Frequently Asked Questions - RC Flight Questions

RC Flight Questions

Popular questions regarding RC flying and terminology

Depends on whether you intend to fly using an electric plane or glow engined.  Is it ready built (RTF)  or part built (ARF) ?

Both types require some necessary accessories.  You will need a transmitter, a receiver and if an ARF some servos and a battery pack.

Read the articles here: Gas or Glow?

This depends on your preference when starting out.  Electric is clean and fairly quiet but requires a battery normally a Lithium Polymer and a specialised charger.

Glow engines use fuel which has a small percentage of oil in the fuel which after a days flying will need wiping off the plane. You will also need a glow starter, fuel pump to lift fuel out of can into the plane.

Read the following article and it's links: RC Flight Help

Not that simple as prices invariably rise over a year.  A typical glow high wing trainer in 2019

Initially we have to factor in a 6 channel transmitter, a 6 channel receiver, a 4.8 volt battery pack, 4 analogue servos, a cheap 0.46 engine a high trainer ARF (part built)  

Total around  £350 to £400 For glow engine models we also need glow starter, a fuel hand pump and fuel.  Approx £40

A popular starting alternative are EPP and EPO foam models. Virtually ready to fly requiring only a battery, transmitter and receiver.  Models start at about £150. Lithium Polymer battery pack approx £30. Transmitters from £120, receivers from £35. You also have to factor in a dedicated special charger for the battery pack from £45.

In the end it does tend to balance out costwise but electric are quieter and quick to get flying. Or you may prefer the sound the of an IC engine!

Yes they are and sometimes more.  Brushless motors (the magnets rotate around the windings) are quite efficient and with the relatively new LiPo ( [[Lithium Polymer]] )  battery packs they can develop outstanding torque in an instant unlike glow or petrol engines. A small 50mm diameter motor powered by a 22volt (6 cell) Lipo battery could produce 2 to 3 hp.

Yes.  Safety above all else is top priority within our club and should be within any other club too.

Regarding just the model itself and it's power train, whether electric or internal combustion (glow or petrol).  Keep objects, loose clothing and body parts away from the rotating propellor.  Do not stay in front of it and including all spectators stay behind the model.

When connecting a main battery in electric models assume that the model is "live" and treat it as you would an ic powered model. On contact with objects, etc, motors do not stall and stop like an engine would.

All models must be restrained before starting or connecting a battery.