Originally Posted by builderdude
I would recommend the Bixler Sky Surfer. It is a large plane with about an 8 ft wingspan and it has a really great wing. The larger your craft, the better it will be in the wind, as a general rule of thumb. Also, the Bixler has both ailerons as well as flaps. If the Bixler was out when I was first learning, that would have been my first choice.
Here's another vote for the Bixler. It's the main trainer/sport flyer at my club. Wasn't planned, things just turned out that way -- I think we're up to four or five now, and I haven't seen one crashed yet (Allan's got a burned out servo in the wing from a hard landing, and that's it).