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All about Radio Controlled Helicopters (RC helicopters)
Previously this site was used by Aerial Training Services (ATS) in England, which was set up to enable those who want to learn how to use Radio-Controlled (RC) model helicopters and fixed wing planes. Not only was ATS a flying club, but they also had a model shop and offered services to fix RC aircrafts. ATS had different packages for both beginners and advanced level of training.
Aerial Training Services was the only full time professional model flight training School. With all training based at Draycott Aerodrome, ATS could provide everything the budding or advanced pilot could require in either discipline.
John Green, British Nationals champion, has 10 years military experience teaching personnel worldwide to fly radio controlled target drone aircraft. This training gave John the idea that the same structured approach to flying could be useful to those wanting to learn to fly radio controlled aircraft as a hobby. From this idea ATS was born and the school has become internationally renowned as a centre of learning for all those with an interest or existing skill in model aviation.
The Growth of Aerial Training Services
Since those early days the team of instructors and technical experts has grown to include both fixed wing and helicopter national’s champions and technical staff.
Their courses were open to all standards of aviators, from complete beginners, training for British Model Flying Association (BMFA) tests through to advanced pilots wishing to learn expert manoeuvres and aerobatics.
Even though ATS is out of operation as a website the information remains and is interesting. There are a lot of interesting posts about remote controlled helicopters and aircraft.
Teaching how to fly Radio Controlled Helicopters
All training took place at Draycott Aerodrome, just south of the M4 in Wiltshire. It’s an active, privately owned airfield with ample room and airspace for advanced Heli and Fixed-wing manoeuvres. The designated flying areas of both these sites are situated alongside a modern and spacious model flying centre.
Aerial training services provided Flight Training to the RF pilot. They have something to offer everybody. From the complete novice starting from scratch to the accomplished flyer needing a refresher course. They could teach all age groups. Their oldest pupil to date being 82. Not just teach you how to fly: people learned all aspects of how to operate radio controlled aircraft in safety.
Training Levels and Costs
All training was carried out in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and was tailored to suit your specific needs and level of skill. The flight training, whether it be fixed wing or helicopter, was done on a one-to-one or dual control basis using a comprehensive and modern fleet of aircraft and equipment. All the instructors were not only accomplished pilots but, more importantly, know knew to pass on their skills to others.
Training was usually spread over a number of sessions. Because the training was individually tailored, you could book the amount of time for each session that suits you – an hour or two, a full day or even several days. If you wished to stay overnight they could take care of that as well, arranging accommodation at one of the excellent local bed & breakfast establishments. If you wished to share an instructor’s time with a group of friends or with other members of your family, taking it in turns to fly, they were very happy to oblige.
Helicopter and Fixed Wing Aircrafts and Costs
They catered for both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft and can work with any transmitter mode (1,2,3,4).
The model flight training school was open six days a week (Monday to Saturday) all year round.
Flying training took place between 10am and 4pm and the site shop was open between 9am and 5pm.
All training and assistance was charged at £40 per hour for Fixed Wing and Heli training.
A full days training, ie 10am to 4pm, was charged at £230 per day.
Residential flying courses started at £230 per day, plus overnight accommodation.
Lessons covered all basic flying manoeuvres needed to take off, circuit and land accurately and safely. They used a structured approach building up your skills so that when the time comes, you can fly solo with complete confidence and safety. During the training you were shown how to set up and operate glow engines and operate radio control equipment safely and reliably.
What do Radio Controlled Flying Lessons Invovle?
For helicopter basics, all basic flight training is done using the dual control equipment and is carried out by a professional instructor. Starting from basic controls, Our aim is to build your skills progressively to the point that you become a fully proficient flyer.
The first thing you learn is ‘Tail in Hover’ then ‘Side On’, in either direction, ‘Nose In’ then onto circuits and auto’s. Progress on to each stage will be up to your instructor and the level of your ability.
They covered all areas of flying RC helicopters including simple airframe mechanics and maintenance right through to modern gyros and computer radios. Plus everything you need to know about engines, servos, batteries, blades, upgrades, fuel etc. We will give you unbiased advice drawn from a wealth of experience.
The ATS Flair Kite Mk4 Trainer
The ATS Kite was the preferred trainer of their team of expert instructors for the last ten years. Countless pilots have learned to fly with the Kite, and many continue to fly it as a favorite sports model. With it’s matchless flying qualities and battleship strength the Kite was designed for professional training.
The kit is 100% CNC-cut, and comes complete with all hardware and graphics required together with a comprehensive instruction manual. All you need to complete the kit are the recommended adhesives, the covering material, and your engine and radio. Kits can be purchased from our on-site shop, or by mail order via www.flairproducts.co.uk
The Service Center for Radio Controlled Helicopters and Aircrafts
Their friendly team of experts could assist you in all your modelling needs. Furthermoer, the on-site shop carries carefully selected stocks of helicopter and fixed wing ‘goodies’ for the discerning modeller.
Aerial training services are a cross between your local model shop and a flying club. This allows you in many cases to try before you buy. They sell products that are suitable and that they are happy to use themselves. You can always drop in and talk to a consultant about your modelling needs.