HELP: Newbee to Flying RC Aircraft...


I'm new to flying RC Aircraft, and recently purchased an electric "crash proof" trainer to get started. I'm glad that it's crash's needing this ability. I don't know all the names of the controls, but I'll try to explain the problem as best I can.

My RC controller has two toggle switches, one on the left that goes up and down, and one on the right that goes left to right. The instructions tell me to throw the airplane into the wind, at eye level, and parallel with the ground. While I do this, I push the toggle on the left all the way to the top, and the engine of the plane roars.

Well, the plane climbs, and this is where something goes wrong. It starts to vear to the left, and eventually I lose control of it, and it crashes.

Possible problems are:

1) I am not using alkaline AA batteries as suggested, just regular AA batteries. I'm wondering if the plane does not have enough power, and this is causing it to vear and crash rather than having enough power to force itself through the problem. 2) I have a guide that tells me to bend the tail section of the plane up or down (it's styrofoam) if the plane is not performing properly. 3) I try to correct the flight by pushing the right toggle to the left and right to try and correct it...but it doesn't seem to help.

Any advice on what the problem is? Are there any good Web Sites to teach me how to fly RC Airplanes?

Thanks Sam

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On Sat, 18 Aug 2007 18:58:43 -0700, samadams wrote in :

We call them "sticks."

The sticks are on gimbals and the gimbals are connected to potentiometers or pots.

Your left stick is your throttle.

Your right stick is ... uh ... aileron or rudder.

Ailerons are on the wings; rudders are on the tail.

You might try lowering the throttle. That may help to reduce the tendency for the plane to roll to the left. You want enough power for a slow, manageable climb.

No, the batteries are not a problem.

You may try a little bit of down-elevator on the left side to counteract the leftward lurch. Or put a little twist downward into the trailing edge of the left wing.

Well, you want to push the right stick to the right if the plane is yawing or rolling to the left.

Yaw: moving the nose of the plane left or right of the preceding line of flight. Yaw is normally caused by movements of the rudder.

Roll: when the wings of the plane rotate around the centerline of the fuselage. Roll is normally caused by movements of the ailerons.

There probably are. I learned from a friend, so I never went looking for a web site like that.


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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

Its trying to climb too hard, and stalling.

Bend the back of the tail down a little, Try again

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The Natural Philosopher

It's called the "Sky Soldier" Airplane. It sells on EBay from time-to- time.

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Your plane has no elevator or rudder controls, so don't worry about them. Like my powered glider, it steers by varying the power between the two motors. It sounds like what is happening is either the plane is climbing too steeply (this is especially common when you launch into a stiff breeze, or if it has lots of power) and "stalling", or it's veering into a bank (turn) and you aren't correcting for it. Planes like this generally need to be turned gradually, so if there is no breeze you want to use short (about 1 second) movements of the right stick, with a second or two in between, to turn. If the breeze is making it bank, though, give it more "steering", plus enough power to keep it climbing slowly but surely. You want to get at least 30' off the ground, so you have some time to correct mistakes before they result in crashes...

It takes practice. Don't get discouraged.

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Turn the plane and the control box on, and throw it slightly downward, with no power. Being on a chair or ladder or small hill should help.

You need to get it to glide straight, and smoothly, going down slowly, just like a well behaved paper airplane. After that, it will fly right, when you try again.

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What does it mean to turn the plane and control box on, yet without power?

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In the case of those models that have nothing but two motors and rely on power alone to turn and climb the model, not very mnuch!

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The Natural Philosopher

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