I'm only an intermediate pilot at best, but I have this plane and like it. On the recommended low rate, I found I wanted a bit more elevator travel, but otherwise I programmed it as recommended. In the mid rate I enjoy going up and working in snap rolls. The full 3D rate is super-touchy. To me (again, no expert) it has a "connected" and responsive feel. For close to the same money, though, a buddy set up a similar sized Extreme Flight. A lot better bang for the buck, IMHO. The carbon z may be tougher and easier to repair, but I haven't tested that theory. On mine the included prop was way out of balance. I've also seen threads about servos going bad, and the motor mount cracking on the earlier ones. Bottom line for me: Fun plane that flies great and goes from LHS to the air in no time. Only real negative- price.