JUST STARTING OUT
We at Desert Wings RC club pride ourselves in providing a warm and welcoming experience for anyone who is willing to come by the field.
If you are interested in RC flight, or just getting started, it can be an intimidating experience. The biggest problem newcomers face is figuring out where to start and what will be the best first plane.
Don't be Shy
The first and biggest tip for newcomers is Don't be Shy. If you are interested in the hobby and would like to know more about it just ask. All of our members are more than willing to provide information and a helping hand. You can get in contact with us by using our contact page, or by stopping out at the field and speaking with a member. We do most of our flying in the morning so that is your best bet to find someone at the field.
A flight simulator is a good way of honing your skills before you even get an actual aircraft. With a flight simulator there is a no stress learning environment for you to practice your flying and get the basic skills down in preparation for your first actual flight. There are many different flight simulators available today, but the most common are Phoenix, Realflight, and Aerofly.
The RC world is growing fast, and with that comes a staggering amount of choice when choosing your first plane. Many people are tempted to get something small and cheap for their first plane, and that is not always the best choice. Some newcomers believe that the smaller the plane the easier it will be to fly, when actually just the opposite is true. The larger the plane the better it flies.
The two top trainers on the market today have one thing in common, they use Horizon hobbies S.A.F.E. technology which helps the new pilot maintain control of the aircraft with the help of a flight control system that keeps the plane level and does not allow the pilot to over control the aircraft. One is the Delta ray, it is a twin engine flying wing that comes with everything you need in order to get it in the air. The other is the Apprentice S. The Apprentice is more expensive, but it is larger than the delta ray and offers a pilot more ability to grow with the same aircraft instead of needing to buy a more advanced plane after you master basic flight techniques. The Club has two Apprentice S planes that can be used to help new pilots learn to fly with the help of an instructor.
The best thing to do if you are interested in the hobby is come out the the field on Saturday or Sunday and try flying first hand before you spend money on a plane. We have dedicated instructor pilots that are able to take you up and let you fly the aircraft in a controlled environment in order for you to see how you feel about the hobby.