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Old 09-30-2016, 03:55 PM   #1
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Hey everyone!
I'm usually a multi-rotor guy, but I've always been interested in planes and heli's, and wanted to get into flying those as well. Currently I have a Spektrum DX-6 transmitter and a few quads that I fly, but I'm looking for a good "learner" plane that I can upgrade/update with FPV and such when I get a bit better at flying it, I'm just looking for some expert opinions on what would be best for me, or what worked well for you. I do want to get into flying and building jets and float planes (as I live near a decent sized lake) so anything that may help with my progression to that, please let me know!
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:27 PM   #2
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Re: New to planes! What should I buy first?

Bixler III

Great trainer, FPV ready, and sure to be easy to find set of floats to fit it.

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Old 09-30-2016, 04:39 PM   #3
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Re: New to planes! What should I buy first?

And there is a whole thread on RCG dedicated to the Bix 3. All the stuff you need to know about FPV installs and reinforcing the wing bolts etc
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:59 PM   #4
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Re: New to planes! What should I buy first?

Welcome Corbin!
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I'm looking for a good "learner" plane that I can upgrade/update with FPV and such when I get a bit better at flying it, I do want to get into flying and building jets and float planes (as I live near a decent sized lake) so anything that may help with my progression to that, please let me know!
Oh ya! Aren't we all!
While were at it... I'm looking for a wife that is perpetually hot looking, expert cook and seamstress, super organized, loves house cleaning and picking up my socks, is intelligent and a good conversationalist, never complains about or questions me and has a good fishing boat with motor!

Ok - reality is that we are both going to have to compromise a bit!!! You need to prioritize your wants and give us a bit more information about yourself, your building experience and the availability of someone to mentor you.
Then we can narrow it down a bit!

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P.S. actually I'm sticking with the wife I have, just kidding on that!

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Old 09-30-2016, 05:07 PM   #5
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Re: New to planes! What should I buy first?

Corbin as merv said depends on what you really want. IMHO an easy trainer and parts are still available is the apprentice, it also has a float kit for it and can be modded easy for fpv flight. Your DX6 will fly it no problem.
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Old 10-01-2016, 05:07 PM   #6
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Re: New to planes! What should I buy first?

Completely agree with Mytmerc83. You will be hard pressed to get a better trainer than an Eflite Apprentice. On training nights at our field, you usually find 6 or 8. Fly well, reasonable price for all you get, and easy to repair.
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Old 10-01-2016, 06:43 PM   #7
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Re: New to planes! What should I buy first?

3rd vote for the Apprentice. Nothing better for learning to fly and a great fpv platform as well. The battery compartment can easily take a 3s 5000 mah for longer flight times.
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Old 10-01-2016, 07:49 PM   #8
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Re: New to planes! What should I buy first?

Are you sold on electric only?
I learned the old school way, on a scratch built trainer called a Coin-foo with a Cox .049 engine!
Later on I trained people on .40 sized Eagle II's....a lot of them. They are great learning planes. They are a balsa kit that you have to build.
I know everyone is in "electric mode" these days, but there is something very rewarding with good old glow powered models.

Same for building an actual balsa kit...there is a sense of pride seeing your hard work pay off when it takes to the air

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Old 10-01-2016, 08:20 PM   #9
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Re: New to planes! What should I buy first?

If you really want to learn to fly " old school "... then forget the whole FPV crap and the gyro crap and all that other " SAFE " TECH crap.. you will never learn to fly that way..

Get hooked up with a good instructor and a buddy box..

And get this ... tried and true.. and proven..

40 years of people learning to fly on this model.. and it is still in production today...
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:31 PM   #10
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Re: New to planes! What should I buy first?

Many of the guys I have brought into this hobby started on my Apprentice. Nothing is more defeating than crashing your new pride and joy cause it was too much plane for you. Start slow with any easy flyer. The only reason I reccomend a foamy is parts just need to be bought and replaced to fix it. I do agree with the buddy box system. You will (if your like the rest of us) go through a couple of planes. I have kept my Apprentice and an older thunder tiger tiger stick to train people on.
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