Club Newsletter - Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to join the club?

We are accepting no new members at this time.


 What is the AMA and why do I need to join that, too?
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is the national organization in the U.S. that supports aeromodeling activities. At the club level, the AMA provides flying-site insurance to the landowners of flying sites. Current, annual membership in the AMA is a mandatory requirement for Wavemasters membership. As per Wavemasters rules and bylaws, failure to maintain current AMA membership automatically revokes your Wavemasters membership, and immediately terminates any elected office or position you hold within the club.


Where and when are the club meetings?
Club meetings are held once at quarter.  Meetings are held at the club’s flying field in Hollister. The business portion of the meeting starts at 11:00 AM, and is intentionally kept short so that flying is possible afterwards.

What are the dues used for?
As in any organization of this type, dues are used to cover expenses that the club may incur over the year.

How (high/far) can model aircraft fly?
The radios we use have an effective range of approximately one mile.  Because of the three airport within 5 miles, the suggested height limit is 400'  and a spotter is required for each flight.


What radio should I buy (brand...number of channels..)?
For the most part, which brand you should get is a purely subjective question. Everyone has their own opinion and there are really no wrong answers. There are several popular brands available...in alphabetical order, the four most commonly seen are: Spektrum, Futaba, Hitec and JR. 

How hard are R/C airplanes to fly?
As with any new skill, it takes practice. You should be prepared to dedicate a fair amount of time in order to learn this new skill, depending on how quickly you can pick it up. A fast learner might take as little as 4-5 weeks, while for others it could take as long as 4-5 months.


How do I get flight instruction?
At the field just ask.  There is always someone who will help.


How much does it cost to get started?
The initial cost can vary depending on what path you take.  Most newcomers today get started by purchasing a “trainer package”. This includes an ARF (almost ready to fly) airplane, the engine and radio, and typically costs $400 or less.

 Can I buy used equipment to save money?
Used equipment CAN be a good way to get started. However, as with any other second-hand purchase you need to be sure that what you are getting is actually worth what you are paying.  Have an experienced person look it over for you if you are uncertain. CAVEAT EMPTOR - let the buyer beware!

Should I go with glow power or electric?
Most people start with electric.  With a glow plane, when you run out of fuel all you need to do is refill the tank, restart the engine and keep on flying. With an electric plane, you must recharge the battery when it runs down. Electric power has improved significantly and in many cases the performance is comparable to glow power. However, most trainer planes being sold are electric


Helicopters look interesting. Are they hard to fly, and can I start out with one?
Helicopters can definitely be a lot of fun. However, compared to an airplane they are quite a bit more difficult to learn to fly. One thing to remember is that helicopters may be somewhat common in a typical R/C club, so getting help with one (and you WILL need assistance) can be easy. However the club does not provide helicopter training.


What about gliders/sailplanes (Park fliers, Zagis or something similar)?
Park fliers, Zagis and other similar aircraft are sometimes advertised as being suitable for beginners. In some cases this is true, however many of the smaller aircraft are somewhat delicate and cannot easily handle winds.

What sort of identification do I need on my aircraft?
The FAA Safety Code states you must identified you airplne with FFA Registration number on or in the model.


When does my club membership become effective?

Upon receipt of your id card.


When can I fly my plane on my own?

When you feel confident enough.


What should I know about safety?
Model aviation is an enjoyable hobby for friends and families. However, similar to other activities, significant dangers do exist.  The AMA and the Wavemasters both have safety and procedural rules that help reduce risks and encourage a safer environment for model flying. It is every Wavemasters members’ responsibility to follow these rules.  Always be aware of flight and aircraft operations at the flying field.


How is the flying field arranged?
The Wavemasters flying field closely follows AMA guidelines for aeromodeling facilities. The Wavemasters field has designated areas for vehicle parking, spectator seating, pit operations (starting, tuning, repairs,) pilot flying stations, radio storage (impound), runway boundaries, and approved airspace (over-flight) areas. With the exception of specific learn to fly and demonstration activities, conducted within AMA rules and programs, non-AMA members are limited to access to the parking and spectator areas only.

What kinds of aircraft can I fly?
All model aircraft, model flying and model operations at the Wavemasters field must conform to the rules of the Wavemasters, FFA, The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), National Model Aircraft Safety Code, and any applicable special, supplemental safety codes as designated by the AMA.

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