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Old 06-01-2008, 08:21 PM
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Hi All:
I am just learning to fly and I have a couple questions. First, with my transmitter battery,if I think it needs topping off for the next days flights, is it o.k. to use my wall charger on it overnight for 12 hours, even though the battery shows to be approx 70% charged. Will this damage the battery at all, or should I cut the charge time back?
Secondly, I had my first lesson Friday with an instructor. The time was mostly spent trimming by him and also getting the engine set up properly. Since I want to take lessons every day, and the instructor assigned to me by my club, can't teach me everyday,as he is a working police chief, would it be proper etiquette to seek other trainers help, in the club of course, while my assigned trainer can't be helping me. He can probably only help me once a week, and I want to learn more days than that.
Thank all of you in advance, for your help on both questions. Really enjoy this sight, as it is so helpful.
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Old 06-01-2008, 08:50 PM
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I think most of us do the overnight charging scenario. I plug mine in around 7-8pm and its fine in the morning.. As far as a couple instructors. I would go with whats available. As long as they teach you the basics of flying. You will also see that many do things their own way. Most will have the same basic principles. Some others are on pluto somewhere.

My "thing" is engine tuning. I made an effort to learn the right way from very few who knew how. It's such a simple thing but i can bet that a fair amount in any crowd feel theres is satisfactory but when checking, are not even close.

When you see engines quit on a regular basis from what seems to be the same pilots. Don't go asking them for any advice in it. Some of the trainers around here i consider good friends and good pilots but they $uck at what they do. They don't teach basic flying discipline of traffic patterns and all that goes with it. They just let these guys fly all over the darn place like a "bat." Not a good way to start off. Then others kep their students way off in the distance just tooling around learning nothing.

Stay focused but most of all, it has to be fun.
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'Topping off' with the Wall Wart charger will not hurt anything. You could leave it on for days without any real harm - it's such a low charge rate, less than what is considered 'trickle' for many batteries.

My club instructors want me to learn the best way possible, and would see no problem in me using multiple trainers. This was not my case, however, as I chose to work with only one. He was available every Wedensday and Saturday though, so it wasn't an issue for me. I know he and another instructor worked with another beginner, and it was fine with everyone. It might even be an advantage because everyone has different flying and training styles, so you might learn more using more people.
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Hi,
when I learned , some years ago I joined two clubs just to get more stick time. It was not a problem even though they had different ways of teaching. I guess if you want to learn anyone able to do it can show you. Its just some are better teachers, learn what you can from them.
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One club, but five different instructors. Each has a bit different way of doing things and the good thing about having more than one instructor is that you get to pick and choose what works best for you from a list of things that work.

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I would suggest that you talk to the instructor a ask if there would be any problem working with another instructor when he isn't available. Let him know that you want to work with him but you have extra time to fly and would like to use as much of it as you can. If he can't go along with that maybe you should try for someone else. ENJOY !!! RED

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