Hey everyone. I've been browsing this forum for quite some time but decided to join today.
I bought my Super Cub a couple years ago and after little research, conducted my maiden flight. After 3 very short flights with bad results (the last one snapped the fuselage), I took a hiatus. Fast forward 2 years. Decided to replace the fuselage a couple of days ago and finished the rebuild today. I've also watched many YouTube videos on RC flying and tips for beginners. This forum has also provided a lot of advice. Anyways, took the SC to a field and tried again. This time was awesome.
I found my previous issues to be:
- Too windy. I remember the last time I flew there was a slight breeze. I didn't think it would impact the flight much but after flying in this evening's calm air, what a difference!
- Altitude. Last time I took the SC about 30-40 feet in the air, cut throttle to 50%, and started my turn. I never took time to trim the plane, although I did before takeoff. I maybe got 30 secs of flying before it fell out of the sky.
- ACT. What a POS technology this is. I was SURE this would help prevent crashes. After reviewing everyone's thoughts towards ATC, I turned it off and behold!
- Comfort. I was extremely nervous and was trying to rush things. When I turned, I threw the stick all the way to the left and of course the plan dove left. I then threw it to the right to counteract and it just went downhill from there. I also had a bizarre thing happed... One flight I actually had decent altitude (maybe 100 ft?) and started the circle the field. ACT was turned on and my plane kept climbing. I cut throttle to 20% and it kept climbing. I turned off ACT and cut throttle completely. The plane started flipping around and cutting back and forth, all while climbing. It finally got high enough to where the winds got ahold of it and it was gone. After 30 minutes of driving through a neighborhood, I found it next to someone's house (still intact, to my surprise). I think ACT was the culprit.
Today was a great flight. I had 3 good flights, turning ovals around the field. Still working on landing but didn't break anything today. Glad to be back in it and looking forward to future discussions.