When preparing for take-off for the first flight of your model, it is important to make sure that everything on your plane is in place so you will have a safe flight. This article explains tasks that need to be completed before your model flies for the first time. Since there are many tasks to complete, a maiden flight checklist is included in the article, so it will be easier to remember all the tasks that need to be completed in order for your first flight to go smoothly.
In regards to remote control (RC) airplanes, there are two types to choose from: almost ready-to-fly (ARF) or ready-to-fly (RTF) models. In this article, we will discuss the types of airframes that are available for these types of models and which are best for learning the basics of RC flight. We will also explain how to modify airframes of ARF and RTF aircraft to improve performance and durability.
Since there is a lot to know when beginning a hobby in model aircraft, it is important to receive advice from experienced participants in the hobby. This article discusses the three main categories of model aircraft: free flight, control line and radio control and provides tips for newcomers of the hobby.
Flying a plane is somewhat similar to driving a car. Like driving a car, it takes a lot of practice to make you feel comfortable when flying. This article discusses different techniques that you can use to fly your aircraft in a straight line and explains how to make necessary course adjustments for the flight to go smoothly.
The "Scratch-One" is a new Radio Control trainer design that Bob Aberle created. This article explains how to build this particular trainer. A list of manufacturers that sell the materials needed to assemble the Scratch-One is also included at the bottom of the article, so the construction of this particular trainer will go more smoothly.
Sir George Cayley, often called the Father of Aeronautics, designed a helicopter powered by a bow-string mechanism with feather blades (similar to the reproduction shown here). Later, he experimented by flying a model with multiple adjustable surfaces, allowing him to understand how every change affected the model’s flight. This model is a ½ scale replica of his original 1804 model. Cayley used the data from these experiments to publish his On Aerial Navigation in 1809.