How to Fly an RC Airplane – Eachine Mini Cessna RTF – REVIEW & BEGINNER TUTORIAL 2021 🏆
Today, we’re gon na fly something for the beginners again on my channel, i like to do a lot of videos for beginners getting into rc and foster and push forward the gift that was given to me. Originally i was taught when i was around 10 years old by a friend of mine that lived across the street. He was in his early 20s and loved airplanes was also a private pilot. At probably the time he was about 23 and i have been inspired by airplanes since i was a little kid because my dad didn’t live with us at the time and one christmas he sent me this huge eight foot glider and that glider hung in my room For years when i was a kid until i was, you know a little older and my friend eddie said: hey, i heard you have a glider, would you like to fly it and, i said sure, i’d love to and my eyes lit up, because that is the Moment for me, when my addiction to aviation kind of really kicked in in rc, and i started out flying little balsa airplanes, like a lot of you guys, did – and i ended up out at the rc air fields in ama and flying balsa, gliders planes and eventually Helicopters, but today, we’re gon na give back to the rc community by giving sort of a little mini tutorial for um learning how to fly what we also call fixed wing, and that is a ready to fly airplane from eachine.
It is actually the first eachine plane that they’ve released with a six axis gyro flight controller in there. So this one is very similar to the horizon hobby planes that in essence it will stabilize the wing for you in the beginner mode, there’s, also middle mode and then there’s an expert mode which turns all the stabilization off for you and lets. You do flips and rolls and loops that’s one of the first things that i did when i learned how to fly. An rc or airplane was actually doing a loop, and i did it with my cox easy b back in those days. It was a little tiny. 049 motor you’d start that little guy up and it would go full throttle until the tank ran out. So as best you had it tuned was how much throttle you had so the higher the tune on it not too not too lean and not too rich. It was all a big balance, but once you had it nicely tuned she’d fly for about 10 minutes and 15 minutes, and then you fly it down kind of like a glider. It had a big dihedral in the wing. This one has very little dehedral so i’m. Expecting that it might be pretty fast, it’s, also it’s about a 21 inch wingspan on this guy it’s got a brushed motor in here, but i love the landing gear on this plane because check it out it’s like a little bush plane.
It is kind of a mini cessna, with some kind of cool details along the wing and the fuselage. You can see the windows in there. It’S got stickers down the side, so i feel like the sticker choice on here, too, is good for beginners, because you can kind of really see this while it’s out in the sky. I like a white airplane. If you want to tell difference between the bottom and the top of the plane for beginners, i suggest painting the bottom. A different color just put some kind of a coating across the bottom. That way, when you wing tip up at a certain direction, you can see it’s the top of the wing or the bottom wing that’s super important when you’re learning, so this battery in here that it comes with, does go in the bottom here and there’s. Also, a little tiny on off switch on the very bottom of the plane, which is cool and i’m expecting that i’ll get about. I guess somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10 minutes flight time, mainly because you can kill the motor and just glide a little bit. So you can get a little longer flight time, but we’ll see how that works out. My transmitter that i have today for this plane is running on 2.4 gigahertz and it says that it’s, a digital radio um there is four double a batteries in the back back. Here – and it has something on here that some of the other beginner rc planes don’t – have it – has returned to home on here.
So one single push will turn this plane around and bring it back to us. Uh that’s gon na be yeah we’re, going to see if that actually works and on the right hand, side of the remote. We have advanced middle and beginner. Three position switch there on the other side and you can see those flight modes there. So it also has trim – and you want to make sure that when you get this plane that when you turn everything on that, the plane first of all is level because it does have a gyro that needs to stabilize. First give it about 10 to 15 seconds. To stabilize you’ll see that the kind of servos become active and your throttle has no throttle hold on here so meaning when you hit the throttle baby she’s going to go across the table, if she’s inside the house so be careful about that. I’Ve made that mistake before myself, so we’re going to uh we’re going to let that stabilize and then we’re going to try to do a concrete takeoff out here today. We’Re also going to just do a hand toss traditional old school, just hand, toss i’ve, even hand tossed like 60 inch, nitro power planes, um so that’s how we used to do it back in the day. You can also, if you want to take off the landing gear and belly land, this guy and i think it’s going to be ultra durable guys, because this little plane is actually epp foam.
So you can see it’s like the bigger plane, foam and that’s. The first thing that i noticed about this plane when i pulled it out of the box, was check out how big the pattern is on the foam and that’s a telltale sign that it is epp. So very durable i’ve already crashed the crap out of this plane. So um i’m surprised that the propeller is still on there. Actually from how many crashes, when i got mine, there was an extra battery down in the tail of the fuselage, so all my takeoffs were crashes. The first day i had this plane, it was crash crash crash and then it would hover, because that battery was falling backwards and forwards in the fuselage in the tail of the plane. So i couldn’t figure out why it was hovering. I thought it was a flight controller, but it was actually the extra battery in there. So if you get the two battery combo just be aware, it might be in the tail that is that’s, some good information to know. So if yours is flying wonky, that might be the reason why i take off the wing and look down the fuselage. I felt something kind of jiggling back and forth in the plane and that’s what it was when i got home later and we’re back out today to to finish up this review and get this little plane in the air, and i got ta tell you guys if You want a camera that will ride on top of this plane.
Today, i’m gon na try out my insta360 go to. This is a beautiful stabilized 1080p camera that has 60 frames per second, so we’re going to slap this on there. If we can it’s a little bit heavier than the first version, but we’ll see if it can carry it, and you want to pick your day, the next big thing you need to know about flying your rc airplane for the first day is come out on a Day when it is absolutely calm, if you see tree branches blowing around up there, like you see today right there see all that wind. That would be a bad day for you to try as a beginner but i’m hoping that stabilized mode will help us kind of not feel that wind as much but it’s, not a very powerful motor. So if you go out and you have a headwind coming back, she might not make it back to you so that’s one thing to think about once she gets caught in the wind it’s a hard time coming back, so let’s go ahead and do the flight test And i’ll give you my final opinion on this little 125 ready to fly beginner bush plane cessna. Here we go all right guys. First thing you want to do is turn on your transmitter and then turn on the plane, but make sure that she’s sitting on a flat surface and you want to take off nose into the wind and that will give you the best lift.
It almost wants to lift out of my hand right now when i’m putting it into this wind, so we’re going to see how this does i’m just going to go ahead and switch it on and it looks like it may have been on already. But actually we got to plug in the battery first justin, so we’re going to turn the switch off and now this looks like an old school kind of hub sand, connector here i’m going to pull the battery out it’s a 1s battery and i believe it’s a 380 milliamp battery let’s just go ahead and plug this in now make sure it’s off when you plug it in because you need to stabilize the gyro so we’re going to get this all situated down in here. Just going to tuck those wires in snap that tight and closed and nose into the wind turn it on make sure he’s, nice and level on the ground. It already wants to kind of go backwards in this wind, so we’re going to see how this does now. We’Re going to check all the surfaces first, you need to have this aileron come up when you push left okay and then, when you push right, this one needs to come up. So that looks good now, let’s do an elevator check back here, press down, it should come up press forward and it should go down and my rudder back here broke off because i was fiddling with the rods on the back, so be very careful taking these on And off you will break these two little connectors there, but you can use blender derm tape to make sort of a hinge.
If that happens to you so without further ado, let’s go ahead now and take off one last check: rudder check left and right. So you got rudder here, rudder here, elevator here up and down and aileron here: okay, and that will make the the plane bank left and right, and this will turn the nose of the plane left and right. So if you want a more straight turn without a lot of wing turn use rudder, but you can learn rudder later. So first thing we’re going to do is full throttle. Hopefully we don’t hit the curve over there and three two one take off uh. Oh, she turned a little bit in the wind all right take off in beginner mode, so there she’s off and she’s going straight into the wind about half throttle there, not bad, not bad little cessna, all right i’m gon na try not to hit a tree today. Coming back around into the wind man she’s doing good in this win, she is a little champ flying pretty good for a brushed motor. I feel like if it was a brushless. It would almost be too fast, because i mean you know guys. This is for beginner. Now, if you’re flying in this kind of wind, this is crazy, so um, if you’re going downwind you’re going really fast, so think about things down wind of you, like the trees behind me back there. So you got to think about your next turn because it might go straight into a tree on your first day.
I mean it does happen. So i’m gon na use some rudder in this turn as well to make it turn even harder and tighter, and if i just use rudder and use a little bit of elevator at the same time, that would keep your nose up. That’S super important when you’re making a bank so all the full scale, pilots when they turn a cessna they’re, giving it a little bit of rudder and aileron and elevator. At the same time, so making making a big left bank there, keeping the nose up with the elevator and you’ll you’ll learn to to do rudder and aileron at the same time after a little bit of time. Maybe you know, after about four or five batteries, or so you’ll start learning how to fly that rudder and aileron together, your fingers and your thumbs kind of move left and right together in in unison super fun. Oh man. This brings me back. Brings me back to those balsa airplanes. I used to love so much as a kid and right now, i’m, like half throttle just cruising look at that it’s like three or four feet off the deck. Oh man, it sounds like it’s almost about to stop i’m kind of like hovering in place. It is flying so much better than that. First day i had it out. I was really bummed about this plane because i thought something was wrong with mine and nothing was. It was just a battery in the tail i mean come on ishii who puts a battery in the fuselage in the tail.
I had no idea what was going on. I just i just thought it wouldn’t fly getting a little bit close to that tree i’m, going to come in and kind of dive bomb the tower here you guys right over my head and this little guy, i got to tell you it’s very durable. I feel like we should do a touch and go. Should we try to do a touch and go on the pavement let’s come over here and do a touch and go a little far away from you guys. Sorry about that. Take back off nice touch and go. Try not to hit that pole, oh good job, good job justin, the advanced pilot. Look at that it’s, almost zero airspeed right nose into the wind. How cool is that look at it? This is almost like hovering there. I love that. That brings me back to the ama fields. When i used to fly nitro and gas planes. I could do that with the big planes, but i’ve never actually done that with a small plane, that’s really cool, so there we’re just going to crab into the wind a little bit side to the wind going really slow kind of coming in for a landing. If you have wind going across the runway, that’s called crabbing another full scale term. Oh man, that plane looks really beautiful in the air. I say on our second battery guys let’s try to put that insta 360 go that i’m filming with on my hat right now.
On this plane i don’t know if it can really carry that much weight, but i’m gon na give it a shot. So i’m gon na give you guys some on board video, but first before we do that, let’s switch into advanced mode now we’re in advanced mode, and she is way wild on advanced mode. So you might crash the first time you fly in advanced mode, but before we strap that camera on there and get a new battery let’s put her nose into the wind we’re gon na try our first loop with this airplane full throttle straight up. We’Re gon na try to get some altitude. We should go over oh she’s, not wanting to go over come on baby and by the way the range on this is about 700 feet, so don’t go too far. 700 feet is pretty far out there, though you wouldn’t be able to see this plane. At this point i got a full scale plane behind my head here coming in, and i really don’t think this is going to be an aerobatic plane, something you’re going to fly. Like upside down, i don’t know if there’s any other reviewers that are flying this one upside down, but i seriously doubt it i’ll, give it a shot. No, it just tips back over just double checking that i’m in advance mode, yep, now let’s, try medium mode and medium mode. Will not let you do a roll, but it still gives you that stabilization and now back to beginner mode i’m.
Gon na give it some hard right left rudder there and i’m gon na cut the motor and see how she glides. Okay let’s, see the glide ratio. There look at that almost zero air speed, again she’s kind of far away i’m. Sorry about that guys, i’ll! Try to bring her closer and we’ll try to get zero airspeed again and just hover in one spot. Look at that! Look at that it’s doing it! This is what’s gon na happen when you have like a headwind, that is about a 12 mile an hour wind. So a day that there’s no wind at all that’s the day to fly this little guy. But if you’re an experienced pilot, this is as much fun as the horizon hobby planes out in the field with a little bit of wind, because the flight controllers will. Let you get away with a lot having that flight controller in there that one board gyro it it’ll feel like a big plane, even though it’s a little guy in a little bit of wind, it’s kind of cool. This thing is just cutting right through the wind. Now i’m gon na buzz the tower Music coming back around man. This battery’s lasting a long time you guys, like i figured i was almost done with this battery it’s only a 380 milliamp, definitely going to get 10 minutes flight time out of this battery. Oh look at that. Look at that look at that.
That is so cool! Look how fast it is downwind she’s, hauling, i’m gon na try not to tear up on this first battery. You guys coming back around this is the joy of flying. This really takes like once. You really learn how to fly airplane man. You can have so much fun, flying rc airplanes, no goggles on your head, just pure line of sight and this baby’s under 250 grams. So no biggie there. Oh man, look at that back to zero airspeed right in front of myself so cool. I kind of wish this thing had flaps wouldn’t that be cool i’d like to see a brushless version of this one come out. This thing is doing really well even the brush motor it almost knife, edges i’m, going to put it in advanced mode, see. If i can knife edge, oh got away from you there she got caught in a little bit of a down draft. She almost wants to hover look at that if you want to hover put a battery in the tail she’ll hover that’s. What eachine did to me all right now, i’m, going to go back into advanced mode. Man i’m really far out there right now, i’m gon na see if i can bring it back now years ago i was flying my little nitro plane easy b and i was out of the beach, and this is where i learned how to fly 30 miles out Of the sea on cape hatteras north carolina where well there’s a lot of wind all the time.
So i grew up flying in 15 to even 25 mile an hour winds with a balsa and stix airplane, and i learned how to crab and hover very early with the trainer, because of all that wind it’s right out there, where the wright brothers learned how to Fly their gliders, so the home of aviation right on my doorstep. Look at that so much control with this little plane and i was really kind of worried about all this wind today. I didn’t think this was gon na happen, but man she’s really doing great. I wonder if i can hand catch this baby let’s see if we can hand catch it. Don’T try this at home, kids, all right, good job, good job, eachine, all right! Look at that! It just wants to float out of my hand such a fun plane. So let’s go ahead and try the insta 360 go 2 on there and see if i can get you some on board footage, if not we’ll, go back to the bench and i’ll talk about this plane on the bench briefly, giving my opinion of it, which today, After this flight is pretty high, here we go so the onboard flight footage was successful. I’M going to put this on top of the fuselage right about the front of the wing is where the cg worked out perfect. So if you have a go to that’s, where you can put some vhb across the bottom of it and it should stay on top if you crash it’s not going to go very far so it’s going to be safe, it’s going to fly a lot slower, but We’Re going to have some fun with some on board footage, and i swear to you.
I did not track in what sounds like an airplane engine noise. While this is on top of the little cessna is super cool sounding it sounds. It sounds like it has a full scale motor on there, it’s just too cool so enjoy the onboard flight footage, guys: Music, Music, so Music, Music, Music, Music, Music, Music, Music, Music, so Music, Music, Music. That was fun class a little. It is heavy to do it. But you’re definitely going to feel the weight of the go to on there. So, thanks for watching this review guys, you can check out the link down below i’m justin davis.