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R/C Vs. "Real" Flying  
User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1276 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6287 times:

I was curious if anyone here had experience with flying both R/C models and as a PIC on a light aircraft. Obviously there is a major difference in the point of view when flying, but what other similarities/differences do you notice? Any suggestion for a pilot looking to try his hand at R/C flying (its not cheap, but it is cheaper!)

CFI--Certfied Freakin Idiot
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User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6233 times:

I have a Parkzone Piper J-3 Cub. It has a wingspan of 37 1/4" . This plane is a lot of fun to fly. I will list my main reasons for recommendation:

1. It's relatively cheap ($160)
2.You can replace just about every part without special order
3. The kit comes with a charger, controller, and battery
4. The Cub is sensitive, but easy to fly once you get the hang of it
5. Can do loops and stalls and I have made it up to around 200ft.
6. Lands and takes off on the grass
7. Durable construction
8. Has two different flying modes: Beginner and Acrobatic(changes sensitivity)

I really recommend this plane if you're not wanting to spend a whole lot, but don't want just any ol' plane! I have pulled double loops, flown around in circles with a buzzard, and have flown under power lines with it. If you break a prop, the engine, the wing, the fuselage, or just about any other part, a replacement is easy to come by. The plane has elevators and a rudder, but no ailerons(too bad). Now if you want a nitro plane, I have no clue what to recommend!

------Forever Watchin' The Sky------
User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6230 times:

You definetely want to try it out. I've had a blast with my r/c planes.

As to flying characteristics, they are pretty much identical, depending on the plane of course.

I'm teaching a friend of mine to fly a scale C182. Now I fly C172s in real life, and I can tell you it feels very similar. And I use the same techniques as in real life for landing: downwind, base, final. Works out the same. But, on some planes you can jam full up elevator in a 100 mph dive and not worry about the wings snapping off (I've done it, but it still isn't a good idea). There's really no manuevering speed for these planes, you can pretty much do whatever you want at any speed you want.

My plane though, has a 2 to 1 power to weight ratio, can hang on the prop and is impossible to stall and rolls 360 in probably one third of a second. It just depends on what you fly.

Don't you dare buy those flimsy toylike electric planes. They are a waste of money. Just walk into the hobby shop and tell them to point out the .40 sized trainer they've selled the most.

Any more questions feel free to contact me.

User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6218 times:

One word of advice: If you do start out with nitro, TAKE LESSONS! That is, unless,you have experience flying r/c planes. It does take some getting used to; especially training yourself with depth-perception. It is not fun or smart to do your maiden voyage with a very expensive nitro plane, unless you know how to use it! I realize that electric planes may be slow and may seem like a toy, but it is a good idea to start out on the lower end of the spectrum and work your way up. In the long run, this could save you some disappointment and money.

------Forever Watchin' The Sky------
User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1276 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5943 times:

Thanks for the replies. A friend has a large R/C trainer he has never flown, and we figured it might be a good way to get some "flight time" for under $70 an hour!

CFI--Certfied Freakin Idiot
User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5940 times:

It is allways great if a friend has one! Then you can get him to take it way up there, where it is not in any danger, and you can take over and learn the basic controls and sensitivity. This is how I let my friends use mine. Now I let them land and take off and do tricks.

------Forever Watchin' The Sky------
User currently offlineDaren3006 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5936 times:

A friend of mine purchased a $350.00 gas R/C and had no experience at all. He took it to our local "small" airport and put it on the centerline and gave it full throttle. It went straight up in the air...did a loop...and did a dive bomb straight into the ground.

I must say I never laughed so hard in my life...but then we cried at the aftermath.

You know it's a bad day of R/C flying when it takes one person to carry the plane to the airport and three people to carry it home....

P.S. He has improved quite a bit since that first flight.  Smile

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