TRAINER.... Trainers are designed to be easy to fly. Offering gentle, slow flight characteristics ideal for helping new pilots learn to fly. If you're just starting out, a trainer is definitely your best choice. SPORT.... Skills developed from trainers tranfer directly to sport aircraft, so most pilots feel comfortable even during their first sport flights. Sport airplanes offer higher performance in the form of more maneuverability and speed.
SCALE . . . .Airplanes in this category are designed to replicate full -scale aircraft in looks and performance. With the introduction of high-quality ARF scale models, anyone can now enjoy flying their favorite scale planes with minimal building time and skill required.
AEROBATIC. . . .These aircraft are designed to perform challenging aerobatic maneuvers. 3D-specific aerobatic planes are designed for post-stall maneuvers like hovers, torquer rolls and waterfall tumbles, while scale aerobatic aircraft offer a blend of precision aerobatic performance along with 3D maneuverability.
Level 1....Designed to be easy to fly, but requires that a first-time pilot have an experienced instructor assist during the learning stages of flight. These aircrafts are typically high-wing (gas or electric) trainers. A gas powered trainer will require basic starting and engine tuning skills to operate. Several trainers now come RTF (Ready-To-Fly). These aircraft have the radio and engine already installed, requiring little assembly. ARF (Almost- Ready-To-Fly) these type of aircraft require some basic assembly that may include some gluing of parts and using some basic tools. No covering, painting or sanding is required.
Level 2....Requires previous flying experience. The pilot should be confident in all basic aspects of flight control, including solo flight, control reversal, landings, stall recovery and dead stick landing procedures. A pilot should feel totally confident in flying and landing a trainer before attempting to fly these type of aircraft. A good understanding of how to tune and adjust an engine is also important.
Level 3....Pilot should have extensive flight experience and be confident in advanced aspects of flight control, including understanding low and high speed stalls, inverted flight and crosswind effects. An understanding of computer radios, including dual-rate and mixing functions, is also important. Aircraft of this type, while not particularly difficult to fly, could cause serious damage due to their size, weight and speed if flown unsafely,and must be flown with respect for property and safety at all times.
Remember... All aircraft should be flown with respect, and most of all safely!!!!
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Getting Started With A Trainer
One of the best and certainly most conventional and proven ways of learning to fly RC airplanes is with a .40 or .60-size trainer and an instructor. With an experienced instructor guiding you through those first steps, you'll advance more quickly and likely learn details that would take years to discover on your own. Things like engine starting and tuning tips, tips on handling control reveral, battery charging tips, etc. An instructor typically checks over a new airplane for flight worthiness and go over important flight techniques before you actually fly. Finding a qualified instructor is as easy as contacting your local flying club or hobby shop, and they will put you in contact with the club trainers. From there, the sky's the limit!!!
Once you've become comfortable and confident with taking off, and flying around and landing, it's time to move up to high-performance aircraft. Here's where the fun really begins! Aircrafts like the Ultra Stick or Wild Stiksadvance flight skills and flying fun. If you like realism, scale offerings like the J3 Cub or the AT-6 Texan offer realistic in-flight looks in an easy-to-fly airframe. The experiences gained from learning to fly a trainer will directly transfer to these aircraft, making them quickly comfortable to fly.
Aerobatics offer the ultimate form of expression in RC flight. The sense of accomplishment begins with those first successful rolls and loops. Then as skill level improves, the ability to do more complex maneuvers increase and the sense of achievement and confidence grow to the next level. That's the beauty of aerobatics, there's always more to learn. Now is the best time to be into aerobatic RC flight. The airplanes are more affordable, quicker and easier to build and offer a higher level of performance than ever before. And for those wanting to show off their flight skills, these's no better way than with an aerobatic plane. The performance of the latest 3D designs has to be experienced to believed.