Is there a comparison of model types versus the milestones that reflects which plane is best for learning in ?
I bought an EPP flying wing some time ago and have taught myself and a few friends and family members, as well as any stranger with some curiosity, to get up into the blue yonder. My experience has been that it takes around 200-300 flights before you can hold a figure 8 pattern. It seems that the initial flights are the largest learning block since the flights are quite short and the window for learning the smallest as the person gets longer flights in they tend to learn quicker. Roughly the learning curve goes as follows :
- The first 50-100 flights, with flight times of 5-15 seconds, one gets the control down (Dive, climb, left and right).
- The next 100-200 flights, with flight times of 15-30 seconds, one can start transitioning to powered flight.
- The 200-300 thereafter, with flight times of 30 seconds to a few minutes, one gets comfortable with it flying back at you and across your view.
The general claim is that a slow flying, top wing is best for learning but I have had fair success with a flying wing. I intend to use a discuss launch glider next as you can give the person a longer flying time for the initial learning curve and I was wondering what others experiences/learning curves were with different model types.
I'm curious about the folk who selected the "wrong" thing to learn on and how they got along none the less. Perhaps it turns out that one type of craft is better for learning on then some other; granted a top wing is the likely result.