Once you have mastered beginner remote control airplanes, you open yourself up to more exciting and attractive planes. You set the high-wing trainer aside and purchase that RC jet you've been dreaming of all along. You laboriously assemble the jet, devote all your time and energy into it and then take it out to an open field to fly. You know that it will hit speeds near 100mph, so you make sure you have plenty of space. You get the jet in the air and even manage to do a few circuits before you lose your focus and it wobbles. You overcompensate, and before you know it, your jet is spiraling out of control. It hits the ground at full speed and catches on fire because of the volatile LiPo batteries, and you watch as your money and hard work burn up.

To avoid this scenario, you will want to move in baby steps. You need to make smart choices about your remote control airplanes. There is nothing more heartbreaking than watching your first RC jet meet its fiery demise   which even happens to expert pilots. Here are five things to consider before trying to fly your dream RC plane.

Move On To Intermediate Planes First
You have one of two choices here: You can buy a beginner RC plane that can move into an intermediate plane with modifications, or you can purchase an intermediate plane. Most intermediate planes have four-channel controls, which are enabled by adding control of the ailerons. This is considered a complete system.

Get a Simulator
This piece of software will be extremely helpful. Find a simulator that uses either the plane you are flying, or one that you hope to fly, and start learning. This is a great, safe way to learn about your plane and its habits. Hop on to your computer and put as many hours into it as you can. This will improve your skill and help you to handle emergencies and difficult situations

Practice
This goes hand-in-hand with using a simulator. You must practice, whether that is on the simulator, in the field or both. Put in plenty of hours on the simulator; get to know your plane. Then go out to the flying field and practice flying your plane. Try out new techniques and situations to improve your skill.

Learn About Your Plane
What kind of plane do you want to fly? There are quite a few types out there. . Are you going to choose a gas-powered RC plane or an electric one? What about the style? There are sailplanes, biplanes, warbirds and EDF jets to name a few. Each has its own unique characteristics. Read RC plane forums, visit your local hobby shop and learn everything about the habits and quirks of flying your dream plane.

Join a Group
Lastly   and this ties in to learning about your plane   join a local RC group, and join the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). The AMA may sponsor a RC group in your area. This group can provide instructors and a safe place to fly your plane. The members can give you guidance and advice on how to handle your RC plane, along with the best available modifications. The AMA is a nationally recognized group and can provide instruction and assistance with any problems you may encounter. Utilize what the RC groups have to offer.

When it comes to remote control airplanes, you want to enjoy the hobby without wasting your money. Many beginner pilots skip ahead or don't spend the necessary time gaining experience and end up leaving the hobby out of frustration. RC flying can be both a rewarding and satisfying hobby if you don't get too far ahead of yourself. Follow these few words of advice and remember to take baby steps.

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