Beginners New to e-power flying? Get the low down in here from experienced e-power RC pilots!

Super Decathlon

Old 01-06-2009, 03:51 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Calif
Posts: 9
Default Super Decathlon

What are your thoughts on the Super Decathlon BL by parkzone as a first airplane. I will be getting some training from a friend on a glow engine airplane because that what he flys and has a buddy system. And will get some help learning from another friend who flys an electric. My only experience is flying a real Aeronica Champ but that was 40 years ago and I only logged 20 hours.
MrNick is offline  
Old 01-06-2009, 09:43 PM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 185

I have 4,000 hours in single engine a/c, most of which was IMC: the toys don't fly anything like the big ones, so forget that notion.

I suggest the Super Cub or the new Mini Super Cub.
dogsheep is offline  
Old 01-07-2009, 07:12 AM
Always Fixing Something
*rider's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 286

I second the recommendation of SuperCub / Mini Super Cub to get started out. I have the Super Decath. BL and it is a nice little plane but it has some downsides, specifically lack of ground handling due to no steerable tail wheel, it's less survivable in my opinion, not as easy to repair as the Z Foam stuff used on the SuperCub / Mini, and it can tend to get squirrly in even modest wind.

The larger size of the SuperCub is an advantage to the new pilot, if you really want a smaller plane then SC Mini is a great choice. Also you can easily rebuild / upgrade the SuperCub in the future if you wish - tons of great info here on the SC. It's excellent that you've got friends who can help you learn to fly, an advantage I wish I had for sure when I started out. Best of luck to you whichever you choose
*rider is offline  
Old 01-07-2009, 07:23 AM
Class Clown
ministeve2003's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Montclair, California
Posts: 4,472

yup, supercub... It'll make a great beginner choice...

later, buy a decent radio, and covert it to lipo, brushless and ailerons... I'tll make it a completely new plane again...

ministeve2003 is offline  
Old 01-07-2009, 05:17 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Calif
Posts: 9

I wish I would of found this forum sooner. The reason I inquired about the super decathlon BL is because when l went to the hobby shop they felt that the super decathlon BL would be a good starter plane so I bought one. Now after reading your replys to my post I think the super cub would of been a better choice. Maybe the addition of a steerable tail wheel might be a good idea?
MrNick is offline  
Old 01-08-2009, 02:59 PM
New Member
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 19

I have the Super Decathlon BL, just hand launch the plane, it will be fine. Be sure to use low rates and keep it up high, it's not as easy to repair as the super cub, damage is pretty easily acheived with a rough landing and prop strikes will bend the motor shaft.

I like the plane and it flies great, one of my favorites.
birdy233 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
11-18-2007 11:56 PM
General Electric Discussions
08-30-2007 05:52 PM
Wind Raider
Scale E-Powered Aircraft
03-07-2007 04:15 PM
12-08-2006 07:50 PM
06-24-2006 06:11 AM

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Quick Reply: Super Decathlon

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.

Page generated in 0.06809 seconds with 13 queries