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Old 03-19-2005, 08:54 PM   #1
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Quick question for everyone - I'm just getting started. What airplane should I start with? (Doesn't matter if it's a kit or an arf)
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Old 03-19-2005, 09:14 PM   #2
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IMHO Hobbico Nexstar is the best trainer on the market.
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Old 03-19-2005, 09:21 PM   #3
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Hi Poelzer,

INMO...I think the old Kadet LT40 is still an awesome bang for your buck. It is big, stable and cost effective. It is also very robust and can take some thumping around. I learned on one last year...got my wings in about 4 weekends and progressed on to a Florio and a Super Chipmunk in the same year. It taught me well. I would contribute my modest success to the confidence that the LT40 gave me. I am sure that the Nexstar is a great plane, but I KNOW first hand how well the Kadet worked for me.

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Old 03-19-2005, 10:26 PM   #4
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Personally if I had to do it all over again, I would pick Chris's selection...The Nexstar. It's like a few hundred dollars... but you get absolutly everything! Plus the 1 crash guarentee
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Old 03-19-2005, 10:31 PM   #5
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The crash guarentee i believe is only for USA but it comes with everything even a sim to practice on while you wait till spring of to go home and work on the things you did at the field today. This year I am going to be instructing people and if my students have a nexstar i would really encourage them to go home and practice what they learned on the sim
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Old 03-19-2005, 11:21 PM   #6
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The Kadet is the trainer of choice here... It has a long track history. I learned on an Eagle II and that is the last trainer I would recommend....

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Old 03-20-2005, 12:40 AM   #7
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I also like the Kadet but there is a plane called the alpha which I believe comes with radio and engine not sure on cost but they are a nice flying trainer
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Old 03-20-2005, 12:54 AM   #8
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Sig LT40, kit if you want to build or ARF if you don't. Gentle trainers which are also very fun sport fliers. Very well designed. The ARF is actually cheaper than building the kit by the time you buy the covering etc. The LT40 is a PROVEN design. No one that I know of who has bought/learned to fly with one has had any regrets.
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Old 03-20-2005, 01:32 AM   #9
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If you're on a budget I have a spadet that I built for myself to learn with that I'll give you, just pay for shipping. It flew slow and was very stable.(Here's a link to it, http://www.spadtothebone.com/freeplans.htm , just go to trainers and look for the spadet). I got about 10 flights on it and then it ate dirt no thanks to an aileron linkage that let go. However, the damage is very minor and can be repaired in a couple hours for about $10.00. I'll throw in the landing gear and fuel tank as well. I went straight from this plane to a 3D unit without any problems. One thing that also helped me was a couple free flight sims that I downloaded (I can give you links). All you need is the interface cable which I can sell you for cheap ($10.00) as long as the radio you get has the same plug. If you're interested let me know, I can send pics if you like. There are no strings attatched here, the plane is just taking up space as I'll never use it again, and I bought the AFPD sim. It's just nice to help someone get started in the hobby.
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Old 03-20-2005, 07:18 AM   #10
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I thought I may a well stir the pot a bit, how about the Astro Hog.I find most trainers get bounced around by the wind and you can forget about taxiing in anything over a 15 to 20 mph wind.
They are durable,cheap and you can use a wide variety of engines on it.
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