How To Fly RC Planes
Mastering how to fly RC planes is much more difficult than it appears. Even if you have a firm grasp of the theory of aerodynamics, the practical application of theory is difficult. If you have access to someone more experienced in flying remote control (RC) planes, it would be wise to ask for their assistance.
What you'll need:
- Remote Control Plane or kit to build RC Plane
- Balsa wood
- Remote Control Radio with buddy plug
- Decals (optional)
- A well vented work area
- Landing gear
- Rubber bands
- Decide what kind of plane you want to learn to fly. If you are just starting, the best choice will be a trainer kit. The beginner kits are the most stable in flight, and easy to put together.
- Purchase the required items prior to starting your project. Most stores that carry remote control planes will have at least one sales person that will be able to advise you on the features of each one.
- Build your plane. As you progress in the building of your plane, you will come to better understand how each piece functions when in flight. If you purchased a prebuilt plane, you will either need to find a flight instructor, or research aerodynamics. It is absolutely essential that you acquire some knowledge of aerodynamics prior to your fist flight; otherwise you will be doing a lot of rebuilding when you crash your plane.
- Do not purchase the most expensive plane available for you first plane. You will crash the first one, everybody does.
- It is helpful to have a flight toolbox on a stand for ease of spinning propeller.
- When done flying, be sure to wipe plane down. It damages the monocoating to leave fuel exhaust in the plane.
- Keep children away from the plane. When one the ground, children can get hurt getting into the fuel, loosen screws, and break rubber bands – These can result in flight instability and/or a trip to the emergency room. When in flight, propellers can and have cut off fingers, caused concussions and other bodily damage – These injuries can be prevented with common sense and keeping all children under control.