Getting started in electric R/C flying can be an extremely fun and rewarding endeavor.  That wasn't always the case.  Years ago technology was limited, especially in electric flying.  Thousands of potential R/C flyers undoubtedly walked away from the hobby in frustration after not seeking the appropriate guidance and training.  We've all heard the stories of the guy (let's call him "Bob") who invested in a nice model, took it out to a flying site (or perhaps NOT a flying site!) with no flying skills whatsoever and proceeded to smash it into pieces.  

Angry and frustrated Bob decides the hobby is a waste of time and money and is just not for him. Little did he realize had he taken some time to seek out a local R/C flying field looking for flying instruction, or purchase a R/C flight simulator and spend some time learning how to fly, Bob would have no doubt saved his model from the trash bin after the first attempt and might be fully immersed and happy in the hobby to this very day.

Don't be like Bob!  

So if you are new to the hobby and not quite sure how to go about it, here are the Top Five things you should know to help you get started in what can be an incredibly immersive and rewarding hobby.

Number 1:  Your First Model Should Be A High Wing Trainer

These days the technological progression in the hobby such as AS3X, SAFE and flight stabilizers allows some non-traditional low wing models to claim beginner status.  However, when it comes to starting out, I am old school.  Nothing beats learning to fly on a slow and easy high wing trainer.  High Wing Trainers (HWT for short) aren't very complex, nor too powerful.  Good traits to learn on.  And the best part about starting out on a HWT is their inherent stability.  These are aircraft that fight stalling at every turn.  This affords the beginner room to grow and improve their stick control without the higher risk of stalling while learning to fly.

Those "must-have" jets and warbirds that most flyers eventually gravitate to will be there for you when you are ready.  More importantly, the stick time you put in your HWT will eventually carry you over into the next level of skill that will allow you to ultimately fly those sought after aircraft.

This is absolutely a "learn to walk before you run" hobby.  Trying to run out of the gate simply leads to a road of frustration and misery.

Click here to check out the models we have classified as trainers.

Number 2:  Invest In An R/C Flight Simulator

R/C flight simulators are an incredibly effective training tool and they are loads of fun!  If you are looking to get into the hobby do yourself a favor and invest in one of the leading R/C simulators out there (Aerosoft, Real Flight, Phoenix).  The investment will pay for itself numerous times over.  Flight physics and graphics are so impressive, it quite literally feels like the real thing and the stick time you invest absolutely translates to the real models.  And the best part is it is always sunny and calm conditions in the simulator.

Number 3:  Seek Help From An Experienced R/C Pilot

If you have a local flying club in your area it would be a great idea to go check it out and see if you can find someone experienced who can help you learn to fly.  Most R/C pilots are happy to help newcomers.  A great way to learn is via "Buddy Box" where the instructor's radio is linked to your radio, so you can learn to fly while having the safety net of your instructor taking over if you get into trouble.