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Old 10-08-2011, 06:59 AM   #1
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I am from Clifford Ontario, and have just purchased a Super Cub LP. I took it home and flied it for a couple minutes and crashed and broke the fuselage in 2 pieces.
I am looking for anyone who could give me flying advice, or someone close by who could help teach me how to fly.
I am sure I could teach myself, but I don't know how many repairs or new parts I will have to do.
So any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:00 AM   #2
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Re: new flyer, need help!

You can come over to the Hanover field just south of Carlsrue. Meeting on Tues. Night at Hanover airport if interested.
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:01 AM   #3
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Re: new flyer, need help!

Best advice I can give you ,Visit a few clubs in your area and see where you feel most comfortable then Join that Club and take flight instruction for your Wings , you will learn quicker and reduce the chances of Crashing with the expertise of a Qualified Instructor and receive guidance for repairs if needed... This will cost you less in the Long Run
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:33 AM   #4
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Re: new flyer, need help!

I would suggest to buy a Flight simulator. Great Planes are the best I found so far G4 will be around $80 if u want to have the latest which is 5.5 will cost around $200 (slightly less at some places). I stopped breaking planes after practicing on my Simulator. An extreame help and saving from technology.

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Old 10-08-2011, 09:06 AM   #5
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Re: new flyer, need help!

Flight sim is great for learing orientation, landing approaches, learning aerobatics, etc.. Joining the club helps with learning everything from preflight checks, flying and repairs and has the added bonus of meeting people who are involved in the hobby. I have been in the hobby for close to 30 years and find very few people in my normal social circles have any interest in R/C, so I go to the flying field or indoor flying as much for the social aspect as the flying.
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:34 AM   #6
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I agree, get a simulator ,join a club ,and get your MAAC insurance . before you fly again. Someone at a club, should check your repair's before you fly your plane (and all aircraft )for you ,untill you are sure how to check it all out yourself , looking for binding ,proper direction and amount of travel on flaps,elevator,aileron,rudder and throttle ,also checking your center of gravity , check the range of your equipment and test fly it for you .

Then hook and set up your transmitter as a slave with a buddy cord (trainner cord ) and teach you right way to fly ,and save you when in trouble .

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Good luck , and Welcome to the hobbie !
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:49 PM   #7
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Re: new flyer, need help!

All of the above advice is correct, find a club & buy a sim, and if you don't know which clubs exist in your area use the MAAC web site to find them ( With winter coming a sim can fill many an evening as a good way to practice & learn orientation, which is a very important part of flying. Unfortunately a sim is only 2 dimensional which can be a pain at times, but it's going to save you money even if you buy new because you can sell it later for about 2/3 -3/4 of the cost.
However if you want to learn on your own & understand the basics of flying get a powered GLIDER, like a Radian. Launch at a medium power setting & gentle add power while climbing using the other controls to get altitude & once you have a lot of room to play with the sticks experiment on how the plane reacts to gentle changes to the sticks (keyword is GENTLE0. Gliders, once trimmed correctly can fly without you, so when you screw up kill the throttle & let go of the sticks, let it settle, then try again . You'll still crash, make orientation mistakes etc, but at slower speeds which (in general) cause less damage.
No matter which way you decide to go repairing / maintaining / trimming / setting up is all important, so know your plane, what it's built of & how to best fix that style of construction, and unless you have deep pockets get used to cosmetic damage. Battle scars are a part of the learning experience, and believe it or not many veteran pilots still add a few to their planes due to stalled engines, wind gusts while landing, or failed electronic components etc.
You didn't mention where you intend to fly so just in case that's a public place like a sports field be advised that any place where the general public is allowed free usage to do family style activities is DANGEROUS to use for flying, and you could cause serious harm to someone in a crash. If you have a wide open space like unused rural land (like in my back yard) you still need permission to use it for insurance (MAAC) to cover any serious damage you might do to other peoples property, but if it's your property (live on a farm) lucky you. Whatever you decide just remember clubs are filled with people with a common interest, and they really want to share their passion of the hobby by bringing new people into it. A club is your best resource, but you can do it on your own & depending on you're understanding of why a plane can fly, how to trim it, & how to use the transmitter sticks (don't jam them hard over) etc will dictate how long & how expensive the learning curve will be.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:54 PM   #8
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Re: new flyer, need help!

Originally Posted by olympiadriver View Post
I am sure I could teach myself, but I don't know how many repairs or new parts I will have to do.
So any help would be greatly appreciated.
The learning curve for flying RC is pretty steep if you don't have help. I agree with the other posters, find a local club and get some flying instruction. It's much easier and cheaper in the long run.
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:58 PM   #9
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Re: new flyer, need help!

Thanks for all the input. I think I am going to check out the Hanover flying club. Too bad it is the end of the season, cause I want to fly now!!
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:09 AM   #10
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Re: new flyer, need help!

it is never the end of the season , I fly all year round,heli's and planes, we make ski's etc for winter and fly off an ice road on a lake or where ever possible. Your plane will work fine outside, you are only limited by the cold , I find -4c or warmer is best, all the guys are right find a club and enjoy, need help pm me if you like, Jim.
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