Traffic Pattern revisited

Several months ago, I published a training article on using the correct terms of a traffic pattern. Since then, we have several new members, and it is time to revisit the issue again. During any flight, it would be best not to take your eyes away from your model plane – for obvious reasons. This […]

Balsa Plane Kits

Most of you are aware, that our hobby has become more expensive, with the change in the Australian Dollar value, and the higher fees for parcel post. One way around it, is to build your own – either in balsa or foam board. There are hundreds of plans on the net, for balsa look here: […]

Build your own RC plane

At last night’s meeting, 7th of November, we discussed building your own model aeroplanes. This option has become attractive, as the postage fees to Tasmania make ready-made models quite expensive, or, at least, they aren’t value for money. With the right selection of building plans, the task of building can be fairly easy. Some club […]

Dihedral Wings

Why dihedral wings? This question must have been asked many times, but is not very simple to answer. In short: dihedral means that the wings are angled upwards at its root and provide a stable flight. Providing the plane is properly balanced, the wings will always return to a straight and level flight. Here is […]

Into the Wind

We do have a windsock for a reason. Aircraft, even helicopter, benefit from taking off and landing into the wind. Not just benefit, strong tail winds may even lead to a crash. Why? A wing produces lift when there is enough air flowing over and under it and at a minimum speed. Each aircraft type […]

Receiver Antenna Placement

I’m guilty of it myself, of stuffing the receiver antenna into small fuselages wherever there is some room. Surprisingly, the 2.4 GHz signals are quite good at reaching the antenna. However, it is a fact, that this frequency band is line-of-sight and can’t bend around metal, carbon fibre, or similar material that is not transparent […]