Where should I start?
The best place to start is to go to a flying field and
see what the pilots are using. Look at what type of planes, engine
brands , and radios that are being used. Ask the pilots what they
prefer. I would say almost all of the time at any R/C model flying
sight you will find people there more than eager to help.
Traditionally, a high wing trainer with a .40 size engine makes a
good starter plane is recommended. Recent advances in electric
power makes some of the newer electric models appropriate also.
How much will it cost?
There is a wide variety of answers to this question.
Ball park price for your first plane with radio gear, engine ready
to fly is about $300 to $400 dollars. This could go up for a large
variety of reasons, or if you are fortunate to find someone
wanting to sell a used trainer, it could be less. There are hidden
costs as well. If you are getting into this hobby there is a wide
variety of accessories that you will surely want to have as well.
The list is almost endless, most of the items your instructor will
let you borrow in the beginning.
Catalog or Local Hobby shop?
Your local hobby shop is a good place to shop. Usually
there is a person there that can give you advice. You can see
first hand what you will be purchasing, instead of depending on a
picture in a magazine. Some things are a bit less expensive from a
catalog but the advice you can get from an experienced modeler is
Should I Join a Club?
You will want to join a club. The club will provide
you with competent instructors to help you get off to a positive
start. Learning to fly on your own can be achieved but it is not
recommended. The Temple Aero Modelers reserves Wednesday evenings
during daylight savings time just for new pilots. This is their
time and most of the attention is given to lessons for new pilots.
Lessons are also given at other times but Wednesdays are reserved
for beginners at Temple Aero Modeler's airfield. Lessons are given
at no charge.
Temple Aero Modelers has open memberships.
Temple Aero Modelers is a charter member of the AMA
#1053. To become a member just pay your annual dues of $60.00 and
have current membership in the
There are several other good references from the R/C
modeling links on this home page to get you started.