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    Avistars are outstanding trainers. They are the...

    Avistars are outstanding trainers. They are the number one recommended plane for beginners at my club. You can fly it with any .40-.46 engine, but I'll suggest getting a ball bearing type .46 for it...
  2. There are a couple of things to know about LiFe...

    There are a couple of things to know about LiFe batteries. First, there are 2 varieties of them. The A123 brand packs are metal cylinders that look like long NiCds. The manufacturing technology they...
  3. Any non-programmable radio like the Dx5e can...

    Any non-programmable radio like the Dx5e can control as many planes as you have receivers for, but it won't store your travel adjustments or trims. You can do what pilots did in the days before...
  4. Thread: Good Oil

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    As others have said, if you choose a decent brand...

    As others have said, if you choose a decent brand and follow the manufacturer's recommendations, it's hard to go wrong. Even the cheaper non-synthetic oils will cool and lubricate your engine just...
  5. First, welcome to the hobby. Controllers: I'm...

    First, welcome to the hobby.

    Controllers: I'm not a fan of buying RTF planes with controllers. The reason has little to do with the actual performance and more to do with convenience and...
  6. A .40 sized Ryan STA was my second airplane. It...

    A .40 sized Ryan STA was my second airplane. It wouldn't be my first choice as a second airplane, but it was given to me and so I flew it. That said, it's a fairly docile flyer and would serve well...
  7. More capacity = more weight. I don't know much...

    More capacity = more weight. I don't know much about the plane he's planning, but if weight is an issue a AA size pack may be too much.
  8. You don't need anywhere near that much battery...

    You don't need anywhere near that much battery for a plane that small. I use a 950 mah LiFe in my .40 and .60 size sport planes. They average 100-130 mah per 10 minute flight, even with my Kaos which...
  9. I'm not quite as pessimistic about kids as that....

    I'm not quite as pessimistic about kids as that. Kids by nature have short attention spans, so they've always gone for the quick and easy gratification. There's nothing new there. I think the biggest...
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    You'll enjoy the Kaos. When set up properly, it...

    You'll enjoy the Kaos. When set up properly, it will just do what you tell it and nothing more. Once you're comfortable with it, go ahead and print out the SPA novice and sportsman pattern schedules...
  11. Actually Gray Beard, Spektrum receivers will...

    Actually Gray Beard, Spektrum receivers will still reset if they go below 4 volts. Spektrum's fix was to simple make the reset quicker. The original design took 4 seconds to reset, which was way too...
  12. I'd say the very best way to learn is with...

    I'd say the very best way to learn is with rigorous 1 on 1 instruction. The simulator can supplement that by letting the pilot practice maneuvers that the instructor has taught him, but the...
  13. Actually, only one brand had a brown out problem:...

    Actually, only one brand had a brown out problem: Spektrum. Every other manufacturer designed their receivers to still work at lower voltages than they'll ever encounter in actual use. It's only...
  14. That's what parents get for buying Playstations...

    That's what parents get for buying Playstations for their kids. They spend $600 on the game plus $50 each on the CDs, then complain that that's all their kids want to do. Video games are designed to...
  15. So many who take an interest in this hobby are...

    So many who take an interest in this hobby are just looking for instant fun. They are the people who never get good at anything because they won't work at it. Scale is probably right that video games...
  16. And on the "hijacked" comment, that's exactly the...

    And on the "hijacked" comment, that's exactly the mentality that is keeping younger people out of the hobby. They show up genuinely interested in flying and like the foamies and the multirotors, and...
  17. I'm with you, on your six. My club starts up...

    I'm with you, on your six. My club starts up training night when DST begins, so I'll mention that and invite him. He probably won't come, but the door will be open anyway. The sim could work; I'll...
  18. It's hard to make a comparison because the two...

    It's hard to make a comparison because the two radios are so different. With one you get a lot of channels, and with the other you get a lot of features. Here's a thought on the BNF issue: I fly...
  19. I agree that the good old days are now. Some of...

    I agree that the good old days are now. Some of the older pilots like to disparage the technology that makes the hobby easier to do, but our hobby has always been about innovation and continual...
  20. That's pretty much where I am, D400webb. I've...

    That's pretty much where I am, D400webb. I've given him the information he needs, so it's up to him. If he wastes his money he's a big boy and it's his to waste. If he asks for help again I'll give...
  21. Is joining a club out of the question, skyb? I'd...

    Is joining a club out of the question, skyb? I'd agree with scale that 2000x500 feet is a decent sized flying area. My club's runway is 600 feet and I'd say I fly about that distance beyond each end...
  22. Fuel lines can look ok but still have a small...

    Fuel lines can look ok but still have a small split that causes them to leak air. The nose up test should tell you the story on that one though.
  23. Are you losing power and hearing a gradual...

    Are you losing power and hearing a gradual slowing for a couple of seconds before it dies, or does it go from running strong to dead in an instant? The former probably is a tuning problem, too lean...
  24. Oh no, Bobby. I wouldn't touch his wife even with...

    Oh no, Bobby. I wouldn't touch his wife even with my dog's junk and your butt a pushin'!

    The frustrating thing is that he's not an arrogant jerk. If that was the issue I'd actually be quite amused...
  25. He hasn't bought the jet yet. And I seriously...

    He hasn't bought the jet yet. And I seriously doubt he'll ask me to buddy box with him even if I offer. And there's no way he'll get on here asking for help; he's not the sort to research things....
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