So you want to fly?

 

 

Pick Your Power.

Traditionally, R/C planes have been powered by 2-stroke engines that burn a methanol/nitro-methane/oil mixture called "glow fuel." But there are other power sources to consider: 4-stroke engines and clean, quiet electric motors.

How much does it cost?

A lot depends on your budget. You can spend as little as $100 or as much as $1,000 on the basic equipment. Average cost for a complete (but no frills) beginner package runs around $200-$350.

How fast does a model go?

Trainers usually cruise at 30-50 kph and can land at speeds as slow as 15-20 kph. However, there are also unmodified, off-the-shelf airplanes that can deliver speeds of up to 350 kph!

 

How far can a model fly?

The range for a modern R/C system is about a mile. But to maintain control, you need to have your model close enough to tell what it is doing. Even a plane with a 5-6 foot wingspan looks tiny at half a mile.

What happens if I run out of fuel in flight?

Contrary to popular belief, you have control even if your engine stops running. You just glide your plane in for a "dead stick" landing. The radio system has its own batteries for power.

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