Originally Posted by zvez
So, as posted in another thread, I used to fly RC waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the early/mid 70s. Now later in life I think I'd like to start flying again.
I'm really thinking best to start over as if I've never flown before.
Looking at the avistar RTF http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/a...rticle_id=1469
The reviews seem good on it and platform is well proven, tho this is updated design I believe?
Other thoughts on good trainers. I still have to see about transport space as I've got a fiata 500 which is tiny so it'll be tough carrying a plan with this wingspan, this weekend I'll check out the fit.
Not to argue with anyone but my take on the new (relatively) Avistar is that it is a great #2 airplane. Several months ago a new guy showed up at the field. We seem to hit it off really good. He had the new Avistar and the Tactic 4 channel radio. Just so happened that I had recently picked up a couple of the 650 Tactic transmitters. The no-cord trainer system is not my cup of tea, but after a while I learned that and he learned to fly. IMO "Hogflyer" is right on. This is a great second model for the guy that wishes to really burn up the sky.
My new friend did very well however the model was fast and quick on the draw. One item is the wing is somewhat heavy and it creates a wing that is very quick. I applied the old fix of moving the ailerons up
about 1/8" and that calmed it down to no problem. Usually takes more but just a tad fixed these fast-draw ailerons. Thankfully my new friend was, back in his younger day, a Marine Fighter Pilot and he could LISTEN!
Makes for a quick learner. He is now solo qualified.
Back to the model, as Hogflyer states, this Av. "Elite" is NOT the old Avistar we had some 10-15 years ago. It is a fast and quick machine, and I do not recommend it for the average or less newbie. There are some better Trainers still on the market.
Here is a tip for instructing full scale pilots into RC
. Tell him/her to first take his left hand and knock that chip off the right shoulder, then the right hand to relocate that chip on the left shoulder.
I well remember my first RC Trainer, a German kit, Mufti. (It was much like the old Sweet Stick"). I was a good CL and FF modeler, many trophies. Built that model, and a new Super Tigre .46 with a series Kraft '71 radio (4 wire servos). I went out to a place where RCing was sometimes done. Heck, I was a jet pilot and had been supersonic straight up and straight down. I could do this toy airplane thing. Well after I got it all put back together, I got some help and after about 3 flights of having the transmitter grabbed from my hands, I could actually take-off, bore holes in the sky, and land right side-up, but there were no more chips on the shoulders.