Flying remote control (RC) airplanes affords those interested in aviation the opportunity to get a taste for flying without leaving the ground. There are planes for beginners and advanced fliers looking to learn new skills.
For individuals just getting started, trainer airplanes are the first step. These planes have a basic design and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Trainers make up the largest segment of RC airplanes, and come with electric and gas-powered engines. Planes can be purchased up to 90% complete and be flown right away. Depending on the size and type of plane, you can begin your flying hobby for as little as $30.
Once you master basic skills, you can try a sport airplane. These planes are also suitable for beginners, but can perform more stunts and maneuvers. Sport planes come with electric engines and cost around $150.
Advanced fliers who have mastered the art of RC planes may consider moving into the aerobatic flying field. Aerobatic planes are designed with more power than actually needed to fly, making it possible to execute what some enthusiasts call "3D" tricks. Most planes are designed to be either mid or low wing, and can be purchased with electric or gas engines. These planes can be flown extremely aggressively, and should only be flown by advanced pilots. Aerobatic planes cost around $200 and up.