Monday, July 18, 2016

How to Build Your Own Remote Control Airport With RC Construction Equipment

To build the terminal, control tower, and runway for your remote control airport put your RC construction equipment to work.

Put a blueprint layout for your finished project on paper before you start the build phase of your project.

Take your time and think about the ideal airport layout that best suits your radio control piloting style. Build an airplane activity center that's big enough for your fellow RC pilot friends to join you for remote control air activities.

How much space do you have to build your airport on? The size of your project depends on where you build it.

Some thoughts about what to include in your airport design include:

  • the main terminal - allow for ticket counters, a food court, an information station, and gift shops
  • the concourses where you house the gates for loading and unloading passengers
  • runway aprons and taxiways so the planes can travel to and from the runway or destination concourse gates
  • multiple runways so you can land and takeoff more than one plane at a time
  • the parking areas - surface lots for long term parking, and short term parking, and a garage for by the hour parking
  • Use transparent materials to build your terminal, concourse, and parking garage so your RC friends and visitors can see all the activity inside. Think about the mobile walkways and working escalators your model airport can exhibit.

You'll want roads to and from your airport, and include a town or city nearby. People don't just fly in to see the airport. They're in town to see relatives and friends, or attend business meetings and seminars.

What measurements will your buildings and runways require. Make sure you realistically scale your buildings compared to the size of the radio control airplanes that you'll fly in to it.

If the runway is too small you'll crash your planes off the end in failed landings, hit objects at the sides, or you won't have enough space to get them off the ground.

One remote control jet I know of requires at least 100-feet for successful take-off, and another RC plane boasts a wingspan of 56-inches. Be sure to learn how big the airplane models you'll fly into your airport are before you design your blueprint, and make sure you build a layout to accommodate those models.

Before you start building your airport buildings and runways you need to clear and level the land.

The first RC construction equipment for that job is the excavator. Remove the grass and enough dirt to form, and roughly smooth, your airport area.

Use a flatbed semi to haul away sod. Empty each excavator bucket load onto the flatbed to transport to the staging area. You'll want some sod later for landscaping when you perform the final touchup work for your construction job.

Fill the dump trucks with the loose dirt you dig up with the excavators, and carry that dirt away in the trucks, or use it as fill dirt if you have any low spots.

Your front loaders do the work of final leveling for your airport site. The dump trucks come into action again for this effort to remove the dirt that the loaders clear from the construction location.

When you put your buildings up you'll use RC cranes to lift the materials to workers on the upper levels.

After you finish your construction project you'll have a remote control flying activity center to be proud of.

All accomplished with RC construction equipment.

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