Spirits' Flight Training Program - For Newcomers


The purpose of any model aircraft instruction program is to assist and offer direction to new pilots while they safely learn the hobby. This program is no different. The ideas and requirements set forth in this document are intended to make us better instructors, help newcomers learn more completely, and ensure that as an Introductory Pilot Instructor you comply with all The Spirits of St. Louis R/C Flying Club, Inc., hereafter known as "The Spirits" and AMA procedures and regulations. Additionally, this contains a compilation of selected documents, procedures and regulations set forth by the AMA and the Spirits pertaining to model aircraft flight instruction, introductory flights, and general flight safety.

One of the best ways to get someone interested in model aviation is to give them the opportunity to fly a model plane. The Spirits have at least two events a year in which we invite newcomers to experience model aviation by controlling a model aircraft themselves. Typically, during Boy Scout day and our Annual Open House, we introduce dozens of prospective new pilots and new members to the hobby. It is you, the Instructor Pilot, that makes this impression last and helps develop the desire for them to continue with the hobby.

It is imperative that when we introduce these prospective members to model aviation that their first impression is a positive one. We hope to increase the prospective member's interest in the hobby and our club through standardization of our instruction program, readiness of our training aircraft, condition of our field, and positive communication from our Introductory Pilot Instructors.

Instructors participating in this program are expected to comply with the guidelines and regulations set forth herein. These guidelines are not intended to restrict any particular instruction style. They are set in place in order to present a standardized appearance to newcomers and comply with The Spirits and AMA regulations.

Spirits 2013 Instructor Pilot Roster

Intro Pilot Instructor
Flight Instructor
Email Telephone Number
Gary Pyles (Chief Instructor)
gp@gtpltd.com 314-680-2786
Bill Lindewirth
mrbillstl@charter.net 314-839-0282
Bob Gizzie
J3heavy1@aol.com 636-441-7924
Stephen Ramonczuk
Patrick Keebey
KEEBS56@ARISTOTLE.NET 636-928-3918
Ron Mais
RWMAIS@AOL.COM 636-939-3309
Steve Cross
svcross@att.net 314-698-6657
Babe Raab
RRAAB01@MAIL.WIN.ORG 636-936-8952
Mike Roederer
mikeroederer@gmail.com 636-724-0808
Walt Wilson
RALLYO@att.NET 636-724-0808
Griffin Jasin
pcjasin@yahoo.com 636-926-0506
Will Hopkins
will.hopkins13@whtfieldschool.org 314-275-7759

(*) Limited availability of Instructor.
Newcomers (non-club members) may contact any of our "Intro Pilot Instructors" directly to schedule a FREE introductory flight at our flying field.  Intro flights for Newcomers are always available during our annual Open House on the last Saturday of September and may be offered at other club events.  Check our Events Schedule for more details on upcoming events.
Current club members may contact any of the "Continuing Flight Instructors" to schedule times for training.
If you have any questions please contact the Chief Flight Instructor.


Check out various LINKS to help Newcomers to the hobby by clicking here.

Documents to assist Newcomers with the hobby


From the Academy of Model Aeronautics:

Newcomers' Guide

Tips for Newcomers

AMA- Membership Manual 2013

Academy of Model Aeronautics National Model Aircraft Safety Code 2012 (the document linked is current and unrevised as of Januery 1, 2011)


From the Spirits

Newcomer Handout- Safety & Ground School by Gary Pyles

Spirits & Mark Twain Hobby Center- Suggested Aircraft Purchase List for Newcomers by Gary Pyles, Bob Gizzie, Darren Vancour

Getting Started in Model Aviation by Gary Pyles

Spirits Safety Regulations

Beginner's Corner by Walt Wilson

Spirits Field Layout

How to adjust a 2-Needle Carb, by Paul Geders

Other Useful Links for Newcomers

Beginners Guide to Model Cars Submitted by "David" at The Children's Cancer Center, in Northern Vermont

A basic guide to Electric Flight by Hobby King

Airplane How-To by Horizon Hobby

Helicopter How To by Horizon Hobby

Radio How To by Horizon Hobby (JR & Spektrum)

You can fly an RC Airplane by Tower Hobbies

Flight Simulators by Tower Hobbies

RC Helicopters-What you should know before you start by Tower Hobbies

You can fly an RC Sailplane by Tower Hobbies

Radio Systems by Tower Hobbies (FUTABA)

More about aircraft RC engines by Tower Hobbies

Balance a 2-bladed prop by Horizon Hobby (video)

Balance a 3-bladed Prop by Brit Charmin RC video

Check back often for updates! We will try to continually add links and content to

this page to help everyone interested in our hobby.




Always check for updated versions of these documents at the AMA and Spirits' websites.