A Handy Guide to RC Aircraft

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A Handy Guide to RC Aircraft

Building and flying radio controlled aircraft is a great hobby for children that encompassess both indoor and out of doors activities. However, radio controlled aircraft flying is not limited to children and many adults participate in the activity and enjoy the fun of building, flying, and competing with model aircraft. Model RC aircraft building and flying is a fun activity for the entire family once you know the aircraft as well as how to fly.

Selecting a Model

When selecting a model to build, the first consideration should be the age of the person who is going to be building the model. For a child, a simple model that does not include a great many components is a good start. Although enthusiasts can build models from the ground up, beginning RC flyers are most likely to be successful when using model aircraft kits that include all the parts with instructions on how to assemble the aircraft. If a child is too young to build a kit, but is interested in aircraft, starting with a toy airplane can be a basic step toward future activity.


Building a Model

Even simple model aircraft kits require some time and patience to build. With children, adult supervision and participation is key to a successful outcome. Since building the aircraft requires using model aircraft glue and paints, builders should work in a well-protected area, such as on an old table with newspaper or craft paper covering. Using the glue requires good air circulation, so be sure there is a window that can be opened nearby.

Learning and Practising Flying

Flying is the next step, but proceed with caution. When flying radio controlled aircraft , operators need control of their fine motor skills and the ability to concentrate. Most children under 10 years of age are unable to fly an RC aircraft without supervision. Starting with an RC helicopter in the house or back garden may be a great start to develop the fine motor skills needed. Keep in mind that radio controlled aircraft must operate under certain frequencies, which can interfere with nearby model aircraft, so be aware of both your frequency and the frequencies of others for safety.


Where to Fly for Fun and Safety

Strict rules are in place for where people can fly RC aircraft. Most airports have a no-fly zone that can extend from as little as 4.83 kilometres upwards of 16.09 kilometres. Be sure to check with your local council on acceptable flying areas. Most councils do not allow flying in parks for health and safety considerations. One of the best ways to learn to is to join a model aircraft organisation. There you can meet experienced crafters who can assist you with learning to fly, understanding the rules, and, as a bonus, you can see a wide variety of aircraft including vintage model aircraft and scale model aircraft.

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