Where We Fly
The field is open year round and with adequate weather conditions you will find members flying their aircraft from about 10 am until the evening hours. Our primary flying field is located on the north side of the Brampton Sesquicentennial "Citywide" Sports Park on Bramalea Rd just north of Countryside Dr. Look for our club logo next to the gated entrance on the east side of Bramalea Rd. The gate is locked to protect our flying site when members are not present. Visitors are always welcome when the gate is open and there are members about. Also feel free to visit us during one of our Fun-Fly events (at the flying field) that are held on several Saturdays in the warmer months.
Many Club members participate in float flying their models on water during several fun-fly events held during the summer at nearby lakes. Also during the winter months club members enjoy flying lightweight electric models indoors at a local school gymnasium. From October to May on the second Monday of every month our club meetings usually take place at the location of our Indoor Flying gymnasium located at Holy Name of Mary Secondary School (115 Glenvale Blvd, Brampton). Time: 8 pm to 10 pm.
From June to September meetings are usually held at the flying field around 6 pm. Visitors are always welcome to attend and ask questions. Details of meeting locations and flying events can be found on the website Calendar
INDOOR FLYING SEASON IS HERE!
Location: Holy Name of Mary Secondary School Gymnasium (115 Glenvale Blvd, Brampton)
Every Wednesday (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
Suggestions to help you start flying your Radio Controlled Aircraft safely with us
- Visit our Club Flying Field and/or attend a Club Meeting to meet our Members and ask questions.
- Join our Club Membership. (Submit application form by mail, at a Club Meeting or the Flying Field)
- Members are required to also join the "Model Aeronautics Association of Canada" online at www.maac.ca
- Choose a model type right for you (see below) Other members will have many recommendations also.
- Review our Club's Members Handbook to learn the Safety Rules and a summary of the Flying Lessons.
- Start free Flying Lessons with any of our volunteer Flight Instructors to earn your "solo flying" status.
- Complete your model flying training and enjoy the hobby all year long.
Deciding what type of flying model to invest in first
- Electric Motor/Battery power or Engine/Nitro fuel powered flying model
- High-wing style trainer or low-wing advanced progressive trainer
- Indoor flying model (winter months) or larger outdoor model
- Helicopters are more challenging to learn first, but a great addition to flying skills later
- Multirotors are very popular. Add a camera and go racing.
- FPV "first person point of view" on any model is another way to fly.
Hobby stores will offer a wide selection of model types to purchase. One could purchase the separate elements independently (model, engine/motor, radio system, etc.) or purchase a complete RTF (ready-to-fly) package.
RTF packages are available for both Electric power* and Nitro* power setups.
RTF packages are available as 'basic' high-wing trainers which are generally easier to learn to fly with, or as 'progressive' models which are more advanced that will allow easy training but also allow more advanced flying as skills develop (without having to purchase another intermediate model afterwards)
*** IMPORTANT *** Ensure that the flying model setup purchased includes a modern radio system that enables a "buddy-cable" hook up to another similar controller. This is required for training with an instructor.
* Below are some general descriptions to help decide between investing in "Electric" or "Nitro" models
* Also some recommendations of popular Model Airplane packages available.
Electric-Powered r/c model airplanes
- Convenience of just plug-in a re-chargeable battery and fly
- No messy fuel/oil exhaust residue to clean up on your model
- Quiet, clean, powerful and reliable motor performance
- Scale models have clean engine cowlings with no cutouts
- Greater range of models available including: Small “park flyer” models, larger electric models, indoor flat foam, powered gliders, helicopters, and more reliable multi-engine types
- Never have to buy fuel and carry fuel pump, engine starter, starter battery, glow lighter, cleaner and wipes to flying field
- Do not need to maintain / recharge a radio receiver battery
- Ability to fly during noise restricted times / locations
- Initial cost of extra lithium battery packs and second battery charger to allow continuous flying between charges
- Flying times average a few minutes less than nitro models
- Small electric models can be more sensitive to high winds
- Some people prefer to hear the noise of liquid fuel engines
Nitro-powered r/c model airplanes
- Traditionally more common as first r/c model
- Nitro models are usually larger for same cost of power
- Some people prefer the noise of liquid fuel engines
- Flying times average a few minutes longer
- Can fill up the fuel tank immediately to fly again if in a rush
- Must purchase a "pit kit" which includes engine starter, 12V battery, power panel, fuel pump, glow plugs, glow lighter
- Must purchase nitro glow-fuel regularly
- Engine mixture adjustments required to run consistently and reliably
- Must maintain / recharge a radio receiver battery
- Models require cleaning of messy lubricant fuel exhaust
- Noise prohibits flying when restricted
Getting Started in R/C Electric aircraft (by Great Hobbies)
Getting Started in R/C Nitro aircraft (by Great Hobbies)
Getting Started in R/C Helicopters (by Great Hobbies)
Introduction to Radio Systems (by Great Hobbies)
Introduction to Flying Simulators (by Great Hobbies)