April 15, 2011

RC Plane setup – Quick bits

Posted in RC Air - Fun at 7:24 PM by rnori

Conduct a Ground Check

In order to complete a ground check make sure you do all of the following:

  1. Turn on your radio, and make sure you raise your antanne completely.
  2. If your radio is programmable for multiple receivers, make sure it is on the right setting.
  3. Plug in your battery.
  4. Look at your control surfaces (rudder and elevator). Make sure they are positioned properly. If you need to make minor adjustments, you can do this with your trim tabs.
  5. Test your motor. Make sure it’s not running in reverse. If it is, you can just swap any two of the 3 wires connecting the motor to the speed controller.
  6. Test your servos. When you pull back on the control stick, your elevator should point up. When you push forward, on the control stick, your elevator should point down. If you are standing behind your airplane and push the control stick to the right, your rudder should point to the right; and pushing it left should move your rudder left.
  7. Make sure you have sunglasses if it’s bright out.
  8. Make sure it’s not windy at all!!! As you get more experienced, you’ll probably enjoy flying in the wind, but now is not the time. Just walk away.

Basics for checking your radio response on your plane:

  • Ailerons
    • LEFT stick should move LEFT aileron move UP
    • RIGHT stick should move RIGHT aileron move UP
  • Elevator
    • DOWN stick should move elevator move UP
Aileron Image

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If you are a new rc airplane pilot, take a minute to review the following tips:

  1. Altitude is your friend.
  2. Don’t over-steer.
  3. Keep out of the wind.
  4. Keep your airplane in front of you and out of the sun.

Altitude Is Your Friend

Some people find this suprising. But, the reality is that if you make a mistake and you’re only 10-20 feet off the ground, you’ll probably crash. However, if you are 200 feet off the ground and you make the same mistake, you have several seconds to correct it. EZRC Airplanes are built in such a way that no matter how big of a mistake you make, you should be able to let go of the control stick; and your airplane will return to stable flight by itself! So, remember to keep your airplane at high altitudes while you are learning to fly; and if things get out of control, relax, let go of the congrol stick, and let the airplane straighten itself out for you.

Don’t Over-steer.

I have yet to see a new rc pilot that didn’t over-steer with the control stick until instructed to make small adjustments instead. The easiest way to steer your airplane while you are learning is to gently tap the control stick in the direction you want the plane to go, letting the stick return to its center position after the tap. You should avoid holding the stick in any position. Just steer the airplane by making continual, small adjustments by tapping the stick.

Keep Out Of The Wind

As you gain more experience flying, you might find that you enjoy flying in the wind. But for now, if there is anything more than a very gentile breeze; it’s best to walk away and wiat for better conditions.

Keep Your Airplane In Front Of You And Out Of The Sun

It’s easy to get confused if you’re turning in circles while you’re flying, and flying your airplane directly into the sun can lead to a crash. You should position your back to the sun if possible and try to keep your plane out in front of you while you fly. Also, remember to wear sunglasses.

1 Comment »

  1. Wicksell said,

    WOW!!!! Great information!

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