Sometimes, if you ask someone who is in the hobby,
for some years about a question, he would feel the need to provide an
answer, just to ensure that the newcomer understand how much more he knows.
Another type of people would tell you how great something is just because this
is what they are used to. Nothing critically wrong with this, and it is actually
pretty natural but it is not accurate. Let's try to see some of the Myths around
that you should be aware of as well as indeed, some facts. Just don't fight over
these and if someone insists that Balsa is better than foam for someone who
starts, let it be.
Balsa flies better than Foam
On many occasions, it is true BUT what is not said is that Balsa is also
MUCH more fragile than foam, so the trade of, for a 1st plane is clear. Get
something which has the strongest structure possible.
If you don't build your plane, you won't learn what it
takes in this hobby
Absolutely wrong. You will just not learn how to build, but you can still be
the best pilot in the world, and have the biggest fun, without having build
Electric Planes are less powerful than gas planes and
therefore more difficult to learn with
The 1st assessment is somehow wrong and the second entirely wrong. Electric planes can be as powerful as most Thermic
planes, and their design, their weight and structure makes them actually
MUCH more suitable for learning. More and more people, who want to learn how
to fly, actually start with a cheap electric setup and... Then remain in
electric after they see how nice and more enjoyable it is for them. Some
others will prefer Thermics, as indeed very powerful, and makes noise and
provide a real engine, which some people prefer. Also, most of the biggest
planes seen are for now Thermic.
Computer radio are worth it compared to
as more powerful
Yes, they are more powerful and cost more to start. They also offer more
flexibility as to enter few different planes. Also, if you plan to resale
it, chances it will be easier to sell a computer Radio than a non one. So if
for a similar price, you could get a great deal on a Computer Radio, then go
for it as it offers indeed valuable options. If not, a Standard Radio, with
1 plane setup, elevons, servo reverse and should serve you well.
If you learn alone, it will take you much more time than
if you learn with an instructor
True, but it depends a lot on you actually, and how you can learn. If you have
the patience to read, and understand well, and if you follow certain steps,
SOLO, you will be eventually perfectly fine, regarding time and learning.
Fine, but not as good as if there would be indeed an instructor with you.
Looking at your mistakes, and telling you how to correct them. So yes, an
instructor is better in general, but you can learn SOLO, certainly with few
mistakes here and there, but nothing critical, if you follow a proper way
like the one mentioned here
but there are many others written many places.
If you learn on a simulator before, it will make a huge
difference in your learning curve, and will save you lot's of money due to
the avoided crashes
TRUE, so much true. FMS is for example a free Simulator and following proper learning steps with it, you can learn and do your mistakes and try
all kinds of maneuvers, on the simulator. Lot's of money saved and countless
stories of people who flew an eventless 1st flight, after having spend 5 to
10 hours practicing on a simulator before.
Better to buy from a Local Hobby Shop than from the
INTERNET as you then get Services from the owner of the shop and some levels
Depends very much on the owner of the shop. For sure, during the buying
phase, anything will be promised. Reality later on is not always there. Some
owner have no time anymore to teach you, have not a lot of time to also help
you if you plan to build it. Of course their interest is to keep you as a
customer, so most will be helpful, but be aware that the sky is not as
dreamy here. Lot's of people got disappointed. Best is again to have someone
who is in the hobby,
to ask, local, or virtual, on on the
Ezone Forums or other
local forums, within the country you leave in.
Small planes are easier to manage than bigger ones
Don't think so. They are usually more nervous and more sensitive to the
wind, and more difficult to spot, if they go just a little away from you. My
personal preference for the wingspan to start with would be around 1m (39.4
Inches). Not too big, not too small, and overall stable with some small
Foam planes are unbreakable
Not true. They break much less than Balsa planes but they also break, in
certain conditions. What is also important to understand is that even if the outside
remains sometimes not too damaged, their internal parts are as for example a
heavy battery will just be like a bullet breaking everything on the way,
during the crash
Mixed, Foam and Balsa, planes take the best of each world
Could be true. Difficult to give an answer to such a general statement,
which you will hear time to time. It depends which parts are in Balsa, and
which ones are not so here, I would just advise to understand the physics of
the structure and apply common sense. Just think about a crash, after you
understood the structure and you should be able to anticipate well its
strength and weaknesses
Better to learn with a landing gear than without
Not true, better to learn with as little variables as possible. A landing
gear will force you to land on certain fields, and with a certain angle. No
landing gear offers much more easiness to select the place to land. Choose,
for your first plane, one without landing gear.
A Trainer should be a plane that automatically comes back
to horizontal, if you release the stick
True. These are the best planes to start with. One of the most important
feature for a 1st plane. When you loose it, the feeling that you can just
release the stick and in most cases, the plane will have the behavior of
coming back to neutral flight is very securing.
Using a Gyro is not a good thing, you just don't learn
well with it
Not true. You just maybe break less planes with it and you also sometimes
could do without it, but Gyro, which will put back your plane to neutral
flight, as soon as you release the sticks are worth gold ! A Gyro is like an
instructor, which when you loose it, takes over, and it has the time, in
most cases to do so. Is it better than an instructor, again, the answer is
no, but it is much better than flying alone also. The down part is that they
are expensive, so the trade of is how much money saved, as opposed as if you
would break your plane. Usually, they are worth the money when you think of
this. But again, many people could make it without, just you may loose more
money than the cost of the Gyro, except if you break the Gyro on a crash,
then you lost on all levels.