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duet 3 15.79%
champ 12 63.16%
cox sky cruiser 0 0%
hk bix 2 1 5.26%
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Old Oct 04, 2014, 10:30 PM
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help newbie to choose the first plane

Need an RTF that can fly relatively slow, stable and easy to control.

Need to build some confidence on it.

I have very limited simulator experience so far.

Thanks a lot in advance!
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Old Oct 04, 2014, 10:33 PM
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champ.
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Old Oct 05, 2014, 05:57 AM
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The top three choices are (or should be)
1) Champ
2) Champ
3) Champ

Others may want to expand that list... but you get the idea...

It isn't just that it's easy; inexpensive; works well out of the box; nearly indestructible... Have you ever seen any videos of people flying this plane? They've always got some silly grin on their face, because it's just fun. When it' all said and done, that's really the only thing that matters.

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Old Oct 05, 2014, 10:25 AM
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I went with Duet, as a matter of fact been flying it all morning. While I love it, I wish I had gone with the champ. I feel for looks not function. The duet took all over 1-2 hours to master, with no real room to grow.

The champ has more true functions then the duet.

I just got my Duet up to about 350 feet for the first time. I finally had the confidence to trust in the equip, and my ability. It was great to get her into a dive and a super tight loop. It felt great to fly my first plane at that height.
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Old Oct 05, 2014, 04:38 PM
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The top three choices are (or should be)
1) Champ
2) Champ
3) Champ

Others may want to expand that list... but you get the idea...

It isn't just that it's easy; inexpensive; works well out of the box; nearly indestructible... Have you ever seen any videos of people flying this plane? They've always got some silly grin on their face, because it's just fun. When it' all said and done, that's really the only thing that matters.

Regards

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got you! thanks! looks like almost everyone suggests champ as a start
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Old Oct 05, 2014, 05:32 PM
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Well I pushed my luck... Just lost my Duet to wind... Landed ontop a 70 foot pine tree.
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Old Oct 05, 2014, 05:56 PM
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RC pilot and pine tree doesn't seem get along too well.

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Old Oct 05, 2014, 06:54 PM
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Two of the most overlooked “First RC Planes” are the Parkzone Radian and the GWS Slow Stick.
Why is that?
If it’s cost then I can see why the Radian me not be a choice but the Slow Stick can be flying at less than $100.
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Old Oct 05, 2014, 07:29 PM
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Well I pushed my luck... Just lost my Duet to wind... Landed ontop a 70 foot pine tree.
so how big a field is needed? a soccer filed is enough for a champ or duet for a start?
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Old Oct 05, 2014, 07:46 PM
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yeah. a soccer field is big enough. as Edmond noted, be very wary of trees. you may think you're not going to get close to one and then - wham! - plane runs right into it.
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Old Oct 05, 2014, 09:50 PM
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yeah. a soccer field is big enough. as Edmond noted, be very wary of trees. you may think you're not going to get close to one and then - wham! - plane runs right into it.
got it.

I am also considering getting a quadcopter, as it seems much easier to control, and if I panic, I can just let go the throttle. While for a plane, it always goes forward, so not sure what to do when I freak out.
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got it.

I am also considering getting a quadcopter, as it seems much easier to control, and if I panic, I can just let go the throttle. While for a plane, it always goes forward, so not sure what to do when I freak out.
You're talking about a totally different beast there. The only thing that planes and heli's have in common is that they fly (Well, most of them).

Whereas planes can glide when they run out of power, helis will slowly descend with no way to really avoid landing on top of something- it's just a slow (Not always) descent downwards.

With a plan you have many more options, and can have more room to maneuver when you run out of throttle time.
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Old Oct 05, 2014, 10:02 PM
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You're talking about a totally different beast there. The only thing that planes and heli's have in common is that they fly (Well, most of them).

Whereas planes can glide when they run out of power, helis will slowly descend with no way to really avoid landing on top of something- it's just a slow (Not always) descent downwards.

With a plan you have many more options, and can have more room to maneuver when you run out of throttle time.
I know they are probably totally different, and sorry if it appears I am quite indecisive. still a bit discouraged by the last crash I had a few years ago, which was also the first flight, when I crashed a brand new super cub s.
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Old Oct 05, 2014, 10:07 PM
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I don't think the Super Cub S was around a few years ago... You probably got a model with the dreaded ACT.

The technology now, especially with SAFE, makes it MUCH less likely for you to crash- and will make beginner flights much more manageable and enjoyable.
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Old Oct 05, 2014, 10:16 PM
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I don't think the Super Cub S was around a few years ago... You probably got a model with the dreaded ACT.

The technology now, especially with SAFE, makes it MUCH less likely for you to crash- and will make beginner flights much more manageable and enjoyable.
it was a super cub, with anti-crash technology, but apparently it did not work well
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