Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Where is the club located?
A.   Our main field is located in the Sutherland Shire NSW in the Barden Ridge Sports Complex.  Our main fields 1 & 2 are located at the end of recreational drive.  

Q.  How many members does the club have?
A.  As of 2013 there are approximately 80 members.

Q.  What type of aircraft are flown at your site?
A.  Most of our members fly fixed wing aircraft although there are some heli's and multi-rotor craft as well.  Weight is restricted to 4Kg.

Q.  When is the best time to come down to the club?
A.  Most of our members get together on Saturday and Sunday mornings from dawn until 9:00am.  Approximately 15-30 members come along each morning.

Q. How do apply to become a member?
A. Go to the Membership Page and download the application form.  Submit your application along with payment as stipulated.

Q.  What frequency do you use at the club?
A.  Strictly 2.4Ghz only 

Q.  Is FPV flying allowed?
A.  Yes, however all aircraft must be flown within the pilots visual line of sight.  A designated FPV area has been mapped out.  Speak with our members for more information.

Q.  How high are RC models allowed to fly at the Fields?
A.   400 feet

Beginners Questions

Q.  I've never flown an RC model before.  Can I join?
A.  Yes.  All new members are welcome.  If you come down to the club on the weekend you can chat with the members, get some advice and learn the hobby in a safe and fun environment.

Q.  What is a good first plane for a beginner?
A.  It is recommended that you purchase a simulator first and practice before you spend money on a model.  A simulator will save you hours on repairs and a heap of money too!  Two simulators that are highly recommended include Pheonix Sim and Real Flight.  You can buy these from your local hobby store or online.  Once you have mastered the basics on the simulator you can get an EPO foam trainer like the Bixler or the J3 Cub.  Before you buy anything though come down and chat with the members.

Q. How old do you need to be to join?
A.  You can join at any age, however children under the age of 16 must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

Q.  Do I really need to be a member of the club?  Why cant I just come down and fly when nobody is there?
A.  Sutherland Shire Council has strict rules on the use of its fields.  Membership provides insurance and protects you and others from damage or injury.  Non-member flying at any the fields, during any time is strictly prohibited.  Council rangers have been know to confiscate RC aircraft on the spot and therefore you must carry your MAAA membership card at all times when flying.

Q.  Where can I read more about RC aircraft modeling?
A.  A great place to start is the MAAA (Model Aeronautical Association of Australia).   RC Groups is also a great online resource dedicated to sharing information relating to RC modeling.  There are of course many others.

Q. Do magpies like FPV aircraft shaped like giant eagles?
A. Ummm, we'll let you be the judge of that... watch