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Old 08-31-2009, 02:33 PM   #11
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actually after Sept 1st maac gives a 50% discount but you must purchase next years at the time ,I have had a couple people join our club last year after Sept 1st and this is what they told me. The club is the way to go I am an instructor at our club and enjoy helping new members,you will learn alot about safety and the ins and outs of rc ,it'll save you hundreds versus teaching yourself,just ask a few beginners they'll tell yah..... the main goal here is to have fun and be safe,being a maac member and club member does both.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:41 PM   #12
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I went the whole MAAC and club membership route last spring .. and looking back it was the right decision for me. I also had to have a buddy box .. so I bought a DX6i (used) and used the new DX5e that came with my plane.

After all my grumbling about the costs I figured that it all more than paid for itself the first few times I lost orientation and the instructors saved my plane. They also trimmed my planes the first time they were flown. As a newbie you don't want to have to trim a plane while you are still learning to fly (if you could even tell what needed to be done).

And as mentioned, the camaraderie and varied advice (sometimes conflicting from 2 or 3 people ) really helps. All the cautions about flying into the sun and watching for trees and keeping the speed up on landing really help to develop better habits and reduce the chances of crashing.

I am now on my second airplane and still no crashes (knocks on wood).

I also highly recommend using a PC flight simulator as well and use it as often as possible. Not exactly the same but it sure does help to get additional stick time without the worries of crashing.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:06 PM   #13
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Not sure what to do. I am new to rc flight having bought an electric park flyer a while back. I've had enormous fun with it. I then found a good deal on a glow trainer, a Superstar 40. However, since buying it I haven't had it out once because of all the restrictions, memberships, limited flying fields and so on. In fact, the memberships would cost far more than the plane did.

I wanted to step up from the electric to something bigger and more capable, but is going glow really worth it?

I'm surprised!!!!

I know, through experience, that clubs, governments, police, and little old ladies will try and snub your fun.

From an old timer, try this. Drive some distance out of your city to an acceptable country road. Use the road for your runway, and be aware of the barbwire fence beside it. Don't hit no horses or cow's; round bails can be an issue. You'll have alot of uninteruppted fun. The only problem is, you might have to drive 1/2 hr or so.

If your flying in the school yard, go electric or control line.

I've spent most of my money and time on model airplanes, mean women, and beer. All the rest was just a waste.

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Old 09-01-2009, 12:43 PM   #14
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mtnflier.... that is exactly how i learned. I started with a Parkzone J-3 cub and the G-3 sim from greatplanes. I spent a fair bit of time on the sim and then moved up to a 4 channel glow trainer. I have since taught 3 people to fly and the stress involved for them is quite a bit less. I would totally recommend going to a club though.... i have been to a couple fun-flies and they have been BY FAR the best flying experiences i have had. The flying, bs'ing and seeing others planes and heli's was worth every second of the drive and money spent.

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Old 09-01-2009, 11:20 PM   #15
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Re: New and Confused

I would have to disagree with everyone here on the subject. Get out of the hobby now...before its to late!!!
It will suck your wallet
Ive been flying heli's and planes on my property for about 2 years now...Self taught. I went to my first club field last week. I learnt so much from the pilots there. They tuned my engine, gave me alot of tips, and it was a blast talking to other pilots who had the same interests I did. Seen my favorite plane up close (Corsair) and cant wait to go back and visit them.
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:36 AM   #16
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Re: New and Confused

Good tips and usual, people into rc are always a friendly sort...

I finally hooked up with a member from a club who met me at the field and helped get the Superstar prepped for flight. I flew it once and it was great! I managed a few loops, stall turns, Immelmans, and spins before attempting a landing, upon which the gear bounced more than I expected; I overshot the landing area and rolled into some wheat...but no harm done.

The sims is a really good idea. I have had one for a few weeks and it definitely made me more confident in the air. I just gotta remember...real flying does not have a "reset" button!!!

The field is fairly close to home and the club gave me a good feeling...pretty laid back and quiet, not too many members...think I'll buy in after all. The guy who helped me out made me realize the value of it.

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