When choosing remote-controlled airplanes as a hobby, don’t be surprised with the expense when purchasing all the stuff you need to get started. The airplane kit, motor or motors you want and the radio controlling equipment are just the basic things you need. You will either need to buy gas or recharge batteries which will cost you in electricity. Although it’s fun, it can be an expensive type of fun. If that isn’t enough to think about, think about this. After getting everything you need and putting in all the hours of hard work to get your plane just right, you watch it soar through the air and head straight for the ground. Your heart sinks as you look at several pieces that used to be your plane. That was painting a bad picture, I know, but I wanted to impress upon you the care you need to take while taking on this hobby.
When you’re ready to fly your plane, carefully pick out the right location and day. You want to pick a clear day with very little or no wind blowing at all. The temperature is not all that important, but if you’re out on a day that’s so cold you aren’t enjoying yourself, there’s no point being there. You need to choose a location that has a good runway to take off from. A less traveled road or even a sidewalk can work well for this. Although you’re not looking for total isolation, an area that has few people, houses, and trees will work best for you.
Before you start flying, you need to check out all the equipment thoroughly. The pros know that even experience doesn’t help much against equipment that’s faulty. Double checking is a good idea and habit to get into. Pay special attention to the landing gear. This part of your plane takes a lot of stress when landing the plane, so it’s wise to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. Make sure all the electrical wires and fuel lines are connected securely. Check out all the radio functions before take off. Make sure all the moving parts respond smoothly and quickly. This can be done alone, but it’s best to have someone with you controlling the radio while you watch the action on the plane.
Place your plane on a runway that’s smooth and has no gaps. When using a sidewalk, make sure there is plenty of length for your plane to gain enough speed to take off. Of course, be aware of people in the area. Once your plane has reached enough speed for taking off, you should have no problems getting it airborne. This is the point where all the reading you did from the manual will pay off. There are slight differences between the different radio controllers you can purchase, so you need to read the instructions for your particular one. The manual will have all the information you need to get your plane soaring.
When you have finished your flight, you need to give your plane another thorough inspection. As long as your pre-flight inspection passed and you had no problems during the flight and landing, you can expect your after flight inspection to pass as well. You can expect it but don’t take it for granted. Perform the after flight inspection to prevent any unforeseen problems that could arise. Make any repairs that are needed as soon as you can. That way you are less likely to let a repair slip your mind and cost you big bucks at a later time.
You may need to check out your local laws before you fly your plane. Different locations have different rules. Flying remote controlled airplanes is a great hobby, and you can get many hours of enjoyment from it. Take a few precautions, and you will enjoy it even more by making fewer repairs, and that makes it less expensive.