Electric RC Airplanes Are My Weekend Joy

April 7, 2016 12:52 pm
posted by FunWithRemoteControlPlanes

electric rc airplaneAfter a long work week, I just can’t wait to be able to get outside where I can start playing with some of the different RC planes that I own. I generally will go out to a park on the weekend where I am able to fly these planes with minimal disturbance. It is fun to actually get a chance to fly the planes all around in the park and attempt different tricks.

I have recently started taking my son with me since he is actually old enough to learn how to fly these planes as well. It is a lot of fun to watch him getting excited about being successful in flying one of the planes without crashing it. He now knows how to fly many of my electric RC airplanes just from the lessons that I have been giving him on the weekends.

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An RC Apache Helicopter is a Toy My Son Can’t Get Enough Of

March 31, 2016 12:49 pm
posted by FunWithRemoteControlPlanes

apache rc helicopterMy son has always been interested in playing with some different types of remote control toys since he loves to see the way that he can control these items with his remote. It is fun to watch him chasing an RC toy around the house just because his pure delight with the experience is so clear. I love buying him new RC toys that he can play with around the house.

Most recently, I decided to buy him a toy that would fly rather than one that was always limited to the ground. I looked at a lot of different RC helicopters before choosing one that I knew he would like and would enjoy learning to fly. Ever since he got it, he has been delighted to play with his RC Apache helicopter just about every single day.

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An RC Gas Plane is a New Challenge for Me

March 24, 2016 12:46 pm
posted by FunWithRemoteControlPlanes

rc gas planeFor many years, I have been flying some different types of RC planes whenever I get a nice enough weekend for me to do something like this. It is always fun to fly a new plane because this requires a bit more effort to learn how the plane acts and how it responds. I have usually flown electric planes simply because these are so much easier to fly in general.

Since I wanted a new challenge, I recently started to look at some different types of RC planes that were not electric planes. I knew that there were ones that ran off of gas that operated a lot more like a real airplane did. I was happy to be able to afford my first RC gas plane so that I can learn how to fly one that will be a bit more challenging.

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An Airbus Cessna 182 Remote Control RC Plane is Fun to Fly

March 17, 2016 12:43 pm
posted by FunWithRemoteControlPlanes

airbus planeOver the last few years, my son and I have started to get more interested in RC planes and have started to fly them on a more regular basis. It was difficult to learn how to fly some of these planes at first, but we pushed through and have slowly been flying them more and more. This year, we have only gotten to go out a few times since it has been really windy.

When we went out to fly our newest plane, we weren’t sure what to expect from it since we hadn’t gotten to fly it at any point before. It took a bit to get used to the way that this specific plane flew and how it responded to commands, but we were soon enjoying it. It was exciting to watch the Airbus Cessna 182 remote control RC flying through the air.

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RC Airplane Challenges for Operators/Pilots Part IV

August 20, 2013 1:06 am
posted by Carolyn

th_058Flying seaplanes should not be dismissed because one may have to search for a pond or lake.  All one really needs is a body of water and the willingness to get wet.  One probably already owns a trainer that would work with floats.  One might seek club involvement or a club office.  Club leadership is a skill like any other that gets better with practice.  There are many advantages in being in a club setting, including attending presentations from club members on challenges that they have worked out. Another club activity, and perhaps the main one, is contesting.  For a club to support a contest for RC Airplanes, volunteers would be needed to perform all of the various duties, including judging.  As a volunteer, one will get to be closer to the event and the contestants.  They will learn more about the contest topic as well as meet with other pilots.  As a contest director, the thrill will maximize with learning more.

RC Airplane design and building are also challenges for individuals as well as the club.  One should first build models using plans.  Then one may experiment with moderate changes to parts design.  Ultimately, building one’s own design and flying it may become the greatest challenge of all.

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RC Airplane Challenges for Operators/Pilots Part III

August 18, 2013 11:01 pm
posted by Carolyn

Scale models are very popular, especially for builders.  There is no shortage of interesting subjects to model, from military aircraft to motion picture favorites.  Another area to try is gliding or soaring.  Thermal soaring definitely takes time to master the skill set.  Rankings at a soaring competitions would be based upon skills of catching thermals in order to fly longer.  An entirely different experience from thermal soaring is slope soaring.  The glider is always easy to see since the thermals are ignored.

 

 

Give helicopters a try!  The rotary wing requires a different set of skills than airplanes. The good helicopters can get expensive, but a small trainer is about as expensive as an airplane trainer.  Indoor flying is difficult to beat as far as cost and convenience.  Smaller aircraft for indoor flying are very sturdy, too.  A good indoor trainer is usually the first aircraft flown by a person starting in the hobby.  The costs have dropped quite a bit in the past 5 to 10 years.  Aerial photography utilizing a tricopter or quadcopter can be very rewarding.  A mounted micro camcorder could film the entire flight.  With a quadcopter and a gyroscope, the photography will be sharper.

 

Scale models are very popular, especially for builders.  There is no shortage of interesting subjects to model, from military aircraft to motion picture favorites.  Another area to try is gliding or soaring.  Thermal soaring definitely takes time to master the skill set.  Rankings at a soaring competitions would be based upon skills of catching thermals in order to fly longer.  An entirely different experience from thermal soaring is slope soaring.  The glider is always easy to see since the thermals are ignored.

 

 

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RC Airplane Challenges for Operators/Pilots Part II

August 16, 2013 2:51 am
posted by Carolyn

32Pylon racing is challenging due to the high speeds flown.  Formerly, the pilots operated from inside metal cages due to the dangerous speeds.  Now the events are more critically planned for the safety of the pilots and any onlookers.   Safety is an important issue for pilots and onlookers alike.  Lighter than air RC aircraft have been around for a while, although not very popular.  Usually, one will see a large RC electric blimp which is really entertaining and relaxing.  Another unusual event for the pilots who want that extra experience is RC Combat Flying.  Crashes are common, so safely is important and disposable airplanes even more so.  The airplanes are just blurs as they fly around trying to cut the other airplane’s paper streamer.

The Society of Antique Modelers (SAM) build antique model RC airplanes and fly them.  One can only imagine the building and modeling skills this organization holds and and develops as newer materials become available.  Another event to watch for is the “Fun Fly Competition.”  This event is judged by by fellow RC enthusiasts and can be a great venue to continue perfecting one’s flying skills.

 

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RC Airplane Challenges for Operators — Part 1

August 5, 2013 11:00 pm
posted by Carolyn

airplane4This article and the continuing parts reveal additional flight trials and tricks to challenge the seasoned pilot as well as the new operator.  Consider Control Line Flying:  This was a popular mode of flying airplanes about fifty years ago in high density areas, such as New York City.  Local parks would set aside a few circles for the pilots and their planes on control lines.  Needless to say, flying was more inexpensive and relatively unsafe at this time.  Very expensive is flying Turbine Jets today.  The typical turbine can run thousands of dollars and the airplanes used are understandably larger and need to be well constructed to fly at the higher speeds.  More reasonably priced are the Ducted Fan Airplanes, or the poor folk’s turbine jets.  In the beginning, their performance was terrible, but now they operate much more decently.  These ducted fan airplanes are available as scale models of fighter jets.

If one is inclined to design and build airplanes, free flight or gliding is challenging.  There is no better way to test a new or unusual design model RC Airplane.  Another unique challenge is flying a Giant Scale Aircraft, like the Colossus helicopter, for example.  It’s length is around 4 feet.

 

 

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Popular Brands of RC Brushless Motors — Part V

July 16, 2013 10:34 pm
posted by Carolyn

yhst-62196343123315_2268_154401617Below is a working list of some of the more common brushless RC motor manufactures.   It seems as if every day there is a new brand of brushless motors hitting the market.   KMS Brushless RC Airplane motors  are made in Hong Kong China by Kinetic Motor Systems .   The performance and quality of KMS motors are comparable to  Emax Brushless RC Airplane Motors are designed and manufactured by the Chinese company Yinyan Model Tech .  There are currently four different models of Emax motors.

Electrifly Brushless RC Airplane Motors are top-of-the line quality motors. Electrifly is a division of Great Planes Great Planes Model Manufacturing.  E-Flite Brushless RC Airplane Motors has a solid reputation for being on the leading edge of electric powered flight technology. E-flite services a wide selection of electric RC airplanes.

 

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Inrunners vs. Outrunners: The Two Types of Brushless RC Motors — Part IV

July 15, 2013 10:16 pm
posted by Carolyn

There are two types of Brushless RC motors, inrunners and outrunners.  The permanent magnets of inrunner brushless motors are positioned on the inside of the electromagnets. Inrunner brushless motors are set up very similar to the canned motor except the permanent magnets and electromagnets are in opposite positions.  An outrunner brushless motor has the permanent magnets on the outside of the electromagnets.  The outer hub holding the permanent magnets has the output  shaft attached in the center.

The faster a motor spins, the more efficient it is.  Inrunner motors turn very fast and are much more efficient than outrunner motors. Inrunner Brushless RC Motors require a speed reducing gearbox between the motor and propeller of your RC airplane.  For this reason, the output speed and torque of the propeller can easily be “tweaked” to facilitate different flying characteristics by using different size gears.  The downside of an inrunner is the added parts that can and do fail. The gears get stripped, and the gearbox shafts are easily bent.

 

Outrunners

  • Low RPM’s, high torque
  • Less efficient than inrunners
  • No gearbox required
  • Narrow prop selection
  • Silent

Inrunners

  • High RPM’s, low torque
  • More efficient than outrunners
  • Requires a gearbox
  • Wide prop selection
  • Noise

 

 

 

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