7 Easy Steps to becoming an RC Pilot
When it comes time to take your newly built RC trainer to the flying field, a whole new world opens up to you. These first unsure steps from the building boards to the flightline can be both exciting and frightening if you don’t have a plan. So, for that first trip to the club’s flight facility be sure you are ready, have the proper and required equipment and don’t forget to apply for your AMA membership card. To increase your chances of success, go to the hobby shop where you purchased your trainer and get in contact with the local club. Get to know the members and set yourself up with an instructor. Make sure your radio and power system are operating correctly and that you have a few spare props. Then get ready to commit RC aviation.
Here are the seven steps to a successful first flight.
When ever possible, make arrangements ahead of time to meet up with your RC instructor. The real secret to success is team work and practice.
Once you have successfully made that first flight, plan to practice a lot and work with your instructor until you are able to solo, and make your first unassisted flight. It is a great achievement and something you should be prouf of. Keep at it and work on the areas that give you the most difficulty until it all be comes natural and fun. One of the first areas of difficulty is when the model is flying back toward you. In this situation your control inputs and the model’s reactions seem backwards. You move the stick to the left and the model’s nose turns to your right. This is where most unassisted beginner pilots lose their airplane! To correct your model’s attitude, move your stick toward the low wing tip and it will level the wings.
If you do damage your trainer, don’t be discouraged. Get with your instructor and learn how to repair your model. It’s a lot cheaper than buying a whole new airplane. With lots of practice, you will quickly develop into a proficent RC pilot. Go for it! RC model airplanes is one of the most rewarding hobbies there is. Stay at it and watch how quickly you become a pilot and how fast you meet a whole buch of new friends! Flying buddies are the best! They’ll teach you a lot and encourage you all the way.