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The Top 5 Things To Help You Get Started

Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides, Tips and Tricks
  • Getting started in electric R/C flying can be an extremely fun and rewarding endeavor.  That wasn't always the case.  Years ago technology was limited, especially in electric flying.  Thousands of potential R/C flyers undoubtedly walked away from the hobby in frustration after not seeking the appropriate guidance and training.  We've all heard the stories of the guy (let's call him "Bob") who invested in a nice model, took it out to a flying site (or perhaps NOT a flying site!) with no flying skills whatsoever and proceeded to smash it into pieces.   Angry and frustrated Bob decides the hobby is a...

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    How To Land Your R/C Model Airplane

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides, How To Guides - Basic, Tips and Tricks
  • There's a saying in the world of flight:  Takeoffs are optional.  Landings are mandatory. Indeed, once you are airborne, the only mandatory part of your flight is the landing (hopefully successfully and in one piece).  I've always said a bad landing can ruin a good flight.  Executing a great landing isn't only a good way to keep your aircraft and it's landing gear happy, it's immensely rewarding and a great way to end a nice flight. So today I am going to walk you through the secrets to execute a successful landing.  For simplicity sake I will use a high wing...

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    Things You Might Not Be Doing (But Should)

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides, Tips and Tricks
  • Whether you are just getting started in the hobby or have been flying R/C models for years there's always good practices, tips and tricks that come along that are worth knowing about and utilizing in your every day processes and procedures.  Here are a few to consider.  I will add more tips and tricks to this article as time passes.  Balancing Your Propeller Consider this in the "mandatory" category.  Not everyone balances their propellers but they should be.  While some come from the factory already balanced, most are not and require balancing to avoid excessive vibration in flight.  An unbalanced propeller can lead...

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    New To R/C Flight? It's All About The Stick Inputs

    Posted by Todd Breda on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides
  • When you are new to the hobby of R/C flight, there are several things you will eventually need to learn to grow in the hobby.  Today I am going to focus on one of the most important elements of flying successfully. Stick Input/Control. One of the most common things newcomers to flight think is to assume in order to properly control your aircraft (whether it's learning to fly a full scale or R/C model), you must move the stick (or yoke) in wide strokes.  This is called over-controlling, and it's quite common at first. However, you will quickly learn that an aircraft...

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    Controlling Altitude - It May Not Be How You Think

    Posted by Motion RC on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides, Tips and Tricks
  • What action do you need to take with your transmitter in order to change your altitude?   If you think by moving your elevator stick (pitch control) up or down you aren't alone. But you would be wrong. One of the things we learn in aviation - whether it's flying full scale or RC models - is that it's power, not pitch which controls altitude.  Pitch (elevator) controls the nose's attitude in relation to the horizon but ultimately it's power which we use when we either want to increase or decrease our altitude. Let's say you are on the final...

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    Why RC Simulators Can Be Key To Your Success

    Posted by Motion RC on |

  • Category: Beginner Guides, How To Guides - Basic, Tips and Tricks
  • Years ago when someone wanted to learn how to fly RC airplanes, they had to find an RC club in their area and find a member who could help them learn by way of "Buddy Box" (The instructor's radio would be linked to the beginner's radio).  While this is still a viable method and very much in practice today, the truth is, with the advancement of RC Simulators on the home computer, learning to fly has never been more exciting and accessible. There are numerous benefits to learning to fly RC using simulator software.  Let's take a look at the key...

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