Howdy. I'm the newbie. I want to fly (a radio controlled plane) but
think I need to read. A good dictionary/glossary or subject
encyclopedia would be wonderful but fairly simple instructional stuff
of all kinds would be helpful.
As an indicator of my level of knowledge: I've had some flight
simulator experience (Sublogic, I'm afraid) and I have a HobbyZone
Super Cub I bought, crashed and started repairs on. So I know an
elevator from a rudder but have to guess about an elevon (sp?). And I
can tell foam from balsa but not one kind of foam from another.
Thanks much for any help.
I don't know of specific web sites, but I know they are out there. I would
suggest that you go to <http://www.towerhobbies.com/ and do some good
looking around,.at what they sell, and the specifications of the products,
and the help sections, where they offer a couple pages of tutorial on
Also, check out <http://www.horizonhobby.com/ and this next site an
abundance of good references. <http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~atong/
A site with a TON of sites to look through is:
Well, I hope you take advantage of these links, because there is so much to
surf through, you could keep busy for a couple weeks, and you would come out
the other side of the long tunnel a LOT smarter about RC airplanes.
One last thing, as a bit of good advise. Either join AMA, and find out
where there is a local club with a flying field, or find a local field that
people fly at. Most will require that you join AMA.
Once you find a couple, go out and introduce yourself, and watch and talk.
You will learn a lot that you can not learn from reading. Also, you can
find someone to teach the art of flying, instead of the self taught art of
crashing, repairing, and crashing again, all in less than two minutes of air
time. <g> I went the later route, until I got smart! Some will tell you
that you can teach yourself, and some can. It is less painful to have
someone teach you, for most people. ;-)
Good luck, and welcome.
A few links:
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