Hey! Welcome to the EZONE. I'm sure many will agree that the Nipsy would be just a fine trainer. From its looks, it should handle fairly decent winds too. It's a classic setup for a trainer plane. Foam, use of carbon rods, and a pusher prop. The pusher prop helps ALOT! Since the prop is in back, it's nearly impossible to break it. But I'm sure it can be done! As for instructors...I would recommend getting one if there is one available. If you are like...no R/C guys in the area, just a big open playground and a plane...you could probably learn to fly yourself. I learned myself on a Megatech Merlin. Broke about 5 props, and a few propshafts, but thats it. Good Luck, and let us know if ya need any more help!