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Old 05-21-2005, 09:13 PM
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Default Firebird Commander or Aerobird Challenger for NEWBIE

i am just wanting to start out with rc flying. I have rc cars, and i have piloited a plane a long time ago, so i understand flight controls. BUT could a NEWBIE get and fly the Aerobird Challenger without killing it, or should i start with the Firebird Commander. They are close to the same price at the store i am going to, and don't know what to do.


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Old 05-21-2005, 10:01 PM
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I have the commander and I love that plane. My best friend has the challenger and he loves his plane. He can do more with his plane than I can but he crashes more. I see the commander as a great plane for someone with no experience at all. You have to learn throttle management. You don't have that with the challenger.

Hope that helps a bit. The commander is easier to fly. Just not as aerobatic.
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Old 05-21-2005, 11:11 PM
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i think that you should get a GWS Slow Stick because its a lot slower and easier to handle. you can also use the radio gear in other planes. on the hobbyzone planes, if you break the computer chip inside of it, the plane is no good. but if you do get the slow stick i recommend that you fly in ZERO WIND for your first flights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im sure whatever you do you will get bitten by the flying bug and you just might stop driving trucks! have fun and welcome to the addiction!!
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Old 05-22-2005, 05:50 PM
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The nice thing about the Challenger and the Commander is that they are both pusher planes. You can crash these things over and over and if you follow the mods listed (most important are the motor mount mod and the wing rod for the challenger) then your good to go. I hate the slow stick but that's my opinion. I know I'm in the minority.
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Old 05-23-2005, 01:59 AM
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I suggest you go for the Challenger, it is always better you have pitch control, especially in the wind. I own a Challenger for a year now (150 flights) and it flies great. I have help a friend to fly his Commander and I think the Challenger is easier to fly.

In the beginning you can fly in Sport Mode where only one flap is moving so when you turn you actually apply a bit UP as well to keep the plane level. Then you can go to Pro Mode where both the flaps are moving at opposite directions for tighter turns.

Also the Tx of the Challenger with the sliding throttle is easier to handle that the Commander's.

I agree that a pusher type plane is more appropriate to learn on.

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Old 05-25-2005, 05:14 PM
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I started with a Firebird, lost that one in the wind at elevation, got to high and I really had no idea what I was doing. I almost lost interest in flying with Firebird #2. What I needed was a plane with elevator control (this was MY ticket to successful flight, might not be everyones way to succes). I bought a Challenger. This worked for me and having the sliding throttle control also helped me a lot, it will stay where you set it. Set the throttle for the appropriate altitude and use the elevator for keeping altitude in turns and flaring on landing and also pushing the plane down if you get caught in wind aloft. I liked this plane so much I bought a spare for myself and one for my brother. Have not needed the spare yet. Packing tape is one heck of a fixer upper. I recently bought an Aerobird Extreme, have not flown it yet, but I will be doing so soon.
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Old 05-25-2005, 10:21 PM
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I started on an Aerobird. Today you would get an Aerobird Challenger. Ready
to fly! Nothing to build, balance or set-up! Nothing to do wrong in
building, balancing and setting up! $150 at your local hobby store.

Here is a review from Backyard Flyer:
http://www.hobbyzonesports.com/Disco...ID=1289#Page01

No you can't move the electronics stuff to other planes, but who cares? I
have 17 planes and I still enjoy flying my Aerobird so I wouldn't want to
move the equipment anyway. Plus this is the plane I let friends fly to try
out RC flying because it is so easy to fly and so rugged.

Flying loops
http://www.hobbyzone.com/rc_videos/a...nger_loops.wmv

If you find you like RC flying, then you can invest in more costly equipment
and then go for the 4 channel plane next. If you don't like it, you only
dropped $150.

Of course if you like it, you can go back and get the air to air combat module
and the bomb/parachute drop module for the Aerobird Challenger Then get a
friend to get one and have a ball with air to air combat, precison bombing
runs and parachute drops.

Get the night fly module and fly in the dark. Sooooo cool!

I have flown the plane in winds of 10-15 mph on many occasions. I often ride
the thermals with it and I have taken it slope soaring. It lives in the box
in my car so I am ready to fly any time.
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