The earliest types of remote control aircraft were hydrogen-filled model airships of the late 19th century. They were used as a music hall act around theater auditoriums using basic spark-emitted radio signal. Today, technology has gone a lot further and things look a bit different. As same as rc boats there are two general types of rc airplanes – the electric powered airplanes and the gas powered rc airplanes
The world of remote control airplanes has gone wild, and it gives you so much trouble in deciding which rc airplane suits you the best. Of course, everything depends on your skills and experience. The are various types of rc airplanes and all of them take different amount of times to assembly, and different costs.
Constructions can also vary, as they can be made of foam and plastic, or entirely balsa or plywood. They also come in different states depending on their construction.
- They can be Ready to fly (RTF), which means that they come already preassembled, and all you have to do is attach wings or something as simple as that.
- Then they can be Almost ready to fly. ARF planes usually require one final attachment, such as engine or fuel tank installation.
- Bind-N-Fly models are similar to RTF, but the only difference is that they don’t come with the transmitter, so they are most rather than not preferred by those who already have the transmitter.
The characteristics that can make the difference are number of channels, turning, or v-tail systems. If you’re a beginner, maybe you should try with some simpler types of remote control airplanes like park flyers or trainers. If you want to experience something a bit different, you can turn to remote controlled helicopters or quadcopters. Some rc airplanes are designed even as birds. Yes, birds! They are so called “ornithopters”, and they fly by flapping wings.
Since 2004, a toy RC airplanes have emerged. That means they look same as the big guys, but they come in smaller sizes and they are a lot more secure to use, because they are intended for kids. If you are proffesional and skillful enough, you can speed thing a bit by using Pylon racers. They are small propeller-driven aircrafts, and they tend to be very hard to see, because they can speed up to 240 km/h. These planes are primarily made of fiberglass, but the also use composites at high load points. Wings are often hollow to save weight, but still, all of the planes must meet the requirements of minimum weight so that they would be fully functional and, primarely, safe to use, with dropping the chance of crash to minimal.
Then there are gliders. They do not usually have any type of propulsion. Unpowered glider flight must be sustained through exploitation of the natural lift produced from thermals or wind hitting a slope.
Remote controlled jets, on the other side, are pretty expensive and in the U.S.A. flying of these aircrafts is being heavily regulated. It is possible only in approved AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) sites, because with remote controlled jets, things tend to become very serious. So there it is, a short guide to the world of remote controlled planes. Now, yours is just to decide which one fits you the best, and start piloting!