Our Club (GMAC) offers free flying lessons to new members. We have a club trainer so you can have 3 test flights before you make the decision to buy your own equipment. We use a "buddy box" system for training new RC pilots.
OUR CLUB PLANE - FOR PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS TO DO A TEST FLIGHT
The instructor has a transmitter connected to the students transmitter either by wifi or by cable. The student has control of the plane while ever the instructor has a switch held closed on his transmitter.
If the student has trouble controlling the plane, the instructor just releases the switch and control returns instantly to the instructor.
This saves many models from being crashed and accelerates the learning process.
The photo above shows the instructor holding the sprung trainer switch forward, giving control of the plane to the student
We also provide the new member with advice on what equipment is best to buy, what sort of model to get as a first plane, and how to find and buy what you need.
There are several transmitter configurations that RC Pilots can use to control their models. The most common are Mode 1 and Mode 2.
Mode 3 and Mode 4 also exist but few people fly with them.
These "modes" relate to which controls on the aircraft the two sticks on the transmitter operate when they are moved. You operate the left stick with your left hand and the right with the right hand.
As you can see from the diagrams on left the controls for the throttle and the elevator are on different sticks and are therefor controlled by different hands.
The controls for the Aileron and Rudder are unchanged.
So which mode is best? Well that's a VERY subjective question and really its up to the student to feel whichever feels most comfortable.
OUR CLUB HAS INSTRUCTORS WHO CAN TEACH YOU IN WHICH EVER MODE YOU CHOOSE
Our members combined have 100's of years of experience and information that we are happy to pass on to new members.
Some of us have been in this hobby for over 50 years.