The day has come! You have done the hard yards on the simulator (at least I hope you have) and you’re ready to take to the skies!
The most important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t fly if you’re not ready or if the weather is not favourable. It’s easy to get excited and just go for it! Most hobbyists will agree that at one point they have pushed the envelope to their demise! Continue reading Introduction to Flying #7: First Flight
In some instances a transmitter is supplied with most first models. These kits are especially designed for people getting in to the hobby and can provide you with a cheap entry in to the hobby.
However, you may want to purchase your own transmitter. The good thing is that you can find a good transmitter relatively cheap! Continue reading Introduction to Flying #5: Radio Transmitter
You’re excited to fly your first plane; and why shouldn’t you be? It’s great fun and it gets you outside to enjoy the weather.
One thing most people do when starting out, is eye off a difficult model to fly because it looks cool! You can still get cool looking first planes (depending on your taste). Continue reading Introduction to Flying #4: First Plane
After spending some time on your flight simulator, you should spend some time at your local flying club if you have one. It’s great to meet like-minded people in the hobby and to learn from people with a wealth of experience.
Another benefit is buddy boxing!Buddy boxing… It’s not what you’re thinking (it’s not jumping in a ring with an opponent)! Continue reading Introduction to Flying #3: Buddy Boxing
The best way to learn how to fly (and cheapest), is to purchase a flight simulator. This will allow you to develop much-needed hand and eye coordination. This by far will make the biggest impact on your first successful flight.
You should spend enough time on a simulator to the point where you can take-off, perform a figure of 8 and land. Continue reading Introduction to Flying #2: Flight Simulator
You have either seen someone flying or you have had a taste of what it’s like to fly a remote control plane! You’re excited and want to take the next steps to make your first flight. Why shouldn’t you be? Flying an RC plane is a lot of fun, gets you outdoors in the fresh air and will enable you to meet like-minded people in the hobby! Continue reading Introduction to Flying #1 – Safety
We have provided below most of the common problems when preparing your plane for its first flight. Continue reading Introduction to Flying #8: Troubleshooting
It’s important that you know some of the key components that make your plane. In most cases, you will have to do some minor assembly for your first plane which will require some minor tweaking to get it flying right. It also may be that you crash and need to replace parts. A good start is knowing what the parts are so you can do some research. Continue reading Introduction to Flying #6 – Identifying Key Components
Recently during a flying day I had a tricky flight with a small very fast model in windy conditions, during a turn at the end of the field the wind caught it and I struggled to establish orientation in the poor light so had no choice but to ditch the model. Continue reading Finding your lost model using RSSI
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In the previous articles we’ve covered what iNav is and what it can do for a fixed wing pilot. Continue reading Building A ‘Smart’ Plane with iNav – Article #5