Your New Airplane

A Few Basic Tips Prior to Flight

Congratulations on purchasing the big box with your high wing trainer type airplane.

Most flying fields will require AMA membership. Whether it is required or not, it is strongly recommended.


I know it is boring but it is VERY important to learn the proper assembly and safe operation of your airplane.

Charge your batteries and assemble your airplane per the instruction manual.

Check the transmitter instructions and see if a throttle cut is available. If available, set it so that the throttle is off and the throttle stick does not function.

Even with precautions, you must assume the electric motor can start any time the airplane is powered. Keep free of the propeller at all times. Don’t make the mistake that small motors/props are not dangerous.

If you have a flight simulator program, now would be a good time to spend some time practicing flying figure eights and landings.

Turn on the transmitter and make sure the throttle is off. Make sure the airplane is in an open area. Connect the airplane battery and assemble into airplane per the instructions.

The next step is to check the airplane for proper control surface operation and center of gravity. Your instruction manual should have this information.  This is a good time to get help from an experienced RC pilot.

Disconnect the airplane battery and then turn off the transmitter. Always transmitter on first and off last. Only change this if your instruction manual specifically has a different recommendation.

Recharge your batteries.

Now would be a good time to read the AMA National Safety Code. It can be found in Model Aviation towards the back of the issue. Model Aviation is the AMA magazine included with your membership.

You are now ready to go to the flying field.