Hey Graham, let's go flyin. I would love to teach you all kinds of bad habits.
Don't bother joining MAAC it's a waste of time especially with the changes to the insurance coverage. The magazine they send you is half French which makes it rather annoying to read. These are of course my personal opinions.
I would recommend an electric glider as a trainer. The stability canít be beat and youíll have much longer flight times than with your standard ParkZone stryroflier. I have a 2 meter glider that Iíve been using only for aerial photography. Youíre more than welcome to give that a try if youíre interested. We can get some great shots of your neighborhood at the same time. Iím just across the river from you so let me know.