Warning! These Are Not Toys!
Even a small electric model's prop could easily do a lot of damage to a person so flying and using RC aero models safely is paramount.
Getting in RC flight requires the purchase of an aircraft model, motive power, fuel and/or batteries depending on whether you going to us electric or glow power. A receiver and transmitter and other small essential accessories, glow plug driver, fuel pump.
Some models come ready to fly (PNF or RTF) but still require some assembly. Read the article "Getting into RC" on this website will help you decide.
Always a BIG question
However, we find nowadays that most newcomers invest in an electric model virtually assembled so only requires your choice of receiver and asuitable transmitter and two Lipo (lithium polymer) batteries
Making the Decision
- You are going to have to lay out some hard earned cash to get started as in most hobbies and pursuits.
- If you are a beginner, a commitment to attend for regular, consecutive training.
- Turning up randomly is not acceptable and it makes your training period long and drawn out.
- Fellow club members will assist you to help yourself acquire the skills of piloting and maintaining a remote controlled aircraft.
- To fly in a responsible and safe manner at all times.
- Do you have good eyesight whether you need glasses or not - RC flying relies on visual orientation.
It is recommended that you request a trial flight session initially using our dual control training aircraft so we can determine your ability and the time period to learn the basic skills to fly your model solo at our flying field or our exclusive sites.
Junior flyers (under 18 years)
We welcome Juniors over 12 years who are at the stage where they are capable of understanding that models are not toys and able to understand instructions.. Parents must also accompany the junior at the field at all times. We would also like to make parents aware that if theIr child really wants to take up the hobby there is a fair cash outlay for a plane, transmitter and associated equipment. And that the parent is also going to be involved frequently as they will be the means of transport mainly at weekends usually Saturdays whilst training.
Basic Start Equipment? What? How much?
- Spektrum DX6e Transmitter £134.00 to £169.00 **
- Receiver AR610 DSMX £36.00 to £38.00 **
- EPP Model. eg; ST Discovery Trainer Model ARTF £122.00 to £134.00
- 2 x Lipo batteries Capacity and size depends on model requirements. £40.00
- Balance Fast charger. eg: Fusion LX60 LiPo/NiCd/NiMH Charger £66.00 (Note I chose this one as it is Mains 240v AND 12 volt, therefore can be used off a car battery)
** You may have to shop around for a good deal for the Transmitter complete with receiver which could save a little bit more