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E-Flite Apprentice
March 6, 2015
4:08 pm
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Dave
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I finally got p----d off with trying to learn on cheap and largely unsuitable planes and lashed out on an E-flite Apprentice from the local distributor. I am delighted with it and it lives up to all the claims made for it, especially the SAFE technology. This thing has allowed me to get on with the business of learning to fly without having to run back to Mandurah to fix yet another crash.
Today in fairly high winds I was able to practice washing off height and speed by side-slipping and doing steep approaches with touch and goes. No problem , and after a bunch of circuits and six batteries I'm still on the original prop - totally a first for me :)

I think this plane is worth every cent of the $460 paid and when the inevitable prang happens parts are readily available. It also comes with a nice radio - Spectrum D5 , one battery and basic charger all in the box. I've already got a couple of good chargers and a bunch of 2200mAh 3S batteries .

I'm expecting to get enough proficiency to get my other models in the air but being on FIFO I'm time limited and love that this thing is just grab and go.
Going for another session Sat 7/3/15 and hope to see some of you there.

March 12, 2015
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Good stuff Dave, I too was impressed with the apprentice it handled the wind like it was nothing. I'm looking at one for one of my nephews.
Your flying has improved out of sight too mate, just need a better roster to get to the field more often. See you next time your off. Laugh

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March 27, 2015
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Thanks for the kind words Darren. All credit to the Apprentice! I'ts allowing me time and wiggle room to actually learn - can't rate it highly enough and anyone starting should just go right out and get one. I've already been through a few other "trainers" and this ones the real deal :)

I'm back 26/03 and will be heading out during the week and weekend -- 2/1 swing now , so more flying, more often.

March 31, 2015
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Cool, more flying time. How did the weekend go? Had to work so not very happy the weather fined up now but that's nothing unusual.

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April 6, 2015
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Had a couple of flights and was probably a bit late getting out there on the Saturday. Quit while the going was good and just when the land yachts were getting ready. Watched some pretty nice flying though.

May 23, 2015
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Hey Dave look what I picked up....
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Be teaching one of my nephews who's shown interest to fly soon.....Cool

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May 30, 2015
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Nice work Darren! Great choice and your nephew will easily learn on this without getting discouraged. I wish I'd bought mine way earlier.

A couple of worthwhile mods are :-

A sheet of plasticard over the top of the wing-fuselage intersection - to protect from rubber bands digging in to the foam.

Replacing the nose-wheel steering rod with a Sullivan 2x56 rod and metal clevis - this having a double V-springbent into it as a shock absorber. Mine took a hiding resulting in shock loading of the supplied nylon clevis, failing frequently. I have also increased elevator authority by moving the clevis in one hole from the recommended setting. This allows for a decent flare and has taken a lot of strain off the nose gear.

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