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Flying 101: RC Planes For Beginners

Radio control airplanes are getting more and more popular these days. Flying them is a hobby that encompasses gender, age and cultural differences.

For those who are into flying RC planes, there is that surge of adrenaline going through their entire bodies as their planes speed down the runway and take flight into the air.

Although everything about flying a radio controlled plane seems really hard and complicated, there are actually a lot of things that should be included in a run through about RC planes for beginners. One has to go and acquire one then learn how to play with it.

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Before one can proceed to buy an RC plane, there are certain pieces of information one should take time to research about and understand. To start off, there are a lot of options when it comes to RC planes. One can look at specialty shops as well as online stores and gain access to a multitude of choices of planes for beginners as well as upgraded and more complicated ones for those who are simply moving on to the next level with their hobby.

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How Big Are The Large Model Airplanes

The large model airplanes can be several feet long and occupy the space of a small car or a motorbike.

The costs of creating or buying a large model aircraft is of course much higher than the cost of buying an ordinary small model with scale 1:144 or so. It’s not an exception to pay $500 for such a model. But these airplanes are obviously so cool that they can’t be compared to a small toy. In fact they are so cool that people join associations of large model fans like this one.

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Beginner’s Guide to Remote Control Airplanes Flight

Radio controlled aircraft modeling is one of the most exciting hobbies available. It involves many interests, disciplines, and skills. Some of these are aerodynamics, electronics, mechanics, drafting and design, composite material construction, and woodworking, and these are in the airplane alone. There are many other fields of interest in the hobby of aircraft modeling; far too many and too varied to try to list. Many people find that many new skills must be learned before they are ready to begin to learn to fly. The hobby is constantly changing as new technology is developed. A new modeler may become frustrated at times but certainly not bored.

To reduce the chance of frustration, a new modeler should become involved with other modelers in order to learn the necessary skills. This may involve simply visiting a flying site and becoming acquainted with experienced modelers or joining a club. These modelers are a source of knowledge and experience that can be invaluable to the new modeler when he begins to build his first aircraft and when he begins to learn to fly. An experienced modeler can act as an R/C flight instructor to teach a new person the skills required to fly the aircraft properly and to avoid the inevitable crash.
New modelers must realize that a radio controlled model aircraft is not a toy. It is a true aircraft in that it flies and operates by the same principles as a full scale aircraft with the difference being the size and weight. The average model will fly in a range of 20 to 60 MPH and weigh 5 1/2 to 6 pounds. The force of the model hitting an object can be devastating especially if it hits a person. Models must be controlled properly both for enjoyment and for safety. The skills required to accomplish this must be learned from an experienced modeler.

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Soar Like a Bird With RC Gliders and Sailplanes

Flying outdoors with your own little glider is both fun and relaxing. RC gliders and sailplanes offer a quieter and cheaper flying experience as opposed to electric or gas powered RC planes.

The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, once said this about gliders. “Gliders, sail planes, they’re wonderful flying machines. It’s the closet you can come to being a bird.”

Neil was not wrong, RC gliders are just like there full size counterparts and really gives everyone the chance to soar like a bird. So you want to soar? Then read on.

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Remote Control Airplanes Kits – Essential Tips

Flying remote control airplanes has become very popular as a hobby over the last few years. This hobby has evolved into a passion for many over time.

a guest post by Roy M.

Flying RC airplanes is not only fun and addictive but stimulating also. The hobby is equally popular with both young and old and anyone can start with this hobby at any time. This is a very good way to utilize your pastime.

Capture8Like any hobby before you jump into it you must be sure about all pros and cons (if any) of radio control flying, the cost involved and the type of airplanes that you can fly. You should also learn why this hobby has become so popular nowadays. I suggest that you enter the world of RC flying with the help of RC model airplane kit. You’re going to get a great joy once you build and fly the first remote control airplane.

RC plane kits are generally known as ARF or Almost – Ready – To – Fly. The time required to assemble a model airplane is about 20 hrs. Once assembled the airplanes fly at a maximum speed of 30 mph and the landing speed is at 15 mph.

The cost of such kits is not very high. There are models which will cost less than 100 $ but if you are looking for a really good kit for a beginner and don’t mind spending then be ready with something like 250 $. However, a common question that usually haunts people is – how far can these airplanes fly? Let me tell you that the distance covered by an RC airplane will always depend upon the quality of the radio controller. Usually, these fly a maximum distance of half a mile but larger planes are known to fly till a distance of 1 mile.

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Flying RC Planes for Beginners

Flying rc planes is a great hobby which will give you immense excitement and joy. Anyway, in case you are a beginner, well, you will have to take up this hobby seriously in order to master the art of RC model airplane flying.

a guest post by Roy M.

hangar_9The simplest way to start is the 2 channel electric type RC model airplane. You need not be an experienced one to fly these ones as they are relatively easy and are available everywhere. The level of expertise will depend upon the amount of money you are willing to pump in and your own seriousness about it. If you are not bound by budgetary constraints then you can purchase a RC flight simulator although this is a luxury for flying simple RC model airplanes.

Flying model airplanes can be a lot of fun if you are aware of the following things. Weight and balance are very important for an airplane. So if you have a bought a Ready to Fly airplane and followed all the instructions correctly then the weight and the balance of the airplane should be ok. But it is also important to check the balance before flying a RC model airplane. Just remember that an incorrect balance will make it very difficult for you to control the airplane and it might just crash.


The 2nd most important thing to do is to do the Pre-flight checks. This is an essential step for flying model airplanes. If you skip this test then your cherished airplane may end up with a crash. Go through the instruction manual and do the pre-flight checks as per the guidelines mentioned in the manual. The mandatory checks would include securing the wings and tail properly, checking the motor operation, to ensure the no necessary component is loose and also verifying that radio control gear batteries are in working condition. But the most important check is perhaps the Range Check. This is to make sure that the radio signal is strong so that you can safely fly your model airplane till a considerable distance.

The last check up is not essential but you can still go ahead with it. You can test glide your model airplane before an actual flight. This will give you an idea in case there is a failure with the motor of the airplane.

Finally I can only say that the onus of safe flying a model airplane lies only with the user. Remember that a large clear area is essential for a safe flight. The wind speed and distance also needs to be taken into account. If the wind is too gutsy that some of the trees are bending then it’s a clear sign not to fly your airplane. As emphasized earlier the radio batteries should be in peak condition. Trust me even if one of the batteries perform poorly then there is a high chance of losing contact with the plane and eventually a crash!

So I can conclude by saying that flying model airplanes for the first time will definitely make you nervous but with time you will gain valuable confidence and move on to more sophisticated RC airplanes.

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P51 Mustang – Building RC Planes

Modelling the P51 Mustang

a guest post by Tony LeGrand

WW2 war-birds hold a fascination with most people that love the look of a great aircraft. During this era planes developed from slow flying bi-planes to sleek 400 mile per hour single wing fighters. There is nothing like a war to accelerate the development of aircraft and none more so than the period of the second world war. The Mustang stands as one of the pinnacle fighters of this era, being loved by all who have flown in them or had anything to do with this wonderful piece of history. So, I bought a plan from the internet (you can find some very good ones on Amazon or Ebay) and, I jumped at the opportunity to build it and do an evaluation and flight test on this ‘Cadillac of the skies’.

The plan I used for this amazing RC warbird is about 1:6th scale, with a wing span of 1.6m, (65inches), and a fuselage length of 1.4m. A good .60 2-stroke, or if you hate the scream of a two’eee, .80 to .90 4-stroke like the Magnum .91 I will be using, will do just fine. A warbird should sound as close to the real thing as possible, so a 4 stroke is just the ticket in my opinion.

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RC Planes for Beginners: Aerobatics – Beginner Series

Another very useful clip

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How to Make an RC Paper Airplane

How cool is that! 😄

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How To Avoid Crashing Your First RC Plane – 10+ Essential Tips

a guest post by Eddy Murano

There are very few things as enjoyable on a nice sunny day as taking out your remote control airplane and having a nice leisurely flight. If you happen to take your kids along they will have a great time and it will also make for a great family experience as well.

Some people think of RC airplanes as toys and some of them are. But other RC airplanes are complex and state of the art machines that rival the performance and appearance of their real life counterparts. From small 2 channel basic airplanes to full function jet engine fighters, the hobby has them all!

Contrary to popular belief, flying one of these airplanes is not difficult. It does take some practice and it helps if you have a little upfront knowledge and insight as far as what you are going to encounter and that is where this book will come in handy.

A lot of people spend a lot of money on their planes only to have them sit on a shelf because they don’t have the first clue how to get them up in the air and back down in one piece. Well, we are going to show you how to do all that in this article. By following the simple tips provided on this page you will get a great start on great hobby and leisure activity

First, you should buy a trainer that is easily repairable, in case of damage. To have a crash is common, especially in the initial days of training and learning. Hence, your plane should be easy to repair and not take away the fun from your hobby. Secondly, buy a trainer, whose parts are readily available, so that in case you need to replace a part, you don’t have to wait till you lose interest in flying, before getting the spare part.

Tips

  1. Get lots of practice with an RC flight simulator that uses your RC controller, and it will be almost a non-issue. For about $100, you can own a realistic training aid that can teach you all the basic tasks of flight. Although flying a model airplane might look easy, it isn’t. In fact, flying an RC plane is in some ways harder to learn than flying a “real” plane. That’s because when the plane is flying toward you, you’ve got to reverse the stick commands – you need to turn “left” to make the plane go right- and so on. Practice on a simulator, and it will be second nature after a few hours. Buying a simulator can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in crashes that won’t happen. I’ll recommend the best simulators in this book.
  2. Start with the basics before attempting difficult stunts like loops, rolls or inverted flying.  
  3. Get lessons from an experienced hobbyist. Believe it or not, you can get flying lessons absolutely free at RC clubs across the United States. I urge you to join your local chapter of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the AMA. More on that later. 
  4. Find a proper flying field with safety protocols or a very large empty car park and ‘fly’ the plane without letting leave the ground. In other words, you are just steering it and getting used to adjusting speed and operating the control surfaces. When you are confident at that take it to a large flat park and fly it. Landing is the tricky part but you can practice flying in low and level a few times beforehand. Also google for any RC Flying Clubs in your area. Here’s the biggest reason to join the AMA-you’ll get access to a dedicated flying field. Plus, membership in the AMA includes an insurance policy covering you for liability, medical expenses, fire and theft.
  5. Read the instructions properly, before assembling the parts together, if you are planning to assemble your RC plane. This will enable you to learn without crashing your plane often and it will also be affordable for you to replace the plane in case of a major crash. 
  6. Test and re-test your batteries before putting your electric RC plane in the air. Without battery power, your plane will transform into a pilotless glider–and a poor one at that. You do not want to risk engine failure. Check your batters and be certain that their fully recharged before taking off. Otherwise, you may be a witness to a costly and thoroughly disheartening RC plane crash.
  7. Determine wind direction by throwing some pieces of grass or light material into the air. Fly remote control airplanes into the wind for optimal performance.
  8. When landing remote control airplanes, first take note of the wind direction to land into the wind. Reduce power slowly, allowing the airplane to almost glide on its own. Cut the throttle when it is 5 feet from the ground.
  9. Never fly on a very windy day. Determine approximate wind speed by tying a ribbon to the end of the transmitter’s antenna. Hold the controller parallel to the ground. If the ribbon is parallel to the ground, it’s too windy. If the ribbon is less than 30 degrees, then it is okay to fly.
  10. If launching by hand, a friend can launch the plane for you so you can keep your hands on the controls at all times.

BONUS TIP Crashes are inevitable. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get it right the first few times. Just keep practicing to improve your flying skills.