New to RC Airplanes, 76 years old, have built models of all types and also have 350 hours in a Cessna 172 so I know basic flight (real planes) and have experience in RC Car "racing" by that I mean the coming at you and going away from you RC operation.
Back to planes, have been looking at "HobbyZone Delta Ray RTF" any comments on this aircraft?
rvdriver,welcome to wattflyer the delta your lookin at is a new model ,new features of flight stability safety built in its design. beginner,intermediate,experienced modes. it has a panic button that from the videos i just watched at horizon hobby could save you many dollars learning how to fly.
duel motors....could be twice as much a chance for mechanical issues down the road...but the cool factor is way up there. if you do go this route i would suggest adding some bright florescent strips on the bottom wing.
i have a plane thats very different patterns top and bottom but the florescent colors i added to the bottom was ideal to see when it rolling farther away and colors and patterns blend to look alike.
if you do buy this delta,please report back you findings. i also watch a vid of a guy flying this delta in high winds and it did pretty good.thats a big plus with a lot of deltas.......the superfly is my best windy day flyer.
narrow is the place to land...wide is the space to crash....choose the narrow way!
From the looks of it, The Delta Ray is a great trainer. Although if you have the money, a big enough field, and an experienced person to guide you, I'd also suggest looking at the E-Flite ApprenticeS. It also has the SAFE system, but it's bigger and faster than the Delta Ray. Best if you were at a club field for the ApprenticeS, but people have done it on their own. The Delta Ray is a good choice, but there are many others. The HobbyZone SuperCub, Multiplex EasyStar, the SlowStick. These are some that people have enjoyed learning to fly RC with, and all are good choices with their strengths and weaknesses. The Delta Ray, ApprenticeS, and SuperCub are nice in that they have minimal assembly, and everything you need comes in the box.Planes like the SlowStick and Easy Star are more for the builders and tinkerers, which are also important skills.
As someone who already knows flying(By the way, our RC planes are real too, they're just smaller. You were flying full scale planes! ), your biggest hurdle will be flying from outside the cockpit. Now you don't have an airspeed gauge, and when the plane is coming at you, left is right, and right is left, etc. Orientation is a big hurdle. Here's where a simulator on the computer can be helpful.
I have a delta ray and I have begun my journey to becoming an expert flyer on it. It can fly fairly slow (10mph) or very fast (50mph) but it prefers the upper 20mph range.
I find it easiest to fly on medium mode and low rates because on easy mode the turning radius is such that if the day is not perfectly calm you basically cannot turn. The plane loops nicely, but I don't believe it rolls too well. Could be my inexperience. The plane takes crashes well: I hit a lamp post at cruise speed and although it looked bad, the damage took only 15min to fix (10min of which was waiting for the hot glue gun to heat up). I have put a GPS on it before and have recorded up to +45mph but the gps slows the plane down and makes it harder to control. I do not know how much wind the plane can take, but I have flown it in 9mph winds without much fuss. For just beginning I would suggest not flying in much wind at all. I find the panic button kind of useless because my instinctual reaction if I lose control is to correct, not to reach for a button, which has worked out well so far, but it still means I cannot use the button for its intended function.
My biggest annoyance with the plane is that it stalls when you try a 45 degree climb into a crosswind with a gps onboard
"I have put a GPS on it "............how was that system integrated into the RX and what TX have you transferred the "coordinate" functions (X and Y) axis rotations, that are required, to track the systems flight log appropriately.......?......the whole application sounds a little fishy on this end........!
My source file is just regular crappy 360p. Nothing as bad as the video. I guess you are having the same problem as me then. I wonder what could have caused the upload problem. Could it be because I uploaded directly from the camera?
I just flew again in very strong winds. I needed half power just to go forward. I crashed, but not for the reasons you might think. It was because the battery disconnected during a loop. I seem to have a loose-ish connector what to do.