Getting Started in Electric Radio Control
TEMAC (Toronto Electric Model Aviation Club) is a model airplane club exclusively for people who fly models powered by electric motors and batteries. Compared to models powered by internal combustion engines, our model airplanes fly quieter, more reliably, remain cleaner and are economically competitive, if not outright less expensive. Electric power systems are available in a wide range of sizes, and can power all types of models, ranging from only a few grams to well over 20 pounds.
Most models flown at our club use propellers to pull the model through the air, but we also use motors connected to small but powerful fans that operate inside the model configured like a jet. Of course electric helicopters are also flown.
Our models are powered by electric motors and electric speed controls (an electronic component that allows us to control power output levels – throttle) and batteries, especially produced for use in the hobby. The models are controlled by radio systems and components. Models can be purchased in a range of completion and readiness, from balsa wood sticks to be built according to a plan, to ready-to-fly – out-of-the-box models. A huge range of specialty-purpose models are also available, from models designed for beginners to precise scale high-speed jets. All are easily available from local hobby shops, or online.
Is it expensive to get involved? Everything’s relative, but generally, no, it is not expensive. As a comparison, a complete flying package can be purchased, as well as membership in TEMAC and other organizations, for less than the cost of a good set of golf clubs.
At TEMAC, we welcome everyone from experienced flyers and rank beginners. We offer friendly flight instruction (free to any member) until a pilot earns their wings (i.e. is deemed to be allowed to fly without supervision). We hold many enjoyable and themed events, including a “Jets Day” and a “Warbirds Day” each year, with casual contests and barbeques. The goal is to have fun.
While everything we do is based on the fun and enjoyment of the hobby, we operate under rules and guidelines that adhere to a proper level of safety and respect for other pilots and members.
Our membership fees are very affordable, and we encourage younger people to enjoy the hobby. (See our membership page). We have had several father-and-son teams here at TEMAC.
TEMAC is a non-profit corporation run by a board of members. We provide a safe and practical field from which to fly (parking and sitting areas too), and we often get together casually on Wednesday evenings (also our training evening) and weekend afternoons. The board also plans club business/social meetings and indoor flying activities all year round.
All members need to have a membership in the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (www.maac.ca) which provides liability insurance and other benefits.
If you’d like to participate in this hobby and join TEMAC, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at the field.