Why Do You Fly RC Planes?

I have been thinking: why do I fly RC planes? Well, I decided to tell you!

1. It can be relaxing
2. It can be exciting
3. It is nearly always fun
4. It’s something to do
5. It gets you outside and off of the couch

Now, it’s your turn! List your top five reasons why you enjoy flying RC planes in the comments.

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‘Tis the Season Buying Guide 2014

This is umFlight’s first Christmas season. To be honest, I had two very different visions of what umFlight would be like at this time when starting umFlight. It turns out that both were very wrong.

Vision 1: was of me having posts scheduled for months in advance, hundreds of visitors a day, and dozens of comments a week. While this happened, I would sit back, write a post or two a week, and relax.

Reality 1: Posts, at the most, are only scheduled for, maybe, a month. I have about 20-30 page views a day and barely any comments (so far!) as umFlight starts to gain more and more traction. I’m not complaining, though!

Vision 2: umFlight would just be a novelty and its novelty would be long gone by the end of October, let alone December!

Reality 2: umFlight is still going strong and is steadily growing. Yes, post can be a chore to write once in a while when I have no inspiration, but for the most part, I love it.

The Actual Post:

I have put together a list of great RC planes and a few quads to buy someone (or yourself!) this holiday season. Here they are:

Quadcopters:

Estes Proto X: The Proto X might be a quadcopter, but it’s very fun to fly. It’s also the one of the smallest quads in the world, so you can easily fly it in your house! Best of all, it is only $29. Great stocking stuffer! (no review yet)

Blade Nano QX: In my opinion, this and the Proto X are the best indoor quads. This one can fit four Protos on top of it, but it is easily flown inside the house. It includes SAFE, too. It goes for $69-$89. (No review yet)

Blade 200 QX: The best quad I’ve ever flown is… the 200 QX. It packs four brushless motors and SAFE. The price is $229 BNF. (No review yet)

Planes:

Parkzone Night Vapor: It’s an indoor plane made by Parkzone. With the included 70 mAH battery, it flies up to five minutes. Put in a 150 mAH battery, and it has flight times of 10+ minutes. (Remember that ‘your mileage may vary’). It costs $99 BNF and $129 RTF. (No review yet)

Hobbyzone Champ Everybody needs a Champ. It is my favorite UM so far. $89 RTF. (My review)

E-Flite UMX Radian: The UMX Radian is a UM glider with AS3X. I have easily flown it in 10 MPH winds. The max wind I ever flew it in was probably a 15-20 MPH wind. So, it’s perfect for winter winds. It’s $89 BNF. (My review)

Conclusion:

These are just a few great planes to get this holiday season.

Happy flying!

5 Indoor Aircraft Perfect For Cold Weather

With cold weather rapidly approaching for those up north, it’s time to begin moving RC aircraft fun inside!

I’ve assembled a list of great indoor UM aircraft. Because there are so few indoor planes, I have included some quadcopters.

1. Parkzone Night Vapor: The Night Vapor flies very well inside. I get about 3-5 minutes of flight time on the stock 70 mAH battery, but I get 10 minutes of fun when I use one of my 150-180 mAH Li-Po batteries. (No review yet…)

2. E-Flite FPV Vapor:
I haven’t flown the FPV Vapor, but it is basically a Night Vapor with no lights and FPV. I’m thinking of buying one soon… (I haven’t flown it yet…)

3. Blade Nano QX: Even if you prefer planes, the NQX is a lot of fun to fly. I can get flight times of 4 minutes while flying in my living room. Stability mode makes flying a breeze, but Agility mode, well, let’s just say that it’s VERY challenging. (No review yet…)

4. Estes Proto X: The Proto X comes in an FPV version, a version with SLT, and the regular version. The regular is $29, comes in several colors, and is one of the smallest quads available! (No review yet…)

Conclusion:

There are several great, small aircrafts available.

Sorry for not getting this out at 5:00 AM. I completely forgot to finish and schedule the post!

Also, umFlight has gotten over 1000 views this month alone. Thank you, readers!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

5 Great First UM Planes

If you are looking for a first RC plane, then I have a list of planes which are best suited to be your first ultra-micro RC plane.
Note that this list ONLY includes good first ULTRA MICRO planes. Planes bigger than ultra micros are not included in this list.

1. Hobbyzone Champ: In the hobby, this great plane is highly regarded as the king of easy to fly ultra micros (my review).

2. Hobbyzone Duet: This is the plane that I started with after switching from helis to planes. A great plane, but with some issues like no real rudder (differential thrust, which means that, to accomplish a turn, the motor on one side speeds up and the other slows down) and being more sensitive to wind that the Champ in my opinion. (I don’t have a review… yet)

3. Hobbyzone Sport Cub S: For newbies who want more of a challenge than the Champ/Duet. It is definitely a great second plane, but a first time flyer could fly it. (my review)

4. UMX Radian BNF: This one is a powered glider that is slightly bigger and faster compared to the others listed. However, it is a fairly forgiving plane, and several people have reported learning to fly with this one. Probably one of the more challenging on this list. You do, however, need to purchase a transmitter separately. The DX6 and DX6i will both serve you well, as will any other transmitter from Spektrum. (my review)

5. Parkzone Night Vapor: this one’s very forgiving. You can learn to fly RC planes in your living room! The one drawback is that it’s more fragile than the other planes on this list. (I don’t have a review… yet)

All of the above planes come in RTF versions (include everything you need to fly in the box). The exception is the UMX Radian, which only comes in a BNF version. If you own a Spektrum transmitter, then t saves you a few bucks. If not, you’ll need to buy one with your Radian.

Don’t worry, Spektrum transmitters are a good investment. Just don’t buy the Spektrum DX4, DX4e, or DX5. They are MUCH more basic than the DX6i and above.

Also, the Hobbyzone Duet is the only plane that doesn’t come in a BNF version.

I have flown (and own or have owned) all of these planes. I’ll have to post a review for the Duet and Night Vapor in the near future. I’ll update this post to include links to the Night Vapor and Duet reviews once they’re up.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

Do you have another plane to add to this list? Post its name in a comment and include a brief disruption of it!

The Ultimate 1S AS3X and SAFE UM Plane List

Earlier today, I was looking for a list on this. I could not find one, so I decide to make a list of UM AS3X planes. This list, for your convenience, also includes planes with SAFE.

I have posted before about what AS3X is. To sum it up, AS3X uses a 3 axis gyro to compensate for anything (wind) that takes the plane off of its course. This makes AS3X aircraft more resistant to wind.

SAFE is AS3X with an accelerometer (self leveling), flight modes, and a Panic Switch/Button. Read more about SAFE in my post about SAFE and AS3X.

Please note that this list only includes 1S planes (planes that use a 1S li-po batteries).

Also, Parkzone will not continue to make new ultra micro’s. All new Horizon Hobby ultra micro planes will be sold under the E-Flite brand.

The List of AS3X (UM) Planes:

E-Flite Carbon Cub SS EDIT: The E-Flite Carbon Cub SS is an AS3X plane, but it is not 1S. My mistake.

E-Flite UMX Radian

E-flite UMX F4U Corsair

Parkzone UM P-51D with AS3X

NEW (11-10-14): E-Flite UMX B-17

UM Planes with SAFE (and AS3X):

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S

 

Thanks for reading! Look for a new post this Sunday; Sunday’s only a few days away! I can only tell you that it’s a review on a great plane that is listed above!