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Old 02-11-2011, 01:27 PM   #1
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Transitioning from helis to airplanes

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I have considerable experience with heli and now want to try my hand at planes.

I am considering the purchase of a HZ Super Cub LP BNF which does NOT have ailerons.

Wouldn't the lack of aileron control mess my learning up as I attempt to input this control??

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Re: Transitioning from helis to airplanes

Yes get something bigger with ailerons. I have seen guys add them themselves so there must (a need. Think u will get bored pretty fast.

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Re: Transitioning from helis to airplanes

the big problem i see from those 3ch planes is the rudder is on the right control and when you go for the 4ch and up planes its on he left.can be a bit confusing.
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Re: Transitioning from helis to airplanes

I've been flying heli's for 5 years now, but decided to try planes this past summer.
I purchased the Hanger9 Pulse xt40 as my 1st plane, powered by a 6s electric system and have never looked back. Great plane easy to learn and will never get boring, its the favorite among my fellow club members. Vertical performance is jaw dropping!

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Old 02-14-2011, 01:57 PM   #5
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Re: Transitioning from helis to airplanes

I too would reccommend a "2nd" plane since you're proficient with heli's. You'll get bored too fast with the Super Cub. It's a great plane, but it is what it is. I use mine simply for night flying and float flying.

I suggest the H9 Pulse XT 40 or 60 size just as diatone said. I LOVED mine. Great plane. 4*40/60 or Super Sportster are also great, but older designs and a bit more work to get in the air. My SS 40 was insane on an OS 55ax. A lot faster than my Pulse XT, but that would be more of a 3rd or 4th plane once you break 110mph in the sport category.

The Escapade is a cheap 40 size plane that would do well too if you're on a tighter budget. I haven't flown one personally, but they seem pretty good from the reviews I've read.
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Re: Transitioning from helis to airplanes

IT all depends on whether you are going to teah yourself to fly or if you are doing it at a club with the assistance of a flying instructor.

If you are tracing yourself, then I disagree with those above. You need to learn to walk before you can run. The Super-cub is a great self-teaching plane, especially if you already fly heli's. I strongly recommend it. Fly the pants off it to increase your fixed wing skill level until you become very comfortable with it before you move to a "full house" airplane. You will have NO problem with control. 3 channel planes are flown with the rudder on the aileron stick, so when you turn and bank, you are still using the aileron stick. Later when you go to a 4 channel set-up, the controls are still effectively the same- you will do all (most) of your flying on the aileron/elevator stick exactly the same way you did with the 3CH super-cub.

On the other hand, if you are going to get assistance at a local flying club,, then yes, get something with ailerons, like the Parkzone T-28 or the Apprentice
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