If ELECTRIC RC PLANES is the first page you have opened after reaching www.aviation-for-kids.com I won’t blame you. After all, this is what you will end up sooner or later: flying electric RC planes.
These days you can find tons of flying toys, for budget oriented beginners to consumed hobbyist. What should you chose? Which plane for beginners is the best to start with? Where should you buy one? Ready-to-Fly or a DIY kit? Brick-and-mortar store or an online vendor?
These are three important questions I had when I stared in this hobby and here are some answers that I hope will help you too.
How old is the pilot? This is one of the most important question you have to answer. Flying an RC plane is easy but you don’t want to buy an expensive plane for a very young pilot. In the same time, don’t be “too cheap”. A plane that is hard to control and easy to break might discourage a young pilot to continue almost as much as crashing an expensive electric RC plane (this will happen, sooner or later anyway).
As I have mentioned before, the cheapest electric RC plane you can find is not the best option to start with even if it might be very tempting. You will find soon that, on the long run, you will spend more buying a number of cheap RC planes that won’t fly as you expect or, worse, you might loose them during some malfunctions.
As tempting it might be, I would recommend for a beginner a specialized “brick-and-mortar” store. Here you can get the guidance of professional vendors that will look forward to have you back and grow in this hobby. They are the best to start you up and, most important, they will assist you with parts and guidance when you will have to repair damaged planes.
Money wise, most of these vendors will match anything you can find online. If there are no such stores in your neighborhood look for some clubs or hobbyists groups. They will be more than happy to help you (it happened to me).
On-line stores are also a good source of RC Planes. A good on-line store must have a large inventory to choose from,a good shipping and return policy as well as more information about this hobby (forums,product reviews,tutorials and links to other aviation resources).Don`t fall for sites that offer relatively cheap products without much support.They might be only re-sellers of larger vendors.
These are the most important questions a beginner pilot will have. The next question is “What plane should I buy”. Here is a little harder for me to give an answer because I have readers from all over the world. For those based in USA, I will recommend a Hobby Zone Super Cub.
This is a reasonable priced electric plane, easy to fly, very stable and sturdy. I have crashed this plane a few times (broke it in two) and, after a quick fix with hot glue it was ready to fly.Foam RC planes like this are the best option for budget conscious hobbyists.
The Super Cub is a three-channel plane (you can control the power, the elevators and the rudder),very stable (dihedral wings), it comes with its own controller and it has a long flying range.Also,it has a safety feature installed that will correct and stabilize the flight in case you will get disoriented and lose the plane controls.
After a few disappointing experiences with some cheap planes I have decided to invest a little more in a Super Cub and you can see in the video below how easy was for my 9 year old son to fly it (I apologize for the picture quality).
The Super Cub is a three-channel plane (you can control the power, the elevators and the rudder), very stable (dihedral wings), it comes with its own controller and it has a long flying range. Also,it has a safety feature installed that will correct and stabilize the flight in case you will get disoriented and lose the plane controls.
This plane is more expensive that anything you can find at stores like Wall Mart so you might be discouraged to make this investment but, from my experience,it`s the best beginner plane I have bought.
Just a little secret: I also recommend you to learn how to fly on a RC plane simulator. Check my FLIGHT SIMULATORS page for some links to great simulators (free and paid).Even if the hands-on experience is unreplaceable, practicing on a simulator will build some reflexes, give you more confidence to fly a real plane and satisfy your desire to fly during bad weather.
If you are ready to start in this beautiful hobby take your time and watch the following tutorial for absolute beginners: