| Hello, all. Recently I've been considering the idea of making my | entrance into the field of radio-controlled flight as painless as | possible
Well, what part of it is paining you?
Buying a radio, engine and servos for this car, and the extra stuff needed to make it go, you've already spent most of the money that a plane will cost. So it can't be the cost that's paining you.
This also doesn't even sound like a fun car. It won't really do anything well -- the acceleration would be poor, handling would be poor. With a big prop right there, it'll be noisier than any other R/C car and there's the danger of prop strikes that normal R/C cars don't have.
Also, others have suggested that if you use radio gear using plane frequencies to be careful not to shoot anybody down -- good advice, but it's still illegal to do so. And you may shoot down a park flier nearby that you don't even know about.
The skills you gain from driving this car will help a little bit in flying a plane, but only a very little bit. Cars can stop, and they don't stall. :)
I've talked to you before a few years ago -- you live west of Austin, a bit far from a local club so an instructor is hard to come by? Most built up glow planes really do need an instructor if you're new to R/C (because they fly too fast and are too fragile), but some gliders and electrics do pretty well with newbies. I do a lot of slope flying at Mansfield Dam, and the planes I fly are pretty much indestructible. (Out there, the danger is losing the plane rather than damaging it.) You could give that a try -- it may even be not that far from you. Or planes like the Aerobird Extreme fly very well and yet are pretty easy for a beginner to fly. I know you'd prefer to go glow than electric, but the electric planes are pretty good.
The Aerobird Extreme is $190, and I believe it comes with everything you need. It's got a big foam nose to cushion crashes. It's also quite aerobatic if you want it to be. The downside is that the equipment in it won't transfer to your next plane ...