Does your RC Transmitter have a BLUE or ORANGE  band on it?  Are you a Qualified flyer or an NVRC member?  Have you passed the NVRC flight test to fly solo?

Our “colored band” on your radio easily identifies NVRC members that are qualified pilots and non-qualified pilots.   If your transmitter has a BLUE BAND on it then you are an active NVRC member and are qualified to fly solo.  If your transmitter has an ORANGE BAND on it you are an NVRC member but are not yet qualified to fly solo.  If your transmitter does not have a BAND on it you need to confirm with the Treasurer your current NVRC status and obtain the correct band.

As members interested in SAFETY, we should all be observant of the BLUE and ORANGE transmitter bands.  If you see a member flying who does not have a BLUE on their transmitter or NO BAND at all,  you are obligated to ask them if they need assistance and help them prepare to pass their flight test.

In order to fly solo at Poplar Ford Park members must pass the pilot qualification.

Before a member has passed their flight test, they are allowed to fly at the field so long as any other solo-qualified NVRC member is supervising and helping them to prepare for the test. And we’re friendly, so just ask anyone at the field for help!

Fixed Wing Pilot Qualification Requirements for “Blue”  Transmitter band

To obtain a BLUE BAND you must pass the NVRC flight test. The test consists of the following criteria:

  • You must have a current AMA license and be a Club member in good standing.
  • You must be recommended for qualification flight by your current instructor.
  • You must know all Club by-laws, AMA, and Club safety rules.
  • You need to complete a preflight safety inspection, start engine and taxi aircraft safely to the runway, unassisted.
  • You need to demonstrate a satisfactory takeoff and climb out.
  • You need to execute a 180-degree turn away from the flight line after climb out and demonstrate control of a straight-line fly-by.

Perform, on request of the flight instructor:

  • A flat horizontal figure-eight in both directions.
  • A satisfactory inside loop while maintaining correct altitude and direction.
  • Two satisfactory Immelmann turns:
    – One going away from pilot
    – One coming toward pilot
  • Stall the aircraft and recover satisfactorily.
  • Satisfactory left and right fly-by approaches.
  • Climb to altitude of 200 ft or more.  Flight Instructor will cut throttle to idle without warning to simulate a dead stick condition. Pilot must call out “dead stick” and  land the aircraft on the runway satisfactorily without increasing throttle.

Any two NVRC qualified flyers or one Certified Flight Instructor can administer the flight test. After completion you can notify the NVRC Treasurer and he will provide you with a BLUE BAND for your transmitter.

Multi-Rotor Pilot Qualification Requirements for “Blue”  Transmitter band

Multi-rotors (aka quads or ‘drones’) require very different flying skills from fixed wing aircraft. To fly multi-rotor solo a Poplar Ford Field there is a separate flight test. It is not required to pass the fixed wing flight test to take the multi-rotor flight test.

To obtain a Multi-Rotor BLUE BAND you must pass the NVRC flight test. The test consists of the following criteria:

  • You must have a current AMA license and be a Club member in good standing.
  • You must be recommended for qualification flight by your current instructor.
  • You must know all Club by-laws, AMA, and Club safety rules.
  • You need to complete a preflight safety inspection

Multicopter Flight Test

  • Hover with control
  • Fly a square clockwise and counter-clockwise
  • Spin the craft while at same altitude (clockwise and counter-clockwise)
  • Fly straight out at level altitude to a distance of at least 50 feet. Turn the aircraft 180
    degrees, to point back at the pilot, and return home
  • Climb and descend 100 feet maintaining same location with respect to a spot on ground
    (within 10 foot radius) accounting for wind if necessary
  • Demonstrate return-to-home (if available on quad)
  • Land safely at home position
  • Know the field and safety rules

Any two NVRC multi-rotor qualified flyers or one Certified Flight Instructor can administer the multi-rotor flight test. After completion you can notify the NVRC Treasurer and he will provide you with a BLUE BAND for your transmitter.

Multi-rotor Solo Pilot Requirements