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Old 06-05-2010, 05:42 PM   #1
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I stopped flying in 2005 due to well...politics..... anyway..... I've found a nice piece of private land that is owned by a friend that wants to start flying.

I only own 2 sport planes as my others are combat planes. Both to my knowledge are good to go, another I found with loose hinges, but can be fixed easily (I plan on doing a very good go over as I'm sure the years haven't been kind) I plan on getting new batteries for both Tx and Rx. I am wondering about all the new stuff I see though. I still own a Futaba T6XAS and a Futaba skysport 4 along with the trainer cable (somewhere) Are these systems still OK? If not, what is recommended? I like my Futaba's, but open to ideas. With the prices down from what I remember, I'm thinking about buying a FUT7CA2444.

I also plan on buying a new trainer for my new student. What is reccomended out there? I am having some very odd ideas about going electric too, but not sure if I can handle the ease and non tinkering with the engine, that could very well drive me nuts!

Thinking about the Nexstar for a trainer. I will mount an OS 46 on it.

Advice and opinions please. Also looking for a new field box power panel and accesories as well. I still drive RC cars and when I try to use my power panel on my glow plug, it fries immedietly so I think there is a problem there......after blowing 3 plugs......

I will order online tonight as it's my wedding anniversary and the wife doesn't think the new wipers I got for the car are a very good present so I want to impress her. Looking to spend $500 ish.......ish.........selling a dirtbike so "ish" is pretty wide open. I have several motors and flight packs.
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:43 PM   #2
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:09 PM   #3
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the wife doesn't think the new wipers I got for the car are a very good present so I want to impress her.
What's better than the gift of safety?? And wiper blades can run you neary $30, and then the install time...

I'm not sure much has changed since 2005, other than 2.4 ghz radios. What you have sounds fine to me, but I'm not someone who chases technology. It's great that you have a buddy with a private place to fly (wich I had a friend like that!!)

I use 72 mhz stuff, but not many people fly when I go. Just the same, so many people are into 2.4 than there aren't many people using 72 mhz so less likely to have 2 on the same channel. If you are flying privately then it's irrelevant. Battery technology keeps getting better, but yours is only 5 years old. Buy your wife some NHL seasons tickets.
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:21 PM   #4
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Honestly can't recommend a Nexstar as a beginner model. However the "Apprentice" electric could be.
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Yes, your radios will still be fine, just get some new batteries for them.
72 mhz still works fine.

The NexSTAR is a good trainer, it was my first plane and worked alright for me.


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Old 06-05-2010, 09:22 PM   #6
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Futaba 6xas; I got two of 'em and use 'em all the time. Skysport 4? Yup, got one of them too and use it off and on as well. The more guys go to 2.4GHz, the fewer I have to worry about contending for my channels.
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:11 AM   #7
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As an instructor I saw a lot of new folks coming out to the field with the Nexstar Trainer powered with a 46 size engine. I think they are great trainers. They look good, fly great, and I would highly recommend them as a trainer.

As has already been recommended, one of the first things I would do is safely despose of your old battery packs and buy new ones. ( Tx and Rx packs)

And I agree, your older radios are OK as long as they are still in good shape, other than the batteries of course.

Most power panels have a power level adjuster for the glow plug. Could yours simply need the power turned down? IF it's not that, I would just replace the whole unit as it's not worth the frustration of burning out glow plugs that cost $8 to $12 ( or more ) each!

If I were you at this point, I wouldn't be in too big a hurry to rush out and buy a lot of new goodies, unless you absolutely need them. Just take your time, give the stuff you have a good going over, do any necessary repairs and go with that for awhile. From there you can gradually pick up a new item here and there as you have the need for them.

You say you've been away for 4 or 5 years, so give yourself the time to check things out and get familiar and see what is now available that you might like to have. There are some very good "For Sale" Forums right here on RCCanada, where you can pick up slightly used items for a very reasonable price, which could save you alot money over buying brand new at a hobby store.

Here is one for sale:

Well, welcome back to the world of RC Modeling and I hope you and your friend all the best. Good luck, have fun and be safe!


PS: As for electric, this year I have converted over to mostly electric aircraft after 20 years of flying glow and gas. I absolutely love it! Personally, I like the idea of not having to always be tinkering with engines! And I don't miss having to haul glow fuel/gasoline around or have it in my vehicle or stored in my work shop. Nor do I miss oil soaked airframes and having to wipe off all the goo after each flying session.

With the newer battery technologies, ie. Lithium Polymere, A123 etc, one is no longer limited to fluttery small aircraft. Even 1/3 scale and larger are being electrified these days and finding themselves being used in competition.
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welcome back Jason, good to hear from ya.
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I plan on replacing all my batteries. As for the power panel. It went nuts after doing a full charge on my hangar nine battery? Even with the dial all the way down when hooking to the glow plug. POOF! Maybe the panel shorted out when I was reconnecting the battery? I have a corded starter but am thinking about going with a battery powered one. I don't like the cord close to the prop.
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Welcome back!

I'd also like to point you to the various discussions on insurance coverage on this site. Notably, the key item is that MAAC insurance will not cover you unless you jump through several hoops. Having the permission of the owner (don't forget to get that in writing) is a start. I'd also check with the Insurance Committee chairman (see MAAC website) for the webpage that covers the actual requirements rather than relying on the comments here.

The big kicker and the one that I'm not sure about is whether or not you have to be a member of a MAAC registered club rather than a lone-wolf. You can check on the website also for the requirements of a club but I think that it's three MAAC members willing to sign the paperwork. Set up a basic club (nothign fancy), register with MAAC, register the field, set up the flight line according to the requirements.

That's it! Go fly yourselves silly!
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