You require nothing but confidence to fly a radio-controlled airplane or helicopter. All you need to do is learn through the variety RC airplane training methods available. We will give you a rundown of the methods then you decide which to one suits you best.
Remember, some of these planes are expensive and you need to maintain and fly them with caution.
A fully functioning RC airplane has;
- Ailerons – which controls the roll
- Throttle – manages motor speed
- Elevator – for up and down movement
- Rudder – also known as vertical stabilizer controls left and right
- Retracts/gear- operates retractable landing gear
- Flaps – help to increase lift.
Most of the RC airplanes are user-friendly and a beginner will easily find Ready to Fly trainers.
What are the 3 main training methods?
A superb practice especially if you have little or no experience. A club will provide certified instructors and help you master the plane before you can buy one. Most clubs have their own way of training participants.
The side-by-side instruction involves a single transmitter or buddy box system. The instructor flies the RC airplane as he explains to you what he’s doing. When he’s done you take over the transmitter. If you get overwhelmed, he’ll take charge until you can regain your composure.
The buddy system involves two transmitters joined by a cable. A slave transmitter for you and a master transmitter for your trainer. The trainer can regain control of the airplane easily by flicking a switch. Fortunately, modern radios are using a wireless buddy connection allowing for a gap between the student and trainer.
The Ragland Technique is quite unique in that the trainer and student use the transmitter at the same time. How? Well, trainer places his thumb and forefinger on the controls. The student places his thumbs on the sticks and can feel the movement and watch the response of the aircraft. We thought to mention it although it’s not a common RC training method.
RC flight simulators
An extremely popular RC airplane training method. You’ve bought your model and radio gear. Good! Don’t forget the simulator. You can run this software on your home computer as it replicates the flying model airplane to the last detail.
Fast computer speeds and realist graphics make it easy to learn using the simulator. Most novice pilots know the basics of radio control using the simulators. If you’re an expert pilot the simulator will help you perform the 3D and aerobatic routines flawlessly.
Learning to fly RC aircraft in a safe environment reduces the chances of damage you’ll not encounter weather restrictions. The biggest advantage of using a simulator is that it aids you in understanding and using the ‘reverse control’. This control surprises many new RC pilots as they start training.
Sadly, simulators don’t teach you engine tuning, flight planning, traffic patterns and how to fly with various wind condition and runway variations.
You might think is not doable, but it is. The latest beginner RC airplane designs are simple to fly. However, they have limited capabilities so you won’t have the real experience of flying an RC airplane.
Which is the best RC airplane model to train with?
For beginners, ready-to-fly planes are the best. The plane should come with a transmitter and battery. Trainer planes have just enough power for you to control. Some planes have additional features like Virtual Instructor technology which helps in turning and landing. The Sensor-Assisted Flight Envelope (SAFE) keeps the plane stable while its airborne.
Best RC Planes on the market
What power will your airplane use?
We’ll explain the three power sources, electric, fuel and gravity.
Crafts that use electric are ready to fly, quiet, clean and are easy to transport. The disadvantages include high cost especially large airplanes and small planes are not stable in the wind. Find batteries that are not heavy and the plane will perform well and fast.
Fuel enabled crafts have longer flight times, larger scale airframes and cheap engines. Unfortunately, you have to endure the noise, change of oil. They need larger take-off areas and even bigger room in the car. You have to find support equipment because of their complicated make.
Gravity powered plans are silent, easy to fly, have elevator and rudder and most notable are clean. The downside limited flight times and you’ll need soft surfaces to land.
Fascinating, isn’t it?
RC airplanes are fun to fly. You may find it challenging to learn but once you do, you’ll be unstoppable. We hope that you’ll take advantage of the RC airplane training methods we’ve mentioned above. Choose the right one for you and train with as many models as possible. Buy the plane and build your hobby.
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