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Are you planning to fly indoors with us this year?
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Yes, heli only, no supper - 25.00%
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Yes, fixed-wing and heli, no supper - 5.00%
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Yes, fixed-wing only, with supper - 20.00%
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» Flight Training Policy
In order to ensure that new pilots are properly trained to operate their fixed-wing aircraft in a safe and competent manner, WIMAC provides flight training to students by designated club Instructors.

All persons wishing to fly a fixed-wing aircraft at WIMAC who have not been qualified for Solo flight are considered to be Students. Students may fly only with the assistance of a designated Instructor. Members who have been qualified for solo flight may request the assistance of an Instructor in order to improve their skills, but are not obligated to do so. Club member qualifications are found on the Club Membership page, under the WINGS column.

Only members designated as Instructors by the Club Executive may provide instruction to other pilots, where instruction is to be interpreted as any assistance to a student in flying an aircraft. Instructor designations are granted by the Club Executive, on the recommendation of a Director. The club's Rule Enforcement Policy will be followed for those acting as Instructors.

WIMAC Designations

The following WIMAC designations exist:
  • Student - Cannot fly without an Instructor present to assist the student with or without a buddy box.
  • Solo - Can fly solo flight, no Instructor assistance is required. Equivalent to MAAC Wings-A
  • Instructor - Can provide instruction, has met Instructor qualifications.


A "Student" wishing to qualify for "Solo" Wings must have demonstrated knowledge and safe handling of their aircraft, both on the ground and in the air. The student must show respect for WIMAC and MAAC Rules and Safety procedures, including but not limited to:
  • Flight theory (ailerons, elevator, rudder, throttle, wing stalls)
  • Aircraft inspection
  • No-fly zones
  • Battery management
  • Safe engine starting procedures
  • Radio frequency PIN management and range checks
Before taking the "Solo" Wings test the prospective pilot must demonstrate to their Instructor that they are capable of flying the test from either direction and have mastered dead stick landing procedures. While these capabilities are not suitable to be demonstrated in a "test" situation they are viewed as mandatory capabilities for competent pilots.

Candidates must demonstrate on two successive attempts during their examination period his or her ability to:
  1. Take off and land unassisted.
  2. Maintain straight and level flight parallel to the runway.
  3. Perform a figure eight.
  4. Rectangular Approach.
  5. Land in a controlled manor under power.
"Instructor" WINGS Qualifications

The following criteria will be used by the Club Executive to determine if a member is to be granted an Instructor designation.
  1. Willing and able to instruct.
  2. Understand the steps required to train a pilot and to bring them to a solo flight level by passing the Wings Level A test.
  3. Ability to clearly impart information to the student regarding the task to be trained, monitor the student's performance in performing the task, and provide constructive feedback to the student.
  4. Ability to take-off in a controlled fashion, fly and land a trainer safely with and without power.
  5. Ability to recognize when a student is in trouble (e.g. flying out of bounds, heading towards objects or people, flying in unusual attitudes, etc.), and to take appropriate corrective action.
  6. Have a constructive attitude.
  7. Consistently operate their own aircraft in a safe manner consistent with MAAC and WIMAC club rules.
  8. Ability to properly evaluate a new aircraft prior to first flight and to assist the student with the resolution of basic trainer issues (set-up, engine).

Note: The WIMAC Flight Training Policy does not apply to Helicopter pilots.
December 2010
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