RC Buying Guide

RC Airplanes Buying Guide

The Best Way To Start

For beginners, the best way to start is with an RC airplane flying simulator, RealFlight! After practicing the basics of flying and gaining some confidence "behind the sticks", you will want to explore the many exciting styles of RC aircraft. Tower Hobbies offers many trainer models from numerous reputable manufacturers. The best options for beginners are Ready-To-Fly (RTF) and Ultra-micro (UMX) sized aircraft!

Find An Instructor

There are many designated RC aircraft flying clubs throughout the U.S. that are supported or chartered by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Many of the clubs offer hands-on training and support for beginners, and they're a great way to get started in the hobby. Find an AMA-chartered club near you and get started.

You CAN Fly An RC Airplane

If you have a specific type of airplane style you want to try, look at what is required to fly it. Several beginner planes are suggested at the end of this guide. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. The airplanes suggested in this guide are more easily repairable and durable than larger, more advanced aircraft as well. In addition to a wide variety of airplanes, it also offers plenty of helicopter and multirotor aircraft options for you to fly.

Best way to start to fly with Realflight!
The Best Way To Start
Learn to fly with RealFlight before flying the "real thing"! Check out the best RC flying simulator available for your PC, RealFlight. Realflight offers a wide variety of airplanes, helicopters, and multirotor aircraft for you to fly. It is a fun, safe, and worry-free way to learn how to fly RC aircraft.
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Ready To Fly Airplanes
Ready-To-Fly Airplanes
Ready-To-Fly (RTF) aircraft come fully built with a radio and installed electronics. Some even include batteries and chargers needed for flight! They are great for beginners!
Ready To Fly
Ultra Micro Airplanes
Ultra Micro Airplanes
Ultra-micro (UMX) RC airplanes are for those looking to have fun with an indoor or backyard RC flyer! They are relatively small and lightweight and can be flown at manageable speeds almost anywhere. UMX airplanes are also budget-friendly and come assembled.
Mighty Micros

Recommended Airplanes

Below are some proven options—models that customers have told us gave them an excellent start in the hobby.

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