Picking your first RC beginner plane can be both frustrating and thrilling. There are a large number of radio controlled airplanes available and weeding through the possibilities will take a little patience. Here are a few suggestions to emphasize the thrill and limit the frustration.
RTF or ARF:
The most common option for first-time fliers is a Ready to Fly or RTF plane. They come with everything you need to get in the air quickly. Some will require a little assembly and others will require batteries, but generally everything you need will be there. If you prefer a more hands-on approach, consider an Almost Ready to Fly or ARF airplane. You will need to do some research into what is included and what additional parts you will need to buy and install. While allowing some customization choices, ARF airplanes add the possibility of an assembly error causing problems. Whether you end up with an ARF or an RTF plane, make sure to pick a beginner plane with a remote control that matches the type of flying that interests you.
When choosing from a variety of beginner planes, you will need to determine how much control you want over the aircraft. If just getting the plane in the air and enjoying a nice smooth glide is what you are after, consider getting a controller with 2 channels. It is easier to master so you will be able to become proficient quicker. If you are looking to perform aerobatic maneuvers, the 2 channels choice is somewhat limited. A 3 or 4 channels remote allows much more control over flight. The drawback is the learning curve is much steeper. A good compromise is an RC beginner plane with a controller that has a beginner and an intermediate mode. In any case, the novice pilot should be prepared to crash a time or two.
Too ease the burden of the cost of repairs; you should consider the material the remote control aircraft is made from. Most experts would agree to stay clear of planes made from light weight wood, such as balsa, until you have some experience. A good option is to choose an aircraft constructed of foam. Some popular choices are EPP (form of expanded polypropylene plastic), EPO (Expanded PolyOlefin), ELAPOR (similar to EPP), and PolyNylolene (durable high density foam). All these foams are considered to be very durable.
So, narrow your search to Ready to Fly (RTF) or Almost Ready to Fly (ARF), then choose a 2, 3, or 4 channels remote controller, and stick to foam construction, and you will have a good start towards owning an enjoyable RC beginner plane!