| Wow thanks for your help...
| I figured it out myself, there probably isn't an instructer around
| for hundreds of miles
Seriously, get some in-person help. It doesn't have to be somebody
who calls themself an instructor, you don't need a buddy box (but it
would be a good idea), but do get some help from somebody who has some
experience with glow powered R/C planes. Even a few minutes of help
from them will greatly increase your chance of success.
You've found (and corected, hopefully) one of several dozen little
things that could make your plane unflyable. It's almost impossible
to get one of these glow planes ready to fly when you've never flown
one before -- you just don't know what to check. Have you broken in
your engine? (If you don't, you may ruin it!)
And even then, assuming that everything is installed, adjusted and
trimmed properly, the odds of somebody who has never flown an R/C
plane (even somebody who has a pilot's license) taking off and landing
successfully is almost nil.
The small park fliers fare a good deal better -- the electric motors
are less tricky to get running, they fly slower and are likely to
survive a crash, but this plane (0.40 sized, glow powered) flies a lot
faster and is a lot more fragile. Even a hard landing will do damage,
and a good crash is likely to destroy the airframe.
Not only is it fast, it's heavy, with a big metal thing up front. If
it hits something or somebody, it's going to do some real damage.
People get killed by these things.
If you do decide to fly it by yourself, with no sort of experienced
help, make sure you do it out in the middle of nowhere, with nobody
around. It's not generally wise to fly by yourself, so have a friend
with you, but have him seek cover. Don't have any other spectators.
And if possible, have him have a video camera to record your first
flight -- crash videos are quite popular.
Doug McLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org
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