Thursday, October 27, 2016

Flying Remote Control Airplanes (Part 2)

Welcome back to part 2 of this series.

Part 1 covered location and pre-flight check lists. This article will focus on additional information that you will need to know as a beginner flying RC planes.

You have an established location and your plane and controls have checked out, so what do you need to know now?

Resources: Do you know someone that is already in this hobby that you can call upon to assist you with learning to fly? If not and you have not flown before, it is very likely that you will need glue and tape to repair your crashed airplane. Yes, If you have not crashed yet, you will at some point. Having someone to guide you is invaluable. These little aircraft can cost you hundreds of dollars and they will not always survive. They essentially are just small scale versions of the real thing. Would you get behind the controls of a F-16 without a little training? If you don't have an experienced co-pilot, then network to see if you can find someone to help you. A good way to network is to ask people if they know someone with the skill set you require. Another good way is to use the internet to find local flying clubs that you can go visit and get to know someone there.

DO NOT attempt to fly your plane in a group yet. You will need additional knowledge on the rules and etiquette of flying in groups. Your goal is to find someone to help you one on one. Most everyone you meet will be happy to help you. The highest form of flattery that someone can get is to be asked for their advise and expertise. Remember that they will be helping you so you must adapt to their schedules and locations. Offer to pay them for their time but they won't take any money usually; but it does express your sincerity and interest level. Keep in mind that they know more than you do and no question is dumb except the one you don't ask. If you come off with a know it all attitude trying to impress them, they will be turned off and you may not get the help you need. They have the answers, you have to have the right questions and be coachable.

Part III in the series will focus on Take offs and Landings.

Good luck (skill) to you and expect more to follow on this subject.

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