Dwight Hunter

“Radio Control Airplane Safety”

Have Fun, But Stay Safe Doing It

We all enjoy a day of nice weather and good flying and we share in the most exiting and fun hobby there is. Sharing in a common interest and having a good time with friends will create lasting pleasant memories and topics for discussion for a long time to come. However, an accident, fire, or careless flying or ground handling of remote control planes can ruin the day or even worse.

First of all, if you are flying at a sanctioned AMA flying field, be aware that safety rules are in place for the good of everyone on the site. They pertain to spectators as well as fliers. For instance there are certain designated areas that fliers are allowed access to and seperate areas where spectators need to stay. We need to learn what the safety rules are for the flying field and we must stay in compliance with them. This may sound a little harsh, but improper use and handling of rc model airplanes can cause serious injury. All we have to do is to use common sense and follow the rules. Everyone must stay in their designated areas and be especially careful that children are kept from wandering into the pit area or onto the runway.

Tips For Safe Flying And Handling Of RC Model Planes

When preparing your model for flight, try to limit the number of people that are in the immediate proximity of your plane. You shouldn’t have more than two people involved in starting and tuning the engine. The prop on an engine that is running at full throttle can be very dangerous. You can use some kind of anchoring device to hold the plane in place while it is being started and tuned or have a reliable person holding it until you are ready for takeoff. Be sure to use a “chicken stick” or an electric starter in order to avoid injury.

The area directly in line with the lengthwise direction of the prop should be cleared of any bystanders. Also, it is a good idea to dip the tips of the prop intp some white or yellow paint to help make the spinning prop more visible. Black propellers are almost impossible to see when the engine is running.

Don’t forget to do the radio function test before flying. Anything can happen when a pilot loses the ability to control the airplane. Having a crash is bad enough but if someone gets hurt it is much more serious.

Flying RC Planes Is A Safe Hobby

I don’t want to frighten anyone away from rc flying, but we all need to be careful. It is a safe sport but accidents can happen. If everyone does their part to help keep it safe, we all can have fun flying and still be able to return for another day of remote control airplane fun.

Tail Feathers Trivia Section

The “tail feathers trivia” section is where you will find the administrator-approved stories, questions, and photo and video links that you as readers can send to me at admin@talkingrchobbies.com. That’s right I am interested in what you have to say to me and the other readers of this blog about remote control airplanes. If you have photos or videos or stories of interesting or humorous remote control airplane events please feel free to submit them to OldManFlier and if approved, they will be presented in this blog for all to enjoy. Thanks in advance.

My 7-day eCourse is a series of daily emails that explain the seven basic steps in detail about how you can get started in the radio control airplane hobby. It will present everything one step each day so that you can have time to read, digest, and start working on what you need to have and what you need to know to successfully get started flying. The way to get started is to sign up for it in the far right upper corner of this page where it says “Get OldManFlier’s Seven Easy Steps To RC Flying”. As soon as you get signed up for it, you can expect it to be in your inbox in a few short days. Try it, I think you will like it. It costs you nothing and it is packed with useful information. This is the OldManFlier and I’ll see you next time.

“Let’s Get Started Flying RC Planes In 2009″

Getting The Blog Started Again

Here we are well into the new year and the elections are behind us and now we have more time to focus on flying radio controlled airplanes.  It has been a while since my last post in this blog and I’m still having some medical problems and it will be difficult for me to get down into the OldManFlier’s workshop.   I apologize for all the delays, but I will do my best to get some interesting information out to all of you on a more regular schedule.  Thanks for being patient with me.  In addition to other problems, my blog has had some severe technical difficulties for the past week or so, but it has been fixed now and I am ready to get back to some serious writing about my favorite hobby.  And that includes anything and everything about radio controlled model planes.

Why WasTalkingRChobbies.com Created?

The reason that I started this blog about radio controlled hobbies is to help promote our hobby to as many young people and families as possible.  In doing that I am able to continue participation in the hobby by sharing my experiences, guidance and knowledge with not only those that are wanting to get started, but with anyone that is already into radio controlled flying at one level or another.

Some of the things you can learn about in reading this blog are all aspects of building kits, assembling ARF (almost ready to fly) and RTF (ready to fly) models, finding a place to fly, tips on finding an experienced RC flier to help you with selecting the right model plane to begin learning with, and with the actual flying.  You can learn much faster and more safely with the proper trainer helping you.  Reading the information in this blog will also help with repairing your radio controlled plane in the event of a mishap.  Installing and setting up the radio control system and the engine, battery maintenance, and generally speaking whatever you want to know.  There is too much information available here to list it all at one time, but rest assured you will eventually find everything you need to get you set up, ready to go, and out flying.

At times I will illustrate what I am talking about with pictures or videos and I will get as detailed as you want just to help you in this hobby of remotely controlling your favorite model airplane.  Sometimes I will present a short series of instructional steps so you will want bookmark this site or establish an RSS feed (see the right side bar) to help you get back here easier and make sure you don’t miss out on any of the information.  This blog will be run in such a way that you will find it both fun and informative.

Also, I would like to hear from you with any comments or questions that you have.   I am certain that others who read this blog will enjoy what you have to contribute.  All you have to do to submit a comment or ask a question is to click on the blue “Comment” link below, follow the steps, and type in what you want to say.  It will help make this a more interesting and enjoyable site for all of us if you choose to participate.  We can all learn from each other.

What is an eCourse and How do I get started?

    My 7-day eCourse is a series of daily emails that explain the seven basic steps in detail about how you can get started in the radio controlled model airplane hobby.  It will present everything one step each day so that you can have time to read, digest, and start working on what you need to have and what you need to know to successfully get started flying.  The way to get started is to sign up for it in the far right upper corner of this page where it says “Get OldManFlier’s Seven Easy Steps To RC Flying”.  Note: I had planned on starting this eCourse in November of 2008, but circumstances caused it to be delayed.  As soon as you get signed up for it, you can expect it to be in your inbox in a few short days.  Try it, I think you will like it.  It costs you nothing and it is packed with useful information.  This is the OldManFlier and I’ll see you next time.

 

 

“Ending The Year Of RC Airplane Flying”

Well friends, here we are nearing the end of another year.  I hope some of you have decided to join in the hobby of radio controlled airplanes and are now enjoying this most interesting and exciting hobby of all.

    I know that this blog is read by people in many different parts of the world and for those countries that celebrate Christmas as we do here in the United States, I hope that you are having a happy and joyous holiday. 

I want to take this blog post to thank all of you for reading my blog and ask you to keep reading and learning from it throughout the new year.  I have some medical problems that have kept me from doing all the things that I wanted to accomplish in our hobby this year and I am hopeful that things will be better next year. 

    As I have pointed out in the past, I will be doing more things with video as soon as I am fully recovered from a recent surgery and I can once again get downstairs to my basement RC airplane workshop.  I still have some kits to build, some broken airplanes to repair and other things to do that are sure to be of interest to you.

    So, please bear with me and keep checking back to this website for more new and exciting information from our world of flying radio controlled model airplanes.

Thanks so much to all of you and remember –  this is the OldManFlier and I’ll see you next time.