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When deciding what kit to get best advice is to keep it simple as possible. Your airplane will fly no problem but it will need to be suitable for you to be taught how to fly.

When you are learning to fly you will need an aeroplane that is very easy to fly and kit that is simple to operate. The more distractions you have the longer it will take you to learn.

Here at Bretons Model Flying Club we have a Facebook page with a bunch of guys with tons of knowledge very helpful if you get stuck when preparing your airplane or setting up your radio gear.


A High wing trainer with good landing gear - easy to fly and land. I was recommended a Boomerang that has turned out to be a very good choice. Obviously there are other models that would also be suitable so ask our members or instructors for their advice before you go and buy any equipment of any sort.

Radio controlled aircraft come in many forms built and ready to fly (RTF), almost ready to fly (ARF) or kit.

The best piece of advice I got was "don’t get attached to the aircraft by spending a lot of time and money on it just treat it as a tool to learn to fly".

If you spend months building it and crash on you second flight you will probably at that point give up.

You do not necesarily need to buy a brand new aircraft there are plenty of second hand ones available that would be more then suitable to learn with and any of the club members or instructors will be only to pleased to offer you any advice you need in purchasing a second hand aircraft.


Unless you are planning to fly gliders you will need an engine to propel you beloved airplane you have two choices.

Internal Combustion (IC)

They have the advantage that they can fly all day, just fill up and take off. Some disadvantages are that some clubs have restrictions on flying times for IC flying because of noise or other factors - best advice is to ask a member for any restrictions that you may need to be aware of and comply with when learning.

They also can be temperamental and messy but in scale models it sounds like the real thing.


With big advances in battery technology over the last few years many models are now available as electric.

You can get a reasonable flight time but not always as much as ic. They do not make much noise so may not have so many restrictions on when and where to fly but you will still need to ask a club member to ensure that you will be aware of any restrictions on electric propelled aircraft.

At Bretons we can start a couple of hours earlier during the week.

 You will need a few batteries as they take around an hour to recharge.

I chose electric as it is the easiest route as you can be in the air within 10 minutes of arriving on site but obviously the choice is yours and you should speak to club members and instructors before buying so that you can then make the appropriate purchase based on the information and advice you are given.

Radio Gear

There are three radio frequencies for flight in the UK but only two with ready available gear these are the 35 Mhz and 2.4 Ghz bands there is other radio frequencies for Radio Control but these are for surface models only and cannot be use for aircraft.

35 Mhz is now being superseded by the 2.4 Ghz equipment but quite a few modellers still use the 35 Mhz band as they have a shed full of planes all on 35 Mhz and have no reason to change.
The newer 2.4 Mhz band is a lot better with less interference issues from other users or equipment and it makes it a reliable option for flight.

If you are just entering the hobby and need to buy, then 2.4 Ghz is the way to go.
But before you make any purchase speak to the members of Bretons for their advice.

Learning at Bretons

All the training is done with the buddy system which means you will need two transmitters compatible with each other.

One transmitter is operated by the instructor that transmits and control the aircraft the other is used by the student and dose not transmit but connected to the transmitter held by the instructor.

With this method the instructor can give and take back control as required.

It is not a practical situation to rely on someone else’s transmitter as there are so many different models and makes that may not work together also you always know that both have the same settings so it is far better to have 2 transmitters of the same make and model along with a buddy lead for the specific transmitters.

I brought my buddy transmitter second hand online thinking I can always resell it when I did not need it any more and get my money back but be warned if you go down this route if the second transmitter needs repairing this cost need to be faceted in.
Any of our instructors will best advise you with regards to this so please ask them before you make any purchase as it could save you a lot of money and headaches in the long run.

 There are different 4 modes for transmitters but normally in the UK only two are used

 Mode 1 where the throttle is on the on the right hand side

Mode 2 where throttle is on the left hand side.

Unlike many other clubs there is no restriction on wether you use mode 1 or mode 2 at Bretons Model Flying Club as we have instructors available for both modes.

 You will be best advised to speak to the instructor that you will learn with before buying your transmitter on which mode would be most suitable for you as later on when flying on your own if you are using Mode 2 and if everyone else on the field is using Mode 1 and you run into problems you may not be able hand your transmitter to someone else to help you out.

Most transmitters these days can be converted quite easily and quickly from one Mode 1 to Mode 2 but check before purchasing.

The transmitters come all sort of bells and whistles when training keep it simple and cheap is ok.

Your training aircraft will require 4 channels so a good starting point is a 6 channel transmitter and receiver as this will be sufficient for your learning time and also then you will then be able to use it after that with your next aircraft and possibly depending on your choices or what you wish to fly over the forthcoming years be the only one you may need.

There is a good choice of six channel gear and it will give you a bit more flexibility it will probably be years before you need to upgrade.

The receivers need to be compatible with your transmitter but any of the club members can advise and asisst you with what receiver(s) will work with what transmitter so ask before you buy as it could end up saving you a lot of money.

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