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There are a number of requirements for the basic trainer aircraft. Points to consider whether you are designing, constructing or choosing are:

  • A model designed to be inherently stable and fly at low speeds.
  • Simple to construct.
  • Easy to repair - there will be heavy landings and so best if it's not too expensive to repair.

This means that you will be looking for a high-winged monoplane with four controls:
  • elevator
  • rudder
  • throttle
  • ailerons

It is useful to learn using a trainer system ("buddy box") - this method of training allows two transmitters to be connected by means of a trainer cord. The instructor can pass control over to the student's transmitter so that he can fly. If the student gets into trouble, the instructor can regain control instantly.