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Old 07-04-2005, 08:21 PM
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I would like any comments on anyone who has flown the C 182 and the
Begin Air from Parkflyers.com. Are they good beginners planes?
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Default RE: Cessna 182 & Begin Air

I have not flown them.

The BeginAir is an aileron trainer. If you have an instructor it could be a good plane start, but I would not recommend it for someone trying to learn on their own.

The Cesna is rated as an intermediate to advanced pilot plane by the manufacturer.

BeginAir - RTF or Receiver ready
RTF - $180 Receiver Ready - $110

Cesna 182 - 4 Channel RTF - $180
Includes 72 mhz radio and wall charger.
Sku# 4303 $179.99 4 Channel with 72 Mhz Radio
(Intermediate Level Recommended)

I don't recommend pretty planes as first planes. They are too easy to break,
too hard to fix and look bad in short order. So you won't see any especially
pretty or true scale planes. Make one of those your second or third plane. I
also don't recommend two channel R/T electrics, so you won't find any on the
list. If you want one of these, I would suggest the Firebird series from
HobbyZone. They can be very easy to fly and can be a lot of fun, but they can
also be very easy to lose. You should plan to fly them in dead calm air when
you are first starting.

I feel a high wing three channel R/E/T plane is your best choice for a first
plane. R/E/T will require a little more learning than the two channel R/E
planes but is a better choice as a first plane, in my opinion. These use the
same control inputs as more advanced planes and can be flown in more wind once
you have mastered them in calm conditions.

If you are totally new to RC Flying, these articles may be helpful.

RC Planes Are not like RC Cars


Launch into the wind

Parts of the plane and how they work

The RC Pilots Cockpit

Flying the Plane

New Electric Flyer FAQs

Six Keys to Success for new e-flyers
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