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18 MORE Mistakes EVERY RC Pilot Makes

Jun 10, 2024
You may remember a video from a few months ago that we called 12 Mistakes Every RC Pilot Makes. We spent some time looking at your

mistakes

along with our own and compiled this list of relatable moments and tips for beginners and advanced players alike. 18

more

mistakes

every

RC

pilot

will make, number one setting the trim incorrectly. Admittedly, this won't be a big deal if you're flying an Eros Scout or some other model airplane, but it's a good habit to get into when you're setting up. creating a 3D airplane or anything you want to get the most out of, we see it a lot.
18 more mistakes every rc pilot makes
A beginner or even a seasonal

pilot

with 10 years under their belt will go ahead and build it into a plane and give the plane maximum trim so it will fly straight. They land, change their backpack and board for another flight. A good technique is to remove the digital trim and then add the same amount of trim back in mechanically. If you don't do this, you're losing a lot of launch depending on how much adjustment you needed number two place the rear antenna did you know that there is a right and wrong way to mount the receiver and the orientation of its antennas to begin with?
18 more mistakes every rc pilot makes

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Make sure it's secure. You should also know that your receiver should be kept at least 6 inches away. away from any carbon fiber on your plane, sometimes this is impossible and that's when you should consider adding a satellite or 10 to your build and if you have a satellite receiver, make sure your antenna is mounted perpendicular to the satellite antenna. your main receiver for example if the receiver antenna is oriented vertically mount the satellite antenna horizontally number three skipping the manual we have been building well assembling RC airplanes for over 10 years sometimes we get a little full of ourselves and skip the manual and we missed an important step or assembly we made things up incorrectly RC boaters also did this once, we guess when they installed the landing gear backwards on their carbon Z Cub, no matter how much experience you have, there is no way of always guessing how a manufacturer intended something to be put together, that's always the case.
18 more mistakes every rc pilot makes
It's best to consult the manual and sometimes they have invaluable information that you wouldn't otherwise know in the form of a product bulletin, for example the Timber Evo turbo had a product bulletin in the manual to ensure the ESC received proper cooling so you don't overheat and Fry number four turns on your plane before the transmitter 99% of the time this won't be a problem, but 1% of the time it will be when the plane is unsecured and the propeller is pointed at your face, always turn on Turn on the transmitter first before the plane and verify that the transmitter is set to the correct model before doing so.
18 more mistakes every rc pilot makes
Number five, learn how to repair it properly. Suggest that if your plane is covered in duct tape, it's probably best not to skip this part of the flight video. Test has a number of excellent guides on how to properly repair foam airplanes, but sometimes something

more

complex, like an engine mount, breaks, no matter how much time you spend gluing it on, it will break again at that point, it's best to just do it. A new piece, but not

every

one has access to tools like that, that's where our friends at PCB Way come in and are this week's sponsors.
They offer a variety of services, from PCB production to assembly and even 3D printing, but it doesn't end there. They have injection molding for sheet metal manufacturing and even CNC machining. If you need to redesign an engine mount or fabricate a new part on your aircraft there is no better service, their service is extremely easy to use and you can get a quote at your fingertips. If you are interested, feel free to check out the link in our description number six. Do not remove the propeller before carrying out repairs with the airplane on. Always remove the propeller if you are going to place your fingers on your face or anything important near the front. of the plane while it is on, this includes the walls of your workshop, they are also important and even if you are working on the tail with the plane on, make sure the plane is safe, maybe you left your transmitter on the ground and forgot the throttle . cut and your dog decided to come and gave the throttle a sniff and a number seven hit, you didn't check the range before a maiden, always do a range check before the maidens, make sure the receiver you put there last week It would be working fine, but this is a new plane and there might be a ton of invisible carbon fiber around the area where you put the receiver dot.
If it happens, follow your radio manufacturer's guide on the proper distance to check the range, as it varies with different radios. But make sure someone chooses to raise the plane and move it in different orientations while checking the range to ensure that you will have a strong signal no matter where you are in relation to your number eight plane. Worrying too much about what people think about your flight. This is especially difficult. When you're new to the Hobby you don't want to fly because there are some people on the field and you have a 40% chance of success and it's never fun to do the Walk of Shame with the group on the field, but here's the thing. and listen carefully no one cares how good or not good you are we are all in the field for the same reason to fly and have fun everyone crashes it's just a matter of how often by the time your head swells with the planes, the fun runs out for everyone around you, including the number nine, fly into the sun, this won't just happen, it will probably happen a million times, the worst thing you can do is watch the plane as it flies across the Sun , as you will do later. being temporarily blinded when a plane leaves the sun if you realize you are about to fly into the sun and you can't avoid it do your best not to look at the sun some people make sunscreen for when they fly so this is It's not a problem number 10 to try to reverse a servo by reversing the receiver plug.
Well this is a once and never again thing and to be fair the only time we saw this happen was with a kid in our camp who is too proud. to ask for help, but if you are new to the Hobby, don't try it, never be afraid to ask for help, if you are lucky, nothing will fry and if you are unlucky, you will reverse your receiver using your radio. enough set number 11 rushing a preflight sometimes you're talking to a friend while setting up your plane and putting in the battery without securing it now you're in for a wild ride while a CG constantly changes mid-flight make sure your preflight has your full attention while doing it number 12 light bu storage first storage charging matters we have a detailed video on why this is so along with many other myths and that video will be linked in the description below but we are also talking about the importance of making sure your light bulbs don't burn your house down.
Always keep batteries stored in a fireproof container, be it an ammo box or a fireproof bag or an overpriced battery box when not in use and even more so. Most importantly, never leave a boo light charging unattended. We know several people who have lost their entire homes or parts of them due to the Lio fires. These things may seem harmless, but they are actually just little bombs waiting to go off at an inconvenient time. If not used safely, number 13 choose the right RC airplane is your first airplane. Pro tip if you ask: Will X be a good beginner plane for me?
The answer will almost always be no, unless it's a legitimate, proven trainer like an Eros. Scout for example, our personal choice will almost always be the Eros Scout these days, but as long as it's a trainer and not an F-16 you'll probably be fine, don't let the catchy titles and thumbnails convince you that the F-16 It's a trainer It's number 14 Don't charge your transmitter Yes, this happens to everyone There's nothing worse than getting to the field and not being able to fly because your transmitter is dead Number 15 Leaving your transmitter on the roof of your car and walking away once again this is a mistake you will probably make once and never again number 16 not learning how to solder there are adapters for that they are not okay yes but that doesn't mean you should use them let's explain why they will eventually make your plane crash Long story short , they are just another point of failure that can be eliminated by simply learning how to solder and the adapters will fail.
I personally crashed someone else's plane thanks to an adapter they had attached to their 6s pack right after I took it off always solder for minimal points of failure, number 17 folks, you don't need three hands to pair modern Spectrum receivers. That's right, if you connect any modern Spectrum receiver that uses a pairing button, you don't need to hold that button first. The plane is on, you just need to press it after the plane has been plugged in and is not yet connected to a transmitter. number 18 when buying the wrong charger say you want to fly a plane with 6s 5000 packs so you buy a charger that will charge 6 seconds and charge at 5 amps only to find out your new charger can run at 5 amps on a 3 seconds, but only 2 and 1/2 amps in a 6 second package, so you'll end up waiting 2 hours before you can fly.
Again, the key here is to look at the power of the charger before purchasing it. In short, if you get something that produces at least 200 WS, you'll be in good shape to charge the most common packs these days, including the 6s 5000s, at a reasonable price. time and read the fine print on anything that runs on both AC and DC, they are often much slower when plugged into the wall aka AC, it usually

makes

more sense to get a good DC only charger and a good power supply, everyone

makes

mistakes. I can't learn without them and that's okay, but I hope this list helps you make a few fewer mistakes.
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