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Old 10-21-2006, 03:10 PM   #1
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switching from NITRO to electric.. QUESTIONS

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Hello, I have decided to stop flying my aerobat 40 because it turned out to be a filthy mess. I like the power that a real nitro engine can offer but the clean-up is awful. So this winter I will be -hopefully- flying some sort of basic electric airplane. I flew my aerobat for a total of not more than 10 hours. So i must ask the question, do i buy a trainer electric plane or do i simply go ahead and buy an electric plane that is more difficult?

Are there any major differences between nitro and electric? For example, how does an electric plane handle in light winds -they tend to be a lot lighter-???

And yes i will keep my nitro plane for the summer. Starting the engine is another hassle in the winter.
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I wouldn't bother with a trainer if you are already an accomplished flyer.

If you like the plane you are flying just convert it to Electric.

I am not into either, I fly gas so maybe some questions over in the Electrics forums will net you some better results.

Out of curiosity what brand and coloutr of fuel are you using. Perhaps you are using a castor oil bassed fuel and just need to switch to a full synthetic fuel like Cool Power and most of that slime will go away.

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If you do switch to electric buy quality items such as brushless motors and lipos, it will save you in the long run. The one downside is batteries do not like cold weather either!

If you have an indoor venue then that might be a good idea. perhaps a slow stick.
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I recently started flying electrics. I bought a mini Funtana, and I learned my first difference right away. TOO MUCH THROW~!!!

I had to dial it WAY down right away so I wan't overcontrolling it.

Watch this if it has lots of throw, dial it down until your confortable with it.

I can fly the mini Funatana in a stiff breeze without too much problems. Just have to use the rudder alot.
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