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Old 12-29-2012, 11:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My first was a skyfly, and it held up really well. Everything was replaceable and reasonably priced.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:23 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I use to fly RC helicopters. It is best to get a RC simulator like RealFlight. All the Pro RC flyers have RC simulator to practice 3D flying.

I bought a Zagi (Zagi - The Original EPP Foam RC Flying Wing) years ago to learn how to fly planes. It is basically a foam flying wing with the prop on the rear. It was design for combat flying. The goal is to bump the other planes out of the sky. You can crash a zagi into the ground and it will survive where you can continue to fly. It is the best thing for kids on low budget.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the advise!

For the Real Flight sim, is the basic one for $100 ok? Is it worth paying $200 for the deluxe one?

I found the Real Flight disks/program on ebay for $39, no controller/radio. Which radio do you guys recommend? What do I need to connect a radio to an umb port?

Is this flight sim any good?

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Thanks for all the advise!

For the Real Flight sim, is the basic one for $100 ok? Is it worth paying $200 for the deluxe one?

I found the Real Flight disks/program on ebay for $39, no controller/radio. Which radio do you guys recommend? What do I need to connect a radio to an umb port?

Is this flight sim any good?

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Here's a whole page of simulators

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Old 12-30-2012, 09:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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just a heads up on sims, the cord/controler is the decoder that you need, just the software is useless (you can buy the Pheonix software for $5 directly from them, but its $130 with the cord). PM replied as well
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:40 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Zagi's are great, you can beat the hell out of them... pick em up and fly again! That said they are NOT slow and might not be an ideal first plane choise (great second plane though!)
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:31 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The stigma with flying wings is that most people simply build them out to be fast. So "wings must be fast" because "everyone builds them to be fast". Strangely familiar logic...

Here is a Stryker, a plane notorious for high speed antics, built out to about 11 ounces.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C5g2EmaR-A

After I finished another round of modifications, I had that thing down to about 11oz... including an onboard 3.3oz HD Hero.



To reiterate, more strongly:

1. Do not buy a "Champ" or "Cub" or really any plane that is "modeled" after a real plane.

2. Get your wing loading down -- somewhere around 7oz/sq ft.

3. Wind will be the dominant factor in deciding whether or not you fly. It is in your best interests, as a beginner, to pick a plane which fares well in the wind. How does one gain experience flying in the wind if one cannot fly in the wind?

4. Pick a plane that you can properly glide test before your first powered flight. Hint: landing gear doesn't help you here. Hint: excessive wing loading due to frilly "scale model looks" doesn't help you here. Hint: motor and prop on the front of the plane doesn't help you here.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:59 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the advise!

For the Real Flight sim, is the basic one for $100 ok? Is it worth paying $200 for the deluxe one?

I found the Real Flight disks/program on ebay for $39, no controller/radio. Which radio do you guys recommend? What do I need to connect a radio to an umb port?

Is this flight sim any good?

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The Real Flight Basic package should be fine for beginners. Real Flight are always making updates and improvements. If you are on a low budget, go with the Real Flight Basic package. When you start getting into advance flying (3D tricks), start looking into the Real Flight deluxe package. I believe by then...Real Flight would have a newer version out.

The Real Flight Deluxe package is worth it. Most Radio Control shops have a demo for people to test it. You should check out a local RC shop before you make your final decision.

As for the controller, I would suggest using the Real Flight controller. Real Flight gives you the option to use your own RC radio as the controller. Basically, you are using a USB link cable to the trainer port on the RC radio. Keep in mind, your RC radio has to have the trainer port. Not all RC radios have these. Using your RC radio gets you a little closer to the real feel of flying your personal plane. On the other hand, some people invest thousands on their RC radio. We all have tripped on cords before, so some of us with expensive radios actually prefer to use the Real Flight controller. The Real Flight controller is made by Futaba. Futaba is one of the most popular and reliable radios on the market.

As far as RC radio selection, there are several to choose from. Futaba and JR are the only radios I would purchase. There are others like Airtronics, Hitec, and Tower Hobbies. Airtronics is not a popular radio, but they are get radios. Hitec is popular for its affordable pricing. I believe Futaba and JR has been around the longest, so they seem to push the technology. I would suggest going with Futaba. Futaba makes a wide selection of radios for beginners to expert level.

I haven't tried the flight simulator by Dynam, but it seem like everyone in the review section likes it. It also seems like you can't go wrong for a sale price of $15.90.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:37 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I forgot to mention a couple more things.

RC radios for Planes/Helicoptors come in two different modes. Mode 1 is right hand throttle which is used in Europe and a few other countries. Mode 2 is left hand throttle which is used in USA. Get Mode 2.

Whichever flight simulator you decide on, verify that your computer's graphic and processor is adequate to run the program. Real Flight has great graphics that requires a pretty strong computer.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:21 PM   #20 (permalink)
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JR's are the dominant radio for helis. I used to work for Horizon Hobby (owners of the Losi and JR brands just to name a few). We sold more JR radios and crystals than any other manufacturer for helis, when it came down to radios for planes, Futaba and HiTec both outsold JR's.
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