Fy or Die ? a newbie poll - RC Groups
View Poll Results: Fly or Die ?
i will fly great , like and old pro (yeah, right) 4 6.56%
a few minor incidents, but no major damage 7 11.48%
ummm... i think i need more epoxy. 24 39.34%
"on" switch signs the death warrant, plane a total loss 26 42.62%
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Mar 05, 2003, 02:33 AM
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Fy or Die ? a newbie poll

well, this weekend comes the fateful day, my first flight , ever. (however i have flown planes in video games before ) however , my "trainer" is an e-flite electrajet w/30 amp esc and 8c 1800s. i can fly it... i think.

so what do you think? will i learn to fly? or will i be plane shopping at the LHS on monday?
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Mar 05, 2003, 02:38 AM
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> my victim
Mar 05, 2003, 02:39 AM
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> my victim... err, plane
Mar 05, 2003, 02:44 AM
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It's a foamie, so lots of epoxy will do fine. However, i dont think an elevon controlled delta is the best trainer, so expect to use LOTS of epoxy
Mar 05, 2003, 03:09 AM
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get a true trainer model

Although i have not flown this model myself, delta's are not the best training models and i would suggest to "save" this and get a more forgiving model to start with and use this one as second.
Mar 05, 2003, 09:11 AM
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I can almost guarantee that your first flight will be less than 60 seconds with a prompt laundry change following.
Repeat after me...JK Aerotech T-52 JK Aerotech T-52 JK Aerotech T-52, etc.
Sorry for being a downer but I wish I had $5 for every new pilot that bought a "cool looking" (meaning faster than a bat outta ----) plane instead of a proper trainer to learn on. I learned on a Zagi. Contrary to popular belief, they are NOT indestructible. It also scared me badly the first 10 times I (tried to) flew it.

Mar 05, 2003, 10:43 AM
Time To Fly?
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Save that beautiful plane from a horrible death!!!! It will go down.

I had been flying a Sky Scooter for 3 months, got pretty good with it. Then went and got a Projeti. It lasted about 45 seconds. Ended up a nice pile of yellow foam in the middle of the road.

I was heartbroken. Give yourself some time, start working with a simulator like FMS. Will save you money. Then get the T 52.

Mar 05, 2003, 11:08 AM
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I'm right in the middle of the learning stages with a Zagi 400X. With the help of a couple of guys I feel confident I can launch it and fly it high successfully. The next step is working on landing when I mean to land if you know what I mean. I fixed the servo from my last "landing" and now I just need to make it to the LHS to get some additional props and I will be back in business. I couldn't imagine having a plane that didn't handle my unscheduled landings relatively well. I think a wing would be a good place to start with the help of an experienced pilot.
Mar 05, 2003, 11:40 AM
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Get a beaver now and savw that nice looking airplane from a certain death. The beaver is a great trainer and also has a wide speed range.
Mar 05, 2003, 11:44 AM
Fiberglass dont bounce???
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I would start out with something a little less breakable (Zagi's bounce very well) and are much slower, and that will give you more time to turn when you see the tree, wall or ground comming. If you take that fast little thing to learn on, also remember to bring a BIG garbage bag with you for all the pieces (that you can find).Remember, as cool as you will look flying that fast little thing, you WILL NOT look cool walking around looking for all the bits of your plane, and if yoiu do find all the bits and you can get everything epoxied back together the plane will have alot more wieght to it and it will not look cool anymore with all that glue. Download FMS its free and it will help you learn to fly. Remember that the faster a plane is, the less time you will have to stop a crash, Good Luck.....R....
Mar 05, 2003, 12:57 PM
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I started with a Firebid XL, Tiger Moth and now a switchback and I still was not ready for the maden flight of my Electrajet. It moves fast and it's easy to overcontrol. I have finished repairing the plane, but it will sit until my skills improve.

I hope you will also wait until you have some experience. Good luck and download FMS.

Mar 05, 2003, 01:12 PM
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Don't listen to anyone but that little devil on yer shoulder telling you that no matter what you read here you know you could fly that plane.

You can fly on your FMS go, go fly,
then come back and share your carnage

Actually I share the majority of opinion here, take it easy, or better yet go find someone who can fly and have them teach you.

Mar 05, 2003, 01:15 PM
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I wish you success....but your odds are VERY low

My bet will be the plane is out of trim and you cant make the proper necessary adjustments WHILE trying to figure out how to fly. IF you can....have an experienced pilot trim the plane out for you

If that doesn't get you....and you manage to fly for over 2 minutes ....you better start thinking about landing.

taking off and Flying is a piec of CAKE compare to a landing you walk away from with a plane that will fly again

...but I wish you good luck. I Taught myself to fly almost 20 years ago with a balsa stick and glue glow plane so I know all about sticking your tongue out at the NaySayers (BTW, there were no Computer Sims back then either !!!)

Alan W
Mar 05, 2003, 02:19 PM
Be one with the heli
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Originally posted by Alan W

If that doesn't get you....and you manage to fly for over 2 minutes ....you better start thinking about landing.

taking off and Flying is a piec of CAKE compare to a landing you walk away from with a plane that will fly again

Alan W
Amen to that... I boke off a piece of my pico jet on a semi hard landing...Didnt even notice when i picked it up...was lucky to have found the piece again.
Mar 05, 2003, 02:28 PM
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Hi Demolisher

To borrow from the Hells Angels logo, "Live to fly, fly to live".

Don't be discouraged, as that's plane's repairable for sure. But by all means, start out on a slow-flying plane that can fly hands-off, like a free-flighter, and be 'guided' around the field with an occasional nudge of the rudder. As you build up time, there'll come a point at which you are magically "in the cockpit" and control becomes autonomic, like riding a bicycle. That's when it's time to move up to hotter planes.

And don't worry, it WILL happen and you'll love it. And the aforementioned logo sums it up.

Bill (oc)

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