September 16

Welcome To Rookie RC Flyer

Dedicated to helping you learn how to fly an rc plane. Flying radio control model airplanes is an intriguing and addictive sport that will provide untold pleasure and satisfaction if approached

with the correct attitude and willingness to learn.  First of all let me say congratulations on considering a fantastic hobby.

Let me state from the outset: RC MODEL AIRPLANE FLYING IS NOT EASY!

If you fail to take a common sense approach, accepting advice and help, it will cost you dearly and you will probably become rapidly disillusioned.

My aim is to provide you, the newcomer, with good sound advice and pointers to help avoid the pitfalls that face all rookies. I have seen so many beginners try to go it alone and fail miserably at the first hurdle. If you are in any doubt as to my ability to provide the help you need, visit my “About Me” page.

So, again, welcome aboard and lets hope I can provide the guidance you need to succeed in the least expensive way. As with most hobbies, there is a cost to getting started but you can minimize your expenditure by ensuring you buy the most appropriate gear for your purpose.

Throughout this site you will find links to suppliers of products that I recommend. If you decide to purchase through these links, please understand that the suppliers will afford me a small commission as a reward for helping them satisfy your requirements and benefit from your business. So thank you in advance should you decide to follow my recommendations.

Ok, so I hope you are with me and you will let me help you learn how to fly an rc plane and the wonderful sense of achievement it will give you.

Lets get started




  1. By John ツ on

    Just landed (so to speak) on your most interesting blog Colin. So much information I was not really expecting to find on just one website, you have hooked me Colin.

    Thanks for sharing and keep on the good work.


  2. By Bob Scheer on

    Very nicely done web pages. Do you have a printable version? I would love to hand it out to new and prospective members of our club.
    Bob Scheer
    Secretary Kamloops Model Airplane Society
    Kamloops B.C. Canada V2B7P2

    1. By Colin Bedson on

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for your very kind comment on my Rookiercflyer website. Because of the positive responses to the site I have created an Ebook, containing the most important content, that I am marketing through a separate webpage. You will find it here at

      There is a charge of $4.95 US for a full copy of the Ebook but once you have it you will be OK to reproduce it in paper form as often as you require.

      I hope this is acceptable for you.

      Kind regards,


  3. By Mark Briggs on

    Colin this is probably one of the most informative websites i’ve ever read on flying. Awesome content!

  4. By Allice Taylor on

    This is a great read and I find it really helpful especially for beginner drone owners like me. There are a lot of things that can be learned about beginner-level RC models.

  5. By Marc on

    When I was a kid my dad and I used to build model airplanes. We then moved onto the ones you fly. But not RC ones, instead the ones you had a hand controller tied to the airplane via a string and you would spin in circles. You can imagine how dizzy you would get. We did build a few planes with the intention of flying them RC but that project never got off the ground. So here I am years later looking at starting a new project with my kids. Looking forward to learning.

    1. By Colin (Post author) on

      Thank you for your comment Marc. I also flew a few ‘control line’ models during my early days in aircraft modelling. I wish you every success in flying radio control with your children.

      If I can be of any help to you please don’t hesitate to contact me via the comment facility on my pages. You should find all of the basic information you will need to get started within the website. My follow on posts will provide more in-depth knowledge to help you progress.


  6. By Jaymie Kinnon on

    Valuable info. Fortunately I discovered your site accidentaly and I’m amazed why I didn’t find it earlier! I have bookmarked it.

  7. By Brian on

    Hi Colin,
    I use to be an RC enthusiast of the ground based type, but have always had the desire to try out RC aircraft. As you stated though, I have always heard that it was tough to learn how to get the hang of it. Heard it was even worse for RC helicopters. I do have a friend that is still into the RC world, I’ll pass this site along!

    1. By Colin (Post author) on

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks for your kind comments on my website and thanks for offering to pass on my info to your friend.

      If you get the urge to have a go don’t hesitate to get in touch. If I can help you I will.


  8. By Kush1000 on

    Hi there! That’s a nice post you have created here.

    I love these planes, I owned one Cessna on remote control and I broke it the first day:) It’s not that easy to fly these things. Great job!

    I’m sure many people will find this article as useful and interesting as I did.

  9. By Sylvia on

    Wow, happy to found your site and article because a friend of mine was into this “hobby” many years ago and wants to start again, but doesn’t know today where to turn.

    I always like to do research when I like to find something out etc. and therefore have come to your site. 🙂

    I will forward your site to my friend and hopefully he, as someone who knows this stuff finds already your article useful as I did, knowing nothing at all.

    Well written for someone like me. 🙂

    1. By Colin (Post author) on

      Thank you for your kind comments Sylvia. I’m glad you think it will help you friend. Tell him to contact me through any of the page comment facilities if he needs any specific help or advice.

  10. By Neil on


    My Dad used to have a radio controlled plane, and I know exactly how long it took him to build it lol. It was awesome watching him fly it in a field with other RC plane enthusiasts though 🙂

    This is definitely a hobby worth taking up because flying one of these is so much fun to do.


    1. By Colin (Post author) on

      Hi Neil, I totally agree with you, this hobby is fun although a serious one that needs to be treated with respect. Safety is so important.

  11. By on

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to mention that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.
    In any case I’ll be subscribing on your rss feed and I hope
    you write once more soon!

  12. By Lakeisha on

    We stumbled over here by a different web page and thought I may as well check things out.
    I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to looking into your
    web page for a second time.

  13. By Jesse on

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your page. It’s always nice to get in touch with real people who share the same passion and can help each other. What you think is the best beginner rc flyer that someone who is just starting out would find valuable? Thanks a lot and hope to hear from you!

    1. By Colin (Post author) on

      Hi Jesse,

      Welcome to model plane flying. Work through the site and you will find all the information you need to decide on a suitable plane. Go to the page: “Suitable RC planes For Beginners”. This should answer your question.

      Please don’t hesitate to ask questions through the comment facility on any page or post. Cheers.

  14. By Val on

    I am so happy that I came across your site. I have a nephew who is into RC model planes. He is just starting to really get into it and I think your web site is going to be a great resource for him. It can be an expensive hobby, so I know he will be very interested in how to get more into RC planes while not blowing all of his budget. I will be sure to pass along your web site information. Thanks again for a great site.

    1. By Colin (Post author) on

      Hello Val,

      So glad you think my site will help your nephew. Please get him to follow the content and learn from it.

      If he has any questions tell him not to hesitate to send me a message through any of the comment facilities on the pages or posts.

  15. By Allan on

    Great Post!

    I used to love RC cars when I was younger, and I definitely would have enjoyed being able to control a plane, but this was many years ago and there really wasn’t a big market for RC planes.

    Now that I have gotten older, I think that I would really enjoy picking up the hobby again. I definitely plan on spending some time on your site to learn more!

    1. By Colin (Post author) on

      Thanks Allan, I really appreciate your positive comments. I have to disagree with you about planes not being in demand some years ago. I learned to fly over 35 years ago and people had been flying RC long before I started. In the USA and UK flying clubs abounded even then but its never to late so welcome aboard and enjoy learning.

      If I can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the comment facility either on the pages or posts.

  16. By Nicole on

    This is perfect, just the website I was looking for. My husband wants to get into RC flyer planes with my son. Is there a 3 channel plane that you can recommend that wont break the bank? We will definitely be referring back to your site. Great work!

    1. By Colin (Post author) on

      Hi Nicole, So glad you have found my site and feel it will help your husband and son. There is a load of information here so get them to work through it slowly but steadily and absorb the information.

      Regarding your question about 3 channel planes, can i suggest you go the the page “Suitable RC planes For Beginners”. I explain there why I would recommend a 4 channel plane to start. The additional cost is minimal but later it will save money on progressing further.

      I hope this helps. Good luck to them both. If there is anything they want to know don’t hesitate to ask questions through the comments facility on the pages or posts.

  17. By Gary on

    I love these planes but never mastered the art of flying them.

    I got some little cheap ones for the kids but you really need to be dedicated to learn to fly. All we got was a bunch of busted up propellers and wings that fell off.

    Now the kids, which are grown, are flying drones which are much more stable with their computer controlled gyros and stuff. I would still rather learn how to fly a ‘real’ airplane though, if I ever get the time.


    1. By Colin (Post author) on

      Hi Gary, Thanks for your encouraging comments. If you have the desire to learn flying RC Model Planes, I’m sure you will find or make the time.

      Everything you need to know to get started is on my website and in my book. If you need anymore help, don’t hesitate to contact me via the comment facility on any page or post.

  18. By Chris on

    Awesome stuff – I visited your site the other day for my son and I didn’t spot this page first time around!!!!
    I see you state that flying these types of plane is not easy but my ten year old son has had his heart set on one for the last couple of years.
    What would you suggest as a basic starting model for him to learn off?

    1. By Colin (Post author) on

      Hi Chris, Thanks for your great comment and question.

      This page is only the introduction to the rest of the site content. I suggest you progress through the site using the links at the bottom of each page. This way you and your son will learn everything you need to know about flying model planes. If you look down the menu on the left side of the Welcome page you will see a page “Suitable RC Planes for Beginners”. I think this is what you need to answer your question.

      Don’t hesitiate to ask any questions by leaving them as comments on the appropriate pages. thanks again.

  19. By Stephen on

    I’m so happy I found your site! I used to fly RC when I was a kid. But that was decades ago. Now I have nieces and nephews and I think they would love it.

    I’ve been looking for a site with all the information in one place. I think I just found it. I can’t wait to look through all the posts you have here.

    Thanks again for showing a rookie RC Flyer, the way!

    1. By Colin (Post author) on

      Hi Stephen, Thanks for your comment and so glad you think it will help you. There’s an awful lot of information in the site so take your time and try to work through it stage by stage. I’ve tried to make it flow logically. Please don’t hesitate to leave comments or ask questions on any page if you need help.

  20. By Emanuel on

    Finally I found a website with all the information that I was looking for.
    You have some great information here! I am just learning about how to fly rc models, so I learned a lot. Thanks!
    You saved my day.


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