I have stopped my Predator build and sold most of my gear, for now. Doing more research and looking to get a good basic trainer (.40 or .60 class) not sure if it will be nitro or electric yet. A 2.4 gHz radio system. And put in some simple build time and then get experience flying.

The Predator became a stalled frustrating build because I was trying too much at once, without any experience to back myself up.

I hope to get a system with at least a remote activated camera in the next 6-8 months.

Anybody have ideas on a really good .40 or .60 trainer and radio system? I am not at all interested in aerobatics, so a sedate stable flier is all I need.


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Comment by Morli on February 23, 2010 at 12:12am
Hi Ron,welcome back,
I have flown hobbico Nexstar and thunder tiger trainer MKII , both are stable trainer for the nitro UAV., note that I haven't heard or seen any one using it as UAV here yet , models like J3 cub & few other are in circulation.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 23, 2010 at 12:12am
Well done on stopping the Predator. Looks to me that you are now headed in the right direction.

First step is to download FMS, Flying Model Simulator, not the most elegant, but its free and it works.

Then find a local model flying club. Those guys will give you plenty of advice and train you properly.

I would advise you head towards electric as its simply easier. Less stuff to carry out to the field, no fuel glow plug, starter.

Any high wing trainer of about 40-60 inches will do, its what they are made for ;-)

Good luck!!
Comment by Ron Jacobs on February 23, 2010 at 12:26am
Thanks Gary. The Predator was neat to look at, but I was getting nervous about having to fly it at some point...
Comment by Ron Jacobs on February 23, 2010 at 12:28am
Thanks for the tips on planes Morli.
Comment by Ron Jacobs on February 23, 2010 at 12:29am
Ok, sorry, I think I'm "Noobing" all over the place here. :)

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 23, 2010 at 12:41am
Well don't worry too much about that, I think it would be interesting if you kept your blog posts updated as to your flying training program, and asked questions in the forum rather.

Its confusing I know.

Now go fly!!!

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on February 23, 2010 at 5:10am
I have had a good experience with the Phoenix Trainer .60

Very good flight behavior (wont stall even if you try to force it). Plenty of space for UAV stuff and more then enough lift with the extra equipment. Easy to convert into a electric power system.
Comment by Mike Bakula on February 23, 2010 at 5:46am
Let me put in a good word for the Easystar -- it's easy to fly (I'm, at best, a novice R/C pilot) and tough enough to handle hard landings (and trees...) If you double the rudder area and upgrade to a brushless motor, it's remarkably nimble. The light wing loading makes it hard to stall, and easy to keep up with when landing. It's only flaw as a trainer is that it can be difficult to get it to descend if you keep _any_ throttle on -- simply pointing the nose down will cause it scream by in ground effect, and take forever to flare.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 23, 2010 at 10:44am
Tut tut Mike, power controls rate of descent or ascent, pointing the nose up or down controls speed, yes I know more power more speed but thats not what I meant ;-)

Every good landing starts with a good approach

Yes I have had a couple of red wines.
Comment by Mike Bakula on February 23, 2010 at 11:25am
Indeed. Mostly, I'm trying to get across that approach power is even lower on the EasyStar than you might expect. I've thought about putting in a reversing motor controller, just to get more drag; generally the approach angle for the EasyStar is _really_ low.


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