What Are Remote Control Airplanes Used for?

What Are Remote Control Airplanes Used for?

Remote control airplanes are currently one of the most popular hobbies taken on by adults. It is a great way to remind your children without seeming childish. Oh no, remote controlled airplanes can never be considered childish. The price tag alone will prove that it is not a little kid's toy. If that will not work, just look into the maintenance of the thing and you would understand.

In this article, we would be looking into the various uses of the controlled airplane. Yes, they do have other purposes besides being a wonderful toy. However, their top use would be, of course, for recreational activities. The following would be a few of the different uses of remote control airplanes:

1. As training material

The physics that work with remote control airplanes, as compared to that of real planes is almost the same. You would have to gauge wind speed and velocity, pressure, weather and a whole lot of other factors. Although the figures may not be exact, you can almost refer flying a toy plane to flying the real thing. I say almost, because nothing can beat the experience of manning your very own plane.

2. As crop dusters

Farmers have found a very practical use of controlled airplanes. There have been a number of farmers that use this technology to dust their crops with insecticides. Usually, in large farms, real planes are being used for this purpose. However, if you do not have an overly large farm, you can have a grand time dusting your crops using a remote control plane. It is also a great way to teach your sons and daughters about farming.

3. As a great hobby

Now, remote control airplanes may not come cheap, but when you get hooked, the effects are really rewarding! There are two types of remote control airplanes, one that is ready to fly and the other one would have to be made from scratch. For some people, they do not like the painstaking way you would have to put the pieces together to make the plane. They would rather have the ready made model and fly it as soon as possible.

However, there are some people who like to spend time sitting on their desks and working with their hands. Piecing a plane together is hard work. But once you have finished, you would certainly feel good because you would be able to see the product of your efforts.

For some people, the satisfaction is in the creating and not in the flying. Some of them usually sell their remote control airplanes once they are done making it. They would then buy a new kit and start from scratch. For others, they put it on display for their friends and family to admire.

If you would like to take up remote control airplanes as a hobby or for practical purposes, they are available in most hobby shops and online stores. Look into them now. I'm sure you'd find something you like.

Source by Jackie Man

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

Remote Control Aircrafts Are Naturally Fascinating to Children of All Ages

What happens when you're standing outside with your little one, and you hear the whistling sound of jet engines overhead? Is not your attention suddenly drawn to your child as they point toward the sky, jump up and down, and excitedly yell "airplane, airplane?"

Nothing compares to the look of utter capture on every youth's face when they spot an aircraft flying across that blue expanse above them.

My grandson never tires of telling me how he went up for a demonstration flight at the county fair one day. It was his first airplane ride, and one that he'll always maintain as part of his most favorite memories. After the plane leveled out the pilot handed the controls over to my grandson, and let him fly the aircraft for a while. He set his mind before this day to become a pilot as an adult, and I know he'll always cherish flying that airplane at the age of four (I think) as a major event.

Kids start deciding their adult career choices at an early age. Of course, those choices change many times through their years from youth to adulthood, at least they do for most kids. I know in my youth, I had four or five different job choices before my fourteen birthday.

As adults we have the responsibility to help them make those smart choices by guiding them into awareness of what results they face from the choices they make. One way to provide that guidance is to give them a taste of what they say, or think, they want as goals for later in life.

If your child decides on flying as a career choice, why not give her or him a remote control aircraft, and let them learn how to fly right then.

Start with an RC trainer because crashes are normal when beginners take to the air. Then, once they learn control of the aircraft, let them sample different types of model aircraft to see which branch of the flying career they'll pursue.

Plenty of radio control aircraft vehicles line up for those sampling opportunities:

  • Cessna type single and dual motor airplanes for vacation flying, tour pilot, crop dusting, and corporate pilot jobs.
  • Jets used for corporate business trips, and many other transportation reasons.
  • Commercial models for transporting passengers on trips for pleasure and business.
  • Helicopters for sightseeing, corporate, rescue, and medical transport. Helicopters are probably the most difficult RC aircraft models to fly, and take hours of practice to skillfully control.
  • Military aircraft including turbo-prop airplanes of many types, jet planes, and helicopters for missions of war and humanitarian operations.

Those RC aircraft will fascinate your children beyond imagination, and they'll be intrigued for hours just flying them around.

When your child has her or his mind set on becoming a pilot, and you give them a remote control aircraft for those initial flight-learning experiences, how thrilled will you make them?

How many "I love yous" does something like that get you?

Source by Joseph Jackson

Military Remote Control Helicopters

Emergency response is getting more and more complex. Emergency units are getting tougher and more risky operations day in day out. Some of the operations need remote surveillance before sending a man on the ground and this is where the unmanned vehicles come in.

Remote control helicopters have now gotten popular with emergency crews and the military in obtaining surveillance of a place before actually getting there and this is saving lots of life. In cases where an expected explosive material is suspected is when the military first sends an unmanned RC toy like these little helicopters to the site to gather critical information needed to disarm the device.

The remote control helicopters have an advantage in this kind of job in that they can go behind the enemy lines unnoticed as compared to the real helicopter or a man. Their small size and improved aerodynamics are to give credit in this. They can fly really low with minimum noise or no noise at all and the factor that they have no microwave interference will interest you as they can never be got by the radar and so they will get the enemy by surprise or the enemy will not know at all.

Due to increased interest in the machines, a lot of research is being done to improve their efficiency and liability at a military level. China and USA are leading in the research and you can never blame them as they try to make their forces the strongest in the world. The research mainly focuses on increasing the time of flight and the carrying capacity. The range it can go is no longer an issue with satellite communication in place. The research is now aimed at having the most efficient fuel source.

The power source should be light and should run for a longer time without recharge and refill. This has led to the development of many different kinds of engines. Modern helicopters are running on nitrous and high current batteries. Some have photocells as their body skeleton enabling them to run on solar power. They carry improved batteries such as lithium polymer that can give a higher current. The batteries are supplemented by the solar power. So they can go for long without replacement.

Military remote control helicopters have greater acrobatics and hovering capabilities. Their aerodynamics is great enabling them to access even the remote of all places easily. They can take sudden sharp turns from strange heights and can land almost anywhere. They can perform all moves that the real plane can do and may be even better. The risks involved when they crash are minimal so the pilot can be more daring. However, their speeds is an issue due to their size and power source.

When equipped with camera capabilities, they become the most powerful spy tools. Improved technology in the lens industry has seen production of stronger and more powerful cameras. IP cameras can be used to send real time images from remote control helicopters to base station miles away.

Source by Levis Chung

Remote Controlled Plane Repair (Wing) Part I

Sooner or later you will crash your plane. Planes tend to crash in a predictable pattern and damage will be associated to particular areas of the aircraft. Planes tend to dive or crash out of control often going down with the propeller first to impact followed by one side of the wings.

If you have a Styrofoam wing as is prevalent with the light weight models being offered today, this wing will most likely break. Additionally, there will be possible damage to other areas of the plane. There is hope for the repair of your aircraft that will give it new life.

Repairs: A most traumatic visual is your wing broken and your thoughts of resorting to scrapping the plane. Before you scrap the plane, consider the following as an alternative that may bring your broken wing back to life. The thickest section of an airfoil is called the pitch thickness. This area is the strongest part of the airfoil or wing. Most likely, the wing did not break in an even straight line and is a jagged tear. This is OK and you do not want to try to make it straight. When you perform the repair, you will want to reconnect the two sections back together and do not want to disturb the original break.

First measure the thickness at the middle of the pitch line which will be the largest thickness on the airfoil wing. Then measure at least three more sections. Go to your local hardware or large lumber supplier and obtain wooden dowel rods that are about 1/2 to 3/4's as thick as the dimensions that you measured. Also obtain drill bits that are slightly larger than the dowel rods you selected.

The goal will be to drill both sides of the wing to allow you to insert the dowels. Remember that you will have several sizes of dowel rods as the thickness gets smaller. Cut the corresponding dowel rods to a length that is about 1/2 "shorter than the length of the drill bit times 2 as you will be drilling both sides of the wing. the dowels will mate.

After drilling the hole on both sides, place a small amount of glue on the end of both ends of the dowels. Place all the dowels into one side of the wing. Before inserting the dowels into the other side of the wing, place a small amount of glue down the length of the broken wing so the glue will bind the two pieces together. Now position the dowel rods into the other side of the wing and compress the two pieces of the airfoil together. Hold the repair in position until it is stable. The use of rubber bands may also assist you in this process.

We will address other damage control in the next article.

Source by O. Carl Peterson

Remote Key Enabling Advanced Security For Your Vehicle

You can now leave all your worries about your car being stolen. Just install the new remote key system that keeps your car safe from the intruders. If an invalid entry is detected, this advanced system arms the alarm and informs you as well.

Most of the recent models of vehicles are enabled with the advanced technology of remote key that offers great safety measures for your car. The keyless entry remote transmits radio signals to the vehicle seeking permission to perform various actions. There is a coding system in the chip that matches with the system installed in the car. The only person possessing the remote key will have access to the car. It comes as an added advantage because you do not have to worry about your car being hotwired. You can also upgrade your car with the advanced security features offered by the remote key system.

If your car is not enabled with such an advanced feature, you can secure your car by purchasing the remote key designed for the model of your car. You can even get replacement key blanks, if you have lost your already owned remote key. Key blanks can be used after they are laser cut to match your car's ignition switch. It is then programmed to be used by the owner of the car. Key blanks are available at hardware stores but should be purchased over the Internet for better quality. The chip key has become the most essential part of the security system of any car. The level of security offered by this key has eliminated the opportunities for thieves to drive off parked cars. The remote key helps a great deal in keeping your car safe from the intruders.

For the programming of your key, you can hire a locksmith to do that for you. If you choose to do it yourself, you must follow the simple instructions that are sent to you from the company. First and foremost, you will have to cut your key by a locksmith or at a hardware store. For the programming, you must have one working key of your vehicle which is required to start the engine. The new key that you receive for the vehicle must have a code stamped on the blade. If it is not there, you should immediately contact the company and get help to find the key you need.

The remote key also arms the car alarm as soon as you leave your vehicle. For the assurance of the arming of the alarm, the car flashes its lights and makes a unique sound. If anyone tries to hotwire the vehicle, the advanced system activates the alarm and informs you by sending the signals to the remote key. Other beneficial features of this key are that it allows you to lock / unlock your vehicle from a distance. If you have forgotten to lock your car, you can simply press the button and do it even from inside the building. You do not even have to worry if the vehicle is not locked because it will not start in the absence of the signals transmitted by the key. The coding in the key instruct the vehicle to open / close the main door or the trunk for you which is most beneficial when you have too many bags in your hands.

If you want to enable your car with the advanced system to keep it safe from the criminal, you can look up the web and find info about the remote key and companies offering such keys. No matter which model you own, your car is precious for you. Over the Internet, you can find companies offering Cadillac remote, Pontiac remote, Buick remote and Chevrolet remote.

Source by JB Jacob

Remote Control Car Racing Is a Great Hobby for Racing Fans of All Ages

Remote Control Car Racing Is a Great Hobby for Racing Fans of All Ages

People of all ages find a great way to spend some recreation time without endangering life or limb in remote control car racing. Everyone and anyone can have fun doing this. The first time I got my hands on a model rc car, I could not forget it; it was just a great experience.

Hobby's are a great way to pass your free time, and there are some that can include the whole family. RC car hobbyists have a whole world of activity all their own; if you like cars you will like the activity that surrounds rc car racing. For some people say there's nothing like it.

Radio controlled racing can be fun for all ages and sexes of people. Just about everyone can have fun with rc racing cars. This is a hobby that can cost a great deal of money or relatively little, so rc car racing is a great way to pass the time.

Grandparents will love a gift of a car given to the kids for Christmas or any other occasion, because it's really a gift for everyone when you do this. You make it a day to play.

There are even local competitions for racing and clubs that people can join to become members. Of course, when you join a club then there are group gatherings and events to go to.

Sometimes you will find photographers at these events for people who want to register their adventures for all times. The kids will want to keep them as well, as a memento of good times with moms and dads.

Depending on how you obtained, you may even plan family reunions around car racing. The good times you have doing this will be remembered forever. Male and female bonding can occur around this social experience, and sometimes even jobs can be generated from it.

Hobbies often cause ancillary interests to occur, and whether you volunteer your time to make these events happen or not, it could probably become more, perhaps even develop into a job. Lots of volunteer postilions become more permanent for people who are race car enthusiasts.

There are hobby shops that carry nothing but rc cars like the hobby train stores. But most of all there's a big variety in model cars, collectors and styles. The possibilities are endless in the model car world for these race cars.

Some people even make their travel plans and vacations dependent on when these get together happen and the racing season, which for models can be year round. You might even want to go rv-ing when you go racing. The possibilities are endless.

You might be able to find hotel and travel packages; there is an especially nice track in Orlando Florida that has electrical and water hook up available.

Like trains some adults take these cars very seriously as well, and even build tracks for them. Also, if that's not enough, there are magazines to enhance your pleasure for racing and collecting. A whole world has been created around this hobby, and it can be an unforgettable adventure if you decide that's what you like to do. If you try it just once, you will not be able to quit; it will bring you great joy.

So, if even if you're retired, have a family, like to race and enjoy free time doing things that will make you happy, toy rc racing is a great hobby. If you have children or grandchildren, its a natural for you to develop this as a way to do things with them. Perhaps the behavior behind such activities might further evolve into motorcycle cart racing or motorcycle racing; it often does.

Source by Leon Edward

Even in Bad Weather You Can Fly Remote Control Helicopters

Even in Bad Weather You Can Fly Remote Control Helicopters

Flying remote control helicopters is not just an outdoor hobby. In fact many RC helos work better indoors than out, no matter the time of year, or what's happening with the weather outside.

Helicopter flying is a different playtime event all together. You need plenty of practice, and time to develop a feel for making an aircraft hover over a specific target.

Whatever you're on a rescue mission, moving into position to drop a harness to the stranded mountain climber or sinking ship victim, or even lowering in for a landing, any slight wind gust thrusts to push you aside. Outside or inside a micro-movement of the control lever, and you suddenly shift many feet away from your target.

Try landing on the heli-deck of a radio control military ship when it's yawing and pitching in heavy seas, and you'll really test your remote control skills. When the weather is cold and snowing, or on those rainy days, you do not want to play outside, and too often on those occasions we abandon our RC helicopters because we fear we'll break something in the house.

You do not need to fly a model to have RC helo fun. When weather chases you indoors it gives you the perfect opportunity to work on your flying skills without any worries of crashing into momma's whatnot cabinet. Take advantage of that idle time to fire up the RC flight simulator, and work on those landing and hovering techniques.

Once you've honed those skills, and made yourself an Ace helicopter pilot, get that chopper into the air and have fun. You can keep playing heli pilot even when that weather chases you inside as long as you have the right aviation toys. You'll probably want a selection of helicopters designed for different missions. When you assemble your collection why not start with one helo for outdoor flying, and another for indoor use. That way you do not have to stop having fun.

Manufacturers design many models for indoor use as well as for outdoor flying. The mini size adapts particularly well inside. Constructed for ease of control and maneuverability, minis allow you to fly around obstacles without contact.

Some mini helos construction includes materials that resist damage when they crash into the wall, a lamp, or to the floor. The damage resistant properties protect the helicopter body from breakage, and help keep the working parts operational.

You'll find RC helicopters specifically made with the beginner in mind. These not only have ease of control and maneuverability built in, but they have landing gear that minimizes damage to the helo body when it plummets to the ground.

Just because the weather threatens your outdoor flying hobbies do not mean an end to your RCing. Set yourself up with a selection of aircraft designed for indoor flight, and keep on cruising the skies.

Do not let cold temperatures, snow, or rain destroy your remote control helicopter flying fun.

Source by Joseph Jackson