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Default RE: Made my first flight! [Firebird Freedom]

For those who have had difficulty with the Freedom, you are not alone. HobbyZone says they made this plane specifically for beginners, but it seems to be harder to fly than the Aerobird Challenger, if you read the posts.

Now, let me mention some points that may help:

1) I KNOW you read the manual cover to cover several times before you tried your first fligts. EVERYONE knows that is critical to success. There is excellent info in the manual. If you lost your manual, here is a link:

2) The manual says the ACT needs room to recover, just as you do. They recommend at least 150 feet minimum altitude when flying with the ACT. Where I live, that would be about 3X the height of the trees. That would be a good flying height for a plane of this size anyway.

3) They give examples of how to launch the plane by hand and off the ground. Those tips are good.

4) Control response - Page 19 gives excellent advise on how to fly including how to make sharp turns. If you feel the plane is not responding quickly enough, are you following these directions? You should because they are right on the money. I copy them here for your benefit


1. After launching your Firebird Freedom™, it will begin climbing at full throttle. With the throttle all the way on, your Firebird Freedom should climb without any elevator input.

2. Make right- and left-hand adjustments to keep your airplane heading directly into the wind. Do not attempt a turn until you have reached a minimum of 50–100 feet of altitude. That’s about as tall as a 4- to 8-story building. It is hard to determine altitude when you’re in a wide and open space outside, so the best rule is to err on the side of caution and allow yourself sufficient altitude when flying.

3. Control range is 2500 feet. Don’t let the airplane get too far away. Keep the aircraft UPWIND from you. Failure to do this could result in a flyaway! Remember – the wind is stronger as your plane gets higher in the air. It’s okay to fly higher, just be cautious and watch how your plane reacts to the wind. Most of the time, you can fly at higher altitudes at half throttle.
This is great for smooth easy flying when you’re first learning to fly, and conserves battery power.

4. When you have reached higher altitudes and want to practice using the elevator, begin with small and smooth inputs to the transmitter, as very little input is required to get the plane to turn, climb, or descend.
5. Avoid long vertical dives, with power on or off, as it can cause a lot of stress on the airplane.

Sharp Turns:
Move the stick in the direction you want to turn and add a bit of UP elevator at the same time (pull back on stick). The plane will make a sharper banking turn. [/b]

Rudder Trim:
If the Firebird Freedom™ seems to drift in one direction when the control stick is in the neutral (centered) position, gradually move the rudder trim lever below the control stick in the OPPOSITE direction of the drift. Adjust until the plane flies straight with the control stick at neutral.

Elevator Trim:
If the model always “hunts” up or down, use the trim lever to the left of the stick to correct this problem. If it hunts up, slide the left trim lever up one notch at a time until it flies level. If it hunts down, slide the left trim lever down one notch at a time until it flies level. The model should fly straight with the stick at neutral. Your Firebird Freedom should have a steady climb at full throttle when it is trimmed properly.

The manual has more excellent advice.
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