If you think that playing with model toys is only for children, then you’re in for a surprise. There is an entire world of model aircraft flying, known to those connoisseurs as RC flying, and it is inhabited by people of all ages, of all occupations, and from different corners of the world. If you’re interested in delving into this world, there are a few things you should know about RC aircraft parts that would help you in your journey.
Radio System: One of the first things you’ll need to do if you’re starting out with a trainer aircraft is get the radio system installed. This radio system should include an electronic transmitter and a receiver, which will be used to control your aircraft. This will act as the link between you and your RC. The advantage of a radio system is that, once you’ve mastered how to use it, you will be able to control the actions of the aircraft even without seeing it.
Batteries RC aircraft models typically run on nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) to power teh RX (receiver) and the TX (channel transmitter). The TX type will utilize 9.6 volts (9.6 V) batteries, while the RX will usually operate on 4.8 volts. In regards to the battery, each NiCd cell is rated at 1.2 volts. For a trainer model, the RX needs anything from a 450 to 600 milliamp-hour (mah) pack. The TX, meanwhile will need an 800-1000 MAH pack (both of which are available in your radio system. The chargers that come with these radio systems can charge the TX and RX batteries simultaneously.
Receiver: The receiver is the part of the radio system that receives the TX signals and converts that into an electrical impulse that is able to manipulate the RC’s movements. It can receive these signals via a long thin wire protruding from the model. You would have to be extremely careful when handling the wire, as cutting it or improperly handling can cause it to reduce the radio’s operating range. This is why you might see RC aircraft hobbyists treat their aircraft models with great care. Replacing the receiver or any other part on the aircraft can get extremely pricey.
Transmitter: The transmitter is the item that you hold in your hands to operate the RC model. It has a long antenna, one or two control sticks, trim levers, an on/off switch and a battery-charging jack. Most transmitters have a radio-frequency (RF) meter that indicates voltage and thereby indicates the strength of the transmitter’s signal. The RF meter’s face usually has green and red areas in its display; when the needle enters the red area, it’s time to stop flying and charge the batteries.
Servos: Known as the workers of the radio system, the servos are utilized to move the control surfaces. Flying the aircraft model would be literally impossible were it not for these servos in place. Each servo is comprised of a small motor, an electronic control circuit, a gear train, and a feedback potentiometer. The servo has an output branch or wheel that is fastened to a push rod inside of the model.
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