First Flight: A Beginner’s Guide to RC Airplanes: How to Buy the Right Plane and Teach Yourself to Fly!

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It’s a lot easier to fly RC planes now than it was once. There’s been a revolution, thanks to the miniaturization and lower cost of tiny electronics and rechargeable batteries. At the present time you’ll buy a in a position-to-fly plane, charge the battery, and be in the air within an hour. And that’s a part of the problem. Now it’s so easy to get into the air, you’ll get there long before you’re in a position.

No matter how smart they’re, thousands of people yearly jump into the RC plane hobby, and lots of repeat the same mistakes. The most typical mistakes are:

Buying the flawed plane. A number of folks get into the RC plane hobby by buying a Porsche when they will have to have bought a Chevy. You’ve got to shop for a plane that matches your skill level – one that can fly slowly until you’ve learned to regulate the plane. You want a durable plane that can resist several hard landings without cracking into pieces. Luckily, a number of the inexpensive planes I’ll recommend in this book are also the most durable.

Wasting money on the flawed accessories, and not getting the right accessories. New hobbyists face a bewildering array of parts and accessories. For instance, do You want extra batteries? What sort of batteries? Do You want a battery charger? Which one? What sort of transmitter do You want? Are you able to use your existing transmitter with your future planes?

Being impatient. In my first three months in the RC plane hobby, I lost and crashed more than a dozen planes, simply because I wasn’t properly prepared and didn’t exercise patience—like trying to fly right through bad weather. I can show you how to prepare yourself for the most productive chance at success.

Having no plan for takeoffs, flying, and landing before you leave home. We’ll go over the basics of piloting a model plane, and how to do it safely even as having fun. Don’t wait until you have a plane in the air before you start learning. Start now. I’ll give simple instructions on how to take off, fly and land even as keeping your risks of accident and injury as little as conceivable.

Through trial and error, I’ve discovered which planes are the most productive for novice RC pilots. There are dozens of choices, but somewhat few have earned a place in this book. I’ve purchased and flown the entire planes mentioned here (in conjunction with other planes that didn’t make it into this book). My recommendations are based solely on how the planes perform, the quality of the materials, and the manufacturer’s customer make stronger.

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