Young and old can enjoy flying radio controlled airplanes. You can fly either slow or fast depending on your preference. If you are new to flying RC planes, it is a good idea to get a beginner RC plane to help you learn the basics and have fun with the hobby.
The best beginner RC planes are stable and easy to use so that you can concentrate on flying. They also have a slow flying speed which allows you to react quickly and are more durable, so you spend less time fixing them. Because high wings are more stable than lower wing aircraft, a typical trainer RC airplane will have a high wing. Many trainer planes will have a high wing in addition to some dihedral (upward angle), to increase stability.
Before you purchase your first radio-controlled plane, here are some other things you should think about.
- What is the area of your flying?
- Do you plan to train with an instructor? Or will you teach yourself?
- How much do you have to spend?
What is your flying area?
Two variables will determine how much space your plane needs to fly.
- Airplane size
- Flying speed
Larger planes require more space to turn and fly. If you turn a model airplane too quickly, it’s direction changes quickly, but its airspeed also drops quickly. If your airspeed drops too fast, the plane’s wings cannot produce the same amount lift and can lose altitude. Too much lift can cause an airplane to stall, which can cause a pilot’s plane to crash. If they don’t have enough lift and speed to rescue the plane, it will lose its lift. Pilots learning to fly should make gentle turns so that the wing can continue to create lift. Larger planes require more space because they have a wider turning radius.
A plane’s speed determines how much ground it can cover before it reacts to changes in its control surfaces (ailerons and elevator, rudder). Flying a plane fast over a narrow area will result in flying in a circular pattern with little chance to change direction.
You can fly large or small planes if you have plenty of space and no obstructions like trees, buildings or stadium lights. If you live in an urban area with limited space such as a baseball or soccer field, you might want to choose a smaller micro plane (approximately 20in wingspan). Because they are small, you will need to keep the plane near you in order to see it. Although larger planes are more difficult to see from further away, they can still be seen quickly.
Are you going to be learning with an instructor?
Learning with an Instructor
Flying with an instructor will help you develop good habits and teach you how to fly. Instructors will help you feel confident and show you how to perform the maneuvers. Your trainer can help you take your plane up for a maiden fly and make sure it is level and straight for you. If you do get in trouble, a veteran RC pilot will take control to stop you from falling.
Many local RC flying clubs have experienced pilots who are willing to teach new pilots. Talk to several members of the club to identify one who is similar to your personality. Ask them if you would like to learn how to fly.
You might consider buying a bigger plane if you are able to find an instructor and have a larger financial budget. This will give you more assurance that it won’t crash during your first flight.
Although it is possible to learn how to fly RC planes if you don’t have access to an instructor pilot or a local flying club, the process might take longer. It is difficult for novice pilots to understand that the controls of a plane flying towards them are reversed. This means that a plane flying towards you, and you move the control stick to its right, will appear to be moving to your left. This is logical, but you must train your brain and thumbs to believe that it is true. As with all things, the more you practice the better you will get. While you will make mistakes the first time around, it is normal to experience many crashes.
You can learn by yourself that smaller planes are lighter and have less momentum when they crash. Usually, less momentum is good. But not always! Less damage is usually achieved by using less momentum. You can usually just launch your plane again after hitting a barrier.
Electronics have made it possible to make smaller receivers and introduce stabilizers. Hobby zone uses what they call SAFE technology. There are three settings that you can choose from depending on your skill level. The Beginner mode limits the amount of bank you can place on your plane to ensure that your model is in a safe flying position. Intermediate mode lets you increase your bank, while advanced mode allows you to fully control the plane’s flight path. There is an option to set up a PANIC mode that will automatically correct your plane in the event of a disorientation or a failure to recover from a maneuver. Even experienced pilots can save their planes from being lost of course with this feature. You should consider larger planes that have SAFE technology. This will save you time and money on repairs.
What’s your budget?
Many beginner RC planes are Ready-to-Fly. These packages are ideal for novice pilots as they include a transmitter, receiver, battery, charger, and all the necessary equipment. The package requires very little assembly. All a new pilot has to do is to charge the battery, then head out to the field. RTF planes are very versatile. They can be used with other manufacturers’ models, so even if you have a tight budget, you can still use the same transmitter on your next plane.
Bind-and Fly (sometimes called BNF for Plug-and Play)models come with a receiver and sometimes a battery. However, the pilot must supply their own transmitter compatible with the receiver. A battery charger and flight battery may also be required. These additions will increase your investment in the hobby.
Putting everything together
Focus on the basics when looking for your first RC airplane. For those who are learning to fly, slower planes such as the Champ or Duet with their high wings make excellent beginner RC aircrafts.
Large, slow-flying planes that have high wings and can fly at higher fields are great for training. Larger planes are easier for you to see and can handle higher winds. A plane with SAFE stabilizing technology, such as the Super Cub, Sport Cub, or Delta Ray, can be an option. They will keep your plane in control and help you regain orientation.
There are many beginner RC planes available if you’re looking to start flying RC aircrafts. Before you decide on the right beginner RC airplane for you, consider your area of flying and access to RC clubs.Flyin offers great discounts on Flyadealand Egypt Air.