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Frequently Asked Starter Questions

Here are some questions often asked by beginning flyers, with answers:

  • Is this a good hobby for kids? YES! The only stipulation is that youngsters need to have support to guide them during this process. This is a great hobby for the whole family, as the fun of radio control flight is inspiring and rewarding. There are so many avenues to explore once the training phases are complete.

    These planes are not toys and there are a few considerations for younger students:

    • financial aspects : buying equipment and fuel

    • logistical aspects : where to fly, and getting the kids there (especially if Mom or Dad is not also a flyer)

    • safety : These planes use powerful glo fuel engines, which need to be started and tuned. This procedure is not difficult, however it requires respect and responsibility to operate. Youngsters are quite capable of handling the task, but should be supervised until proficiency is gained.

    • commitment : as with anything worthwhile, flying well takes practice. If you have the desire, you've won half the battle. The rest comes with time and endeavor. These teach a great work ethic, and the rewards will last a lifetime.
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  • How does the Titan compare with park flyers? A park flyer (very small electric plane) can be a good choice to "whet your appetite" and let you know if the R/C hobby is for you. Most park flyer kits aimed at beginners are cheap, simple to put together, and will let you fly in very small spaces without bothering anyone. They are definitely on the "toy" end of the hobby spectrum, as performance is very limited. Inverted flight, take offs and landing on grass, and flight in wind are well beyond the capability of most electric park flyers and one tends to become bored with them quickly.

    To progress in the hobby, you'll want to enter the arena of fuel power which is by far the most popular category, and encompasses everything from glo powered trainers, to gas turbine powered jets.

    The Titan is an extremely capable craft:

    • The Titan will easily take off from rough grass fields
    • The Titan fly in winds as high as 30 mph.
    • The Titan will take all the punishment you can give it while learning to fly and land.
    • The Titan can easily be repaired at the field without needing to buy more expensive parts at the hobby shop.
    • The engine and radio system can be removed from the Titan and re-used in your next project.

    No park flyer can make these claims. return to top

  • Can I fly the Titan in my yard? If you live in suburbia, no. If you own a large parcel of land, and have no neighbors close by, then perhaps, but it's not recommended unless you're experienced, and aware of all the associated risks. return to top

  • Why do I need to join the AMA? The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) provides a universe of aircraft modeling knowledge, and associations of folks who fly all types of models -- from rubber powered free flight to actual turbine powered jets.

    The AMA has been protecting our needs and providing flight insurance and assistance for many decades. Nearly every R/C club in the US requires AMA membership. For a modest fee you get a great color magazine : Model Aviation, and liability insurance protection. Check the above link for more details. return to top

  • Why do I need to join a local R/C club? If you accept the almost certain fact that you can't fly successfully the first time by yourself, then you will need a good instructor, and a club is a great place to find one!

    If you can't find a club, stop into a local hobby shop, and ask where local clubs can be found. A good hobby shop should know, for it depends on this clientele for its business! If you get desperate, then ask the AMA (1-800- I-FLY-AMA) and they will help.

    Go to that club, and make some friends. You'll meet lots of nice people, many will be willing to serve as an instructor. Some clubs have formal training sessions which are proving to be quite successful in safely introducing new modelers to R/C flight. return to top

  • How high can I fly? The real limitation is how far you can see. We typically fly around 500 feet high, but if your plane is large enough to see you could fly several thousand feet high. If you fly near an airport you should be aware of any local ceilings and fly safely under any full size airplane traffic. return to top

  • How far away can I fly? Again, the real limitation is your eyesight. Your transmitter is likely capable of controlling the plane for 2 miles or more. You probably won't get more than a thousand feet away from yourself horizontally. return to top

  • How fast do these planes go? Training airplanes fly from 20 to 60 m.p.h. Our higher performance planes can travel 80 m.p.h or more. return to top

  • What is ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING I need to enter this hobby, and how much will it cost?

    The quick answer is: trainer airplane, engine, radio, field equipment.

    Grand total for all new top shelf components is about $400 - $600. You can most certainly save one or two hundred dollars by finding deals on used equipment or sales locally. Check with your local hobby dealer, and local R/C club.

    The really great news is the engine, radio and field equipment can be transferred to your next plane, so the initial investment is not lost.

    Click here for a detailed list of all equipment you'll need

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  • What if I crash?

    Repairing TufFlight kits is faster than repairing ANY OTHER kind of trainer. A roll of tape, spare prop, can of WD-40 and some nylon bolts are all you'll need. This can be done at the field in usually under 15 minutes. Compare this with a typical ARF or other balsa kit which could easily kill a week's worth of evenings.

    If your time is important, you'll agree it's better to spend it outside in the open air, than in the basement.

    While you shouldn't fly without guidance, if you do crash, you'll be protected by over a million dollar insurance policy as an AMA member following the AMA safety code. See the AMA link for more details. return to top

    If you have a question that was not answered here, feel free to contact us : our contct e-mail address

    Great flying to you,
    Mark and Joe

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