Kevin Morgan, Nottingham Radio Control Society
Newcomers to the hobby frequently ask for advice on what to buy
if they want to learn to fly a model aircraft. The advice given
below is based on experience gained in teaching people to fly over
a period of 20 plus years and whilst not guaranteeing success will
help you avoid unnecessary expense or heartache at the start of
what will hopefully develop into a lifelong pursuit.
are three major items that need to be bought as a minimum and these
A suitable trainer type model aircraft on which to learn to fly.
(2) A compatible engine to power the model.
A set of radio control equipment.
examples will be outlined in more detail on the next pages. My advice
to a newcomer would be to purchase all of this equipment new if
financially possible. At current prices (circa. November 2000) all
of this can be purchased for between £250 to £350. There is a danger
in buying second-hand equipment in that it might not be suitable
for learning with i.e. radio equipment unreliable, engine seen better
days etc. Leave the fun of bartering to when you need to purchase
your next model. If however you decide to proceed via this route
try to get the help and advice of a knowledgeable colleague before
you part with your money.
you will need to get help in learning to fly. NEVER be tempted
to have a go on your own. Join a club. Most model flying clubs
have a policy for new members to get them up in the air as quickly
and safely as possible. If you want to learn to fly at NRCS all
we ask is that you join the society and become a member of the British
Model Flying Association (BMFA) in order to avail yourself of the
insurance cover they offer.
a philosophical note: when you are learning it is not a question
of if the model is going to crash and get damaged but more of when!
If this offends your sensibilities then maybe you should consider
cross-stitch! It can happen to the best of us, myself included,
but in a perverse way is one of the attractions of the hobby.