by Kurt Gornek
Buying your first RC aircraft is an important decision. Your first experience typically establishes your flight learning curve and your early habits, both good and bad. Determining what your “dream” aircraft is from the beginning can help you take a progressive approach and guarantee success in your flying goals.
DO NOT think you can go out and buy a brand new park flyer (or bigger) airplane or a collective pitch helicopter and actually have a successful first flight. Even full-sized aircraft pilots do not know how to fly an RC aircraft, so don’t feel bad. They may have a leg up on the physics and flight characteristics but they are no more familiar with flying model aircraft than anyone, so it’s an even playing field.
For beginners, my absolute unchallenged best advice, if it’s in your budget, is to buy a computer simulator or a micro airplane or helicopter before you buy a larger model. Simulators cost nothing beyond the purchase price and never need repairs. Micro aircraft are so small and light that they can take most moderate impacts without resulting in damage and you’re still learning to train your brain to fly a larger RC aircraft.
It’s not uncommon for someone to log 3-4 hours on a simulator and have a successful first flight with their trainer aircraft. The enjoyment you experience when your learning approach insures a high probability of success is the reason 2 Brothers was created. Everyone can succeed at RC flight without breaking the bank in repairs and total loss.
See the Flight Simulators section for more information.
Where to Buy
As with any purchase, good consumer practices always pay off. Is the retailer a reputable business? If you buy online, who will help you? Do they offer live support? What is the warranty and return policy for defective products? Local hobby dealers are tangible, so if you have a problem you can walk through their doors and get a resolution to the problem. Most hobby dealers are eager to help you get started and guide you through model progression as your skills improve.
2 Brothers presents many technologies and products and provides model type guidance but we do not sell or endorse any products specifically. Our manufacturer links page can get you pointed in the right product directions but, as always, it’s up to you to make sure you buy from a reputable source.
The RC hobby industry is large, but the community is small so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to Ask 2! There are several quality models on the market but there is also some real junk as well. If your product is cheap, looks cheap and comes in a retail bubble pack, it’s probably a flying toy and your experience will be very disappointing. 2 Brothers does NOT cover flying toys so if you’re interested in a product on our site, it’s generally a safe choice. Always read the product reviews and verify the price before you make your purchase.
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