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Old 11-17-2012, 04:16 AM   #1
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Default Recommended plane for a novice flyer to start with?

Hey guys, new here. I'm looking to get into fixed wing flying. I'm still pretty novice to flying, but I have a very small amount of experience. I'm currently flying a 4 channel coaxial micro heli, and this is my first aircraft. Not new to RC, I have many land vehicles. But with the 4 channel heli, I've got a decent grasp on orientation and such. I didn't know how much of that would translate to flying planes. (I.e. forward/back pitch, yaw, side to side pitch) So I'm looking for suggestions on where to start. If all of what I've learned from my heli would apply, do you think I should start with a 3 channel or a 4 channel plane? I was thinking of going with the Ares Gamma 370 RTF. I can't post a link but its on hobby towns website. Thoughts on that? It's 3 channel out of the box and you can upgrade to aileron control and brushless later on. I appreciate any input guys.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:26 AM   #2
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the gamma is a good plane. if you wanted to start with a 4 channel plane, the eflite apprentice is a good one!
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I have seen many folks fly the 3 channel and 4 channel Gamma, you can buy a wing with ailerons, and they love it. It comes at a resonable price as well. In fact it is the first time I have seen a trainer roll right out of the box as a 3 channel. It is durable and in my opinion a great plane for starters. Inntermediate pilots have upgraded the motor, added lights and really enjoy tinkering with this plane. The apprentice is also a good plane, a bit pricey in my book however, but its size makes up for it and it a great beginner plane. With your heli experience I think you will enjoy either plane. I think you will also enjoy the fact that you may not have to cocnentrate as hard on a plane as you do on a Heli and in my oopinion makes for a more relaxing time out at the airfield. So what am I saying? Go for the gusto and buy both LOL

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Hi
Welcome aboard
Pleased to meet you
Gamma review
http://2bfly.com/reviews/ares-rc-gam...rainer-review/
Another to look at is the Mini super cub or full size Super cub
I have the mini for lazy day fun and she would make an excellent trainer
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Good input. Thanks guys. I think the Gamma will be the next thing added to the stable. I'll probably just start with the 3 channel since that's how it comes anyways, but I have a feeling the upgraded wing may come soon after. Plus at the price point, it seems pretty tough to beat.
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Gamma review
http://2bfly.com/reviews/ares-rc-gam...rainer-review/
Another to look at is the Mini super cub or full size Super cub
I have the mini for lazy day fun and she would make an excellent trainer
Take care
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Hi Hank Nice to see you back, Did you Weather Sandy ok

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Hi Hank Nice to see you back, Did you Weather Sandy ok
Hi Chellie
Thanks it great to be back
Weathered the hurricane just fine only one broken window, no flooding and never lost any utilities
Due to the storm they postponed Halloween in many of the towns around here until the next week and then we got a snowstorm that week which was much more of a hassle then sandy so they cancelled the holiday altogether, i was quite saddened for the poor kids due to that
I hope that all is going very well for your and yours and wish you all only the best
Take care dearest friend
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Hi Chellie
Thanks it great to be back
Weathered the hurricane just fine only one broken window, no flooding and never lost any utilities
Due to the storm they postponed Halloween in many of the towns around here until the next week and then we got a snowstorm that week which was much more of a hassle then sandy so they cancelled the holiday altogether, i was quite saddened for the poor kids due to that
I hope that all is going very well for your and yours and wish you all only the best
Take care dearest friend
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Thats great to hear that you did not loose your home like a lot of other people did, My heart goes out to those that did loose their homes, Glad your Ok take care and Happy Holidays to You and Yours, Chellie

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The worst part of any of those storms is losing Internet!


What am I using that for? Nobody even knows what it IS!
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I agree with the rest. Gamma, or if you can get the funds, the E-Flite Apprentice 15e.
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Thanks guys. I ended up getting the Gamma 370. I've flown it twice and I am having an absolute blast with it. I'm a total flying newb and I can even handle ~5-10mph wind with it. It's a great flyer.

Soaring ever higher, the wind makes me free.
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The worst part of any of those storms is losing Internet!


What am I using that for? Nobody even knows what it IS!
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Take care dear friend
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Another few flights under my belt today. Was a little but of a challenge keeping a handle on it, as the winds were about 10mph and gusting, but I managed alright. Had my first actual take offs today instead of just tossing it. And I tried a new venue (a local park). Too cold though! Hands were going completely numb. Good day overall.

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Originally Posted by Whiskers View Post
Another few flights under my belt today. Was a little but of a challenge keeping a handle on it, as the winds were about 10mph and gusting, but I managed alright. Had my first actual take offs today instead of just tossing it. And I tried a new venue (a local park). Too cold though! Hands were going completely numb. Good day overall.
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Glad to hear it, so happy your having a great time
Is that the plane in your avatar photo? Would love to see some better shots
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