My dad and I have been flying remote controlled planes for a couple of years. We fly almost exclusively at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale
We started with a ParkZone Aerobird Challenger, with unfortunately disastrous results. This plane is pretty delicate, and prone to mechanical problems, which is a bad combination. Being beginners, we crashed quickly, and after that, no matter what we tried, including building an entirely new fuselage, it never worked very well again.
|We moved on, not quickly enough, to a ParkZone Slo-V. (See my dad holding it up on the right.) This is a great beginner plane. Slow is great, since you have time to react to your own mistakes. Although it's definitely a bit under-powered when you get it off the shelf, and doesn't work at all in more than 5 MPH wind. To kick its power up a notch, we made the following modifications:|
After getting lots of good advice from the other people flying at Baylands Park, we decided to put together a Multiplex EasyStar. We're using 2100mAh 3-cell Li-Po batteries, the stock motor, and the Spektrum DX6 radio system. It works great! It has tons more power than the Slo-V, and works surprisingly well as a glider. And since we do a fair bit of gliding with it, we can fly for about 30 minutes on one battery!
We've also been playing around with a tiny on-board video camera that I added into the EasyStar! For info on how I put that together, and to see videos, check out our Aerial Photography page.
We're also now flying an E-Flight Mini Ultra Stick (above), which is our
first 4-channel plane. In preparation we did a lot of practicing on the
We have it hopped up with a speedy 480 Outrunner motor, and it would be pretty easy to accidentally fly it out of visual range in about 30 seconds. We've been mostly flying it at about 2/5ths power, with a little extra when we want to fly straight up. :) We also set it up to have flapperons (allows the ailerons to serve double-duty as flaps by working together instead of in opposition) but we haven't actually remembered to try them during a landing yet...