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#1 Davedough Feb 04, 2011 10:01 AM

Airfield Sky Trainer 55" Cessna 182 build and maiden
 
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So having dabbled for many years in the RC car and boat, both nitro and electric flavors, I had always had the inkling to take the to skies. I tried my hand a helicopters and have a beautiful little fixed pitch bird that I enjoy when its not broken from the latest crash. In a frustrated effort to get effortlessly into the sky, I decided to see if my many hours of flying a plank in a simulator would translate well enough into the real world.

Enter my Airfield Sky Trainer 55" Cessna 182 from Nitroplanes.com. http://www.nitroplanes.com/93a182-sk...g-v3-blue.html I wanted to get something big and stable yet able to be tossed around and have fun with. I had considered a 3 channel, but figured I'd probably get bored without ailerons to really have some fun with.

My camera man on my maiden flight wasn't the best at keeping in frame or managing a zoom so I wont bore you with all 15 minutes of footage. The flight went GREAT. I got it all ranged and trimmed perfectly and it responded really well. Landing was a little difficult because I had never done it outside of a simulator and things happen REALLY FAST in real life. My landing wasn't the best (I ditched it in an irrigation canal), but nothing broke so WOOHOOO!


Maiden Flight Air Field Skytrainer 55" Landing (0 min 35 sec)

#2 anatoly Feb 04, 2011 03:17 PM

Congrats on your first flight! I agree, it's a lot different flying in real life than in a simulator. My advice would be that next time, you should take it up to altitude and try to reduce throttle to see how slow you can fly it comfortably without it falling out of the sky. (Obviously once it starts to fall, increase throttle again to keep it up there.) The goal is to get comfortable with the plane's low-speed handling at altitude, so you will be able to bring it in a lot slower for landing and increase your chance of actually landing it on the runway.

#3 Wintr Feb 04, 2011 11:11 PM

And, make sure you time your flights. This aircraft does not dead-stick well; the glide slope is short and steep. It is tough, though. I learned to fly with it, and have replaced the nose gear, and the silly wheel pants with lockable collars. I landed it once with one of the main gear pants on the runway, under the tire.

#4 Big Joe Feb 06, 2011 03:54 PM

I maiden my Sky Trainer today with a crash also. The battery fell out doing a turn and fell about 100 ft. to the ground. Now just a waiting game with Nitroplanes for parts. Good luck with your next flight.:eek:

#5 Davedough Feb 07, 2011 01:15 PM

Well I've had 4 more successful flights (getting ready to leave on #5 right now) and I'm getting pretty good with the plane. Landings are more natural now and I'm not afraid to bring it down really slow throttle now which helps. I love this plane (except for the landing gear). This will stay in my hangar even when I eventually move up to my goal of a corsair warbird.

#6 greedyg76 Feb 16, 2011 02:25 PM

Try adding flaps, I did and she lands so slow now...

3 position flaps.3GP (0 min 19 sec)

#7 celm Mar 14, 2011 05:39 PM

waiting for these to be back in stock

#8 ny_hawk Mar 15, 2011 04:57 PM

It's true she lands fantastically with flaps, I added mine... The newest version of this great plane comes with flaps and NAV lights as well as clear windows, looks awesome!

Jim

#9 celm Mar 15, 2011 05:00 PM

AHHH when are they going to be in stock again!!!

#10 ny_hawk Mar 15, 2011 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by celm (Post 17691374)
AHHH when are they going to be in stock again!!!

The nicest version of this plane appears to be IN STOCK!

More expensive than the previous versions but well worth it IMO.

http://www.nitroplanes.com/93a300-14...d-rtf-24g.html

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-1721025..._2149_66304915

Hey NitroPlanes keep these coming--one of the best planes you sell!!!

#11 Davedough Mar 15, 2011 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by ny_hawk (Post 17691423)
The nicest version of this plane appears to be IN STOCK!

More expensive than the previous versions but well worth it IMO.

http://www.nitroplanes.com/93a300-14...d-rtf-24g.html

I think that version came out right after I purchased mine. I love the cockpit and scale lights on it. I almost wish I would have held out. Front landing gear still isn't improved though, I got rid of that trash after the first flight.

#12 ny_hawk Mar 15, 2011 05:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Davedough (Post 17691481)
I think that version came out right after I purchased mine. I love the cockpit and scale lights on it. I almost wish I would have held out. Front landing gear still isn't improved though, I got rid of that trash after the first flight.

Some of the pics I have seen shows a nose gear on this version with a scale looking shock absorber, but I don't know if it is simply cosmetic and has the same gear as the previous version...

The second version nose gear was improved over the first but people are free to beef it up.. If you land okay the nose gear (version 2) should hold up.. I had to mod mine after a maiden landing error but no problems since because all my landings have been smooth as silk with my added flaps.. Modding is half the fun, I did a ton to mine including a hinged battery door and enlarged battery compartment, she holds a 3000 mah pack now..

This plane is really awesome I would consider getting a new one and glassing it and making some other mods..

Jim

#13 ny_hawk Mar 15, 2011 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by celm (Post 17691374)
AHHH when are they going to be in stock again!!!

So did you order??

#14 greedyg76 Mar 15, 2011 07:01 PM

can any of you guys post a video of take off with the newer style motor
(3536-kv900). mine has the older motor (DT700-KV700) and I'm thinking the newer one would be an upgrade. And what props are you all using?
Thanks

#15 ny_hawk Mar 15, 2011 08:33 PM

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Originally Posted by greedyg76 (Post 17692461)
can any of you guys post a video of take off with the newer style motor
(3536-kv900). mine has the older motor (DT700-KV700) and I'm thinking the newer one would be an upgrade. And what props are you all using?
Thanks

How to tell which kv the motor is? My 182 is I think a version 2, the motor is a med dark red and it came with a 30 amp ESC and 12x9 prop. Mine flew much faster than I expected, was hard at first to slow it down to land (flaps help) and I am running a 12x8 prop..


Well either way here's mine taking off and flying, it's much heavier than stock here and carrying a 3000mah flight pack..

Air Field Cessna 182 Sky Trainer (1 min 46 sec)


Jim


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