FaceBook. Rules and practices.

What are the rules for Facebook usage on NFMI Group page?

The intent of the FB page is to promote Aviation and the Model hobby, and NFMI as a club. This is a public representation of our club and it’s members to the FB community at large. Our page is PUBLIC anyone, even NON club members can join it.

* NO political posts. IF you do they will be deleted. Keep it up, you will be removed from NFMI FB Group.

* NO posting club business, PERIOD. Comments/opinions on club policies, practices, rules, should be brought up at a club meeting for discussion, and if required voting. IF you do they will be deleted. Keep it up, you will be removed from NFMI FB Group.

* NO Defamatory remarks about ANYONE or ANY organization. PERIOD. They will be deleted. Keep it up and you will be removed from NFMI FB Group.

Deleted Posts. IF you don’t like that a post was deleted. Do NOT post comments about it. Contact a club officer or FB Admin. Don’t agree with the delete bring it up at a club meeting.


Share information about the hobby, what you are up to within the hobby, jokes about the hobby, Stuff about Aviation in general,

Other Clubs events.


FaceBook. How do i add a shortcut to NFMI group page.

Go to NFMI Facebook Group page.   Facebook NFMI

Click on “… More” then click on “Pin to Shortcuts”. See pic below.

After this step. You should see it on the left as illustrated. 

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 do I Renew my NFMI membership?

First you need to login to the NFMI web site. Click Here

You will be brought to your “profile” page. Please review this information to make sure it’s still accurate. You may need to change your membership type (depending on your circumstances, turned 65, no longer a youth member, or student member, or military member). If you need to make changes click on the little gear object just under your profile pic, and go to edit. For many no changes will be required.

Next You need to pay. There are several options. Please go to “Members” then “payment” from the top menu, for a list of options. Click Here

Thanks for rejoining.


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.

When does the Club meet?

First Tuesday of each month @ 7pm at 1900 J.E. Hall Center 30E Texar Rd, Pensacola, FL. See our calendar for more info.  Club Calendar

How many club members are there?

Approximately 125 members.

How much are dues?
For Regular membership dues are $50/year.
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 be a member of the AMA to join NFMI?

Yes. The member must be a member of the AMA before joining NFMI. Click here to join AMA  

Do i have to get registered with FAA to join NFMI?

Yes. The member must be registered with FAA before joining NFMI. Click here to register with FAA  costs are $5 . NFMI does not police this. It is each members duty to stay current with the FAA.     

How much does it cost to join the AMA?

Depends on the membership that fits your circumstances. Please see the AMA membership web site for more details at  AMA Membership

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.

What are the hours of operations of the NFMI fields?

Usually sun up to sun down. But see each field for specific times and dates. Flying Sites   

Where are the flying fields located?

For a list of fields, aircraft supported, restrictions, dates and times of operation, and rules, please see each site  Flying Sites    

What types of aircraft are allowed at NFMI fields?

Each field supports a different list of aircraft. See our individual fields for a list, Flying Sites  

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.

What hobby stores are in the area?

There are several. See our  LINKS    pages for a list. NFMI encourages support of local hobby stores.

Where can i buy supplies, parts, and such aircraft?

There are several local hobby shops, and of course the internet has a lot of sites. See our   Links    for some of them.

Are there noise restrictions?

Yes. And requirements depend on the field and it’s limitations. See each site, Flying Sites  

Does NFMI hold club events?

Yes. Many. See our club calendar for coming events.  Club Calendar   

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 your 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, PAID up for the current year). 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.