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12-24-2008 05:53 PM  8 years agoPost 1
StevenT

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My dad is about to buy a Super cub RTF airplane. He has never flown a plane, but has about a year on a heli. Is this plane a good one to learn on and will he have to have a runway to take off. He has about 100 acres of open land with a dirt road and he wants to fly it there. I just don't want him to crash it on his first flight and waste a lot of money. Are airplanes similar to helis in that you are going to crash learning, or is it pretty easy to get a handle on. Oh, he does have a sim and does well there. Thanks for any info.

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12-24-2008 05:57 PM  8 years agoPost 2
jschenck

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I'd say if he can fly a heli and can fly on the sim pretty well then he has a chance for sucess with the Hobbico Cub. Just make sure to try it out on a CALM wind day and don't get too slow on the landing. Should be able to hand launch that airplane - just make sure you throw it straight at the horizon, don't throw it UP.

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12-24-2008 06:04 PM  8 years agoPost 3
StevenT

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It's the bigger one. Like 4ft wing span... can he hand launch something that big? Here's the link: http://www.horizonhobby.com/Product...?ProdID=HBZ7100

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12-24-2008 06:10 PM  8 years agoPost 4
jschenck

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Should be just fine for a hand launch. Maybe a light steady headwind would help but I don't think it'll be needed.

EDIT: It's a 26oz airplane, shouldn't be too hard to chuck it!

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12-24-2008 06:17 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Kelly Fairbanks

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We have a bunch of guys that I know that have that exact cub it is extremely easy to fly. Most of these guys never had any experience at all and all were successful with no problem at all they fly hands off right out of the box. Also hand launch seems to be their prefered method!!

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12-24-2008 06:26 PM  8 years agoPost 6
TaleGunner

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They work great for first time pilots he will love it.

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12-24-2008 06:56 PM  8 years agoPost 7
BJames111

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That plane is super easy to fly. It's very light and will not do well in breezy conditions. It's a 3 channel version and super stable, and will hand launch fine.

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12-24-2008 10:38 PM  8 years agoPost 8
MaxAdventure

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Yup, it's the most popular one at my electric club for easy-breezy trainers. I've seen guys that fly helis that go to their fist plane; If you can fly on the sim, no big deal with the model. It'll be a breeze for him.

I've seen 6 foot-8 foot -and bigger hand launched! I used to hand launch my nearly 6' nitro trainer that was around 7lbs. Interesting at times, but a little electric is no problem. best with a helper!

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12-24-2008 11:52 PM  8 years agoPost 9
predatorman

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The biggest most common mistake I have seen is for learners of fixed wing, rolling the plane over on its back and then pulling the stick back...the results are a pile of matchwood usually.

Like mentioned before, the plane should be easy enough to fly after flying a heli around.

Just make sure the approach speed is good, a stall at low altitude is not good though I guess the Cub will be quite forgiving.

One guy here was flying a Cub lookalike and that was a pig for stalling on approach, broke it a few times.

Never really found the cause of the problem, though I have seen one variant with a wing incidence angle that wasnt good.

Have fun with it though!

Rob

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12-25-2008 12:34 AM  8 years agoPost 10
Reindeer88

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Your dad should have no problem flying the cub. I just did exactly the same thing about two months ago, having about 2 years of heli experience under my belt (and I don't get to fly all that much). The difference is night and day. My palms sweat profusely when I fly my heli (still), but flying the cub is soooo relaxing. I put a few hours of sim time first, but the actual flight was just as calm. He'd love it. I haven't hand launched it so far but the thing takes off over a very short runway so my guess is hand launch would be fine (mine has a wing span of about 4ft).

-Reindeer88

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