Good luck, learn from my mistakes, do better !!!
Originally Posted by datura
Unfortunately I have no experience with flying a real RC plane or ArduPilot, but I should have both arriving some time next week
I hope these stories will help you get over the bumps I stumbled over. What plane are you getting ? Do you have a flight simulator ? You can get FMS for free, and the Dynam simulation transmitter (same look and feel) is about $30. FMS isn't the greatest, but it's free and some time on the thing might help you avoid a repetition of my first flight... short, and nose into the ground.
If you are a hands-on tinkerer, these scratch built foamies are fun too. Sooner or later I'm going to go back and try flying Hawk Sky... but first I want to get good enough that I'm not just condemning the poor ol' battered bird to an early grave.