Starting any new interest always leads to many questions. this section aims to answer those questions and help you decide what sort of modelling is for you. As most people these days start modelling with Radio Control, this FAQ mostly covers that, but there are many other disciplines - Free Flight or Control Line for example, which might interest you and explanations of these disciplines are under preparation.
One of the most useful starting points is to join a club. Club membership will provide you with access to support and expertise which will be invaluable; fellow club members can provide help and advice in building, finishing and preparing your model. For your first flight attempts many clubs have a common trainer you can use, often equipped with a buddy box. Alternatively there may well be some suitable second hand equipment you can purchase to get you started.
The BMFA can put you in touch with a suitable club in your area, and you can rely on a BMFA affiliated club to provide the right type of flying instruction, following a set of National guidelines to ensure a comprehensive training scheme. There is a list of clubs, organised by County.
Club membership also usually includes 3rd party insurance cover. Although this is not a legal requirement, you would be very foolish to fly without suitable insurance cover.
You can also download a copy of the approved R/C power flying training manual, Up and Away, from the publications page. This includes a more detailed version of the R/C FAQ pages and includes notes for instructors.