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Old 02-12-2012, 01:18 AM   #21
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:38 AM   #22
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This is year 2012. A high wing trainer is what i would recommend 20 years ago. If you have the self discipline to put 100 hours air time on a sim, you can skip the trainer and get any plane you want.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:27 AM   #23
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I`am thinking on getting a RC plane. but I don``t know zip. on this. any help. from the PRO`S.
Welcome to RC Canada John! As you have noticed by now, ask 10 people and you will have 12 different answers! Same thing at the flying field or the Hobby Shop! But they all have good intentions even though it's pretty confusing. If you will forgive me I will add both of my opinions!

#1: Find someone who is flying what you want to fly where you want to fly to mentor you. Treat him like gold & listen to him excusively!

#2: Flight simulators are an excellent learning tool & take up very little space. But even they need someone experianced to trim & adjust the planes to get the best learning value!
Hang time does not apply to ceiling fans, light fixtures, overhead door tracks or basketball nets!
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:29 AM   #24
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Re: 1st. RC plane.What do I buy ?

Welcome to RCC John.

Best suggestion would be for you to get in contact with one of the r/c clubs in your area.
The easiest way to find local clubs are: 1) contact your local hobby shop that sells r/c aircraft. They should be able to point you in the right direction; 2) Google MAAC (Model Aeronautics Association of Canada). Check for clubs in your zone (BC is zone C) pick ones in your area.

Make contacts and discuss what you want to try. Club members can help you with choice of aircraft, radio, even learn how to fly.

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Old 02-14-2012, 10:13 AM   #25
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Re: 1st. RC plane.What do I buy ?

There are pros and cons to joining a club.

Some of the cons:
Travel time to the club field
Cost (club fee, MAAC fee, travel cost)
Rules and some restrictions flying
Time to learn to fly ( lucky to get 1 hour a week )
Not really parkflyer/micro friendly depending on club

Some of the Pros
Depending on the club members can be a good social outing
Some solid experience you can learn from
Good facilities depending on the club
Some competitive events and exposure to some pretty nice planes

I myself decided to go with micros and have progressed from a 28-Trojan->Sukhoi 26XP->Polecat->Beast 3D. With my heli experience I skipped the Champ which is the most recommended micro trainer.
The micros are very tough, fly anywhere, go anywhere and with the new AS3X technology in the new Beast 3D and now the Carbon Cub can now handle wind like a much bigger planes.
I would have had to spend more than $200 for club fee and MAAC annually.
I have a 1 hour drive one way to the nearest field. A Parkflyer/Micro is very low on the food chain in a club atmospere.
I would have had to buy a recommended trainer (another $400) to learn to fly and would have taken all summer to learn at 1 hour per week.

So I bought a DX6i and used Phoenix Simulator to develop some reflexes and instincts. I found a field next door and was RTF.
Oh, I crashed my UM T28, picked it up, had to repair sometimes and within a week I was flying. Now I fly 3-4 times a week; have modified my micros with 5043 prop and hyperions and enjoy them all. I now consider myself an intermediate flyer and with a little more experience with my Beast 3D and recent 2S brushless upgrade on my UM-T28 I'm having a great time.

So in summary either find a local field where you can fly, buy a simulator, a good radio, and a micro and go and learn on your own or go the club route, develop some relationships and take your time learning with an instructor.

Neither are wrong and go with what works for you!

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Old 02-14-2012, 05:49 PM   #26
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No club here to help, but the folks on RC Canada have helped me tons! Started a little over a year ago and still flying- just not as much as I'd like. Shift work, 2 kids and pets, and the joys of being a homeowner don't always mesh with living here in the mountains. As someone who is still a beginner, I'd second the HobbyZone SuperCub (Yes, it's big. But the wings are held on with elastics, making it easy to reduce it's footprint; combine that with some ceiling hooks and your storage problem is solved!); mine's taken a TON of abuse, and aside from some new engine cowls and a gearbox (one REALLY hard nose-in!) it's still flying. Tuck Tape and Foam-safe CA are your friend!

I've also got the Micro Trojan- it's taken a lot of abuse but is still flyable, but I don't fly it much. Too easily blasted by our mountain winds, and too fast to fly in the parks here for my skills. The Blade SR is a good heli to play with when the wind isn't terrible.

Get a good sim (I'm partial to Phoenix RC) and practice on that LOTS, get a good transmitter- the Spektrum DX7 (or the newer incarnation is likely lots better) is good and reliable; it also connects to the computer for the sim. I'd guess that the FlyZone Champ or other 3-ch planes like it would work as well as the SuperCub, provided you can fly in no wind conditions or indoors...

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Old 02-16-2012, 08:39 PM   #27
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Hawksky four channel was my first plane, pusher motor is on top so no breaking props on landing. Also the wings pull apart and that makes it easy for storage.

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