RC Plane Flight Basics
Building and flying radio controlled planes can become an expensive proposition when you realize you not only have to buy the plane and all motor and radio equipment, you also have to pay for the gasoline or the electricity to charge the battery.
Then, after you’ve spent all this money, just imagine what you’ll feel like when you see your plane go down in a ball of flames. Just to make matters worse, after the crash you can expect all the components from the plane will be too damaged to use in another one. It’s enough to make a grown man cry when you see all that time and money lying at your feet in pieces.
Before you send your plane into the air, you’ll want to choose a day with very clear skies and very little wind if any. It would be best if you also choose a warm day. It simply wouldn’t do to have you standing there shivering as you’re attempting to maneuver the controls as the plane is flying. You will also need a good place for take-off, and roads and sidewalks are good for this purpose. An open field is a good place to fly planes, as you don’t want to have a lot of houses, people or trees in the flight path.
Before the flight, even if you’re an experienced flier, you will want to check your equipment. There is nothing that can protect you if the equipment is working properly. Be sure to double-check every detail before the plane goes up. You should pay particular attention to the landing gear to make sure it is good and secure, and will be able to survive the impact of the eventual landing. You’ll also want to check each connection between the batteries or fuel supply and the engine. Next, text the radio gear to be certain that each motion is being properly relayed to the plane. To do this, you can hold the plane in your hand while you, or a friend, test the controls.
Be certain the runway is clear of people and that there is enough room to get up to speed and take off. Hopefully, your plane will lift gently and smoothly into the air. There’s no way I can give you exact details about how to take-off and fly your plane because there are so many different kinds of radio controllers. This is one time I strongly recommend you take the time to read the manual that came with your equipment.
Once the flight is over, and your plane is safely back on the ground you will want to inspect all of the equipment again. If all want well during the flight and landing, everything should be okay. But, check it carefully anyway. This step can save you a lot of trouble in the future.
One last word of caution: Be sure to check with the local authorities for any of their rules and regulations. By following these few simple guidelines you should find flying remote controlled planes and enjoyable and rewarding hobby.