Originally Posted by dharban
My objective in going to the Maxa was to get an electric that more or less weighed the same as the TD equivalent of some very competitive TD plane. The Maxa has done that for me within an ounce or two. It appears that the trend in TD planes is to large (4M) and light (Maxa, Aspire, Explorer) and, it seems, that just as I get an electric that more or less matches its TD equivalent in weight that the TD planes are trending lighter still.
I am not, by any means, a world class pilot. I just want a plane that is fun to fly and will perform well in fair weather. I will tolerate flying in crap weather only up to a point, and then, like the honey badger, I just don't care. I am not inclined to buy a plane to use in conditions that I do not enjoy flying in. That is for younger guys who still have something to prove. The Maxa with ballast flies quite well when ballasted for wind. And it lands quite well. I am not particularly skilled at landing, but the current electric landing tasks are pretty easily accomplished with the Maxa -- which lands more easily than any other plane I have owned.
As to two nearly identical planes, I am prone to stick with one design and learn how to fly it as opposed to further complicating the learning process by changing planes. Two planes give me a back-up in case I need it. Although in this case, I will likely sell the older Maxa.
Don as I have said, I have a different view of plane usage.
Before the Maxa I bought an Ava - which became obsolete when I had flown the Maxa.
The Ava was set up to fly in light wind conditions. But NOT flat calm.
It was either sell the Ava or find a good use for it - so it is now my dedicated flat air plane.
A smaller motor to get to height in 30 secs, the smallest battery that will do 2 rounds and carefully set up for no wind early morning flights.
At well under 6oz/ sq ft it is far lighter than the 7.4oz/sq ft of the Maxa.
After 2 months (not that many flights) it is finally flying how I wanted.
The above air was almost flat calm, with a slight hint of breeze against my back.
The 2 peaks after 10mins was where I put the brakes on because I was going into low cloud / poor visibility. The whole of the last portion was where I added down trim to make it back to the field. You cannot believe how slow it was flying in normal trim.
This flight was only possible because it was so light / suited to the conditions. If you look at the vario reading, in the rising parts it was only doing 0.2 - 0.3m/sec.
Whilst flying I could not really see that it was going up, more that (as time passed) it was not coming down.
This is not what I was actually talking about - - 1 light and 1 heavy model.
This is more a reason to have 3 - 1 ultra light, 1 general and one heavier wind.
So, I am just trying to point out that a dedicated plane for specific conditions (in my opinion) is far better than 1 and add ballast to suit.
Hence the motor / battery / esc choice should be worked out for the conditions the plane will be used for.