I got an Aerobird Challenger for myself (from my wife)for Christmas. I
practiced by downloading a simulator demo I found online. There are a
number of them out there. I used Ripmax but I know a number of people
use the FMS simulator. These can control your simulated RC plane with
a regular joystick or hook up to your transmitter if you have the more
After flying on my computer for two nights and countless virtual
crashes I could finally take off, circle the field, perform some
loops, and sort of land my virtual plane. I felt I was ready to fly my
I flew it on a windy day...NOT recommended. 10-15mph Wait till below 5
if starting out. Try a nice level throw into the wind with the
throttle at about 3/4 of max. Level off and let her climb a bit while
slowly turning to get the feel. I found that after the 2nd flight I
wanted the added control that I had in my simulator so I put my
aerobird into Pro mode for the added control. Wow, what a difference!
I have only been flying since the week before Christmas and I have the
hang of it pretty well. I attribute it to the simulator and flying in
various conditions. Here are two links to some short videos my 8 year
old and my sister-in-law took of me flying.
Be sure to sign up for my Aerobird group found on these pages so you
can trade your experiences.
Post by pjw
Hi! I'm wondering if I can get some guidance as regards how to get started
with RC flight. I've always been interested in aviation (scanning, Flight
Sim, etc) but have never toyed with RC models. For my birthday (55...) my
wife presented me with a RTF Aerobird Challenger. The booklet suggests
contacting an instructor if you've never done this before. Does anyone know
where I can find a club (or whatever) in the area of Sussex County, NJ? I
don't want to crash the thing on the first day out, although I realize that
this may be wishful thinking, but I figure I'll give it an honest shot as
this seems like it may be a lot of fun.