Depends on the size of the model, the engine, and the size of the gas tank. Also, how efficiently you fly. It’s been a few years for me, but my recollection is that 10-15 minutes once you get the hang of it.
In general, unless you have a really good video feed, you’ll want to keep it in eyeball view. There is also a maximum distance at which the transceivers used will work which I never, personally, tried to find out because I didn’t feel like chasing the dang thing all over the neighborhood.
Old days, it could have wound up almost anywhere (nothing like knocking on a door and saying “Excuse me - can I get my model airplane off your roof?” or out of the pool or away from the giant dog that just discovered a new chew toy that dropped into his world or up a tree or stuck on a powerline…). These days, you can get little units that, if the thing loses contact with you it will use GPS to fly to a predetermined spot. Don’t know how much they cost these days.
Keep in mind YOU are liable for any damage caused. Also, for any alarm generated in the local authorities.
Yes, but I do not know the costs involved.
Unfortunately, as I haven’t purchased such things for over ten years now I can’t help you with that.
Actually, I have a couple dozen models belonging to both my late spouse and myself that I’d like to sell or for some just pass on to someone who would appreciate and use them.
I will also note that these days anything over .55 pounds requires a drone license from the FAA. Which is not a huge deal in my view - you register, pay a nominal fee (about $5 if I recall correctly) and you get a number you have to put on all your qualifying aircraft
Hon, at times the wind is a serious issue for full size planes in this area, up to and including airliners. The good news is that this is a manageable problem. You just have to learn a bit about the weather and check it before going out to the flight location.
It’s recommended that beginners join up with a club or other flyers to learn the robes. Among other things, you’ll break fewer models. Some clubs have instructor set-ups using linked boxes so if you start to lose control an instructor can take over. There are also now RC flight simulators that allow you to learn by breaking pixels rather than wood and plastic.
How do you contact a club? Shops that sell RC model stuff usually have information on local clubs in your area. There is also the Academy of Model Aeronautics or AMA which I have very mixed feelings about but is another avenue for getting started and learning.