Kyle, the smart money is on a truly RTF (ready to fly) plane, where everything needed to fly is in the box, the build quality is high enough that it WILL fly without modifications of any kind and which is backed by good customer service plus full availability of a complete inventory of every part on the plane.
This should be a plane which has been proven by teaching hundreds of unassisted newbies how to fly. And it needs to be durable enough and easy handling enough to put up with newbie mistreatment. These qualifications eliminate cut-rate suppliers like Nitroplanes or Hobby King for that first plane. Learning to fly is hard. Stack the deck in your favor as much as you can. Nobody will accuse you of cheating.
Planes which qualify:
Hobby Zone Champ
Hobby Zone Super Cub
Hobby Zone Firebird Stratos
Ares Gamma 370
Multiplex Easy Star
Please see this post: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...30&postcount=6