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Interested in R/C Aircraft?

Here are a few tips to get you started in a positive direction!

 

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 usually priceless.

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 AMA!

There are several other good references from the R/C modeling links on this home page to get you started.

Good Luck!