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    Some good first trainers??

    I have flown control line for a long time and I want to fly some RC now. I see there are tons of trainers out there, what are some good starter planes. With so many choices and not much knowledge some suggestions and others experience would be helpful.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Fort Worth, TX
    It's actually hard to go wrong these days with a trainer. As you look at them, youi'll noticed they are all very similar to each other, because it's been a solid 40 years since the hobby as a whole figured out what works. So pick any of the classics- the Sig Kadet series and LT-40, the Hobbico Nexstar and Avistar Elite (my personal favorite), the Hangar 9 Arrow, and many others. Buy from a reputable manufacturer (not Banana Hobby, Nitroplanes, or Hobby King) and you'll get a nice flying and durable plane to learn on. It will behoove you to get an instructor for at least your first few flights to avoid some of the newbie mistakes that can cause crashes, but with any of those planes you should get it together pretty quick.
    Also, if you will have a look at the beginner forum, there is an extensive trainer list and there is also a website called that a couple of RCU veterans put together for RC beginners.
    No kid, I said break ground and fly into the wind!

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    hookedonrc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Tulsa, OK
    Jester is absolutely right. Nuff said
    Will add something clever and witty if I ever come up with something.

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    hey thanks guys! I live by the sig factory so a trip there is in order.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Hartford, CT
    The SIG line of stuff is great, the Kadet is a beauty. They are fantastic people to deal with as well, not a faceless company. Another thought if you want to go the foamy route, the EFlite Apprentice is a great first plane. 4 channel, plenty of power, lots of upgrade options, and the new software on the plane can help with learning to fly as well. Best advice though....have someone help you out. An instructor at a club, or someone with a buddy box is a great way to learn. Have fun and good luck.

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    Community Moderators BarracudaHockey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    The E-Flite Apprentice with SAFE is about as good as it gets for trainers right now.
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