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Improving Your Remote Control Airplanes

Improving Your Remote Control Airplanes

Recreational flying is a great hobby that usually stems from a love of flying as a child. If you grew up chasing model airplanes around the neighborhood, it is likely that you still enjoying flying to this day. Now, you have the ability to pass that love of flying down to your own children. It may be difficult at first to get them interested, as modern children tend to have a shorter attention span than they used to. They will enjoy playing with remote controlled airplanes with you, however the key is to figure out how to keep their attention.

Add Lights to the RC Airplane

A regular airplane flying around the sky is cool…but what if it had lights so your children could see it fly in the dark? This will make them more eager to go out after dinner and fly their planes. LEDs are a good way to add light to your planes. LEDs can be very small, and have the ability to produce a huge amount of light. The top brands of LEDS have been compared and rated online, so it is simple for you to do a bit of research.

Increase the Battery Life of the Airplane

Children are more likely to enjoy flying if they do not need to go inside and change the battery every few minutes. When you first buy your airplane, the battery may not have a very long life. You can fix this by removing any extra parts on the plane that are adding more weight to it. This extra weight is slowing the plane down, and draining its battery. This means that any decorative parts that do not serve a valid purpose can be removed. Another thing you could do is source out a stronger battery that is compatible with your plane.

Join Your Child When They Play with the Plane

There is nothing that children like more than spending time with their parents. Often it is the case that parents are too tired after work to play with their children. It is important that you find the extra time to go outside with them and fly the airplane around. Your children will remember this as they grow up. Their love of flying will come from their first memories; playing with a remote controlled airplane with their parents, and having a blast.


Although you may not have played with a remote controlled airplane for many years now, it may be time to start the tradition up again and pass it down to your children. They may enjoy the thrill of flight just as much as you do. By adding lights, improving the battery life and playing with your child, they will have a better chance of enjoying themselves. Then when they grow up, they might decide to continue their passion of recreational flying. Do not push too hard however, as children cannot be forced to do activities that they have no interest in.

The Dangers of Flying While Tired

The Dangers of Flying While Tired

Recreational flying is an interesting choice of hobby. It is certainly quite unique, and does not appeal to everybody. For those of us who would rather be soaring high in the clouds, however, there are a few important things to remember. One of the most crucial tips is that you should never fly when you are feeling tired. This can result in catastrophic accidents. To help you stay awake while you are in the air, this article will be going over some tips on making sure that you get a good night’s rest.

Set a Routine for Sleep

Your body has a natural sleep-wake cycle. It wants to go to sleep when the sun goes down, and wake up when the sun rises. Due to an increased use in electricity and technology, people are staying up later and later. This can damage your body’s cycle. Set a time for yourself and try to go to bed every night at the same time. Your internal clock will be reset, and you will likely wake up at the same time each morning. There is a reduced chance of restless sleep, and you will not toss and turn as much.


Being sluggish can negatively affect your energy levels. Exercise is good because it will reduce the effects of insomnia. If you exercise rigorously, you will feel more tired. This will result in a deeper and sounder sleep at night. Even if you only perform light to moderate exercises during the day, your sleep patterns will improve. Starting and initially sticking with the habit is the most difficult step in this process. After you get used to it, your body will adapt to the exercise, and you will feel more rested.

Invest in Your Mattress

Mattress Covered With A Mattress Protector

Having a good mattress is key if you want a good night’s sleep. Some people ignore the importance of good mattresses because they are concerned about the cost. This is a valid concern, but getting proper sleep really is invaluable in the long run. If you are worried, you could purchase a good quality product, and then take steps to protect your mattress. For instance, mattress protectors have the purpose of keeping your bed looking fresh and clean. Mattress protectors can be used against spills, stains, and allergens that may be hiding in the bed. Do not make the mistake of underestimating the importance of a good place to sleep.


Keeping yourself awake and alert is crucial if you enjoy activities that have higher risk. Recreational flying is one of these activities. It is not difficult to take precautions against this; all it takes is a key lifestyle tweaks. Setting a nighttime routine, exercising, and purchasing a good quality mattresses are a few of the many ways that you can maintain your energy levels. You can then spend that extra energy focusing on handling your aircraft safely and efficiently. Remember to always be on the safe side when it comes to flying!

Appreciating the Security Personnel at our Recreational Flying site

I have been engaging in this hobby for quite some time now, and it amazes me that it was only until recently that I was able to acknowledge and appreciate the presence of the security people in the site where I like to take my flying sessions.

It occurred when it was my turn to fly one of their planes.

A random guy suddenly shouted “bomb!” and started running frantically towards the exit. Seeing the scenario brought panic in me, but instead of moving like the rest, I was stuck, dumbfounded, unable to move. I stood there like a solid rock, eyes wide and unconsciously sweating profusely.

Thankfully, someone pulled me out from where I was rigidly standing, and took me to the safe place where everyone else was. We were held in the room for almost an hour before a security personnel came to us and explained that it was all just a bomb scare.

The guy that went frantic mistook a bag for a bomb and his cry started the panic scare that caused the commotion. The guy was very embarrassed by the commotion he caused and has repeatedly apologized to the people.

I on the other hand, was just glad that everyone was safe, and of course, that I was still alive. If the bomb threat was true, I could have been one of the first things to have exploded. Thankfully, the security personnel rescued me. I went to him and thanked him profusely for saving me. He told me that it was not a big deal because it was part of his job to do it.

Since the incident, I have always taken notice of the great security facility that the recreational site had. I indeed felt secured and beyond the dangers of flying an airplane, I felt safe whenever I enter their vicinity.

As a sign of my gratitude, I decided to give all the security personnel of the site a special gift. At first I did not know what to give but then after a few searches on the Internet, I came across SP-USA and read some of the most wonderful reviews on some security apparels.

I immediately contacted Security and Patrol Gears and decided to order from them. It was such a relief that their service was very efficient.

The next time I went for my session, I gave my gifts to them. It was heartwarming to see the smiles on their faces. Beyond the material gift, it was knowing that their job is being appreciated.

Wild Boar Hunting In A Chopper

Wild Boar Hunting In A Chopper

helocasting-906196_640Wow, wild boar hunting in a chopper sounds really exciting and kind of dangerous all at the same time, wouldn’t you agree? As we all probably know, the average Joe can’t just hop in a any chopper they want and go hunting for wild boars. So what is it that they need to do in order to get clearance for this? Well, I am going to explain that to you right now.

Why Hunt Out Of A Helicopter?

In certain parts of the world, wild hogs have become a nuisance, especially in Texas. They are spawning at an alarming rate and it is up to the landowners and anyone who wants to be part of the effort, to try and eliminate some of the threat. So, this is where the helicopter comes in. When you are up in a helicopter, you have a better view of all of these hogs and can get a better shot from up in the air.

How Does It Work?


Usually, a season goes from mid-January through mid-March for wild boars. As with any service like this, there is an age limit and weight limit for the chopper, specifically for a service called Heli-Hunter:

  • Age limit: 16-years and older. Shooters under 18-years old must be accompanied by a member of the staff.
  • Weight Limit: 300-pounds per seat or 475-pound combination limit for both shooters. If a person is over the 300-lb weight limit, they may be asked to ride solo.
  • Hunting license is required: You must have a valid Texas hunting license. Out of state hunters can get a five day temporary permit.


The flight usually lasts around 2-hours and a kill range is between 15-25 hogs. This depends on what the environment is like, what time it is, the weather, wildlife movement and pure luck. The best part, ammo is provided and it is unlimited.

What About The Guns?

Most of the time, these companies that offer helicopter boar hunting will provide you with a gun to use. If you choose to bring an approved gun of your own instead of using their recommended Tac-12 A1 tactical shotgun by Firebird Precision, it might not be a bad idea to invest in a red dot sight attachment.

A red dot sight will give you a clear shot of the target by highlighting with a red dot, or a different pattern if preferred. Is you are going to be up in a helicopter, it is best to use the traditional red dot. It is smaller and won’t block the view of the target like a cross or bullseye pattern would. If this is something you are interested in, it would be best to do a search for the best affordable red dot sight. If you are doing it just one time, you probably want something on the cheaper side. If you are going to make a bobby out of it, there is no harm in investing in a more expensive one.

Are You Ready?

As I said earlier, hunting out of a helicopter isn’t really a worldwide thing and most places are in Texas that offer this service. It is definitely something that you should put on your bucket list and save up for since each ride costs between $5000-$15,000. There are also other services that you can purchase to make your experience more memorable.

A Close Look at Air-Powered Toy Planes


Toy planes are amazing. They let young children or even adults indulge in their love for flying and aircraft without the millions of dollars required to buy their own real aircraft. When it comes to toy airplanes, there are generally two types of toys for aircraft-loving individuals to play with.

The first type of aircraft is electric powered, where the toy flies and propels itself with electric energy converted from the kinetic power produced by a dynamo inside the toy. The other one is the air-powered remote-controlled toy planes – while it uses a dynamo to produce power, the dynamo is used to power the pump that produces compressed air. As a side note – these are not your standard home air compressors, but smaller, custom made compressed air engines that have the perfect amount of ‘push’ for these toys.

The air produced by the compressor is blown out from the rear of the toy airplane to produce propulsion: in fact, this is very similar to how jet engines work.

Animated Engines

The type of engine commonly found in air powered toy planes, particularly the popular Air Hogs brand, is called an “animated engine.”

An animated engine is a carbon dioxide-powered, two-stroke piston engine. The first stroke pushes the piston upward, drawing in high pressure CO2 gas into the engine’s cylinder through a narrowed intake slot. The piston then pushes down due to the expansion of the high-pressure gas. As soon as the piston reaches the bottom of the cylinder and passes the exhaust port, the high pressure air is released and propels the toy plane forward.

The process is done at high speed, producing several bursts of air through the exhaust in a single second.

In some variants, the animated engine is powered by steam instead of CO2 gas.

Popular Brands

The most popular brand of air-powered RC aircraft is the Air Hogs line of toy aircraft. The first Air Hogs aircraft was the Sky Shark, which came out in 1998. Since then, Air Hogs has produced various remote controlled aircraft including helicopters, as well as remote-controlled cars and even mini hovercrafts, all of which are powered by small air compressors beneath the chassis of the toys.

Possible Issues?

There have been a few cases of problems with air-powered toy aircraft. However, the only such incident involving a high number of RC aircraft having problems at the same time occurred more than 14 years ago, when Spin Master, the brand behind the Air Hogs line, had to recall the Skyblazer and Firestomer planes.

The recall was the result of seven individual incidents in which Firestormer planes exploded in mid-air. These explosions were caused by faulty air intake chambers, which caused the toys to spontaneously combust. Because of the hazard presented by plastic pieces flying at high speed, Spin Master issued a recall for over 137,000 units.

However, the recall was only effective for Skyblazer and Firestormer toys produced between December 29, 2001 and March 24, 2002. No other recalls issued by Spin Master after the incident.

Air-powered toy planes are an innovate form of toy aircraft. They produce more power and propulsion than ordinary electric-powered RC aircraft, ensuring the enjoyment of children ages 5 to 8 years old and even adults who retain a love for RC aircraft even in adulthood.

Show Yourself Some Love Through Recreational Flying

I have said it a million times and I will say it again – Recreational Flying is one of my favorite hobbies. You might think that it is a costly hobby. Yes, it is, and not to sound arrogant or anything, but I really do not mind the price of this hobby; not because I can afford it, but because it just help me a lot in dealing with life and brings a lot of good vibes into my personality and my overall outlook.

Whenever I fly, my focus and concentration skills are improved. It enhances my mental acuity and at the same time enhances my multitasking ability. Flying, for me, is a stress reliever. Every time I am facing tough times, I just spend a few minutes flying and it seems as though my worries and troubles are all gone. My mind becomes more relaxed and rejuvenated.

You might find it ironic, but flying does actually help me maintain a healthy and fit body. I treat myself as a commercial pilot. So, I always take good care of my body, especially my grooming. I always make sure that I job every day. I am not a gym person. I prefer to jog around the neighborhood and sometimes exercise in the comfort of my own home. Because I am fit and healthy, I do not only look good, but I feel good too. I have a stable state of mind. I get to look at things in a positive perspective.

Recreational flying also gives me an adrenaline rush. Whenever I fly a plane, it excites me in an unexplained way. As I pull the aircraft up in the sky, I feel the rush. As I safely land, I feel a sense of accomplishment, that feeling that I was able to take on another challenge and survive it.

Lastly, flying is my passion. Ever since I was a kid I always dream of flying a plane. I know that I can’t be a commercial pilot because I cannot stand to be away from my family. I know for a fact that the life of commercial pilots is not easy. They have to endure the time away from their family just to send passengers to their desired destination. So, instead of becoming a commercial pilot, I decided to indulge in recreational flying. It enables me to follow my passion and at the same time gives me the freedom to spend my time to people that matter to me. Cost wise, recreational flying is an expensive hobby. I spent thousands for my hobby but considering the satisfaction it gives me, I don’t mind the price. I am extremely happy doing the things I love the most.

Promoting The Joy Of Recreational Flying

Flying offers a different kind of entertainment. And while not a lot of people are into it, I am sure there is a decent number of people who are like me, a man who loves recreational flying. My interest in recreational flying started when I was a kid. Whenever I saw helicopters and airplanes, I am imagining myself as the pilot. I imagine myself flying to wherever I want to. At some point, I wanted to become a professional pilot. In my mind, being a pilot is actually not a job but a form of leisure. Who would not want to be up in the sky? Only a few people are given the chance to soar the sky and pilots are the chosen ones.

However, as I grow up I realized that the life of the pilot is not that easy. A pilot spends most of his time away from his family. A professional pilot conquers the world but that comes with disadvantages too. He will spend most of his time away from his loved ones. He will not see his kids grow right before his very eyes. There are even times when he spends his holidays away from home. I don’t want to be away from my family, especially on special occasions. So, instead of being a professional pilot I decided to go with recreational flying.

What is recreational flying? Well, it is simply flying for enjoyment. You fly using a modern comfortable aircraft, in good weather condition, and unrestricted rule of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. If you are just like me who loves flying, but don’t want to take it on a professional level because of other priorities, then recreational flying is for you. There are different types of an aircraft, but the aircraft I used for flying is built in modern design standards. It burns less fuel and has significantly lower operating expenses as compared to a commercial aircraft.

Recreational Flying Training
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With recreational flying, the cost is less. But, just like when one applies to be a professional pilot, those who wish to engage in recreational flying will also need to take some schooling and training in order to have the proper knowledge and skill to safely fly an aircraft. There are a lot of training schools for recreational flying. It does cost you money, but you will surely get the best value for your hard earned money.

I started my aircraft training when I was 20 years old and fifteen years later, I still enjoy flying. I know I made the right decision fifteen years ago. I was skeptical back then because of the expensive cost of the training, but the enjoyment I get from recreational flying is priceless, and this fulfillment is what drives me now to promote this craft to more people. I really wish more people would engage in this recreational activity so that it blossoms and inspires those who brave it.

Recreational Flying For Couples

couples that do recreational flying have muliti family homes for sale
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Almost everyone in our neighborhood in Oxford share the joys of spending time outdoors. I’ve got a friend down the block who has a habit of knocking at my door every Saturday early morning. Jeff had been doing this since we were still kids. He never runs out of any outdoor retreat ideas for the weekend.

Jeff was the one who taught me how to enjoy a lot of different things. When we were kids we would spend outside the fence of the airport field flying kites and watching all those huge planes come and go. Those weekend wanderings had sparked our passion in flying airplanes. We never made a career out of it but we had included it to our weekend experiences. It took us three months to attend to our aviation training to fly smaller plane. After we got our license, weekends were then spent flying and enjoying the scenic views and the beautiful sunset. For me, flying is an exhilarating and rewarding experience that’s quite addicting.

When Jeff and I got married and had kids, our weekly retreat in the sky became once a month activity or sometimes no flying happened in a month. We had to consider the financial aspects of paying the rent of flying a plane against household obligations. We recognized that married life has lots of things to sacrifice. But we never consider our married lives as  reasons to compromise our happiness. It’s not only in recreational flying that we get to fulfill our interests. We enjoy the simple things of being two families getting together to eat, drink and laugh outside our home.

I had created good memories with Jeff and his family in our neighborhood. But things in the neighborhood will never be the same again because Jeff and his wife had decided to leave the country for good. He told us about it just the other day and we were in a sort of denial at first. But when I saw on the newspaper ads that Jeff’s house was in there among the multi family homes for sale, I myself had to battle with an irrational separation anxiety.

The days after we knew about their decision for migration, all of us in our family have waded through some emotional feelings. But we understood that the world is big and full of possibilities that Jeff’s family should explore. I just thought of cherishing the time that we’re still together in the neighborhood. We can still spend the remaining entire weekends doing the things we used to do. We can still rent a plane to see more of the picturesque landscapes in the city, we can still do outdoor camping together as families or simply share a special meal at each other’s home.

We had made meaningful bonding with this family for many good years. And I realize creating meaningful connections with people is one of the most important things in life. The interaction, the sharing of the same hobbies and the time spent with them are what make us fully alive.


Beginning Your Recreational Flying Journey

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Recreational Aircraft or Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) as they are known in the US is a generally new class of aeronautics, which has as of late surged in fame because of its minimal effort and high enjoyment factor.

These planes are:

  • Small, easy to work, low execution air ship.
  • MTOW of 600kg or less
  • Powered by a Single cylinder motor
  • No more than two seats
  • Generally just permitted to be flown in uncontrolled airspace

By and large these air ships don’t have a sort certificate, however, are still required to be manufactured to a concurred standard.

An example of a light game air ship is the Australian constructed Jabiru J 170, which is a two seat, high wing flying machine with an 80hp Jabiru motor. The flying machine has a journey pace of approx. 100knots or 185 kms an hour and retails for more or less $70,000.

The start of your recreational flying experience begins with a Trial Instructional Flight. They are regularly close to 100 and they, for the most part, are a 30-moment flight with an educator where you encounter the controls for the first time.


The base prerequisites for picking up your permit are 15 hours of instructions from and expert and 5 hours of solo flight as an understudy pilot.

Yet, as with any other activity, the preparation time needed for you to be truly prepared to fly a recreational plane will depend on your skill level. This level will be assessed by an expert. Without their go signal, you cannot have your license and you cannot fly any aircraft, even the small recreational aircrafts.

There are hypothetical courses that can help you better understand the concept of actual flying. You can also take these courses apart from the actual flying lessons so that you can better grasp the idea of flying an aircraft.

Why Get into Recreational Flying?

  • It is fun. We have a ton of uncontrolled airspace that permit this activity, waiting to be explored by brave souls who muster enough courage and will to learn how to pilot a recreational plane.
  • Medical – you just need a driver’s permit to share In RA flying rather than an extraordinary medicinal cert for GA.
  • The expense of flying the airplane can be low since the flying machine to be used uses little fuel and there are a lot of available recreational planes you can choose from, if you dedicate enough time to search for them in your locality or through the internet.

Recreational flying is considered a sport by many. Though this will not make you an instant expert in flying, it does not entirely matter. The whole point in engaging in this activity is to experience and learn how to fly an aircraft, no matter how small. Choosing to be a professional in this field is a different thing and can be entirely up to you.