This book is the premier guide for the beginning rc modeler. Covers every aspect of this exciting hobby.
Buy your copy!
Barnes & Noble.com
The Books by Author Keven Christopherson
KC's Guide to Radio Control Flight is the premier guide for RC model airplane enthusiasts. This book guides the beginner through every aspect imaginable of this popular hobby. It covers such topics as what to do to get started, how to choose the best trainer, how everything works, aerodynamics, flying techniques, all of the different types of models to choose from, and the different types of competitions in which you can compete. There's even a pre-flight checklist, a huge RC glossary, and lots more. Getting started the wrong way can be an expensive mistake, so take home this guide and do it right the first time.
Just a note of caution; the best RC trainers are usually not the coolest looking designs, so I would personally focus on a model that will make your learning experience short and fun. Then move up to something more exciting for your second plane.
Some basic choices of RC trainer would be, RC gliders, both powered and non-powered, electric RC airplanes, gas (nitro) RC airplanes and turbine or jet RC airplanes (not the best choice for a trainer). Just go to the chapter about each type to learn the benefits and drawbacks of that particular class of RC.
Next, you should decide if you want a model that is RTF (ready to fly), ARF (almost ready to fly), kit or scratch built. (For more info on these, go to the corresponding chapter) This all depends on your stress tolerance. For example, I personally would not want to spend weeks or months building the perfect model and then use it to learn how to fly. That's way too much stress. I recommend you get an inexpensive rtf or arf plane that you're not so emotionally connected to.