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I am an RC aircraft enthusiast. I first started out with a Blade CX2 helicopter and then upgraded to a single rotor Blade SR helicopter. Helicopters are difficult to figure out because they change directions so easily and most of the time your controls are backwards. So I left the hobby for a while and then recently got into RC airplanes. Now I absolutely love flying RC aircraft, planes are a little easier to get the hang of, but it really just comes down to practice, practice, and some more practice!
My first airplane was the Sport Cub S, and I HIGHLY recommend it for beginners. It has several features that restrict the airplane from crashing so you can easily get the hang of it. Then I got the Gamma 370 Pro, this was a game changer. This plane is much faster, bigger, and more difficult to learn, but very rewarding. Flying RC aircraft is so much fun, it’s hard to describe until you try it. It’s sweet that you’re actually flying a plane or helicopter in the sky and you can do countless things with them. The new thing that is growing rapidly is FPV, which stands for first person view. This gives you the ability to fly anywhere as if you were in the pilot’s seat, it’s incredible. Another thing I love about this hobby is your collection of aircraft grows, and if you choose your models right, you can still enjoy each one whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pilot. I still love flying my first plane I ever got. I hope you can enjoy the awesome world of RC!
How an Aircraft works
First, you have the transmitter and receiver that tells the aircraft what to do.The transmitter is the remote controller that you hold to give inputs to the aircraft. The receiver is a small device located on the aircraft that receives your inputs from the transmitter telling the aircraft what to do.
Secondly, what controls are there to use?
The first one is the “Throttle” which gives the aircraft power to fly (it turns the propellor).
The second one is the “Ailerons” which controls whether the aircraft tilts left or right.
The third one is the “Elevator” which controls whether the aircraft tilts up or down.
The fourth one is the “Rudder” which controls which way the aircraft turns (like a car) in the air, left or right.
Keep in mind that the more input you give, the more results you will get. For example, giving 100% throttle will make the aircraft fly much faster than 50% throttle.
Each of these controls requires one channel. So if you have a simple plane that only does these four functions, then you only need a transmitter and receiver with four channels. But if you want to add more functions to your aircraft, then you need more channels on both your transmitter and receiver (also called Tx and Rx). This allows you to add led lighting, retractable landing gear, fpv camera tilt gimbals, bomb drops, etc. But for a beginner to intermediate pilot, I would recommend a 6 channel transmitter which allows room for some fun stuff.
Lastly, in order to fly an aircraft properly, you need to control all of these functions while watching the aircraft and being able to give the needed inputs through the transmitter. As formal as that sounds, you basically just need to keep the dang thing in the air! If you’re flying a Helicopter and it begins to sway left further and further, you need to give the opposite input by pushing right, this will correct the problem from going left. The more time and practice you put in, the better you will become, and it’s as simple as that. You will have crashes, but the more time you spend learning about and selecting your aircraft, the fewer crashes you will have, and the more knowledge you will gain.
Check out this video of some cool 3D aerobatic flying:
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