Learning to Fly RC Aircraft

Phoenix RC Sim with DX6i

I have been wanting to get into Remote Control (RC) aircraft for a long time and I finally took the plunge. Well, kind of. I purchased an RC flight simulator kit that came with a fully functioning radio. I bought the Phoenix R/C Pro Simulator V5.0 with a Spektrum DX6i. After loading the sim and setting up the transmitter*, it became apparent that there is a lot to know about flying RC aircraft, and, after crashing almost immediately the first five times, it was probably the cheaper way to go!

Having learned how to fly full-size airplanes, I thought I’d go looking for a training syllabus like they have for FAA Flight Training. A quick search didn’t turn up too much. The Phoenix flight sim had some videos, but I was looking for some sort of RC flight training program I could follow.

Finally, after a bunch of searching, I found this book which looks pretty good. I think I’ll start there.

One Week To Solo by David ScottOne Week To Solo by David Scott
Link: http://amzn.com/098172261X


* note, the USB connection to the transmitter didn’t work out of the box. It connects via a 3.5mm “headphone” jack, but the one coming out of the USB adapter was a “stereo” adapter, and I guess the Spektrum needs a “mono” plug. I ordered a stereo to mono adapter and that seems to have solved it (while waiting for the adapter to arrived, I was able to get it to work by plugging it in half way, but it was definitely a short-term solution because it would keep popping out and then the sim would pause.) It is a little weird that they wouldn’t include the appropriate adapter out-of-the-box.