I’m new to the hobby. Can I work with a flying Instructor?
Yes. NFMI has several. They will work with you at no charge. We work with beginners of all ages. Yes Kids can learn, really much quicker than an adult. I suggest to go to our Flight Instructor page for lots more details. Flight Instructors
I’m new to the hobby. What is the best plane to start with?
Do NOT go to the hobby store and ask them for a trainer plane. Same with looking online / internet for what many claim are trainer planes. Or do NOT go out and buy a good looking warbird type plane even if it says it’s a trainer plane. So much for the DO NOT’s.
I suggest before any purchases getting feedback from people in the hobby, like pilot’s at the field, or especially an NFMI Instructor. They can explain the different types of trainer equipment (planes, heli’s, radio’s, etc). Maybe used equipment is available to save $$$. Selection of the proper equipment will make the learning experience much easier and quicker.
How do I join NFMI ?
We have an online process to allow this to be done quite easily. You can signup online for your account, use Paypal to pay, or other payment methods. There are several requirements. Please see our Join NFMI for more information.
How much does it cost to begin to fly ?
Talk about a hard question. You can usually get started with a “trainer” plane with radio for around $300 or less new, or maybe there are used equipment availible.
Which is better electric or gas power for a beginner to learn to fly ?
Again it depends. As with all things in life there are pros and cons to each. Too many to list and discuss here. Both are good options. Go out to the field or talk with a NFMI Instructor for guidance.
How many club members are there?
Approximately 125 members.
How much are dues?
For Seniors (65+) they are $35.
Active Duty Military Student (in military and in student status in Pensacola area) FREE.
Extra Family Member (of paying member) living at same address, FREE.
Youth Members. Must be registered with AMA under it’s “Youth membership program”, NFMI membership is FREE.
Do I have to register my planes with the FAA?
Each pilot must register with the FAA. They issue a ID #. That must be displayed on each plane on the outside. FAA is registering the pilot, NOT each plane presently.
Do I need insurance to fly?
When you join AMA, they provide insurance to each member. One of many reasons you must join. Certainly you can have additional insurance, but not required by NFMI or AMA.
Are RC cars allowed at NFMI fields?
H’mmmmmm. Good question. Do you have one that fly’s?
Is there a Control-Line (ucontrol) area at NFMI fields?
Presently we do not have any members that fly U-Control. We do have an area at our Fritz field that was used for this type of flying, but presently not used or supported.
Is it safe to fly RC planes, Heli’s ?
As with many things, this can be debated. They are usually as safe as planes and other aircraft. If good hobby practices are followed and rules in place by the AMA, NFMI, it is a very safe hobby.
Have questions on Air worthiness of your plane? NFMI has a Safety officer or see on of our Flight Instructors to review our plane for correct setup and make sure it’s ready to fly.
Are gliders supported at any of NFMI fields?
Yes. At our Fritz field, we have quite a few members that fly gliders, and have a separate sail plane / glider area, with every good equipment to support it.
Are there special requirement for flying Jets?
EDF (electric ducted fan) jets, no. For Turbine Gas powered jets, YES. AMA has requirements for the equipment and pilot. click here for AMA Requirements.
AMA members can fly turbine jets provided the operator holds a current AMA Turbine Waiver.
I signed up as a member perviously or with the paper process, can i get access to the Members ONLY section?
Yes. You will have to fill out the online registration form and submit it. Of course do not pay (IF you are a current member). We will process your request and grant online access. Click here to REGISTER.
Do I have to carry my physical NFMI membership card?
Yes,,, UNLESS you want an electronic version of it, to put on your smart phone and have your phone with you at the fields. Contact the Treasurer for that.