All too often I read a chain of messages that flow something along the lines of...
Wow this looks cool I'm going to get me one. Folks tell me what I need. Folks help me set it up. Folks there is something wrong with the autopilot it only makes my plane crash. No really I hate it here because this does not work.
Eventually far down the line the person admits to having never flown anything and having no understanding at all of what the control surfaces do.
Paper darts can save a person a stack of cash whilst learning IMHO. If we are going to have some standards we should start at day one 0900 not Thursday at 1430 with a jet for our first aircraft.
Should the first task for somebody arriving into some sort of certification process be to prove they can make a paper dart fly 20 meters?? Perhaps special mention to the longest flight (with proof and a league table)
Some handy links
Only rule being use only a single sheet of A4 or whatever they call it in the new world?