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A friendly warning: This might get addictive. It might eat up a lot of your spare time and a lot of your spare cash. Don't say you weren't warned!

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Join a club and get instruction

The best way to learn to fly RC is to join a club. Whether they have an organized flight school or not, there will be instructors or more experienced pilots who can help you learn. This is the best approach, for the following reasons:

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Find a club

Finding a local club is as easy as an online visit to MAAC (or AMA).

Club listings will have contact information.

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Contact the club

Talk to the Chief Flight Instruction (CFI). If the club doesn't have a CFI, contact the president or a member of the executive. Ask a lot of questions, such as:

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Your local hobby shop

Your local hobby shop (LHS): patronize it. Your business will help them stay in business, and that's something you want. A local supply of parts, components, materials, hardware and advice is an invaluable resource. Yes, their prices might be slightly higher than the deals you can find online. It's worth the extra pennies. I am a satisfied patron of two local hobby shops who work very hard for my business.

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Learning on your own?

You might be wondering if you can teach yourself to fly an RC airplane. The answer is yes - many have and no doubt many will continue to do so. In my opinion, however, it's not the best approach, for the following reasons:

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