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1st time flyer

Warrick FitzGeraldWarrick FitzGerald Club Members Posts: 10

Hi guys,

I'm looking to put together a cost effective 1st time flyer package.

Plane + Controller.

I feel quite overwhelmed with the controller options specifically as I don't understand what controller works with which planes.

For example if I buy a $60 controller today will I wish I'd just purchased the $150 version a month from now.

I'd appreciate some advice / what your experience was and some of the hard lessons you learned while getting into the sport.



  • WTWUKWTWUK CornwallClub Members Posts: 13,511 ✭✭✭
    edited July 12

    For your radio, get the best you can afford - if you can something from FrSky (Taranis X9D+ or X10 if you can stretch to it) will serve you very well indeed, particularly as they can/do run OpenTX (even better put erskyTX on one!) firmware which is extremely configurable and has new features added with great regularity.

    And for your first aircraft, go for the AXN Floater Jet. Without doubt the best trainer there is!

  • Warrick FitzGeraldWarrick FitzGerald Club Members Posts: 10

    Thank you sir, I did exactly that. I got the Taranis X9D which was way more than I was planning to spend ... bu t that was really what I wanted to know ... am I going to buy 3 poor controller and then finally figure out that I should have just gotten the Taranis X9D ... and I think the answer was yes, just drop the $. Thanks, looking forward to testing it all out.

  • Warrick FitzGeraldWarrick FitzGerald Club Members Posts: 10

    I just realized that I needed a reciever on the plane also. Is the FrSky R9 Slim+ a descent option to go with the plane? The Taranis X9D+ that I purchased came with a FrSky R9M.

  • WTWUKWTWUK CornwallClub Members Posts: 13,511 ✭✭✭

    You can use the R9 receiver, but check on the legal aspects of using it in your country.

    But you can still use the D series receivers anywhere.

  • Warrick FitzGeraldWarrick FitzGerald Club Members Posts: 10

    Thanks, I'm in the USA and from what I've read the majority of the restrictions seem to apply more to Europe. What I couldn't figure out is why I'd go for a regular R9 reciever instead of the R9 Slim+ ... the regular R9 just seems bigger and heavier .. why would I ever want to do that?

  • WTWUKWTWUK CornwallClub Members Posts: 13,511 ✭✭✭

    Potentially the standard R9 rx has a better/more components giving longer and more robust RF link.

    Very often mini/micro rx have less range. Not always - but often mini-rx are more used for parkflyer models, rather than big aircraft that need lots of space.

  • Lee Osborne Lee Osborne Club Members Posts: 17

    I know you’ve already had great advice and purchased a transmitter but another way to look at it is that as an absolute beginner why pay more than you have to in case you find the hobbies not for you?

    i have the Turnigy i6 and it’s cheap and fantastic value.

    ive had Spektrum in the past and found that the i6 does almost everything a £200 + set does at a fraction of the cost.

    Best of luck with your first flights!

  • Warrick FitzGeraldWarrick FitzGerald Club Members Posts: 10

    Thanks Lee, noted. I can always return goods but I have a feeling I'm only going to get deeper into this. If you understood how many Youtube video's I've watched at this point ... lol

  • WTWUKWTWUK CornwallClub Members Posts: 13,511 ✭✭✭

    Once the bug bites .. heheh!

    I had only ever intended to stick with just one 450 class helicopter. That ended up being five, plus 3 x 500 x 2, a 600, 700, 250 x 3, fixed wing x 8, multicopters x 5.

    Unfortunately, my flying field has been refurbished into a pair of fenced off football pitches, so for fixed wing it means a better part of 45 mile round trip to fly them, so most have been sold off.

    In the beginning I had a 6 channel radio that I 'thought' would do fine. It did - until I needed channel 7. Taranis was not available then, so I got a 10 channel radio. It was great. Until I needed channel 11 ... see where this is going?

    Keep the Taranis. You will never need to buy another radio.

  • Warrick FitzGeraldWarrick FitzGerald Club Members Posts: 10

    So I got all the kit ... took it on vacation with me thinking I'd build it with the kids .. I have computer and a soldering iron etc. so thought i'd be fine. But this R9 Slim+ receiver really is not a good fit for a beginner and what I'm trying to do. The plan has all the servo's terminated on nice little connectors that want to be plugged into a receiver which has a receiving connector ... no soldering required.

    So now I'm stuck deciding do I cut the connectors off all these servers and try to solder them up to the R9 Slim+ ... or call it off an just order a receiver that works with my setup and I can just connect these leads to easily.

    What does seem silly is the AXN Floater Jet has a really nice manual, but:
    1. Doesn't mention that you're going to need glue to assemble it (obvious in hindsight of course)
    2. Points out all kinds of suggested accessories .. but nothing about a receiver. Or what to look for in your receiver.

    Now when I purchased my Taranis X9D+ I got a R9M transmitter with it ... and of course ******* Prime has everything on earth except a R9 900 Mhz receiver. Not the end of the world .. ordered one on eBay .. I didn't buy from HobbyKing because the website confused me ... Radios > All Receivers and then filter by 900 Mhz ... you would think that the FrSky R9 would be there .. but it's not and it seems to only list a bunch of 2.4Ghz receivers ... which if I understand correctly will NOT work with my R9M 900 Mhz transmitter.

    I'm probably just not understanding something here.

  • WTWUKWTWUK CornwallClub Members Posts: 13,511 ✭✭✭
    edited July 20

    Any FrSky D or X series will also work with the X9D+. You don't even need to use the LR9 module in the back. In fact, you don't even have to plug it in!

    Do youself a big favour and forget all about the LR9 stuff - get a D8R Plus or whatever they are nowadays, or an X8R, use the Taranis internal RF system and fly!

  • Warrick FitzGeraldWarrick FitzGerald Club Members Posts: 10

    Thanks, yes I just figured out the same thing. I didn't realize I didn't need the external unit and that I could just use the controller @ 2.4 Ghz. Thanks.

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