This is the RCM News magazine webpage for Student Pilots. A lifetime of dealing with beginners has been compacted in three Pilot Notes. For three different budgets. Even if these models are discontinued the information on how to actually operate them remains relevant to other model aircraft.
The ARES Gamma covers how to fly a three channel RC model the old fashioned stick n rudder way. The E Flite Apprentice is an industry staple with three stages of electronic stability, designed for people with little or no inclination towards things mechanical or aerodynamic. Multiplex Fun Cub cost a lot more. The video should answer why. The plug n play FMS Super EZ kitted out with Futaba gear and gyro is the standout basic and advanced trainer. As an overall package it is way ahead, out on its own. The best advice I can offer is to purchase from a traditional hobby shop. If that means on-line check out the Futaba Dealer Team network. Top RC Pilots and Drivers all around the planet compete with the world leading brand for a reason. Most Dealers do mail order and can fast track you to a model aircraft club.
If you are thinking to spend the absolute bear minimum and do it all yourself grab a $100 WL Toys Cessna C182 RTF. Check if your Home and Contents Insurance policy covers RC Flying. Check for special conditions. The devil is in the detail. Find an area the size of three footy ovals and do the Dawn Patrol. Fly at first light before there is any wind (most days) and the dog walkers and joggers are up.
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Happy landings, Stephen Green.
This website is devoted to the art of learning to fly a radio controlled model aeroplane. Similar to a full size Pilot Operating handbook, Pilots Notes are our range of eBooks written for particular aircraft. Each title goes beyond the instructions with handy tips to get you into the air and back down onto the ground again. And again. And again.
Simple proven information that actually works. It is not about taking short cuts nevertheless side stepping many conventional wisdoms that have taken on their own half life since the 1960s. We dispel many myths than lengthen the learning process. Written for a tablet or smartphone the reader can take it to the flying field and refer to the simple checklist just before taking off. Having a good relationship with a specialist RC hobby shop who can put you in touch with a registered model aircraft club has proven over time to be the best way to achieve success in this fabulous hobby. However, the information in these titles is also suitable for those who are unable to go down that path.
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Futaba Pro Shop
Since 1971 Stephen has accumulated approximately 10000 hours of RC flying
Commercial RC Flight Training
Something in the order of 1000 students
Photographed in the order of 1000 sites around Melbourne from full size and model aircraft. Client such as Melbourne Water, AV Jennings, John Holland, Australian Road Research Board, Theiss, RT Edgar, JLW, Barry Plant. Dalgety, Tony Hines & Associates, Kew Golf Club, Sorrento Golf Club
16mm movie film
Crawford Productions/Advertising Agencies
Australian Grand Prix Corporation
Qantas Australian World 500cc Motorcycle Grands Prix 1999-2001
Circuit owners Sandown - Calder Park - Phillip Island - Winton
World Super Bikes 199-2001
V8 Super Cars and Historic Motor Racing 1999-2001
Dutton AirShow 1999-2000 Caulfield Race Course
Cobram Air Races 2011-2012
Sandown F1 AIr Race 2015-2018
Sandown F1 Air Race 2017
Fixed wing Powerline Stringing
SEC/ Ascom Engineering - Dartmouth to Mt Beauty 1977
Powercor - Otway Ranges and Central Victoria 1980 -2012