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So, Any Of You Fly R/C Planes?

Fri Mar 19, 2004 10:18 am

I've learned from this forum that the majority of the people here flightsims, spots planes, and collects scale models.

But I haven't heard about any of you flying R/C. I would like to know which plane you guys fly, what engines you use, etc...

I currently fly a Hangar 9 Pizazz. I first used an O.S. ,46FX, and after 3 years of reliable service, suddenly it just wouldn't run for more than 5 minutes, time to retire it. Then, a fellow R/C pilot lent me an O.S. .61FX, which gave it unlimited vertical performance, great for flying 3D. Then, in preparation for my future plane (Greatplanes U-Can-Do-3D) I bought an O.S. .91 FX (yeah, I  Love O.S.!!!) and installed it on the Pizazz. And, as you might guess, my .40 sized Pizazz is... well.. (cough, cough) "slightly" overpowered.

Just to give you an idea, the plane with a .40 FX will barely hover at full throttle, with the .61 it had unlimited vertical at 3/4 throttle, with the .91, it climbs unlimited with little more than 1/4 throttle!!!! Yeeee haaaw!!!

Oops, time for me to shut up and let you speak (type?) Big grin

cheers, keep cool  Big thumbs up

RE: So, Any Of You Fly R/C Planes?

Sat Mar 20, 2004 5:40 am

No, not yet. But one of my goals in life is to design, build, and fly my own RC sailplanes. I think that would be a lot of fun. I haven't really had the chance to get into it yet though. It'll probably have to wait until I'm done with grad school, which may be several years from now.

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RE: So, Any Of You Fly R/C Planes?

Sat Mar 20, 2004 8:29 am

My first attempt was 2 years ago with my first electric. It tookoff, I didn't set the trim dealy correctly, so it took an immediate right turn and smashed into my deck. It was a sight to see. Then last winter I got a new one, and it was successful. But I'd do high altitude dives and pull up quickly, and the wings would snap off sometimes. I'm trying again this summer with a more well-built aircraft.

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RE: So, Any Of You Fly R/C Planes?

Mon Mar 22, 2004 4:37 am

Hola Fly2  Smile
I think there are quite a few of us here that are into r/c. I used to fly u-control planes until one day I got a Gentle Lady glider, and I haven't touched an 'ukie' since. I moved on to a glider powered by a Cox .09, and then an aerobatic high wing plane called the Super Box Fly. Not the most glamorous name in my opinion, for the plane was very good looking! I had a K&B 40 on it, and althought it couldn't hang by the prop it still had plenty of power. I had it for a couple of years until one day the elevator wouldn't respond when coming down from a hammerhead, about all I could do was chop the throttle and hope for the best!

I'm currently working on my first scale project, a P-47 Thunderbolt, we'll see how that comes out. The manual recommends a .90 engine for it! Big grin
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RE: So, Any Of You Fly R/C Planes?

Mon Mar 22, 2004 4:43 am

I'd like to have a go at flying one but I've heard that you need a licence to fly one in the UK? (Stupid licences - there's a licence for nearly everything in the UK).

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RE: So, Any Of You Fly R/C Planes?

Mon Mar 22, 2004 2:02 pm

To DC-10 Levo and other future R/C pilots:

Don't you dare buy one of those small, toylike electric plastic and foam planes, they fly ugly and unrealistically. Get yourself a .40 sized gas powered trainer, they are the most popular size, fly well and are easy on the wallet.

The best thing you can do is to go to your local r/c club and ask for some advice. Don't be shy to ask if they can let you fly a trainer they might have there, I'm sure they'll be glad to share the experience.

About licenses in the U.K.: I'm pretty sure they're not a lot more strict than in the U.S., I know most people in the U.S. don't have a license (AMA #), but having an AMA license gives you an insurance, which, if you're going to fly in crowded places, is worth considering. Otherwise just be responsible and don't fly over people's heads, cars, etc.

O.K. that's it for the lecture. Keep the posts comin' guys. See ya.  Smile
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RE: So, Any Of You Fly R/C Planes?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:21 pm

I had a .40 gas trainer and flew it successfully for about 10 flights before it tragically experienced some wind shear and nosedived to pieces (it couldn't have been my piloting skills right?!?  Smile.
I then bought an electric and flew that for a little while but I kept breaking props and then broke the servos from the wing on a bad landing.
I haven't flown again for about a year. I enjoy it, but I don't have the patience for all the repairs.
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RE: So, Any Of You Fly R/C Planes?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 3:52 am

I have always wanted an RC airplane. I still don't have one because they are too expensive and Im a little scared to that Ill mess up and crash it.

I would like to get one though and do stalls and spins with it.
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RE: So, Any Of You Fly R/C Planes?

Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:01 am

I forgot to mention, use flight simulator in tower view to get an idea of what to expect. It's good for improving reaction time and awareness. Thanks to MSFS my first flight was on my own (no instructor!!), I flew the trainer twice,
the second landing just bent my nosegear, but that was enough for the day.

Oh, I need to brag about this Big grin, my trainer was the only plane I never crashed!!!

Be perseverant guys, you'll earn your wings eventually.
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RE: So, Any Of You Fly R/C Planes?

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:40 pm

That's good advice Fly2, Microsoft's Flight Simulator can be very helpful in teaching you to deal with the apparent control reversal you experience in roll when the plane is headed towards you. In that situation moving the stick to one side sends the airplane turning to the 'other' side and can be quite confusing for a beginner. Flying from the MSFS tower view helps you get used to that control reversal, although you can't really compare how the planes fly on MSFS to what a real r/c plane flies like.

If you're interested about r/c planes though, the best thing to do is to find a local flying field and talk to some people there. You could teach yourself how to fly the simpler models, but I highly recommend you do so with an instructor.


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