WORDS OF WISDOM FROM A NINE-YEAR VETERAN OF RADIO CONTROL MODEL AIRCRAFT FLYING
If I could give any advice to a “newcomer” to this hobby it would be, in
order of priority:
(1) Keep the plane out in front of you and as close as possible. The worst trouble you can get into is flying too far away – I speak from experience.
(2) If there is a wind blowing from whatever direction, keep the plane high enough, directly overhead and in front of you at all times or at least “upwind”. If you “deadstick” and are too far “downwind” you will never glide back to the field to land.
The flying directly overhead is also important if you have just made an engine adjustment and are uncertain as to engine performance.
3) If you wish to trim your aircraft, do so at least 100 ft. altitude – any less and you will probably be trimming a damaged plane – I again speak from experience.
(4) Use a “chicken stick” or electric starter when starting glow engines otherwise it can cause a lot of finger damage.
(5) After getting your plane and ground equipment out, and if you are using 72 mhz frequency put your “Frequency Pin” on the board before you go any further. Make sure your antenna is fully extended on the 72 mhz transmitter. If you are using the new 2.4 GHz radio frequency system then check with the club personnel as to the required procedure regarding pins on frequency board.
I could go on with many other stories of my first year flying experience and many of my Club associates will agree with me on the above as they all had the same experiences.
by Rob Bacchus, MAAC 72309