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Posted by UpNup | Sep 11, 2016 @ 05:26 PM | 3,097 Views
My flight instructor crashed my plane. I didn’t have a transmitter that allowed for linking. When I handed it off for the landing, he chose the wrong plane in the sky and despite my shouts, dove my trainer straight into the ground.

Actually, this was the best thing that happened to me in three months of trying to solo. To his credit, my mentor provided me with new wings and a fuselage. I was able to rebuild a new plane from his generosity.

After my first two wobbly flights, I was given the handle “[email protected]” by one of the older members. He loudly proclaimed that was the name they all gave to their new pilots until they began to fly successfully. I guess that’s why I never saw another new pilot trying to learn.

More than one weekend I had to go home without flying because no approved flying instructor was there even though, in one case, we had set an appointment. And flying on your own prior to officially soloing was strictly forbidden “for insurance reasons.”

Discussing planes at the beginner level makes a big difference for buy-in and long-term loyalty. Even a “how’s it going, I guess this is all new, huh?” would have been welcomed rather than, “well, you came back again, [email protected]

Interactions with the club members detracted from the hobby. Now, this clique’s cold-shoulder attitude toward outsiders is probably a social phenomenon that could happen among any group that has spent long hours together. As a very social guy, I was expecting some razzing, but...Continue Reading
Posted by UpNup | Sep 03, 2016 @ 08:03 PM | 3,410 Views
My Champ S Plus arrived with twisted tail feathers. My hobby shop gently put them back in alignment. My plane developed a weird quirk that it's ailerons wouldn't turn left. I took it in this week and they replaced the entire plane and transmitter.

Helping and being there for me as a beginner was really a good experience. Despite the 20-minute trip, the relationship has proven worthwhile.

The new plane's rudder is a bit off. Where do you think I'll take it to check it out?

My younger brother bought his Champ S Plus online. Same price. But without a hobby shop pro looking over his shoulder, I'm concerned about his flying experience.

I learned the importance of a relationship with a pro at a shop through riding a bicycle. These guys are in business just to see you succeed. They have years of experience that can be trusted.