I would suggest folks joining a club.
The club gets real-time clearance from CAAS before flying RC aircraft to keep our Singapore sky and ground safe from accident. I do not see street flyers doing just that.
Club has disciplined pilots/members who observe RC flying safety, good flying etiquette, proper ground checks on aircraft on both before and after flights and proper sharing of flying experiences and setups. Proper runway, taxi way and shelter from the sun and rain.
6 years ago I was very skeptical about joining one because "why would I join a club when I can fly on the street field?". After crashing my planes one too many, I saw those club guys took good care of their airplanes, treated them with respect, clean them up, and flew them for many years. Some even have more than 10 years of service mark on each aircraft. As crash rates reduce significantly, surely you will save more money and get to own better aircraft (or more) as compared to most non-clubbers.
Once I flew at Tamp$%#@ AVE 10 out of the blue with a couple of friends. I quickly assembled my 4-year-old (thousands of flight time) Great Planes Revolver 50cc as I decided to take the beautiful blue sky. One of the regular flyers there came to look at my plane and passed a comment "New plane ah? Looks beautiful. Never crash before?". I was like "huh, what??". He was a nice gentleman, however, this incident clearly showed me that crashing is part and parcel of RC flying at their field.
At one point it was extremely difficult to land my plane because people are at the middle of the field. I was worried I would run out of petrol as I kept circling above their heads. Who is going to be liable should my aircraft fall onto them? Me? Them? The hobby?
Then there was this flyer that came later. He did not just fly his plane in the field beyond the runway, he flew everywhere! I was packing up behind him when he went out of control with his plane. The plastic/foamy plane crashed just 1 foot on my right with a loud THUD - TWICE! - creating 2 potholes! Imagine if I was not twice that lucky and got hit on my shoulder, the damage would be unimaginable. If that thing hit my head, I think I would have appeared in the news as a deceased. Guys, come on. Do not tell me it will not happen to kill/injure someone with an RC aircraft. It is indeed a matter of time. Discipline from a club would greatly reduce such risk factor by many folds. We would never fly above and behind our heads, for sure.
One may ask, "Can you really enjoy a plane that you keep flying and those boring maneuvers as you only fly within the flying canvas?". I will tell you, "Yes!". Flying is all about passion. And learning new moves come from practice from a simulator and real flying discipline.
Remember setting up a new ARF and meanwhile anticipating how it would fly and behave in the air? You told yourself to make every bit of installation as neat as can be, not forgetting the aspect of safety by checking the linkages etc, making sure you do not miss anything... Then you maiden her at the field with excitement. First you flew figure 8. Trimmed her out. Then you did harsh snaps and other maneuvers to "prove" the plane's worthiness. Bang, she was good. Then you started "anyhow" flying as you have already taken her for granted - knowing too well she was a tamed kitten, nothing would go wrong anyway. Here came the hiccups. Overly confident. You crashed her. The entire event will start all over again with a new ARF. It is not just the money, your efforts were gone! You have to re-build/re-learn a new ARF again! Can the next one fly better than the previous one?
So I think to enjoy flying, you need to keep flying one. One means the same plane, you can have many and fly them all regularly. To understand each of them. To understand yourself. To enjoy the sky, the sun and the breeze with them.
Besides those, I asked myself "I can afford a $1k airplane, what about a $1mil lost of properties (and life of a person) should I crash into one of these?". The club can settle that with less implications. Why not fork out the membership fee which costs no more than your beloved aircraft's servo/motor/receiver, and fly at a peace of mind?
I would urge all RC pilots to observe safety and treat the hobby with respect and stop thinking about crashing a plane. Anyhow fly does not improve/prove one's skill and refrains one from the gist of enjoyment (unless crashing is part of his enjoyment). It takes steps, proper guidance and discipline to reach there!
Please join a club today.