For many years, the most common path to getting started in flying model aircraft has been to join a local club and be paired with an instructor who will teach you not only how to fly, but also how to safely operate your model. This person can also help you choose a good first aircraft, help ensure that it is properly assembled, and provide guidance for a successful first experience. Working with an instructor allows for hands-on training and the ability to begin flying right away, with the instructor able to take control of the model if and when required. This path is still likely the best way to proceed and provides hands-on training and the skills and knowledge needed to be safe and successful.
Local Hobby Stores
We also suggest that you should visit your local hobby stores, where you will also be imparted with valuable information and assistance in choosing the hobby products that best match your interests and goals. The manufacturers/distributors of hobby products recognize the importance of you having a successful flight experience.
No one wants to spend his or her money and time on an aircraft and then have the excitement and enjoyment dashed by a crash. One way of providing a new pilot training and practice, without the risk of crashing his or her model, is by using a flight simulator. An RC flight simulator allows you to pilot many types of aircraft (fixed-wing, helicopter, multirotor) in different environments. Make a mistake that leads to a crash? No problem; press the reset button and all is forgiven. The key to being successful when using a flight simulator is to use it as a tool and not a toy. Muscle memory allows you to take a specific motor task into memory through repetition; however, that memory can be good or bad, depending on how you use the simulator. Prospective pilots often overlook using a simulator, concerned about the cost of investing in one; however, preventing a single crash and possible loss of an aircraft can often justify a simulator’s cost.