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Old Aug 23, 2012, 11:21 AM
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First successful flight

First, wow. This group is huge! I've been lurking and finally joined today. Took a while to decide where to post this, and probably will still put it in the wrong place.

So probably 8 months ago I bought a Parkzone Radian and on the first flight (which lasted probably 10 seconds) crashed it. Fixed it up, but thought I'd wait to get some help. So, a couple weeks ago, I attended the LEAF (Longmont Colorado) "learn to fly" day and had about 1 minute on a powered plane while it was in the air. But, the best suggestion was to get a simulator. So I did. Phoenix RC4. Spent a lot of time on it, and though I thought I should still wait for a trainer/partner to get first flight, I braved it this AM and went out to a local field. Two flights. Two great landings. No Gorilla glue necessary! I was pretty happy and just needed to share.

This is a great resource, and I really appreciate all the input from others. Seems like everyone in this hobby is very helpful.

Thank,
Jim Bessette
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 11:38 AM
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Congratulations jim. This hobby is very fun and addicting
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 11:44 AM
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Welcome to the addiction! Those simulators are great, aren't they!? And the Radian is a great flyer, too. I recently had a chance to help a new guy buddy boxing him with his Radian. Such a smooth flyer. If I had more money and one less wife, I'd get one of my own!
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 12:18 PM
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The sailplane guys almost all recommend the Radian for a trainer.

Way to go on the flights! That's about the most nerves that you will experience. You survived. Try slope soaring gliders on the simulator, and you will learn pure flight skills. Amazing!

2-part epoxy is much stronger on foamies, than Gorilla glue. About $10 for a pair of bottles.

From the Radian, you can go into electric sailplanes, electric scale planes, electric aerobatics.... You can buy almost anything on the web. But research what will work, first.
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 12:33 PM
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Thanks guys. wuest3141, I just looked on the Phoenix software what slope soaring glider is. I guess you launch the thing from some altitude and somehow find the thing down below? Or maybe the idea is that there are enough thermals to keep it up high. I'll certainly give it a go. Crashing on the sim doesn't cost me anything.

I already bought another plane - T28 Trojan. It's been flown once, by someone else, so it's all set up for me, but that one I will definitely wait for a trainer to help on. The guy at the store did sell me some two part glue for it. Says it works much faster. Hope to not have to try it out too much. :-)
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 12:47 PM
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radian is 3ch right? try out a high-wing 4ch before you maiden your t28.
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With what you've learned on a sim flying the Radian you can probably do without the help. I would still suggest seeking out help as mentors can be a valuable information resource and they can help you to not develop bad flying habits.
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Old Aug 30, 2012, 09:01 AM
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radian is 3ch right? try out a high-wing 4ch before you maiden your t28.
Yes, 3 channel. I've used the simulator on a 4 channel (ailerons make a huge difference), and gotten pretty good on the sim - even getting OK flying upside down. But now and then I crash when trying something a little too "fun". :-)
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Old Aug 30, 2012, 09:17 AM
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Good job, lots of fun isn't it!
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Old Aug 30, 2012, 10:32 AM
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Congrats

I remember my first successful flights from 2.5 years ago like it was yesterday...
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Old Aug 30, 2012, 10:36 AM
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Thanks guys. wuest3141, I just looked on the Phoenix software what slope soaring glider is. I guess you launch the thing from some altitude and somehow find the thing down below? Or maybe the idea is that there are enough thermals to keep it up high. I'll certainly give it a go. Crashing on the sim doesn't cost me anything.

I already bought another plane - T28 Trojan. It's been flown once, by someone else, so it's all set up for me, but that one I will definitely wait for a trainer to help on. The guy at the store did sell me some two part glue for it. Says it works much faster. Hope to not have to try it out too much. :-)
Fly it off the "CLIFF" site... Start off with maybe 5mph winds and learn and increase the wind. I like 15-20 mph... It'll fly forever and it's very realistic...Be sure that you adjust the wind direction to come straight into the cliff. And then launch directly into it. Especially important when the wind gets up over 15...
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Old Aug 30, 2012, 10:56 AM
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There ain't no feeling in the world like the feeling you get when you have your first successful flight. I remember mine like it was yesterday (because it pretty much WAS), and every time I put one of my planes up (see how quick the obsession grows?), it's a great feeling. LOVE seeing that P47 in the air...
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Old Aug 30, 2012, 11:09 AM
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I still remember the feeling I got the first time I got my wing off the ground and landed it successfully..

Welcome to the fraternity
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Old Aug 30, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Yeah, the first successful flight is memorable. For me though, the first time I landed my HZ Super Cub with no bounces and a nice flare at the end just stands out as a milestone.
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Old Aug 30, 2012, 01:26 PM
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I lost my first plane yesterday evening. I went out about 7:30 yesterday evening and about 5 min into my first battery my Champ wouldn't respond. It was about 60 or so yards away from me and when I went to turn it, it kept going straight away from me and wouldn't respond at all. I lost sight and have no idea where to look. There's an uncut cornfield next to where I was flying and I don't know if it made it across it and kept going or went down in it.I couldn't see because it went behind a row of pine trees.. I've been out walking the rows today anyways hoping for a miracle, but I guess it's long gone. I sure hated to lose it that way. It was my kick back and take it easy plane and what I had learned on, oh well, I guess that's part of it though. I sure had a lot of fun with that little Champ , mainly because I learned to fly on it and could fly it about anywhere, unlike my Supercub. I need a little more room for it.
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