Thanks for tolerating my off-topic tangent regarding planes... It's been raining here, so when I can't fly the heli, my mind wanders.
Some really good advice here from folks with experience. Both the Champ and T-28 seem like really sensible choices for me. I'll have to give it some thought.
So, just how "dead-calm" does the air have to be for the small Champ? Literally 0 wind? I know some say the same about the 120SR, and I certainly felt the frustration trying to fly outdoors early on. But, I learned quickly, and it wasn't too long before flying in 5-7mph+ didn't cause too much drama. I would be grounded most days if I could only fly in 0 wind.