Important Tips in Wanting to Learn How to Fly a Radio Controlled Airplane
Tip #1: Choose the correct type aircraft
Choosing the correct type aircraft in learning to fly is one of the most important decisions in learning to fly a radio controlled airplane. Most beginners who get excited about starting the hobby will choose a cool looking or popular scale type model to start off with. A beginner will just end up getting frustrated trying to learn. You need to have a trainer type aircraft. The typical trainer aircraft has a high wing with plenty of dihedral. Dihedral is the v shape of the wing which gives the airplane more stability. A good example of a Trainer would be a Tower Hobbies Trainer 40 MkII.
Tip #2: Size of the aircraft matters
A lot of beginners will try to get started with a small electric. Though you can be trained to fly with a small electric, it is much harder to fly because you have to be quicker on the sticks (transmitter). A bigger aircraft is slower to respond and allows you to make mistakes and still recover. A .40 to a .60 size is a good recommended plane size.
Tip #3: Don’t do it yourself
I belong to a Radio Control Airplane club in our town and I personally train new members who want to learn to fly. I can’t tell you how many members who have come to me saying “Yea I tried to learn on my own. “I was up in the air about 10 seconds and crashed my airplane”. Please contact you nearest RC Club and get someone to train you. There will always be someone to help you get started out right. Nothing is more frustrating then to spend several hundred dollars and have is wasted in less then a minute.
Tip #4: Get a Radio Control Airplane Simulator
Simulation software for RC Aircraft has come a long way in the last 10 years. This is a great way to start learning the controls and getting the feel of flying. RC Simulator is setup to use a transmitter to fly like you would fly at the field. What’s cool about this option, is that you can still be flying in the winter or bad weather, not to mention crashes are less expensive. If you can afford this option, I highly recommend it.
I have been in the RC Airplane Hobby for about 15 Years and been training RC want- to-be pilots for about 10 Years.