Learn to Fly RC Planes and Helicopters

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There are many true “beginner” airplanes out on the market today. They are usually electric power gliders, slowflyers, or parkflyers. These new high technology “beginner” airplanes are so diverse and powerful that most of them are bought by long-time expert flyers! By following these simple instructions, you will learn to fly an RC airplane in no time!

* Understanding how a plane flies. By understanding how an rc airplane flies you will have greater control over it. When the rc airplane moves forward the air lifts the wing up. If it moves too slowly, it won’t lift and it will fall right out of the air (stalling the plane). It therefore needs speed, which will come from the motor spinning the propeller, (throttle) or by descending and gliding. All the time that the wing is moving forward it is lifting, no matter what position it is in. It can be upside down, in a turn, inverted, or doing acrobatics, and there is always a lift from the wing even though the lift might not be straight up as it is when the plane is in flight. The rc airplane is able to make a turn by tilting in the direction of the turn, so that some of the wing lift is angled either partly to the left or partly to the right depending on the direction of the turn. To turn the plane, you tilt the wings with the ailerons or with the rudder, in the direction that you want the airplane to turn. To make the airplane go up, you give the up command to the elevator. (downstick) The elevator surface angles up, and the air that’s hitting it blows the tail down and the nose up. As the rc airplane goes up it slows down. If it goes too slow then the lift stops and the airplane falls-it will stall.

* Turning an RC airplane is very different than turning a RC car or a RC boat. When you tilt the airplane’s wing in the direction that you want it to go, the airplane will continue to tilt as long as the wing is still angled in that direction.. To stop the airplane from turning, you move the control stick in the opposite direction from the turn so that the wings will level out. If you let go of the control stick, the airplane should automatically come back to a level flight. * * Make sure to check the following things before each flight.

 

*Flying the rc plane on the ground.  A simple and effective tip for learning how to fly is to first fly the rc airplane on the ground. This will train you to the proper orientation of the controls and get you accustomed to using the control sticks. You will use throttle to move the airplane forward and the rudder to steer the airplane on the ground. First do circles and then figure eights. Keep in mind that if you cannot fly the plane on the ground then you will not be able to fly it in the air.

* Choose a large flying field for your flight. Don’t try to fly in your street or in another small enclosed area, even if your airplane is capable of flying in such a restricted place. You will need a large open, airy place for your first flights.

* Hand launching your airplane. If you hand launch your airplane, make sure to throw it straight ahead not up, and throw it hard. Into the wind is best. Launching at full throttle is a good idea.

* Taking off from a ground roll. If you take off from a ground roll, the airplane needs to build up speed before you signal “up” elevator, in order that you know that the airplane has enough speed to fly. When it actually takes off and leaves the ground try to climb at a very small angle, not abruptly, because that may cause a loss of airspeed and a stalled plane.

* Don’t climb too steeply. Give very little “up” elevator as you begin takeoff. Many beginners try to climb too steeply which makes the plane slow down, stall and crash.

* Turns. Don’t try any turns until the plane is very high up. Just climb straight ahead with very gentle turns. Also make sure to practice gentle turns in the air before trying to land. Practice false landings while still high in the air in order to get a good idea of the plane’s falling speed. If the airplane stalls, just give it a bit of the down elevator and the airplane will start flying again. When the airplane flies towards you, turn your body a little, so that you can imagine right and left from the airplanes point of view. This will prevent you from getting confused about which way to turn your airplane.

* Landing. Avoid turns when the airplane is low. Don’t try to land your plane in a specific place. Instead just let your plane glide slowly onto the ground ahead. The bigger the field when you fly for the first time, the greater are your chances for success.

Brushless Motor Facts The electric motor of your rc airplane or rc helicopter has a SIGNIFICANT impact on how your aircraft flies. The majority of our rc airplanes and rc helicopters come with state of the art brushless motors. Brushless motors have more torque, greater efficiency and longer lifespan over stock brushed motors. Since there are no brushes, there are no parts to wear out and a typical brushless motor can run forever, if maintained properly. Brushless motors usually see about a 30% increase in run time of over stock brushed motors, and will see 30-40% increase in overall power.

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