This new eBook details all the necessary info and advice you need to get started safely in the exhilarating hobby of flying radio control planes.
Focusing on a typical electric 'Park Flyer' type model, the book takes you step-by-step all the way; understanding radio control systems and primary flight controls of a radio controlled plane, choosing and buying your first plane, preparing it for flight and getting airborne are just some of the topics covered.
Essential for any newcomer to the hobby, The Beginner's Guide To Flying RC Airplanes eBook won't overwhelm you with all the unnecessary stuff that you don't need to know right now; it gets right to the point and answers all the 'getting started' questions that you're ever likely to have!
Excerpts from this book
"Not many hobbies have the potential to teach you such a diverse range of topics, yet at the same time be as simple and straightforward as you want it to be. In other words, you can throw yourself in to the model building side of the hobby as much as the flying side and learn about model airplane design and construction techniques, aerodynamics, mechanical issues on IC (internal combustion) model engines, electronics.... the list goes on. Or, you can just buy a simple electric Ready To Fly airplane, charge the battery and go! (with some help from this book, of course!)"
"So, what are the differences between transmitter modes? They are....
Mode 1: the left stick operates elevator and rudder movement of the airplane, and the right stick operates engine power (throttle) and ailerons. With this set-up the two primary flight controls (elevators and ailerons) are on separate sticks and so you're less likely to inadvertently move one while intentionally moving the other.
Mode 2: the left stick operates throttle and rudder while the right stick operates elevator and ailerons. This set-up corresponds to a real airplane's control stick, or yoke, because the two primary flight controls are on the same stick.
The following pictures show these two modes respectively...."
"This attitude obviously determines whether the plane climbs or dives (although it's very possible to fly level but still have a nose-up attitude), and this has a direct effect on the plane's airspeed; applying up elevator to initiate a climb will slow the airplane if extra motor power isn't applied at the same time, while applying down elevator to initiate a dive will increase the airplane's airspeed, even if motor power is reduced. It's the same as when you ride your bicycle up or down a hill - gravity effects your speed, and an airplane is effected in just the same way!
As for Tx stick movement, pulling the stick towards you will raise the elevator and pitch the nose up, while pushing the stick away from you will cause the plane to dive."
"The correct choice of RC airplane as your first one is going to have a dramatic impact on your enjoyment of and success with getting started in radio control flying.
Quite simply, if you buy the wrong kind of plane your first flight will end in disaster, probably seconds after take off, and you'll be put off the hobby for life! I can't stress enough the importance of taking a bit of time and care when choosing your first plane, and this is actually a downside (about the only one...) to the wide availability and choice of radio control airplanes on the market these days - you can become very easily overwhelmed by the variety of planes out there, and if you don't know what you're looking for then it's all too easy to get impatient and make a bad purchase.
" Range check: this is the one that you can't forget about! The importance of this pre-flight check justifies a few detailed paragraphs dedicated to it, so here they are...
The radio control range check is a crucial one that tells you whether or not the signal from Tx to Rx is a strong one or not, and hence whether or not it's safe for you to fly. When you perform a range check you're effectively sending a much weaker signal from the transmitter to the plane over a given distance. The picture below illustrates a range check, with instructions after....
"While flying the plane around try your best to keep the altitude constant - this is going to require careful use of the elevator and the motor too if you need to make any serious adjustments to the plane's height. By getting in to this 'careful flying' pattern from Day 1, you're not getting in to any bad habits that will be hard to break later on.
Maintaining a constant altitude while practicing turning is a lot to think about on your first flight, but concentration and practice does pay off in time, and you'll be a better RC pilot for it. Bear in mind that your first flight is not the time to start flying aerobatic manoeuvres! Gentle turning, altitude control and getting used to how your plane handles is all(!) you need to worry about at this time, so forget about trying any fancy stuff and just concentrate on flying your plane in a leisurely