The ‘Wings’ Program for R/C Flight qualification

1. Aim

1.1. To provide certification of a basic proficiency level for Radio Control model pilots enabling them to operate unsupervised. Pilots achieving the required level are entitled to hold the MFNZ ‘Wings’ badge.
1.2. To meet the requirements of Civil Aviation Rule 101 for flying within 4km of aerodromes.

2. Method

2.1. MFNZ encourages all clubs to ensure that members follow this proficiency scheme and ensure that all Radio Control pilots to obtain their “Wings”.
2.2. Many club flying sites, rallies and contests are on or near aerodromes and this qualification is essential to fly at those sites.The badge provides ready proof of the minimum qualification.
2.3. Within 4km of an aerodrome all pilots must operate under direct supervision (of a wings badge holder or an approved Instructor), away from aerodromes trainees should not be considered safe to fly on their own until they have reached the wings standard.
2.4 The Wings Badge is compulsory for: (a) all new members joining MFNZ are obliged to attain the qualification. (b) all members who fly at sites within 4km of an aerodrome. Members are to be encouraged to gain wings badges at the earliest time.
2.5.Clubs should keep records of the members holding wings badge certification and forward to the MFNZ secretary the name of members attaining the certification.
3. Examiners and Instructors

3.1 Instructors Instructors will be proficient Wings badge holders as appointed by the club. Clubs will forward the name and MFNZ number of each appointed instructor to the MFNZ secretary for recording in the Associations database and issue of an instructor’s certificate.
Instructors should be.
• Experienced proficient flyers who exhibit well-disciplined flying and operate in a safety conscious manner and are committed to training students to Wings standard.
• Be willing to spend considerable time training without letting their own skills suffer.
• Have empathy with the student and be able to guide the student through the learning process. Further information on instructing is available in the Instructors guide available from the secretary or on the MFNZ web site.

A Fixed Wing Training Manual for the student is available from the secretary or on the MFNZ web site. This manual is structured to guide students through training to Wings standard and also acts as a prompt to instructors and has a check list for the student to keep as a record of training progress. All students should be issued with one.

3.2 Examiners
Examiners will be Basic Wings badge holders. It is not required for the Examiner to be proficient in the skill being tested but they should be familiar with the requirements of the badge being tested and may conduct “dummy tests” with a badge holder to understand the manoeuvres fully. Clubs will assess their membership and select their examiners and instructors to meet the above criteria. Clubs should keep a register of Approved examiners and forward to MFNZ on an annual basis. To ensure a common standard among Examiners, Area Representatives will conduct Examiner workshops whereby methods and ideas can be exchanged.

4. Qualification

4.1 There are 8 categories of Qualification:
Basic Fixed wing powered (BP)
Advanced Power (AP)
Glider (GD)
Advanced Glider (AG)
Helicopter (HP)
Advanced Helicopter(AH)
Multirotor (MR)
Advanced Multirotor (AM)

There are additional specialist qualifications for the following categories:
Large fixed wing powered, (LP)
Turbine / Jet (TJ)
First Person View (FP)
High Speed (HS)
  5. Certification
5.1 The Wings badge will be issued by MFNZ. Applications should be made through Club Secretaries on the official form, signed by the examiner. Annual membership cards will show the details of qualifications held. Members attaining a new qualification within the membership year may request the issue of a replacement membership card.
5.2 The Wings badge may have the club name at the top, the MFNZ wings in between, with the letters R/C in the centre, and the name of the pilot at the bottom. If specifically requested, the club name may remain blank.
5.3 Apilot must be a current financial member of MFNZ to be the holder of a Wings badge and issue / retention of a wings badge is at the discretion of the MFNZ Council.
5.4 Certificates (and Badges) may be withdrawn by a club if the pilot is considered to be no longer able to satisfactorily meet the required standard. The Wings Badge will be reissued upon the satisfactory passing of a full wings test.

Testing Procedure
5.5 There are four parts to each basic proficiency wings test: a) Pre-flight inspection of model.
b) Oral Test.
c) Pre-flight procedures test.
d) Flight Test.

5.6 Each part is marked on a competent/not yet competent basis and total mastery is required to qualify.
5.7 Retesting is permitted. The examiner may decide if a retest can be carried out on the same day or if there needs to be some retraining or consolidation before the retest.
5.8 Test sheets and Oral questions are included elsewhere in this website under downloads.