New To R/C - R/C Engine Safety

An R/C model engine can be a very dangerous item if not handled with care and respect! Accident can and often do happen. Please read all the operating instructions and safety guides that come with your engine and follow them rigorously. Here are some of our top safety tips. Please feel free to contact us with your top safety ideas!

Remember - Model engines are VERY powerful and operate at a high RPM. They can easily sever a finger if given a chance. Engines also get VERY hot during operation! Please be careful.


Some R/C Engine Safety & Operating Tips
  • When starting an aircraft engine by hand, always use a chicken stick or a starter to prevent injury to your fingers.

  • If your propeller is chipped or cracked, replace it. It could be a danger to you and those around you.
  • Use only the manufacturers recommended fuel mix and propeller.
    R/C 4 Stroke Engine
  • Regularly check the tightness of the prop nut especially on wooden props.

  • Always avoid wearing loose fitting clothes.

  • Keep spectators well away and especially away from the direction of the rotating propellor.

  • Ensure that the throttle is closed or very nearly closed before starting your engine.

  • Ensure the model is secured so as not to move when the engine fires.

  • Never reach over a rotating propellor.

  • Never run an engine in areas of loose gravel or sand as the prop can throw up this material into your face.

  • Ensure that your glow plug battery wire is well away from the prop.

  • Make sure you stand behind the model once the engine has started before throttling up.

  • Make sure no one is standing in front or to the side of the model when the engine is running.

  • Carry out all pre flight checks thoroughly.

  • Never throw anything into the prop to stop the engine. Pinch the fuel tube or use a kill switch.

  • Keep a lookout for unexpected visitor or people passing by who may be unaware of your activities.

  • Abide by guidelines laid out by the BMFA and local club rules.

  • Keep the fuel that enters the carburettor clean with the use of a fuel filter. Put a filter on the output of your fuel bottle when filling your model and another between the fuel tank and the carburettor in your model.

  • When setting the high speed needle valve always adjust it to the rich side of a smooth run. An engine that runs lean for any length of time is very susceptible to damage, particularly a ringed engine.

  • When you finish running your engine for the day, let the engine run dry of fuel by pulling off the fuel line before shutting it down for the last time. This will ensure that no unburned fuel is lying in the crankcase. Methanol and nitro-methane attract moisture which will cause your engine components to rust, especially your ball bearings.

  • After running your engine dry, use an after run oil to give a protective coat to the inside of your engine for further prevention of corrosion.