Originally Posted by peterlngh
I just picked up the hobby after a long break too, Vicrider. Between the modern motors, batteries, and cheap radios I just had to come back.
Hmmm. Maybe we should have a separate contest for maiden flights? I see three categories.
1. First solo.
2. Maiden flight of new aircraft.
3. First flight after a 5 year or longer break.
Actually I have been back in the hobby for about a 11/2years now.
I feel the same as you, the motors and batteries have been a surprise and the hobby as a whole is cheaper then it was. Really was surprised to see how arf's have taken over and how cheap they are. The lack of kits have been a downer though.
We used to fly wanderers off a slope or with a power pod with a cox black widow, lots of fun but that black widow just doesn't compare to the 450 brushless motor that I'm using.
I will add a 50+ class to your categories.