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Old Dec 02, 2012, 09:41 AM
Col. Foameister
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I think I'll buy an rc plane

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OK newbie! After you've mastered the basics of r/c flight on your simulator, or at least taken off and landed at least once, you may think you're ready to tear up the skies with your "real" brand new- just out of the box - way overpriced , but just have to have it -rc airplane! Well, think this through clearly. The sim helps, but believe me, the "real" flying only compares to the computer- in your dreams. If you are ready to scatter that $275.00 rc plane over 30 yards of real estate , go ahead and give her a shot! It's your moola! There's only 2 kinds of r/c pilots-the kind that have crashed several aircraft, and the kind that will. I've been flying rc for 23 years and never have talked to an r/c pilot that has NEVER EVER crashed at least 10 in his career. Some more-some less. If you would like to cut down the expense of OOPS, and DUMB THUMBS incidents, get an experienced pilot and use the BUDDY BOX. Great way to learn and will save a ton on ca and balsa, and if the new Trainer goes in, guess who will feel guilty enough to give you his old Piper Cub to sooth the pain-after all, HE was on the sticks when your plane bit the dust, not you. The main thing is to have fun, learn,spend, cry a little, make excuses, and watch the you tube videos of all the crashes that are goin on, cause, all planes have an expiration date on them-even the experts can't avoid the elevator servo that just decided to peg itself 10 feet off the runway
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 09:51 AM
Wake up, feel pulse, be happy!
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All my planes have crashed at least once... Some of those crashes haven't happened yet, but they're inevitable so they might as well have already

With every new plane, I end up telling myself just before launch that I don't build 'em just to look at. Then I fire the thing off and just watch as it hits the ground and explodes I've discovered that faster, more powerful models have much more exciting crashes (Ke = 0.5[mv^2]), so that's what I've moved toward over the years
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 10:09 AM
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I have 4 planes that have never crashed!!! They haven't ever been flown yet. So many planes, so little time.
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 11:22 AM
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That raises a good question, how many people on here have just bought an RC plane and taught themselfs to fly and how many get some kind of help.
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 11:46 AM
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It's obvious with the rise of inexpensive and half decent RTF models (eg. SuperCub) there have been more and more self-taught flyers in the last five, ten years. I'm one of them. Oh, and simulators help a lot also.
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 11:53 AM
You haz hurricane?
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Im a self taught flyer, I did use the simulator to learn the basics though...no need for a buddy box for me!

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Old Dec 02, 2012, 12:14 PM
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I'm self-taught, the money I save from not buying a simulator I use to repair my crashes. I think it worked out to be about the same lol.
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 12:24 PM
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I'm self taught. Totalled about 4 planes in the process.After about a year I'm pretty much there now. I fly only balsa. They all come home in one peice....most of the time.
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 12:34 PM
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They all come home in one peice....most of the time.
Mine do that sometimes, but only if I can't find the rest of the pieces
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 01:06 PM
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The first, if boring, point is that if you try to teach yourself to fly, your instructor knows precisely what you do about flying.

Probably equally boring - without an instructor and a training program, a 'simulator' is a video game mostly aimed at selling you a video game. I have a little background here, albeit a while back and at a slightly more serious level, from both sides of the box.

Yes, tried being a clever donkey once and teaching myself to fly RC. Three wrecked models, later, had an attack of common sense, built a trainer and found an instructor.

Have been flying RC since 1979 and met two guys in that time who not only taught themselves to fly and could also demonstrate that they could. Do not count one guy - a PhD in some science I can't pronounce - who claimed to be able to fly but whose landings mostly involved contact somewhere on a handy planet. The concept of a runway landing was beyond him.

Yes, I have - or maybe had - a simulator. Boring.

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Old Dec 02, 2012, 01:11 PM
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Mine do that sometimes, but only if I can't find the rest of the pieces
I said a few words over my Extra the other day, and brought home a piece of the wing just to remember it by.....
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 01:23 PM
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In 1959, everyone was teaching themselves to fly, there were really not that many experienced pilots, and if you could find one, they were 100 miles away. Single channel was not that bad, but then along came the 15 pound Reeds TX, and a whole new ball game. Yes my wife and I taught ourselves to fly, because that was our only choice. Today there are many pilots that help newcomers, but the only problem there is, that the newcomer always thinks he/she knows more than the instructor Roy Creiglow since 1959 AMA #8045/CD
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 01:28 PM
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I was taught on a buddy box in the 90's, my Aerostar .20 fared the process pretty well, I didn't ever crash it in fact, a friend put it down hard on a landing and crushed the fuse in the end. I got a good 40-50 flights out of that plane.
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 02:26 PM
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Well, I'm going it alone. I have a Crash Test Hobby Roswell and a Slo Stik to start on. We will see how it goes with these two. Mike D.
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 02:29 PM
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I don't have anyone teach me to fly, I bought several airhogs and have fun for two years with them but didn't really is rc flying because they were two channels. Anyway I couldn't remember how many times I crashed them and my champ. Man this hobby is exciting.

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