Thinking about becoming a member? Want to know more about aeromodeling? This page can help you if you want to get started in the Hobby.

What is RC Aeromodeling?

Anything Remote controlled that flies- from gliders to large scale airplanes to helicopters. If you love things that fly, or have a great mechanical ability, this hobby is for you. The fun extends beyond simply flying aircraft. Building, repairing, learning, and socializing are a big part of the sport as well.

At MMFC, we fly everything RC from tiny 3D electrics to massive turbine helicopters. There is even a car track for members who also enjoy cars. Whatever your interest in RC, you can fly it here.

How Do I Start?
To fly a remote controlled aircraft, you will need an assortment of items:

Radio: Any modeler should invest in a reliable and expandable radio that is safe to use and suits what they will fly. Major radio manufacturers include JR, Hitec, Futaba, Spektrum, and Airtronics. It is worth researching which radio will best fit your needs in the desired price range. At our club, we accept 2.4 ghz and 72 mhz radios, however if you are starting in the hobby, 2.4 ghz is the most current technology and is recommended for its ease of use. The reason why a radio is first on this list is that one radio can control all of your aircraft as you grow into the hobby. There are two approaches to buying a radio: The first is to buy an affordable radio (less than $100) to try out the Hobby. If you don't like it, you haven't made a major investment. However if you decide to stay, later on, you can buy a better radio. The seccond approach means forseeing what functions you will need in the future, and just purchasing one fully-featured radio. Expect to pay $200 or more for a good computer radio and receiver.

Trainer Aircraft: Be it an airplane or helicopter, you will want to start with something that is easy to fly and good for mastering the basics of flight. A trainer airplane will be under $100 and can be a kit or easy to build ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) form. Alternatively, some aircraft come in a RTF or Ready to Fly kit that requires almost no assembly and includes all the parts required. It is a good idea to talk to people at your Local Hobby Shop, or people experienced in the hobby. They can tell you which aircraft suits your specific needs.

Engine: An engine or electric motor (with battery and speed controller) will be needed to power your trainer. Often, the recommended engine size is shown for an aircraft. RTF aircraft include the motor. Prices vary widely depending on engine size, type, and brand. It is also a good idea to consult with seasoned modeler before investing in an engine.

Servos: These small motors are responsible for moving all the control surfaces on the aircraft. They are essential to fluid and safe operation. Servos can range from $5- $100. Be sure to find the correct servos for your application.

Field Equipment: This includes a field box with tools, battery charger, starter and glow plug igniter if you fly glow models, fuel. Depending on your intended setup, field equipment can range from $40 to $100.

MAAC Insurance: It is mandatory to have current MAAC insurance to fly at our field. Please see our Rules Page.

Flight Training: Now that you have the aircraft assembled, with an engine, servos, radio equipment, and battery, along with field equipment you are ready to start learning how to fly. You can purchase a computer simulator for learning to fly at home, simulators include Realflight, FS1, and Phoenix. Simulators typically cost $100. When you wish to start flying, an instructor at the club will provide flight training to assist you in mastering your trainer aircraft. Flight training is free of charge for club members.

Accidents Happen
Any modeler will tell you that accidents are part of the sport. Beginner modelers should not become discouraged at their first crash. It has happened to everyone. More often than not, aircraft can be salvaged and rebuilt with some new materials and time in the workshop.

Shopping
Knowing where to shop for hobby parts certianly simplifies the experience. It also helps to know your local hobby store, should you ever need advice, warranty service, or to order parts. Hobby Hobby is a store located in Mississauga that sells airplanes, helicopters and cars. They have great service and competetive prices on most branded products. Many modelers look online to Hobby King, for lower prices. Hobby King is operated out of China, and they feature their own discount brand of products.

Conclusion
You can spend anywhere from $300 to $1000 getting started in the hobby. If you just want to try a few flights before making a final decision, opt for a cheaper RTF aircraft, however if you plan to continue in the hobby for a long time, it is advisable to buy better equipment, so you won't have to constantly upgrade. If you need help deciding what equipment is compatible, or what is right for you, visit your local hobby store or talk to some seasoned members at our club.

Links

http://www.greathobbies.com/
http://www.rcgroups.com/
http://www.rccanada.ca/
http://www.rcuniverse.com/
http://www.rcmodelreviews.com/
http://www.hobbycity.com/
http://www.hobbyhobby.com/