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Old 04-22-2019, 11:48 AM
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Default 3 Channel or safe mode for beginners?

Would I be better off purchasing a hobbyzone champ to learn how to fly without the safe mode followed by purchasing a 4 channel aircraft, or would it be better to buy a safe mode technology aircraft and try transitioning into stabilization free flight that way, to accomplish 4 channel stabilization free flight and possibly do aerobatics?

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Old 04-23-2019, 08:46 AM
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IMO starting off with the really small pilot assisted airplanes will teach you bad habits that will have to be corrected once you progress to larger un assisted airplanes. I still feel it is better to locate a local club, spend a few hours out there, make contact with one of the club instructors and have them outline a training program for you. Unfortunately the up front costs are going to be more but in the long run you will crash much less and build skills faster.
Old 04-24-2019, 03:51 PM
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Safe in my thought process is a gimmick. Reality says that once you move on to a second aircraft with a different radio, you won't have that magic button to push. Start off with a standard radio and you won't look back.....Good Luck....
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Best is to use an instructor. If working with another human is not an option at all, I'd go with a SAFE equipped 4 channel plane. Yes, it can teach you bad habits. But if you focus on building your skills with good quality practice, you'll graduate soon enough from using it.
What SAFE won't do is ensure your plane is airworthy with a good pre-flight inspection, evaluate your flying area for safety, critique your technique so that bad piloting doesn't become ingrained, or introduce you to planes and styles of flying that you wind up liking a lot. Those are the things a human instructor, often as part of a club scene, can do for you.

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