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Getting started in the RC airplane hobby can be confusing, MyGeekShow wants to change that!

About the Project:Hey I’m Trent, the host of the YouTube channel MyGeekShow.

I’ve made over 80 videos over the last year showing my personal journey in the RC Airplane world, going from building a simple glider, to completing a fully autonomous drone this past week. It’s been an exciting experience, and I want to help others be able to accomplish the same journey, which is where I need your help.

I’m going to produce a set of videos, I’m planning on about 30 right now (see some ideas below), that will help someone who just been introduced to the hobby go from watching a video online to building and flying their own RC airplane. These will be presented for free both on YouTube and on my website www.MyGeekShow.com.

I know when I was getting started I had plenty of questions that left unanswered would have stopped me from getting into the hobby. I’ve found that with a little help in the way of de-mystifying and demonstration can help someone break through that barrier, and begin enjoying one of the best hobbies out there.


So, what do I need $500 for? Thus far, I’ve produced the entire show, all eight hours of it, on my iPhone. If you’ve watched the show, you know this has caused a few challenges.

I’m going to use this funding to purchase an HD camera, a high quality mic, lighting, and materials to build a workbench that I can use to demonstrate the basics of the hobby.

If you’ve been around the hobby for a while, you might ask, how would I benefit from this? I already know this information. Then you also know that new hobbyists can be very persistent in wanting to learn the basics, which can get exhausting explaining over and over. This will be an excellent resource for you to refer them to. If you don’t mind their questions, then consider this a pay it forward opportunity. What would you have liked to know when you were getting started? If your new, then this will be a great resource of knowledge to help you learn the basics and get in the air.

With your help, I can create a great resource for new hobbyists. In time I’ll go beyond the beginner stage and add more advanced tutorials on subjects like FPV or Auto Pilot.


Rewards:-All contributors will get a personal thank you email from me.
-If you donate more than $5 I’ll also thank you in the credits in these videos.
-If you donate more than $25 I’ll also say "Thank You" to you personally (by name) on these videos.
-If you donate more than $50, I’ll gladly place your name or logo on my website.*
-If you donate more than $100, I’ll gladly show your name or logo during the video series.*

*Names and logos will be placed on the "getting started" video page of the website or on the opening and closing portions of the videos for the next year (through April 2013). Names and logos must be appropriate, remember, a large portion of my audience are children and youth.


Video Ideas:Common Questions:
How do I Get Started?
How Much Does it Cost?
How Hard is it to Fly?
What Happens if I Crash?
What Kind of Range do they Get?
How Long do they Fly?
Where and When do I Fly?
Where do I buy an Airplane?
Should I Use a Flight Simulator?
What Tools Will I Need?
Are there local groups I can meet with?
What are some online resources?
What does these RC Airplane terms mean?

If You're Building Your Own or Getting an ARF/RR:
Choosing the Airplane
Choosing a Transmitter & Receiver
Choosing a Brushless Motor
Choosing an ESC
Choosing a Battery
Choosing a Servo
Choosing a Propeller

Preparing for your First Flight:
Finding the Center of Gravity (CG)
Check your control throws and direction
Charge a LiPo Battery
Checking Thrust Direction

Your First Flights:
What Repair Tools & Equip. to Bring
Conduct a Range Test
Get to Know your Environment
Final Preflight Check
How to take off an RC Airplane
How to fly an RC Airplane
How to land an RC Airplane
When (not if) you crash, what to do?


About MyGeekShow:MyGeekShow is a weekly YouTube channel that presents my "adventures" and progress in the RC airplane hobby. I have a four year goal of flying an RC Airplane accross the U.S. over the course of one week, which gives the channel some direction and purpose. The channel itself gets over 6,000 views per week and has been doubling in weekly views every 6-8 weeks. MyGeekShow.com hasn't really gotten the attention it needs, partially due to the fact that there was no direct need to organize content. This effort will create that need.


Learn More and Contact:Website: www.MyGeekShow.com
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/MyGeekShowdotcom
Twitter: @MyGeekShow
Facebook: MyGeekShow
Email: trent@mygeekshow.com

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