xeipher wrote:Thanks Don. Right now I am not flying at any park. With my skill set, I do not want to be a nuisance to other people. I was hoping to find a dedicated flying zone. Looks like Baylands is the one.
From your experience whens generally a good time to be at Baylands so I can meet other RC plane pilots?
Also, is it good practice to get an AMA membership?
Baylands is not a dedicated flying zone, but on weekends, the rc flyers normally occupy a section of the field the same way as a group of people playing soccer would. Get there first and don't leave...
Week days are also good. There's a pretty regular group there at lunch, and often well before.
There are a lot of people there than will be able to help you with the setup, as well as talk you through a flight. For that matter, you can probably find someone to launch or land it if you'd be more comfortable that way.
Don't worry about being a nuisance, we were all beginners once.
Do ask questions - which you are already doing.
If you're using a non 2.4gig radio (72mhz or 27mhz), you need to post your channel # AFTER checking the existing posts to be sure it's not already in use. Two people on the same channel is a Bad Thing.
AMA membership is a good thing if only for the insurance coverage. My understanding is that it's secondary insurance and if you have home owner's insurance, that will be the primary insurance.
That said, I'm not yet an AMA member, and I suspect that many or most flyers at baylands are not. Organized flying clubs normally require it, as that's how they are insured. Parks seem to either permit electric rc planes or not. Insurance doesn't seem to be a factor.
Welcome to a great hobby!