rc-plane-flight-basics by MarijanStefanovic


									RC Plane Flight Basics

Building and flying radio controlled planes can become an expensive
proposition when you realize you not only have to buy the plane and all
motor and radio equipment, you also have to pay for the gasoline or the
electricity to charge the battery. Then, after you've spent all this
money, just imagine what you'll feel like when you see your plane go down
in a ball of flames. Just to make matters worse, after the crash you can
expect all the components from the plane will be too damaged to use in
another one. It's enough to make a grown man cry when you see all that
time and money lying at your feet in pieces.

Before you send your plane into the air, you'll want to choose a day with
very clear skies and very little wind if any. It would be best if you
also choose a warm day. It simply wouldn't do to have you standing there
shivering as you're attempting to maneuver the controls as the plane is
flying. You will also need a good place for take-off, and roads and
sidewalks are good for this purpose. An open field is a good place to
fly planes, as you don't want to have a lot of houses, people or trees in
the flight path.

Before the flight, even if you're an experienced flier, you will want to
check your equipment. There is nothing that can protect you if the
equipment is working properly. Be sure to double-check every detail
before the plane goes up. You should pay particular attention to the
landing gear to make sure it is good and secure, and will be able to
survive the impact of the eventual landing. You'll also want to check
each connection between the batteries or fuel supply and the engine.
Next, text the radio gear to be certain that each motion is being
properly relayed to the plane. To do this, you can hold the plane in
your hand while you, or a friend, test the controls.

Be certain the runway is clear of people and that there is enough room to
get up to speed and take off. Hopefully, your plane will lift gently and
smoothly into the air. There's no way I can give you exact details about
how to take-off and fly your plane because there are so many different
kinds of radio controllers. This is one time I strongly recommend you
take the time to read the manual that came with your equipment.

Once the flight is over, and your plane is safely back on the ground you
will want to inspect all of the equipment again. If all want well during
the flight and landing, everything should be okay. But, check it
carefully anyway. This step can save you a lot of trouble in the future.

One last word of caution: Be sure to check with the local authorities
for any of their rules and regulations. By following these few simple
guidelines you should find flying remote controlled planes and enjoyable
and rewarding hobby.

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