I've had some experience with RC planes over the years, but a few decades ago. I have some larger planes which I'm afraid to fly (and crash). I saw recommendations for this plane and bought it. I took it to a local park with soccer fields and had plenty of space to fly. You need to give it a good toss to launch it. The gyro/stabilizer made it very easy to fly. I had a little wind and the gyro helped with that. I was practicing turns, landings and was even doing loops in intermediate mode. You may need to trim it a bit, and I had to adjust the pushrod for the elevator as well. I got about 12.5 minutes of flight time on each of the two batteries that came with it. I averaged about 60% throttle for my flights. Just basically relax and have fun flying. I would definitely recommend this.