All About RC Jets and Aircrafts
Controlling a model aircraft from the ground has become a popular hobby for many enthusiasts. People of all ages are embracing the pursuit of designing, building, and flying radio-controlled, or RC, jets, airplanes, and helicopters. Some skills are necessary to succeed with this hobby, but many clubs exist that will help people learn more about the process. It’s also important to learn about local and national laws governing the use of RC aircraft to ensure that pilots operate within the law.
Although this type of aircraft is comparatively small in size and it does not involve passengers on board, it is still considered a true type of aircraft. The size and weight of RC aircraft are much smaller than passenger aircraft; however, they can still fly at speeds that are fast enough to involve injury if a collision occurs with a bystander. For this reason, pilots must learn safety parameters to ensure that accidents do not occur.
The radio system used to control aircraft involves four main components. The transmitter sends information from the operator to the aircraft, enabling the operator to control it. The receiver receives the signals and routes them accordingly. The servo is responsible for decoding the signals. And the batteries maintain power to operate the devices. As for the radio signals themselves, the Federal Communications Commission regulates the frequencies utilized by RC aircraft.
New pilots will benefit from working with an instructor to learn about everything involved with flying. Trying to learn the hobby without the expertise of an experienced instructor could result in needless frustration and expense from accidents. Some instructors teach students using a “buddy box.” This device enables the instructor to step in and assist with control of the aircraft. This assistance can be valuable both for general instruction and to avoid potential accidents from occurring.
Learn more about radio-controlled aircraft by visiting these resources:
- Beginner’s Guide to Radio-Controlled Aircrafts: Delving into the hobby of model aircraft involves many different skills, including aerodynamics, mechanics, design, drafting, and woodworking.
- A Brief History of Early Unmanned Aircraft (PDF): Unmanned aircraft date back to the World War I era, although significant advances have occurred since this time.
- He Took His Hobby Into the Jet Age: Explore an educator’s experiences with building radio-controlled aircraft.
- Pilotless Drones: Background and Considerations for Congress Regarding Unmanned Aircraft Operations in the National Airspace System (PDF): The U.S. government has now labeled radio-controlled aircraft as “pilotless drones,” and it has assigned special laws to their use.
- Aircraft Components and Subsystems (PDF): This report details various aircraft components, including those used in autonomous aircraft such as hobbyist models controlled by radio.
- Autonomous RC Aircraft With Collision Avoidance Capabilities (PDF): Review this approved thesis by an electrical engineering student about advanced collision avoidance capabilities built into radio-controlled aircraft.
- Design/Build/Fly: The Evolution of a Model Airplane (PDF): The model airplane has changed drastically since its original inception.
- FAA Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (PDF): The FAA has revised laws and regulations regarding model aircraft, changing the way people can use their RC aircraft.
- What Can I Do With My Model Aircraft? Anyone wishing to fly a radio-controlled model aircraft needs to learn what the FAA allows and what it does not allow to stay within the law.
- Ready-to-Fly Radio-Controlled Model Airplane Instruction Manual (PDF): Review the instructions for use of a typical radio-controlled aircraft to see what is involved with this process.
- A Radio-Control Primer (PDF): Learn about this popular hobby by reading an informational article written by an expert in the field.
- Teachers’ Guide to Aeronautical Activities (PDF): Anyone interested in learning how to build a radio-controlled aircraft can gain valuable tips from this guide.
- Learning to Fly a Radio-Controlled Aircraft (PDF): The process of building and then learning to fly a radio-controlled aircraft can be challenging.
- Novice RC Guide (PDF): Hobby pilots can learn about this activity and receive tips with this written guide.
- Academy of Model Aeronautics: Tips for Newcomers (PDF): Anyone wishing to participate in model aeronautics will need to learn about the hobby and how to participate safely and lawfully.
- An Introductory Guide for Operating Radio-Controlled Helicopters (PDF): Radio-controlled helicopters are another option for people who wish to experience the thrill of flying model aircraft.
- Getting Started: Help for RC Plane Newbies (PDF): New fliers will find there is a lot to learn about the hobby of RC aircraft and hobby flying.
- Remote Control Hints and Tips (PDF): Learn about important issues such as the type of fuel to use and ongoing maintenance of radio-controlled aircraft with tips provided in this document.
- Newcomers’ Guide (PDF): Getting started with model aircraft can be confusing for newcomers, but this guide will help answer common questions.
- Model Aircraft Design (PDF): By understanding how planes fly, it’s possible to approach aircraft design with precision skills.
- Tips for Converting RC Gas Engines to Electric Motors (PDF): Anyone considering this conversion will learn valuable information about the process with the information provided in this report.
- Trim Your Model for Precision Aerobatics (PDF): Flight trimming is the process of making design adjustments to improve aerobatics.
- Remote-Control Radio Glider User Manual (PDF): This manual covers design and use of a RC radio glider.
- How to Get Started with a Radio-Control Aircraft (PDF): A radio-control flying club offers tips and suggestions for anyone wishing to get started with this hobby.
- Radio-Control (RC) Radio Service: The FCC offers information about the radio service used when operating RC aircraft.
- Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Operation Utilizing “First Person View” Systems (PDF): Radio-controlled aircraft operators should learn how to use a “first person view” system when operating this type of aircraft.