I decided last night to buy a new plane...a model one, however. I bought my father a very basic Hobbyzone Firebird Outlaw for Christmas last year. We had a blast taking the entire family on Christmas day over to a nearby ballfield for its maiden flight. And we got two or three in before it soared high, got into winds stronger than the engine, and landed 80 feet up in the woods across the street. Its still there.
So for July's trip to visit my parents, I'm getting a Hobbico Aero Voyager. Its one rung up ($100 vs. $50). About a foot wider and longer. Which should help it go slower (actually a good thing to keep it under control). And turn quicker. What I didn't know was that the Firebird Outlaw is a notorious pig at turning. Hence my problem with the wind and the woods. I considered an even nicer one, but I'm definitely still in the crashing phase (got one successful landing with the old plane) and I'll probably leave it at my parents' house. In the next level up ($180), the Multiplex EasyStar appears the best one -- it's almost universally out of stock, however, since summer is the rush time for model airplanes.