Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best Starter plane?
I learnt with a Multiplex Easystar as it’s very easy to fly and is also very strong.
How long do batteries last for?
This all depends on what you will be doing, if gliding using thermals and just using the battery to get up higher then you can be out for over 40 minutes, but on the same set up going flat-out you could last 8 minutes. Also the size of battery matters as the larger the capacity this is the (mAh) the longer it will last, but it also adds weight so this needs to be balanced.
How long does it take to charge up a battery?
With a decent charger you charge a battery up in 1 Hour on a 1C Charge - example if you have a 1500mah battery you can charge up at 1.5A for an hour.
Some battery packs have 2C and 5C charge ratings so then this takes less time for a 2C battery 30 minutes etc.
Common Abbreviations –
ESC is a Speed Controller which goes between the battery and the Motor
RTF is Ready to fly – Everything is included in the package
ARFT is Almost ready to fly – Virtually everything this is very changeable and has a loose term but usually kit content is shown or on our website it usually has an all items that are needed to complete under Related Items
BNF this is Bind and Fly which means you need to add your own Transmitter and nothing else if it is compatible with the receiver, usually on a Horizon Hobby product that will connect to a Spektrum Receiver
PNP - Plug and Play is a term used mainly by E-Flite or Parkzone which means you need to add battery, transmitter and receiver
Best Location for Radio Control Flying
Location of Flight – This is something that you need to work out at the start of Radio control flying.
Places to fly:
Private Field – We fly from a private field away from anyone, and this can be achieved by asking a local farmer etc. Insurance should be used but less so if there is nothing to hit. Insurance can be obtained through BMFA
Pros – Don’t have to worry about people as much, Can fly with mates and can fly when you want – weather depending
Cons – Good to going clubs so you meet people and gain from there experiences and get to see what people recommend as models etc
Local Park - Need Insurance from BMFA
Pros – You can fly with smaller electric park planes
Cons – Can get in peoples way, have to make sure no-one is on the same frequency as you unless using 2.4GHz which makes things safer
Pros – Get to find out things from seasoned modellers, have somewhere is good for flying from whether slops or flat fields. Also some clubs have winter indoor places so you can fly all year round.
Cons – Cost’s money and are restricted by there flying rules
Wishing Happy Flying