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Getting Started in Radio Control Aircraft

Welcome to the world of radio controlled model airplanes! This certainly must be one of the most exciting and enjoyable hobbies in existence, encompassing so many different interests. What other hobby involves aerodynamics, woodworking, electronics, mechanics, small motors, artistry, fresh air and the outdoors, and club activities—practically all at the same time!

If you have not already seen an R/C aircraft in action, head to our local club/field when there is some activity, meet some of the fliers and get to enjoy it firsthand. Once you see it, you’ll be hooked!

The first thing one must realize about a radio controlled model aircraft is that it is not a toy. The model is a real aircraft which flies and operates by the same principles as its full-scale counterpart—the only difference is size and weight. Models fly at speeds between 10 and 160 MPH with the average trainer flying between 40 and 60 MPH! These are not slow vehicles, nor can they be flown in an average backyard—they require space! And just like their bigger brothers, they require a learned skill to be controlled properly. It is not simply a matter of pushing a button to take off, another to land, etc.

There are two steps you should take to get yourself flying the fastest and in the most enjoyable way. The first is to get involved with the local club. Our members have years of combined experience that will be invaluable to you in both building your aircraft and learning to fly. The second is to outfit yourself with a good trainer aircraft for your first plane.

What You Will Need . . .

The following is a description of the items required to start flying a glow-powered, radio controlled model aircraft. Keep in mind, there is a wide selection available for each one of these items.

Description: Sig LT-40 TrainerThe Plane

As mentioned previously, you should select a model that is designed specifically for training the new pilot. Typically these aircraft will have a high wing, simple sturdy construction, excellent plans and instructions, and be easy to fly. In this guide, we show you some of the best choices for a model and what you will require to go with it. (We also have a club trainer plane with a buddy box system that is available for use for our new members)

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