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Old 09-04-2006, 07:06 AM   #11
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Re: Parks..

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where the only living thing in jeopardy is the occasional cow.
You got rid of the raven infestation then?
I've seen many crows in BC as well, maybe just because my brother attracts them.
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Old 09-04-2006, 07:18 AM   #12
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Just my 2 cents worth. I started with an Eagle 2 and it flew OK. The dihedral in the wing and the flat bottom limited the aerobatic nature. That's Ok when you are learning, but limiting once you solo. I then used an Avistar and with the semi-symetrical wing it was more useful. I was successful and still had that plane for 5 years before donating it to my club where it still gives service as a club trainer. The ARF Avistar gets you ready quickly at a low cost and is a proven performer. Stick with a club and get buddy box dual instruction. You will most likely gain your wings without going through several airplanes. The ready source of information is invaluable. I was lucky. I had a life long pal teach me, but, a club is the next best thing. I also recommend the use of a simulator. I struggled for two seasons and then soloed first time out after a winter of practice on the simulator. I found it built the muscle memory and got me used to the reverse element when the plane turns and flies towards you. Wishing you and your young lad lots of fun. This hobby is terrific......
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Old 09-04-2006, 11:50 AM   #13
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Re: Beginners models

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Please don't fly in a park as a beginner. It is not worth hurting someone!
I was down the street yesterday 'flying' my GWS pico J3 Cub in the college parking lot. In order to hurt someone you would have to dive at them for five minutes. It was the maiden flight, I was flying figure eights around the lamp posts. 39" foam wing, 8.5 oz, $130 plus transmitter.

This thing weighs and costs about half of my Saito 72 on the front of my Funtana 40.
Are you a beginner? Obviously not.

Many beginners get the parkzone type planes that weigh at least a pound and travel at about 20km/h. If you think flying in a park is a good idea do a simple test. Get a friend to lob a 1 pound rock at your head. After the rock hits you you can make an educated guess whether flying in a park is a good idea.
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Old 09-04-2006, 03:51 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the suggestions. While the convenience of park flying is attractive, reality (and safety) and the assistance of club members at a flying field are definitely the way we intend to proceed.

In my original post, I was going to ask opinions about electric vs. 'slimers', but thought it might stir up a big discussion, beyond what I was looking for at this point. I will probably keep an eye on the classifieds for a deal on a high wing trainer and hope for the best.

Thanks again for your help/suggestions.

Just beginning - any and all info appreciated
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Old 09-04-2006, 07:14 PM   #15
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electric vs glow:
IMO it comes down to money. Electric will be more money for a setup that will preform as well as a typical glow trainer. I know all about not having to buy glow fuel but screw up a battery and that argument goes out the window.
I helped a guy setup a trainer with an outrunner and lipo packs and the thing was fantastic. Do yourself a favor though and learn how to tune a glow engine just in case.
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Old 10-06-2006, 08:05 PM   #16
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PHOENIX 40, CS Engine Tornado.46 AirTroncis Vanguard FM 4/6


VERY GOOD CONDITION FULLY ASSEMBLED PHOENIX 40 RC AIRPLANE: CS Engine Tornado .46 and AirTronics Vanguard FM 4/6 Channel Radio Control
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:30 PM   #17
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just donr be scared is all.. people kept telling me get a buddy box, disconnect the ailerons and so on... and it scared me away thinking it would be really hard to fly.. my dad is an avid builder and i was just scared to crash all that hard work into the ground.. fineally after a couple years of having my own planes i got tired of looking at them so i just went out and tried it.. turns out it is pretty simple. if you know how planes fly and you use some common sense you most likely wont crash, i used a tiger trainer 60 and it flew beautifly, obviously dont just go out and start trying loops and barrel rolls and dont try and land on your first approach. just take your time, be smooth with the controls dont just slam the stick to the left if your plane is banked a bit right, small movements make a big difference, and just go for it. im not trying to start a big debate on the buddy box here im just saying i think it scares people away and that basic flying is not hard to pick up
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:09 PM   #18
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It's like riding a bike. You fall alot less if you have someone holding the seat.

My kids keep wanting me to take the training wheels off, but I'm not ready for it yet.

Roger, have you gotten a plane together yet? just wondering how you went?
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:52 PM   #19
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My advice is to practise alot on the simulator.
With the simulator and a GP PT-60 i had my wings after about 15 flights, great instructors as well, and NO buddy box.
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:43 PM   #20
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Just finished my Nexstar with flaps and extensions as per instructions. I have 0 experience flying, is it wise for me to try without these options ?
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