Methodology used for this comparison
Bernard and I decided to first build a
methodology which could be applied, regardless of the plane tested, and that
would rate the plane fairly, regardless how unique it is. Then, it needed to be
simple, clear, practical and scalable.
How did we select the planes for this comparison
The list of planes that you hear could be good as a 1st plane is important !
The one that actually would, is much lower.
Still, many manufacturers work to provide very good 1st planes,
planes that respect what's important in this category, and we can certainly
applaud some of progress made in the last few years.
So many times have someone heard recommendations for a plane, and so many times was
it disappointing. Not necessarily even intentional bad advises, sometimes, people
just don't know there is something better, other times, they are attached so
much to their plane, that they don't see anything
else around. Like blind love.
We selected planes mainly due to their
popularities within Electric Forums. Since Bernard and I also had some other
planes which were not as popular, but would help to differentiate within the
table, we also added them.
For the Grades: For the planes we owned, it was pretty easy as we
challenged each other and came to a conclusion. For the planes we did not have,
we consulted pilots who owned them and if we would get enough people per plane,
we would then moderate the results received, then average the results.
Then, and finally, we would again modulate and compare all the results, plane
per plane, and then plane against all the other planes, per criteria.
We really tried hard to stay out of all these
considerations, and just go for the FACTS.
Misunderstanding and mistakes happen
because everyone agrees on a word or sentence, while actually, everyone
understood the words differently. No bad intention, just lack of shared
definitions. We will try here to define our criteria as well as possible, to
make sure they are clear.
- Nothing is perfect, but we tried our best.
Time and feedback will help to adjust here and there few details, so we
believe that this table will be like a good wine, only better with time.
- The notation used is not absolute, but more
like a plane to plane comparison which automatically, and naturally, pushed
us to adjust the notes accordingly. Meaning if a plane was rated 10 in a
category, then another comes and is better, so it means that the first 1 and
all the others, need to be downgraded.
- The Ranking was done on Recommended setups,
using what is written in the User
Manual. Some planes would be rated better, with some customization
- We did not rate the Plane Packing Box,
meaning how well it would ship and arrive as many people buy their plane at
their Local Hobby Shop, but it has to be noted that some manufacturers also
put efforts in this, and it will certainly show, on the short term, as many
planes are bought over the INTERNET.
- Some planes did not make it in the actual
table, but we are already working on them. New planes will be added with