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Posted by tgold | Mar 29, 2019 @ 04:28 PM | 1,126 Views
Hello! I feel like I want to start capturing some of the things I'm learning as I get into RC planes, and this might be a good place to do it. I've already benefited from others helping me figure out problems so I'll see if I can help some other folks as well.

My best friend Keith started flying RC models about 50 years ago, but I didn't think I could do it back then. I was always in awe that he could fly like that, but the most I ever did was model rockets and a few control line planes that I built. Fast forward (and it does seem fast) 49 years and he took me out to his field and handed me the controls of his Apprentice on SAFE mode and I realised all those hours playing on Flight Simulator were going to pay off. I think I flew 4 batteries on the Apprentice. Unfortunately, I crashed the Apprentice which Keith still claims was due to a radio glitch when I lost the ability to control the plane and it did a slow circle into the ground. It looked fatal but he tells me he got it flying again. Amazingly he then said "try again" and gave me the transmitter for his Timber and I was able to fly it 4 or 5 times without another crash, even doing a few loops and rolls. I was hooked.

After returning home to Australia I found a local flying field that put me through a training program and last month I got my Bronze Wings. I bought an E Flite Maule because the local shop didn't have a Timber in stock and I've been really happy with the Maule. This week I flew my 25th flight on it and so far the only damage was a slightly sprung landing gear after a hard bounce. I'm really happy that Keith introduced me to R/C flying and that I found a local club who would help me since Keith is so far away right now.

Keith surprised me on our Birthday last week (we were born on the same day in the same hospital) with a new Horizon Hobby Parkzone T-28 Trojan. I've been in the hobby less than four months and I already have my second plane! What a great friend!