Flying Remote Control Planes (Part III)

Flying Remote Control Planes (Part III)

Welcome back to part 3 of this series. Part 1 covered location and pre-flight check lists. Part 2 covered Resources to help you. This article will focus on the next step of learning to fly.

You have an established location and your plane and controls have checked out, and hopefully you have developed a relationship with an individual that can be your coach and keep you from crashing. So what is next? Your instructor may override what I am about to present but encourage them to allow you this experience as it is vital to proceeding to the next step.

Touch-and-Go Landings : Flying a remote controlled plane is very much like flying a real aircraft. The basic concepts apply. One of the first things (after flight school which you have not benefited from) is to practice Touch-and-Go Landing. This involves a maneuver that is common when learning to fly. It involves landing on a runway and taking off again without coming to a full stop. This is important because it gives you the confidence as well as experience to be sure that you are proficient with your air craft as well as proving out all the controls.

This process involves powering down the runway and slowly lifting off the ground. Remember that you must use the trim controls to ensure you plane is not drifting. Correct any issues here first by adjusting your trim or actual linkage. Also remember that if you are at full power (which is not needed for take-off) you may overpower the ability to land softly.

There is another technique known as Stop-and-Go where you lift off, then land and stop your plane. I recommend this approach in the beginning. You will move on to the Touch-and-Go next depending on the length of your runway. Power your plane down the runway and gently bring yourself to a flight mode no more than 4 feet off the ground. Power back on the throttle and gently adjust your aileron and rudder to put yourself in a landing position. Remember that flying the plane is the easy part, the hardest part is landing. This will give you experience that you will need when you come in for a real landing. You need to know the control sensitivity and this exercise will allow you to obtain this touch and relate your plane and controller together. There are always 2 devices that you have to balance. Do not over drive the servos of your plane … Gentle adjustments are the best way to become familiar with your controller and the response of the plane. Hard over adjustments of the controls are the best way to crash. Ensure you have a runway long enough to allow you some margin. If you do not, then you will most likely have to react to a difficult landing. You would be better off in this situation to climb and come back in for another chance.

Back to Touch-and-Go … Some resources that you may use may suggest that this is a step that is not needed; Instructors who favor the use of Touch-and-Go and Touch-and-stop offer the possibility for you to practice more landings per session. Remember, you can do whatever you want in the air but if you can not land without damaging your plane then you will end up buying a new plane. (Hopefully from Us)

Part IV in the series will focus on Flight (keep it simple).

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

Source by O. Carl Peterson

Flying Remote Controlled Planes (Part II)

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 do not 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 will not 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 do not 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.

Source by O. Carl Peterson

The Basics On Flying Remote Controlled Planes

The adrenaline rush that comes with every flight of remote controlled planes is definitely something enthusiasts look forward to every time a chance to do so comes their way. However, a lot of beginners tend to make the mistake of rushing out into the field with their newly-bought models and start conquering open space without any real deal knowledge about how RC planes are supposed to be flown. The results include a large amount of the one's investment on this hobby going to waste.

It is a must for first-timers in this hobby to take some time and learn about it before actually doing it. To start out with the most basic, one has to know the different parts of the plane, what each one can do and what their limits are. The basic plane model comes with a number of parts that play a part in its flight. A plane's body is referred to as the fuselage, and it is where the engine, tail and wings of the plane are attached to. The wing is the plane's horizontal airfoil where the lift is. It is also where the flaps and ailerons are attached to. The ailerons are surfaces located on the outside of the wing.

They swing up and down in such a way that when the right aileron is up, the left one is down. It is these surfaces that have control over the airplane's roll. The horizontal and vertical stabilizers make up the back portion of the plane. It is the horizontal stabilizer where the elevator is hinged to and the vertical one where the rudder is hinged to. The elevator includes the surfaces of the horizontal part of the tail, which takes control of the plane's pitch while the rudder is the surface on the vertical part of the tail and has control of the plane's yaw. All kinds of plane come with an engine, which is responsible for the power that turns the propeller. The propeller, on the other hand, is the twisted airfoil or a turning blade that is powered by the engine to produce thrust for continuous flight. Covering the propeller's hub is the nose cone called spinner. It helps in making the airflow smoother. The cockpit is where the pilot sets and the controls and instrumentation are strategically located.

After knowing the RC planes' parts, it is easier to move on with the steps on how to get it airborne. It starts with the preflight preparations by turning the transmitter and the plane on. One should check the flight surface's direction as well as the antenna's range and see if the control surfaces are able to respond at 50 to 100 feet away without creating any unwanted movements. To make sure that the wind speed is appropriate, one can tie a ribbon to the end of the remote's antenna and hold the controller parallel to the ground. The ribbon should not be parallel to the ground. To check on the wind's direction, one can throw light materials into the air to see how the wind's movement is.

Once all these are ready, it is time to advance the remote controlled planes' power and have it gain speed on the ground. After earning an excellent speed, one can set the power to full speed and give it a firm toss into the air then get back to the controls. At this part, it is best to have an experienced flyer around for some assistance and advice. To move the plane to the right or left, one can move the right control stick to the right or the left. The plane should be leased. Raising its nose too much can cause a stall.

These are just the most basic things a beginner should learn first and foremost about flying remote controlled planes . There are different techniques about flying and maintaining flight one should learn about along the way.

Source by Nicole Roberts

All About RC Planes For The Hobbyist

So what if you could not become a fighter pilot. You can still fly a model fighter plane and do all the exciting crazy stunts that fighter pilots get to do even as your feet stay firmly on the ground. Remote Control planes or RC planes enable your mind to naturally be in the pilot's seat and enable you to have the same adrenaline rush that they experience during a flight.

If you are a novice flyer, then a battery-powered plane is simpler, easier and cleaner to operate. You could start by buying an ARF or an Almost Ready to Fly kit, which would be an almost fully assembled plane. That could save you precious time and money. Try to buy a slower plane with a simple remote control, which could teach you about flying without too many crashes. A cheaper plane would also enable you to afford a replacement in case of a major goof up. Your plane should be constructed of hardened foam and should have plastic on the underbody to prevent damage during crashes. If possible, join up with an experienced model 'frequent flyer' that can offer you tips and teach you how to fly your plane.

You can take your assembled plane to an open field of grass so that your plane is not damaged in case of a crash. The thrill of your first flight will be one that you will cherish for years to come. Alternately, you could join a model airplane club and they would have trainers that could teach you the basics of flying. Once you have learned the basics of flying, then you can become a bit adventurous and try some stunts like Rolls, Loops and Inverted flights. These stunts give one the feeling of literal being in the 'hot' seat and this could thrrust your interest in this exciting hobby even further. There is no danger in flying model planes, but proper care should be taken so that your plane does not crash into any body.

Your remote control [RC] transmitter will be equipped with different knobs and levers, which are to be used to control your plane's various functions like the speed, rudder, flaps, etc and higher end transmitters also have adjustable frequency and additional software to match the transmitter to your plane. It is not difficult to master and once you get the hang of it, you can make your plane perform all kinds of difficult maneuvers. Both electric and gasoline powered planes can be controlled by remote control and once you are comfortable with electric planes, you can try out a 2-stroke or 4-stroke gasoline engine for your plane. 2-strokes are cheap but noisy as compared to 4-stroke engines, but many people prefer 2-stroke because the sound reminds them of getting a feeling of actually flying a plane.

So, assemble a model plane, take that RC in your hands and watch your dream take to the skies. It's a feeling you will never forget.

Source by Victor Epand

Beginner RC Planes – What Makes the Best Beginner RC Plane

Beginner RC Planes – What Makes the Best Beginner RC Plane

When getting started in rc flying you're going to have to make the decision of what's going to be your very first plane. Being a beginner pilot you are going to want a beginner plane. Let's take a look at some of the attributes that make a good beginner plane.

1. Electric powered. Electric powered planes are much cheaper and easier to use than gas powered. You turn them on and they are ready to go. Gas powered motors need a special fuel and then you have to tune them. It's a lot more work. Also electric planes are much cheaper than gas powered. Most beginner electric planes come with everything you need to fly. For a gas powered plane you need to purchase everything separate.

2. Top Wing design. This is a plane that has the wing on top of the plane. Having the wing on top of the plane gives it more lift. Lift helps keep the plane floating in the air. As a beginner you are going to want a plane that floats by itself, especially if you run into trouble.

3. Large wingspan. A large wingspan will also add more lift to the plane.

4. 2 or 3 channels. 2-channel planes allow you to control the up / down and side to side (turning) movement of the plane. A 3-channel will allow you to do the same, but also allows you to control the speed of the motor. This allows you to control the pitch of the plane. A 4-channel plane is too much for a beginner. The 4th channel is used to control the ailerons which are used in more advanced flying.

5. Anti Crash Technology (ACT). This is not found in very many planes, but if you find one that uses it this technology is great. These planes use sensors to check the direction of the plane. If they sense that the plane is going into a dive they take over control of the plane and adjust its altitude giving you more time to react and avoid a crash.

Following these guidelines will help you find a great beginner rc plane, one that you will enjoy flying for a long time. Good luck and happy flying.

Source by Josh Elkins

Beginner RC Planes – Tips For Choosing A Beginner RC Plane

Beginner RC Planes – Tips For Choosing A Beginner RC Plane

You've decided to get into the world of rc planes, but now you're stuck with the hardest decision to make. What kind of plane do I buy? Here are a few tips someone should follow and look for when buying a beginner rc plane.

1. Go cheap! You are most likely going to crash you very first plane. The cheaper the plane is the less bad youll fall if you need to buy a new one or spare parts to replace it.

2. Look for a plane that says Slowflyer of Parkflyer. They are called this for a reason. They fly slow so they will not be too fast for you to handle and will give you more time to react if you need it. These planes can also be flown almost anywhere.

3. Look for a plane with a Top Wing design. This means that the wing is on top of the plane. This type of design gives the plane more lift and will help keep it floating if you run into trouble giving you more time to react. A plane with a large wingspan will also help produce lift. So, in summary, look for a plane with a large wing on top.

4. Go with a 2-channel or a 3-channel plane. A 2-channel plane allows you to control the up / down and side to side movement (turning). This is done with the elevator and rudder. A 3-channel plane will allow you to do the same, but also allows you to control the planes speed. Stay away from 4-channel planes for now. This 4th channel is used to control the ailerons and is used in more advanced flying that you will not be ready for just quite yet. A 3-channel will help prepare you for moving on to a 4th channel.

5. Some beginner planes even come with what is called Anti Crash Technology (ACT for short). The plane uses sensors to detect the planes orientation. If they sense that the plane is going into a dive, they will automatically correct the position of the plane giving you more time to react and avoid a crash.

Flying rc planes is a fun hobby, and with several types of planes geared specifically towards beginners anyone can learn to fly. Good luck and happy flying.

Source by Josh Elkins

Building RC Planes and Then Flying RC Planes

Building RC Planes and Then Flying RC Planes

Flying and building model airplanes is a thing We’ve valued for most of my entire life. Like a lot of folks my age, I got started out in the activity as the child flying control-line aircraft. My first aircraft must have been a Cox PT-19 .049 flight trainer. It was heavy and did not fly well, however I loved it. After the Cox was cracked past repair, dad took me into a authentic hobby store where we picked my first model. My father was obviously a model airplane enthusiast from long ago. In those times, people crafted their models with kits. Prefabricated ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) models were not really on the market then. So, from the beginning, I needed sit and learn to make airplanes just before I got an opportunity to fly them.

Ages eventually, I started flying radio control planes. I began with a 2 meter glider, then shifted on to powered flight. The pioneer ARF form of plane I bought was a Duraplane Aerobat 40. It’s supposed to generally be about indestructible. I did ultimately manage to ruin it, nonetheless. It’s heavy and was required to be flown at a high rate of speed. What I found out in early stages is that these prefabricated ARF planes were suitable, but they were a tiny bit heavy and did not fly as well as my kit built aeroplanes.

The same does work at present. The best flying aircraft is built to be built strong, light-weight and true. The old saying is “build light-flies right” and “build straight-flies great”. Any time you choose an ARF or a RTF (Ready To Fly) R/C airplane today, you’re probably purchasing a product which was slapped together in a factory in China as quickly as possible, when using the most inexpensive elements and supplies to complete the job. Admittedly, some ARFs can beat some, but the good ones do not ever compare with the caliber of a materials you will find inside a trustworthy RC kit.

Regrettably, the completed expense of a kit made plane compared to a pre-built aircraft is approximately exactly the same. Due to the fact you’ll be able to obtain a very good .40 size RC trainer kit for about $75, it may lead you to feel that it is cheaper than buying a similar type of ARF plane for somewhere in the market of $110. Just what you might want to look at is that you just may still need to purchase a gas tank, wheels, wheel collars, fuel tubing, adhesives, covering material and also other goods that are not included in your RC kit. Almost all good RC kits will list the required items to conclude the job. This alone is enough to push some people who are wanting to get in the air in the direction of obtaining an AFR or RTF form of plane. Why would you want to buy something that requires days or weeks to make if it will set you back around the same as a pre-built aircraft?

The solution for me personally is only the gratification from the building process. If you appreciate playing or making use of your hands to bring about things, then you’ll most likely love developing an aircraft from an RC kit. But when you are hesitant to attempt to build something following your catastrophe when using the particle board entertainment center your ex carried home from Wal-mart for you to set up, give yourself a break. The plans that come in the good kits are likely to be full-size and also well written. Almost all folks are around the ordinary skill-level and definately will do fine building from a kit. Should you conform to into that group, you might always ask your kids (or grandkids) to assist.

Source by mattwt6fmi