Many people like the idea of flying a remote control plane, but how to choose one especially if one is only a beginner can truly be a problem. There is no one single perfect aircraft, but when you are thinking of buying one for yourself, there are some considerations that you need to make before buying a remote control plane.
The plane’s stability in the air should be the first consideration to make. The plane should have slow speed so that you will be given time to react if anything happens unexpectedly. Choose a remote control plane that is sturdy and durable and easy to control so that in case of a crash, your plane will not get easily damaged so you can try to fly it again.
You have a choice of assembling the plane yourself or buying a ready assembled one for beginners. Many beginners are too eager to fly their planes immediately so they will have less patience with assemble it yourself types and so they prefer the RTF or ready to fly planes. Most beginners are impatient to use their remote control planes immediately and so the perfect option for them are the pre-assembled planes. Some models have attachments to be done first, but there are also those where everything is already set for use.
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The airplane design is another consideration to make. You can choose two types of airplanes that satisfy the criteria set above which are stability in the air and easy control. The first is the high wing plane design where the wings are attached to the top of the fuselage to give it more stability than the low wing aircraft. The electric powered glider is also stable in the air, and slow flying, which is beneficial to beginners who need to know about what they are doing while flying. With large glider planes you will not have a hard time spotting it from a distance but it may not be very convenient to be transporting them around.
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Beginners are known to crash their planes most of the time and that is why it is important to determine whether spare parts are available so that in the event that the aircraft will need it you can still make repairs. A plane with three controllable functions, or channels, will allow you to control the motor power, the elevators and the rudder. If you have a fourth channel then it can also control the ailerons. It is your choice whether you want to learn easily with three channels only or you want to have more fun with four channels.
If we sum up all the requirements for a beginner’s aircraft we come up with a pre-assembled plane which is stable in the air and easy to fly, it can be a high wing designed one or an electric powered glider whose spare parts are readily available and with three controllable functions that are easy to learn.