I generally don't recommend two channel planes. If you decide to get one, think about what wind! A critical piece of advice to you and to all two channel pilots. Respect the wind! REALLY RESPECT THE WIND!!!!!
These planes either have throttle and rudder or throttle and differential
thrust, which does about the same thing.
If you fly on a windy day you have a very high probability of losing the
plane. Why, because you have no way to fight the wind. If the plane gets
down wind from you, and it will, here is what happens. You hit the power to
fight the wind, but these planes climb when you hit the power, so instead of
coming back to you, they climb and as they climb, the wind pushes the plane
A very very experience two channel pilot can work around this through a series
of maneuvers called the death spiral. However, this is a difficult thing to
control for a new pilot. There is a fellow in our club who has lost two
Firebird Commanders to the wind. I even lost an Aerobird because I did not
know to push the nose down to dive into the wind at the time. It was my first
Now, when the wind is mild to moderate, 2-5 mph, he is very very good with
this plane. However he is still pretty new, maybe 15 flights, and has not
learned how to handle this plane in the wind.
A three channel plane with elevator control can push the nose down and dive
into the wind to come back. So, don't fly your rudder/elevator or diff thrust
plane in wind over 5 MPH until you are very good with the plane. Don't get
over 7 MPH until you can easily fight your way back from a down wind position.
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Here are some three channel planes I do recommend.
I started on an Aerobird RTF. I love it and recommend it highly I have
almost 250 flights on mine. It is a ready to fly package which includes the
radio, charger, batteries, and all. $150
Other good RTF Starter Planes
Slow-V from Parkzone (I haven't flown this but reports are good.)
T-Hawk - RTF or without radio
T-Hawk - Without Radio - add your radio and receiver
T-Hawk Discussion Thread
Hopped up T-Hawk
Easy Star - RTF
Easy Star - ARF
Discussion Thread on Easy Star