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Introduction to flying an RC Plane #1 - Safety

Written by Thomas

You have either seen someone flying or you have had a taste of what it’s like to fly a remote control plane! You’re excited and want to take the next steps to make your first flight. Why shouldn’t you be? Flying an RC plane is a lot of fun, gets you outdoors in the fresh air and will enable you to meet like-minded people in the hobby!

In this series we will guide you through the important information and steps you need to follow enabling you to take to the skies for your first successful flight! Our aim is to make it as simple as possible for you to take your first flight providing only the relevant information you need.If you have any questions at all, please post a comment in the relevant article.

Flying a remote controlled plane is a great deal of fun. However, it comes with some risks that when managed appropriately, minimises them significantly. So let’s get the not so fun part out of the way! We don’t want you to damage someone’s property or more importantly, injure yourself or others.

Please take the time to understand the risks of flying an RC Plane and ensure you enjoy the hobby safely, with our tips outlined below.

LiPo batteries

Your plane will most likely use a LiPo battery as will your transmitter, so it’s very important that you understand the proper safety procedures when using them. One of the most important tips for this would be to never leave a LiPo battery unattended when it’s on charge. LiPo batteries can catch fire with a tendency to rapidly combust when they do.

If you have received a damaged LiPo battery; or if you have damaged one, it’s best to discard it appropriately. You should never use a damaged battery as it may catch fire while charging or in use.

Propellers

Remain clear of propellers from the moment you connect a battery to a model. Even though the motor is small, some motors can reach high revolutions quickly and can cause temporary or permanent injury.

Flying responsibly

Always fly in-line with local laws and operate your aircraft in a safe place where you cannot harm yourself, anyone else or damage property.

Flying over roads, houses and other infrastructure is dangerous and should be avoided.

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