RCFlight-Tips can be of great value to those new to the hobby.

The following RCFlight-Tips are listed below:

  • Balance your Airplane
  • Preflight Check
  • Taking Off
  • Landing the Airplane

  • Balance Your Airplane

    An airplane must be balanced properly in order to fly successfully. If the airplane is not properly balanced it will be unstable and likely crash.

    To properly balance your rc airplane, the battery pack and reciever must be installed in their correct positions on the model. The propeller, spinner and muffler should also be installed on the engine and connected and ready for flight.

    Always balance your aircraft with the fuel tank empty!


    Between 3 1/2" to 4 1/4" Behind the leading edge of the wing.

    (within this range is safe and acceptable)

    Pre-flight Check

    The pre-flight is very important for any airplane. RC model aircraft can be very dangerous if safety is not practiced.

    Follow the safety manual that comes with your new airplane. If you do not understand the manual first time, read it over again until it begins to make sense.

  • Range check your radio transmitter according to the manufacturer's instructions before flying.
  • Run your new airplane engine though at least two tanks of fuel.
  • Double check the alignment and movement of all the controls one more time to be sure everything is functioning properly.
  • Make sure none of the pushrods are binding or the servos stalling.
  • Be sure to CHARGE your reciever batteries before each flying session at least 5 to 7 hours.

    Taking Off

    OK, now that you have the feel of flying a rc airplane, it is time to learn TAKING OFF.

    It is not as hard as it might seem, I learnt this part of airplane flying on my own. Although it is best to let an experienced rc pilot assist you until you get the hang of taking your aircraft up unassisted.

    It takes constant practice and after a while taking off will become second nature. You wont worry about it anymore.

    To learn how to fly an airplane off the ground.

  • Face your airplane toward the direction you plan to take off from.
  • Slowly advance your engine throttle forward, try to keep the airplane straight as it heads down the runway.
  • Slowly pull the elevator stick back on your transmitter, your airplane will slowly but gently lift off the runway into the sky. Let the aircraft rise to about 100ft and start a slight left or right turn, and level your airplane.

    Reduce the engine speed to about half throttle, EXHALE for a moment.

    The airplane should be flying at a safe altitude.

  • When you are ready to land your plane, let an experienced pilot land your airplane until you learn how to land.

    Landing the Airplane

    I really like Landing the Airplane, it has not always been that way. In my early stages of rc flying, I was terrified of landing. All because I did not know how to properly handle a model for that stage of flying.

    I asked an experienced rc pilot help me learn how to land safely. I applied the landing tips I recieved from the experienced pilot.

    After a few sessions with an experienced flying instructor, my landing approaches improved greatly.

    In conclusion, I suggest you do like wise, if you cannot land your airplane.

    Be patient and apply the above RCFlight-Tips one step at a time!

    Keep up with RC Safety!

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