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Old Feb 29, 2012, 04:13 PM
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I'm a real beginner in rc flying... so a dealer near my place suggested this:
http://www.flyzoneplanes.com/airplan...530/index.html

Is it a good way to learn how to fly ?

David
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 04:46 PM
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The first question is are going to learn with an instructor or just by yourself?
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 04:50 PM
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By myself...
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 05:17 PM
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David, that plane has been talked about in your other thread. Are you going to ask until someone says yes? Not a very good 1st plane. HZ S Cub is good. Do a search in this thread for beginner plane and see what folks say. It may be best to start smaller, like the Champ ultra mini. If you're looking to get a plane that is cool, forget it, most 1st trainers are just that TRAINERS! GL
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 05:22 PM
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In that case buy a Champ RTF and download a free SIM. The Flyzone looks like it will be a nice way to move on to 4ch when you are ready.
The champ is very stable and self correcting, most of the time it will bounce off the ground and if you do break something you can not repair then the parts are cheap.
The Flyzone weighs 1kg when you hit the ground it will break, yes you might be able to glue or tape it back together but when it happens on your first flight it gets disheartening.

The two disadvantages with the Champ are it likes wind <5mph and if you want to stay in the hobby and move away from Ultra Micros then you need to buy a new plane, radio gear and batteries.
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 05:44 PM
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It may be good it may not, but it is not one of the ones that has a long history of success among self traners.

The Hobbyzone Super Cub is about the best self trainer out there available as an RTF.

The Multiplex Easy Star is likewise a well known successful trainer.


These two planes can stand up to ta LOT of abuse and keep flying. And parts are readily available.


If you don't mind an easy kit, the GWS Slow Stick is great. Slow flying it needs a lot less space than the others. A single football field would be fine with a Slow Stick.


I would say the Switch could be good on a buddy box with an instructor. It may stand up well to the abuse of self training, but I just don't know. The above planes have introduced thousands to RC flying with great success.

Other questions:

How much open space do you have? If you have AT LEAST 4 football fields in open space you will be OK with the Super Cub or the Easy Star. I don't know about the Switch.

What kind of winds do you typically have.
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 06:00 PM
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I have about 5 football fields so...I dont know about the wind...are you talking about this one?
http://secure.hobbyzone.com/HBZ7400.html

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Old Feb 29, 2012, 07:04 PM
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I have about 5 football fields so...I dont know about the wind...are you talking about this one?
http://secure.hobbyzone.com/HBZ7400.html

David
I can't speak for aeajr, but I'm certain that is the one he is talking about. There are several different options if you decide to go with the HobbyZone Super Cub.

You would want the:
HobbyZone Super Cub LP RTF - If you don't have a transmitter, this version includes transmitter and is $199
HobbyZone Super Cub LP BNF - If you have a Spektrum transmitter already or plan to purchase one with the plane. This version is $169 without the transmitter

There is a also a smaller version, the Mini Super Cub. This was my first plane and I love it. But anyone that has flown both the regular and mini super cubs will say the regular is far superior in how in flies.
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 07:37 PM
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I have about 5 football fields so...I dont know about the wind...are you talking about this one?
http://secure.hobbyzone.com/HBZ7400.html

David
Yes, that one!
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 08:30 PM
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Yep, that is the one!

Make the switch your second plane.

If you get the Super Cub, pick up some medium foam safe CA and Kicker for repairs. And some clear packing tape. These are essential tools.

A spare propeller is a good thing to have. And a second battery pack so you can fly one and charge one.

The included Spektrum radio can also be used to fly the other Spektrum BnF planes.

The other approach is to buy the BnF version that does not have a radio. Take the $30 and put it toward a Spekturm DX6i. Now you are ready for other Horizon Hobby Bnf planes including the micro planes. And later you can get the AnyLink module and fly the FlyZone TX-R planes too, including the Switch. The Flyzone Switch TX-R is $30 cheaper than the RTF.

http://secure.hobbyzone.com/catalog/...s/SPM6610.html
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 08:47 PM
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Yes, that one!
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Same as we told you in the other thread!
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 10:07 PM
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Wow, a consistent answer in two threads. Imagine that!
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 10:13 PM
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Hi!
I'm a real beginner in rc flying... so a dealer near my place suggested this:
http://www.flyzoneplanes.com/airplan...530/index.html

Is it a good way to learn how to fly ?

David
David,

I, and probably we, don't have anything against the Switch. Looks pretty cool. But it is pretty new and it doesn't have a track record that we know. It may be a great first plane. But until we see some reports or some of the experienced pilots on this forum have a chance to fly one, it is going to be hard for us to recommend it.

The Super Cub is well known. Some of us started on the Super Cub or trained pilots who started on the Super Cub.

If your heart is set on the Switch, get it. Be sure to file lots of reports about your successes, your failures, your learning and, finally your assessment as a new self training pilot.

Or follow the advice you are getting here and ge tthe Super Cub. The decision has to be yours either way.

Best of luck with whatever you do and know that we will all be here to help you and to cheer you on!

Welcome to RC Flying. You are going to love it!


Be sure to read these threads before your first flight.

> Six Keys to Success
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=355208

> THINGS TO CHECK ON AN RTF
> http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=767681

> Workshop Ventilation
> http://forums.flyesl.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=235

> Hat, Sunglasses, what else?
> http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...2&goto=newpost
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Old Mar 01, 2012, 02:59 AM
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David, the HZ Cub is a great plane to learn to fly on. I beat the crap out of mine and it still fly's three years later, you have the room for it no problem. I actually have never had to replace wings, fuse, or tail parts yet. Motor mounts, cowls, props, wing struts, were the parts I was replacing while I was green. Great beginner plane for sure.
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Old Mar 01, 2012, 06:32 AM
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Wow, a consistent answer in two threads. Imagine that!

I just did what Don told me...I went to the beginners threads...

Thank you all for your reply!
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