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11-10-2012 07:03 PM  7 years ago
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Kinger

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Airplane for a 10 year old?
Any recommendations out there for an airplane I can teach my son on next flying season? He's 10 and is pretty comfortable doing loops, rolls and turns in both directions. Started out with a Big Stick 40 from Tower, but due to a little incident today at the field we are looking at a rekit. Not sure if I should buy another one (it flew really well) or if I should start him out on something a bit less expensive or more durable? Any dads out there with recommendations on what they taught their kids on?
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11-14-2012 12:54 AM  7 years ago
Avea8tor

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The little UMX Beast and the UMX Sbach are both nice little aircraft. They are small but fly very well. The as3x gyro system enables flight in breezy conditions. They honestly fly like .50 size aircraft. I was skeptical until I flew both this past weekend. Knife edge, spins (upright and inverted) and basic 3d are very "doable" with both. The best part is they are relatively cheap and quite hardy. Foam Safe Ca keeps them flying for a long time.
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11-14-2012 01:17 AM  7 years ago
Avea8tor

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If you want a fun nitro that is docile with an evil streak... check out the Great Planes Extra 300SP. It has great low speed flight characteristics. And, as expected, fantastic aerobatic capabilities. Keep the cg forward and the rates low until you/he gets used to it. Once the abilities are there, increase the rates and (slowly) move the cg back. It will hover with a .55!!!
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11-14-2012 01:12 PM  7 years ago
Kinger

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Thanks for the comments Avea8tor. Pretty sure we are headed for another big stick
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01-17-2013 04:16 AM  7 years ago
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My son has been on a sim since 2. He flew his first maiden with a micro T28 and tears up the sky with it! Oh, he is 4 now.Highly Medicated for your protection......
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01-21-2013 07:09 PM  7 years ago
red_z06

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My son has been on a sim since 2. He flew his first maiden with a micro T28 and tears up the sky with it! Oh, he is 4 now.
That is awesome.

Got any videos?
www.JustinJee.com
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01-21-2013 07:10 PM  7 years ago
red_z06

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Kinger

Take a look at a Crack Yak EPP foamy. It will grow with your son's skills.
www.JustinJee.com
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01-21-2013 11:36 PM  7 years ago
Dblex

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Watch at YouTube

Here it is, made just right now for ya in windy conditions....
Highly Medicated for your protection......
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01-22-2013 12:08 AM  7 years ago
red_z06

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That was so cool.

Corbin is going to be one heck of a pilot if he sticks with it.

It brings back memories.
www.JustinJee.com
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01-22-2013 12:46 AM  7 years ago
Dblex

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Gotta tame him, he flies like a bee...bigger plane won't respond like that!Highly Medicated for your protection......
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01-23-2013 06:25 PM  7 years ago
Kinger

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Well for the short term, I've purchased my son a Hobby King Bonsai flying wing. Hopefully it will let him have a little fun without me worrying so much about what the eventual crash will cost me both in time and repair bills. If he really enjoys the wing maybe we will step up to another Big Stick or 40 size trainer. Ideally, I'd rather get him flying heli's as I find them much easier to repair, but I feel like he needs to cut his teeth with an airplane first.
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03-14-2013 09:24 PM  7 years ago
jgates00

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Foamy
I have a newer foamy I am trying to get rid of. Flyzone Sensei Trainer RTF if anyone is interested, flown twice. Trying to fund my expensive Helicopter habits!

Great for a beginner:
Added Metal servo for the front wheel and rudder to prevent stripping.
Comes with two batteries, charger, transmitter, receiver. I even have an extra fuselage you could use to crash on. Foam is durable and can easily be glued when you break something.
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05-31-2013 12:18 PM  7 years ago
IFlyAnythingCHP

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I am teaching my 8 year old how to fly on this

http://www.valuehobby.com/airplanes...pro-series.html

I converted it to electric. I am running this motor
http://www.hobby king.com/hobby king/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=34138

on 4s with a 3800 25C pack spinning a 14x10 prop. It has almost unlimited vertical(which is good for training IMO) My son is learning pattern flying at this point. I fly 3D with a 30% and helicopters but I want him to know control before progressing any more.
If your not crashing your not learning
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06-04-2013 12:24 PM  7 years ago
Kinger

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Just as an update, a friend of mine came across a used, but in great shape Big Stick 40 that had been built from a kit and was ready to fly minus receiver. Purchased it and now have about 10 flights on it. Great way for my son to cut his teeth on the nitro side of the hobby and other than taking off and landing he's doing quite well on his own.

We also fly the Hobby King Bonsai and he really enjoys flying that as well.

Such fun to finally have him participating in a hobby I enjoy so much. Once he gets a better handle on the airplanes, I'm hoping I can get him into the heli side of things.
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06-04-2013 02:00 PM  7 years ago
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lucky guy. My son is 27 now and I've tried since he was 5 to get him interested....no luck.
I MADE him get on my sim a year ago and he flew like he'd been doing it his whole life. Just handed the TX to me and said "that's why I was never interested...too easy".

BTW...my dad's been flying since before I was born and it's a great bond between the two of us. Keep it up!!
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06-11-2013 09:11 PM  7 years ago
Kinger

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Another shameless thread update. My son took off and landed the Big Stick on his own for the first time this weekend I was on the buddy box just in case, but my finger never left the trainer button. Proud dad.........
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06-11-2013 09:39 PM  7 years ago
red_z06

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Congrats! www.JustinJee.com
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