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Membership Forms

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 the membership or renewal form and send it to the address on the form. Prospective club members are encouraged to attend the monthly club meetings. Newcomers 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.

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2018 Membership Renewal Form

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:

Trainer Airplane
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.

Hobbico® NexSTAR 46 Select RTF
Xtra Easy2 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 separately:

Trainer Airplane
Engine
Radio System

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

 

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