ground School is a one night, all inclusive session where the CFI & instructors will give you the students an extensive but high level overview of everything from aircraft parts and function, to engines and batteries, safety and handling and much much more!

    Note before: You must register for this event via the "Register for Ground School" link below.

    The Ground School session will give you a great starting point for radio control aircraft flying and for the upcoming season.

    Click here to register for GROUND SCHOOL.

    What do I need to do to pass my Wings test once I have learnt to fly?

    1. Learn the Stetson Flyers club rules.

    2. Write and pass the Stetson Model Flyers Club Wings exam.

    3. Demonstrate proficiency flying the Schedule of Wings maneuvers.

    4. Thats it!







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