It is my dream to make a basic flyable small scale aircraft (the size of a model aircraft). What is the basic knowledge needed to be able get started in the first place?
In particular, I would like to be able to design and build aircraft that can actually fly, while understanding why it all works. I imagine that there is a need to study fluid mechanics, the structures of aircraft, and certain mechanical and electrical systems.
It would be really helpful if you can enlighten me, and help jump start the learning process. In particular, suggestions about learning resources would be appreciated.
P.S. I have at least first-year university physics and I am always learning more.