Yesterday and this morning were the mainden flights on my Aerobird. Yesterday I finally found an area large enough to give the Aerobird a try. It was quite windy and from my past experience with a lost FirebirdXL I knew I should not fly this day, what the heck, I have elevator control this time. After checking the trim I toss the AB into the wind at full throttle, it climbs perfectly in the turbulent air, I throttle back to half throttle at the detent on the slider. I have added the X-pack tail by the way. I manage to get the AB to make nice easy gentle turns in both directions, very pleased with the response (turns WAY better than my FBXL). It has been a year since I flew the FBXL and I forgot how nerve racking it can be flying in wind (my knees were knocking so bad I thought my pants would catch fire from the friction). After about five minutes I decided that I had better land before I loose this one too. I made a broad turn into the wind, cut power and glided to a hard and flat landing, using a little down elevator to force it down due to the wind, I flared a little late and landed hard and flat, however there was zero damage. What a difference the elevator made. Today I tried two more flights each about five minutes in length, I was anxious to try some landings. Even though the landing caused me to walk 75-100 feet to where I brought it down they were both perfect glide in landings with a little flare at the end to settle smoothly onto the ground (dirt, rocks and small weeds, kinda like the surface of Mars, except for the weeds.). Zero damage so far. Between the added tail control surfaces and the elevator this was way better than the FBXL which I tended to cartwheel all to often on landing attempts. I know that I will crash this AB many times and I was somewhat supprised to have made three flights and landings without any damage so far. I am hooked, I would have flown more today but the wind picked up a little and I did not want to push my good luck. I had taped all wing edges and performed the motor mod using a zip tie prior to the first flights.