Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Beginner's Introduction to Radio Controlled Airplanes

Playing with remote controlled toys growing up is a memory most adults will cherish. Whether it was a racetrack or an airplane, most children and their parents had some form of remote controlled toy. As we age, the toys begin to fade away and are replaced by hopes and dreams for the future. Then there are some who dream of flying airplanes, only to realize that their dream is so far out of reach, whether it be financial reasons or otherwise. But what they may not realize is that with remote controlled airplanes, their dream isn't as far out of reach as they may have thought.

First, you need to decide what type of airplane is best for you. The recommended kit for newcomers is the Ready to Fly (RTF) kit. This kit will include everything you need in order to fly your plane almost immediately after purchase. You will have minimal work to do, usually only assembling the pieces of the plane such as the wings, tail and propeller. The radio system is also included and while this kit may be more expensive and less customizable as others, you can, in a sense, buy and fly.

There are also options that will allow you to customize your plane, such as the Plug N Play (PNP) or the Almost Ready to Fly (ARF). The PNP comes with the basics of the kit, with the plane's body, and the flyer provides the radio control. This kit allows you to use equipment you already have, saving the cost involved in purchasing the entire kit with radio controls. It also gives the option to use multiple planes with your controls, adding variety to your collection. In a similar sense, the ARF also allows customization and variety, however the flyer provides most everything in order to get the plane in flying condition. You would be provided with the airframe, and sometimes a motor, and the rest is up to you. This is a great purchase for the experienced flyer, who is looking to add to the hobby by creating their own plane.

After deciding which plane is best, starting out with an electric trainer. These will teach you the ropes of flying as well as how to handle your plane in the event of a crash. There is also the option of purchasing a flight simulator. With the simulator, you can learn the tricks of flying without having to damage planes. You can also practice your hobby in bad weather and decrease the amount of time spent practicing and increase the actual time spent flying.

You can also search your area for local RC Airplane clubs. As the hobby grows, people find themselves looking for like minded individuals and have started their own groups. When armed with your trainer plane and a dedicated group of fellow pilots, you will be off the ground in no time, learning a skill that you may one day pass down to your children and for generations to come.

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