THIS IS THE BEST PLANE FOR NEW PILOT
This plane is a lot of fun to fly, great in the wind, and easy to land. I flew it for the first time yesterday solo - my first experience with an RC plane. I have had previous experience with helis. It took off easily in beginner mode, and the reduced flight envelope was just what I needed for the first time out. I had a minor issue on a later flight in a smaller field. I tried to drop the elevator to land more steeply. As I was coming in to touch down, the throttle wouldn't turn off completely, so I overshot the landing. I guess the SAFE system in beginner mode thought my steep approach was an uncontrolled dive and tried to pull me out of it by applying throttle. Next time I fly in a tighter area where I can't fly a normal landing pattern, I'll try it in intermediate mode I think.
I had one issue when trying to install the nose gear (step 1 in the instruction manual). The nut which holds the prop on was tightened to a ridiculously high torque. It must have been over-tightened with a drill in the factory. There was nothing much to hold onto to remove the nut in order to fix the rotating prop shaft besides the prop, which is fragile and would have broken under the force necessary to get the nut off. In the end, I inserted some needle nose pliers into the space between the cowl and the prop, grabbed the prop shaft, and while also applying some force to the prop itself, had a friend back the nut off with a socket wrench and a long ratchet handle.
This was a little frustrating to solve (it was extremely tight on there), especially for a BNF kit. Other than this though, it is a great kit and a great intro into RC planes.
This is an excellent first plane. It is easy to set up and easier to fly. It handles all my crashes quite well. I have hit three palm trees, two ficus greets, and the ground (twice). Total pilot error.
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