First flights

Aaron O'Neil from Budget Hobbies in Capalaba on Brisbane's outskirts recently spoke to the MAAA about the most popular models for people starting to flying.

Aaron says people learning to fly need to remember that models are a small version of the real thing. This makes flying exciting but it also means that you need to understand your model's response.

"Just like flying a real plane, you need to notice things like air speed and have experience on your controls, to know how your model will respond," he said.

startingout"Because model aircraft are based on the real thing, each model is designed differently.

"For instance, the WWI and WWII models are designed to fly fast and are all about fighting, so you need to be more experienced to fly a Mustang or Spitfire. Other models are easier to handle.

Everyone must start somewhere, and the most popular models we currently sell are probably the Radian and the E-flite® Apprentice® S 15e RTF airplane.

Both of these models give you a chance to learn on responsive controls and the E-flite even has a 'panic' feature to return your model to level flight."

Aaron encourages new modellers to take the time to go into their local hobby shop and speak to staff about their needs.

He said many hobby shop owners, like himself, were also enthusiasts and could offer you sound advice to get you ready to take off in a fun, exciting sport.

Below, thanks to OMP we have included videos on both of these introductory models.

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 Click a video link below to watch in YouTube

ParkZone Radian EP Glider, RTF
courtesy of OMP

E-Flite Apprentice S 15e RTF Mode 1
courtesy of OMP

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