Balancing RC Model Aircraft
Every RC airplane (and all other aircraft, for that matter) have a specific CG position, it’s the mean point where all gravitational forces act upon the plane, and the point where the plane balances fore-aft correctly. Technically this is called longitudinal balance. You can liken a plane’s centre of gravity to the fulcrum of a see-saw, for example. Continue reading How To Balance an RC Model Aircraft
Balancing a prop is one of the most important things when building a multicopter or a plane. In this article, I will be using a slowfly 2 blade plastic prop as an example. Please note that the method differs depending on the prop type i.e. 3 blade prop, wooden prop, etc.
It pays to have a good prop balancing tool. Continue reading How to Balance a Prop
The most simple method I have found to balance a brushless motor is using an application on my mobile phone. By simply running up the engine while the application records vibrate, I slowly adjust the vibration with a small piece of tape repeating this process until the vibration measurement is at its minimum. Continue reading How to Balance a Brushless Motor using your Phone
We take the humble speed controller for granted but it hasn’t always been this easy. Speed controllers have been around since Adam, however, they were nowhere near as sophisticated as today’s modern Electronic Speed Controllers. Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC)
Heat shrink covering film is one of the easiest materials to apply, yet to many, it seems daunting and beyond their ability. It easy to understand just how this lost art has become so foreign to the RC aero-modeler. With the rise and rise of the foam PNF model many people never cut their teeth on a balsa kit. This article is not about the pros and cons of balsa kits, we’ll leave that debate for another day. Continue reading How to Apply Covering Film to a Model Aeroplane
You may be a park flyer and say to yourself that this doesn’t apply to me. I guarantee you that it does and there are very good reasons for you to follow these rules. I encourage you to read on and share this with your friends and fellow pilots. I’ll break this into two parts, Park Pilots and Club Pilots. Continue reading RC Flying Etiquette
They say, taking off is optional but landings are mandatory. The more landings you do the better you’ll become at it, as practice makes perfect. Landing your RC plane is without a doubt the hardest and most nerve-racking part of the entire flight, particularly when you’re just learning to fly control airplanes. Continue reading How Do You Land an RC Plane?
The FrSky series of transmitters are amazing! As a low cost transmitter, it’s packed with plenty of functions and features to satisfy a beginner right through to an expert.
The radio itself can be as easy or complicated as you want to make it. Continue reading FrSky Taranis X9D – Mode Swap
In this article we cover the basics when it comes to key concepts for building the right multicopter. By understanding the key concepts, you will be able to make a more informed decision when it comes to buying components and how they relate. Depending on the type of flying you plan to do i.e. FPV racing or aerial photography, the components differ in some ways. Continue reading Multicopter Basics #8 – Key Concepts
When it comes to building a multicopter, there are other components that are important to ensure a successful flight! By focusing on each key component and exploring the basic tips below, you’re going to have a much better chance of making that first flight a success! Continue reading Multicopter Basics #7 – Other Key Components