Persons interested in joining the Salinas
Area Modelers should contact the club Secretary for details and application
forms. We also have our new member and renewal membership forms are
available in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the Adobe PDF
reader, click the adobe icon below. You may then print out and complete
membership or renewal form and send it to the address on the form.
Prospective club members are encouraged to attend the monthly club
to the hobby are especially encouraged
to make early contact, since advice from experienced members is very
helpful in making a wise selection of initial planes and equipment.
2018 Membership Renewal
New Member form
Learn To Fly
Piloting a model aircraft can be one of the
most challenging and rewarding of skills. As with any worthwhile endeavor,
quality equipment and instruction is essential. Model airplanes are
not toys and may be dangerous if handled and flown improperly. If you
already have an airplane, call us or bring it out to the field so that
we can check it out and get you started in training. If you do not yet
have an airplane, call us or come out to the field and we can help you
to select the right equipment. Better yet, make an appointment to receive
your first lesson using one of our training aircraft. Salinas Area Modelers
offers flight instruction free of charge to anyone interested in learning
to fly. To send an email to get more information about flight instruction,
click here Training@salinasareamodelers.org.
If you do not yet have an airplane, the following links
offer some ideas of what to expect and look for in a trainer. Within
the last few years, manufacturers have begun to offer complete trainer
packages that include almost everything that you need to get started.
These packages are known as RTF's (Ready To Fly). As the name implies,
RTF's come out of the box almost complete. As little as an hour may
be required to make them airworthy. RTF packages include:
Installed, broken in and tuned Engine and Fuel System
Installed and connected flying surfaces (Rudder/Elevator/Aleron)
Installed quality receiver, battery pack and servos
Included qualilty transmitter
RTF's are completely covered, these days with
high quality UltraCote®. Assembly requirements are minimal.
You may have to glue together wing halves and install tail feathers
using epoxy. RTF's make things pretty fail safe however with guides
that insure correct assembly.
NexSTAR 46 Select RTF
The next level of complexity for trainers is the ARF
(Almost Ready to Fly). ARF's are similar to the RTF in that they are
usually fairly completely assembled and covered with UltraCote or
equivilant. The similarity stops there. You will need to purchase
You will probably need to:
-Carefully assemble the wings
and tail feathers following detailed instructions to insure proper
intallation and alignment.
-Install all servos
-Install, connect and trim all control surfaces
-Install Landing Gear
-Install Fuel Tank and Fuel Lines
-Break In, Install and Set Up Engine
- Set Center of Balance