Beginners guide for fixed wing flying
with 2 stroke / 4 stroke engines.
Obviously the first thing you need to do is choose a model, preferably
I have listed 3 choices below to get you started.
1. Buy a second-hand Trainer which is already made and ready to go. This has many advantages,
the first being reduced cost, but mainly it gets you up and running quickly, it is usually a model
that has already been flown, tested and should be ok, but will need to be checked over by an experienced flyer.
2. Buy an ARTF Trainer - Almost Ready To Fly. These are normally purchased ready covered
and about 80 to 95% made, a bit of assembly and gluing is required, but this is usually minimal, after this is done you need
to fit the engine and radio gear. One of the main advantages of taking the ARTF route, is that you get a sense of satisfaction,
knowing that you have assembled your own plane, in a relatively short period of time.
3. Start with a kit or a plan and build your own, and learn from scratch the finer points
of model making and assembly, a big plus of this action is that you learn how a model is made and where its weaknesses and
strengths are etc, a negative to this is that it obviously takes much longer to get your model ready to fly.
If you do choose the "starting from scratch" course of action, then
you will need many more tools for making
the model, a few examples are shown below.
This is not an exhaustive list but gives you an idea of some of the
tools required to make your own model.
Suggested equipment and tools for your first model are as follows:
Trainer with a recommended engine size of 0.42 - 0.48 cu in
Four function R/C system (transmitter and receiver) operating three primary controls (rudder, aileron,
and elevator) plus the engine throttle.
4 Branded servo’s, Futaba, Jr, Hitec etc
4.8 volt receiver battery
On / off switch
Small and Large flat bladed screwdrivers
Small and Large Phillips type screwdrivers
Pump, and of course, some good fuel.
More advice! - Join a BMFA affiliated
Flying club (hopefully ours), so that you can learn to fly correctly and safely, you will also pickup useful information and
tips by doing this.
Braunstone Park Flyers use a “Buddy Box” system of training
for learners, this system is widely recognized by flying clubs worldwide, this is the easiest and safest way for a beginner
to start flying, and allows the student to learn quickly and confidently, without
the fear of crashing.
Remember learning to fly model aircraft is very very difficult
if you are trying to do it alone. It can be a lot easier than you may think. Join our flying club, the Braunstone Park
Our club is happy to offer newcomers a trial lesson
on one of our dual control training aircraft, and advise you on suitable equipment to buy.