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Jul 23, 2016, 10:48 AM
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What is the best plane to start with?


Hey guys, I want to get into the hobby but I'm not sure what the best entry level plane is. I would likely be taking off from a soccer field nearly all the time if that helps. The price of the plane isn't too much of a concern. Thanks for any help!
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Jul 23, 2016, 02:21 PM
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Well, you are sure to get alot of options! And alot of questions. Foam airplanes are easiest to repair so start looking there. You can start with micro planes tolearn orientation and as they are lighter they break less during a crash. Look for high wing planes like a cub. 3 channel planes turn with a rudder and 4 channel use ailerons. Try to buy something with a decent radio so you can use it as you grow. The eflite apprentice or hobby zone super cub are great trainers but you should have somone helping you if you go that route. If you are learning by yourself the ulta micro planes like the sport cub or carbon cub. They have stabilization built in. Buy foam safe glue when you buy your plane as well. Welcome to the hobby, its great fun and you will meet alot of great people!

OTE=YORK;35321082]Hey guys, I want to get into the hobby but I'm n t sure what the best entry level plane is. I would likely be taking off from a soccer field nearly all the time if that helps. The price of the plane isn't too much of a concern. Thanks for any help![/QUOTE]
Jul 23, 2016, 02:32 PM
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This one will be very popular.

http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=HBZ5400

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2679985

Or this one

http://www.horizonhobby.com/sportsma...n-2%29-hbz8900

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2406296
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Jul 23, 2016, 03:23 PM
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Thanks for the help! Why would I need someone else if I chose the super cub or apprentice? Just curious.
Jul 23, 2016, 03:47 PM
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Thanks for the help! Why would I need someone else if I chose the super cub or apprentice? Just curious.
Why??

FYI, on the average a person flying an RC model for the first time, by him self will have a model whose life span will be measured in seconds.

One of those RC simulators will really help though. If at all possible, find a local club, and take advantage of their instructor program. Most RC clubs are looking for new members, and are more than willing to help. The radio control systems long have had "Trainer" functions where the instructor has the "Master" transmitter, and the newbie has the "Slave" transmitter. The instructor has control of the model on his master transmitter, and by pushing a button, he can transfer control of the model to the slave transmitter.

So, if the student gets into trouble, the instructor releases that button, and instantly regains control of the model. That saves a LOT of models during the learning process.

I don't know where you're located. But, in the USA, the AMA can locate near by RC clubs in your area by zipcode.

Ref:
http://www.modelaircraft.org/clubsearch.aspx
Jul 23, 2016, 05:56 PM
Sure, I can fly after sunset!?
I started with small helis, mcx2 msr and 120sr. They taught me orientation especially flying towards yourself. I did not have a simulator but it might have served the same purpose.

After several months, I bought my first plane. It was a Super Cub and I taught myself to fly. It was easy to fly but I heeded the advice of others and stuck to calmer days and used the largest field I could find. Taking off and flying were easy. Landing closer than 100 feet away was almost impossible. THAT is what really took practice. I had my share of crashes too.

No, you don't NEED someone to teach you to fly, but if you can find someone to help you at least once, it would be very worthwhile. Right now you know some stuff and you know there are things you don't know and have to learn. But there are other important things that you don't even know that you don't know.

Whatever plane you pick, read all you can about it. Learn from others' experiences.

Good luck and happy flying!
Jul 23, 2016, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by vollrathd
Why??

FYI, on the average a person flying an RC model for the first time, by him self will have a model whose life span will be measured in seconds.

One of those RC simulators will really help though. If at all possible, find a local club, and take advantage of their instructor program. Most RC clubs are looking for new members, and are more than willing to help. The radio control systems long have had "Trainer" functions where the instructor has the "Master" transmitter, and the newbie has the "Slave" transmitter. The instructor has control of the model on his master transmitter, and by pushing a button, he can transfer control of the model to the slave transmitter.

So, if the student gets into trouble, the instructor releases that button, and instantly regains control of the model. That saves a LOT of models during the learning process.

I don't know where you're located. But, in the USA, the AMA can locate near by RC clubs in your area by zipcode.

Ref:
http://www.modelaircraft.org/clubsearch.aspx
First of all I'm all for the buddy box method. Best way to learn, IMHO. But....

Have you actually flown the Apprentice S? In beginner mode, it is virtually impossible to crash. I tried to stall it in beginner mode. Not happening. The receiver just says " NO! You're not doing that today."
Landing is as simple as lining it up on the runway center line and chopping the throttle down to idle speed. It really does land itself.
I was fairly amazed. I never tried out the panic function for the fact that I could't get it out of shape enough where it would have been necessary. At least in beginner mode.....

Disclaimer: This is from an unabashed Apprentice fanboy, though I never owned an S model myself. Two non S versions. I did fly an S version several times, though. Based on my experience, the above statements are true!
Jul 23, 2016, 07:19 PM
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Here's my current Apprentice:
Jul 23, 2016, 08:04 PM
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That club finder was an awesome resource! I found a club in a town/city (it's small) 15 minutes away from me. I'll get into contact Monday and see if I could get someone to teach me. If I can I'll probably get the apprentice.
Jul 23, 2016, 08:16 PM
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Apprentice is a GREAT first plane,,you will progress much faster getting someone to work with you
Jul 23, 2016, 09:11 PM
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Apprentice is a GREAT first plane,,you will progress much faster getting someone to work with you
This X10
Jul 23, 2016, 09:28 PM
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I am learning on a sport cub s2 but the apprentice looks nice.
Jul 23, 2016, 09:31 PM
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I started out with the apprentice about 3 months ago. So glad I did and was worth every penny. It's stable and easy to fly. Would recommend to anyone who is starting out. I used the SAFE a couple of times and could not be happier.

Start off slow and easy. Take your time and give yourself plenty of space enjoy and have fun
Jul 23, 2016, 10:12 PM
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I am learning on a sport cub s2 but the apprentice looks nice.
It is very nice and very stable. Doesn't take long to move to intermediate mode and then to advanced. IMPO the larger planes are much better to learn on as they are more visible and give you a much better margin for error.
Jul 24, 2016, 11:32 AM
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There are many easy to fly foam electric powered gliders flown by beginners. It is best to have an experienced flyer check yours out before first flight and get it in the air for you, set trims and let you get the feel of controlling it. It takes some stick time for you to get used to turning in the proper direction with model coming toward you vs away from you. Turn and look over your shoulder to turn when model is coming toward you until you get the feel of turning regardless of whether model is coming toward you or away from you.
Hand launching requires throwing model level with power on and climbing gradually to avoid stalling. Landing requires lining up to land and reducing power and letting glider settle to runway with little or no power. If you have access to a simulator, spend some time "flying" various types of models. Best to join AMA, register with FAA, and join a club that has instructors for beginners.

You second model should be a Piper Cub or other tail wheel high wing model. You should have an instructor to teach you how to take off , fly and land safely using coordinated throttle, rudder, ailerons and elevator controls. Once you have mastered a "tail-dragger" you may be ready for a warbird or other low wing design with tail-wheel. Learning to fly in a good club with good flying space, and flight control rules will help you progress quickly as a model flier with less disappointments.
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