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Old 12-12-2010, 05:58 AM   #1
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Am thinking of buying this airplane for a mature relative with no flying exp. Any feedback or advice would be appreciated.
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Old 12-12-2010, 10:35 AM   #2
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Re: E-Flite Apprentice RTF

Hi Screamer,

The Apprentice was the plane I chose when I got back into the hobby after 40 years break. Overall, I'd say it's a good plane to learn on but as with everything there are pros & cons. I started trying to learn on my own & then found a few R/C flyers where I live who gave me lots of help. If you are going to help your friend, the Apprentice would be a good learning tool. Here's a few plusses & minuses based on my experience.


1. Large & quite stable/floaty so easy to see & take off/land under right conditions (see below)

2. Repairs pretty easily with foam safe CA & packing tape

3. Good power to get off ground & pull out of close calls

4. Good complete package with full set of controls (throttle, aileron, rudder, elevator). 2.4 Gh radio system is good - still use AR500 Rx in other planes.


1. Need somewhere smooth to take off - with trike u/c & small wheels it would not take off easily at soccer field where we fly. Struggled even with bigger foam wheels.

2. Transmitter does not have exponents. Can make it hard for beginner to fly smoothly.

3. You need a fairly large area to fly in because it is a "full size" trainer

4. It does not like winds over about 15 km/hr - I had mine blow away a couple of times in higher winds - probably would have been OK once more experienced flyer.

5. Servos are fine but if you break gears they do not do replacement gear sets. You have to put in new servos.

6. The motor is powerful & works great but if you crash it then it has an issue which I have not seen in other similar sized electric motors. The front plate is made of some type of hard plastic & since it forms the bearing for the shaft, it can get easily damaged. If it does, the motor has to be replaced.

7. The motor fits onto a relatively light gauge plastic mount. It breaks easily in crashes. I would say this is a plus & a minus because it tends to protect the motor from problem noted above but you need to keep a couple of spares handy (about $5 a piece).

8. Wing mounts have plastic caps on them. Check them to see they are firmly fixed on. Extra CA is advisable. Some people have reported them coming off & wing detaching in flight.

Hope this helps. I discovered all of this as mine took tons of abuse over about 9 months - incl. a new fuse, a new wing, a new motor, a couple of new aileron servos & a new tail set. There is a very long thread on RCGroups about the Apprentice about flyer's successes, problems and modifications all over the world.

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Old 12-12-2010, 11:24 AM   #3
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Great informative reply................Thanks
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:42 PM   #4
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I own and fly this plane.\reliable and stable;can take abuse, and if, eventualy something gets damaged, it's easy to fix (main repair material is clear tape )
Easy to throw in the car, and fly, on a "quickie" afternoon.The only thing is being light, it can't take much wind, or you use the battery only to hold it still at full throtle.

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Old 12-12-2010, 09:04 PM   #5
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I instructed a fellow with one this past summer and its a beaut, I would highly recommend it also.
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Re: E-Flite Apprentice RTF

Thanks for the helpful info. I've bought one to get back into R/C after a 35+ year break, and I'm learning very quickly it's a different hobby. Anyone converted it to flapperons? I've done it to mine but I won't be flying it until spring. In the meantime I'll be practicing on a sim, plus building some of the stuff I hung onto, but everything will be electric from here on.
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