What is a good beginner gas plane?

Joe C.
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Flying R/C for 20+ years. Numerous awards in racing & combat. R/C Instructor, enjoy helping folks soar to their goals.


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Shopper conversation with Joe C. on August 11, 2016

Joe C.
Hello! How may I assist your shopping experience? Did you have a question about the sport cub s?
do you have any gas powered RC planes
for starters
Joe C.
sure, did you want giant scale?
whats the smallest
in gas?
Joe C.
the smallest true "gas" (gasoline) motor we offer is the 8cc mustang
have you seen it?
not yet i am checking
what is the size of theplane
Joe C.
it is a typical "40 size" actually a trainer
I've added these items to your "ideas" to the right. Do you see them? (can you click them to see details?)
what do you recommend GAS or electric ?
i am buying for the first time
no experience with planes
Joe C.
I would go with electric
gas planes are more finicky
unless you are at a a club that prefers glo or gas planes and have an instructor I would highly recommend something with SAFE to learn
are you familar with SAFE?
Joe C.
SAFE offers 3 flight modes: beginner, intermediate and expert. Beginner mode stops the plane from rolling (into the ground-- common when learning).
All modes offer a "panic button" you can press if you get disoriented which auto levels the aircraft from any attitude.
which one plane do you recommned. I would like one with good stability
Joe C.
the apprentice is our biggest and best if space and budget allow
how much room do you have to fly?
what is the flight time
on this
Joe C.
12 to 15 mins depending on speed
you can fly for almost 30 mins if you go slow
would there be any city rules for this size planes about where to fly etc ?
excuse me for being naive
Joe C.
usually not, you would need to check in your particular case
normally if you are quite no one minds
but use common sense-- dont' fly over people or buildings, etc
the AMA has a good safety code to follow
are you familar with the AMA?
Joe C.
can you also please suggest a few more planes to choose from ?
Joe C.
the corsair could be used for training too
and the champ is also a good trainer in the smaller size
I've added these items to your "ideas" to the right. Do you see them? (can you click them to see details?)
i see it
Joe C.
when choosing a plane for the first time like i should look for SAFE . anything else
i should look for
or any other features to look for starters
Joe C.
it mostly depends on your flying site
I prefer tricycle gear and large size if space allow
they are the easiest to see and handle rough runways
and large size has more power for windy days
you are right and i believe they will not wiggle
because of wind
Joe C.
if you can provide me a link with a range of planes i can browse and see that will be helpful to choose from
Joe C.
here are all the RTF ones we sell: http://www.horizonhobby.com/c...