| There's nothing wrong with a flat bottom wing.
They don't go fast efficiently. As your speed goes up (and you put
your angle of attack down to keep the plane from rising), the drag
goes up even more than it would with many other airfoils, because you
have to fly at a negative angle of attack.
Not a big problem for a powered plane, especially one that's meant to
be a trainer, but for a glider it's a big drawback, especially if
there's any wind, because it makes it hard to get your speed up
I'm not saying that flat bottom wings are bad, but there is at least
one thing `wrong' with them :)
| I've been flying since 1990, and I still enjoy flat bottom wings
| along with planes that are supposedly more "advanced". I like three
| channel planes, too.
I concur ...
| About the radio, just get a regular 4 channel 72MHz radio for less
| than $150.
Even better, if you have a friend who knows R/C gear and can help you
shop, pick up something used from somebody who's going spread
spectrum, and buy your low end 72 MHz radio for less. You could
probably find something for $50 that works well, and for $150 you
could probably get a nice computer radio that you probably won't ever
If you're going to spend $150 for low end 72 MHz gear, you might as
well spend a little more ($220 or so?) and get spread spectrum gear
with a low end computer radio. A Spektrum DX6i or Futaba 6EX comes to
| Your main concern will be that if somebody is nice enough to teach
| you to fly, you may want to get the same brand they have and hook up
| with a trainer cord.
You can get converter cables to go between most vendors, but it's
certainly simpler if you stick to the same vendor.
As for what plane to get, Tom might also want to consider an electric
plane line a Slow Stick. Small, very slow (so not much good in wind),
much more forgiving of mistakes (but if you have an instructor, there
should be no mistakes.) Not much noise or glow smell (even though I
mostly fly gliders and a few electrics now, I still love the smell of
glow. Don't love the mess, however.)
Doug McLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org
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