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Old 03-20-2007, 12:36 AM   #1
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Transitioning to electrics..?

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I've been a glow plank flyer for most of my RC days, although I got into electric heli's this past winter so I've most of the electric stuff fairly down pat now.

One guy from our indoor club has mentioned that he has an electric 40-size trainer on order so that he can join the outdoor club come the summer.

He has been learning heli through the winter so LiPo's and the such are not new to him, nor is electric as a whole.

He's mentioned to me that he'd like me to help him out from an instruction standpoint, something I'm looking forward to...but I've got *zero* experience as far as electric aircraft of that size.

As someone who has flown glow aircraft since I started, what should I be aware of when transitioning to electrics and helping train this member?
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I have been flying electrics for some time now and have been instructing since 1999 (glow)

Make sure the battery is good to run for at least 10 minutes, sometimes when flying with other planes, you might have to wait few minutes before you get the chance to land.

Make sure you have the timer on, so that the plane can be brought back intime before the battery cuts off.

If you get the battery low voltage kick in, throttle all the way back for a few seconds and then use throttle stick slowly to let the battery voltage come up a bit to have some power rather than total dead stick.

Keep your height in first few flights, until you get the idea of how the power system performs.

You didn't mention what plane/power combo he will be flying, but this is generally what I can think of, might be able to add a bit more if I know the power system/plane.
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Ok, good points.

I'm quite comfortable with dead stick landings, always keeping myself at a comfortable height/distance combination that will usually glide me back to the field with no problems.

With a trainer, no problem at all.

It's been a long while since I instructed but I'm making it official again this summer and getting back into it..I used to really enjoy such.

I believe he was looking at the Nexstar ARF for his chosen aircraft.
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