In the fun, easy-to-fly spirit of the Firebird RTF airplane, the
Sky Surfer paraplane was recently introduced . Perhaps the most
remarkable thing about the Sky Surfer is not that it's a paraplane,
but that it has zippy climb performance and handling that, until
now, has largely been missing from R/C paraplanes.
Power to spare
The Sky Surfer's Mabuchi 370 motor geardrive and composite propeller
make a potent combination that provide enough "oomph"
to allow rolling takeoffs, in addition to the normal hand-launch
technique. Climb performance is spirited as well. Cruise speeds
are in the very manageable 7-10 mph range, thanks to the excess
power of the Mabuchi that lets you throttle back to half power
for maintaining level flight.
||The Sky Surfer's sophisticated
patented steering system allows positive and precise control
during lots of maneuvers. We were able to slalom around obstacles,
execute tight spirals up and down, thermal, pylon race, and
shoot precise touch-and-go's with complete control authority.
The Sky Surfer's combination of manageable speed
and positive control should make it a favorite for beginners,
since it practically assures a successful start and will soothe
some of the butterflies most first timers feel as they learn to
control an R/C aircraft.
Included are a 2-channel
TX, a snap-together gondola, a parafoil with preattached shroud
lines, running hardware, a 600mAh Ni-Dc battery pack, and a 30-minute
DC fast charger.
Sophisticated design makes assembly a breeze
The Sky Surfer comes with everything needed to get it flying,
except 6 "AA" batteries for the included transmitter.
All the electronics are installed, hooked up, and ready to go.
All that's left to do is 20 minutes of assembly. This involves
snapping together the gondola parts and attaching the big 50''
x 18'' parafoil's shroud lines to the steering mechanism. The
included instruction manual and real-time video eliminate any
guesswork and should allow a first timer to finish the assembly
with confidence. After assembly is complete, just charge up the
600mAh battery pack with the included quick charger and fly!
No experience necessary
The Sky Surfer is about as easy as it gets when it comes to flying
a radio control aircraft, and it's virtually crash-proof due to
its durable construction. It uses the same super-simple throttle
and steering setup of the Firebird. To steer, push the radio's
rudder control to the left or right. Push the proportional throttle
control full forward to climb, throttle back to mid-throttle for
cruise, and simply pull the throttle all the way back to descend.
The big parafoil canopy brings the Sky Surfer gently back to earth
while maintaining full steering control all the way down.
||The Sky Surfer's receiver, motor, and steering servo are
all driven off the one 600mAh battery pack. This saves weight
and hassle. When the battery gets low, power to the motor
is shut off automatically, reserving the remaining power for
the steering controls so a safe landing can be made.
While the Sky Surfer Paraplane will definitely
have loads of appeal with beginners, we're certain there are plenty
of people who already fly R/C who will get a real kick out of
it too because of its unusually spirited performance. The Sky
Surfer is unlike most R/C aircraft out there, including other
R/C paraplanes. Whether you're a beginner or a bonafide wing nut,
the Sky Surfer is nothing short of flying fun for everyone.
Specifications: Weight: 19
oz (550g); Canopy Dimensions: 50x18 in (1261 x 460 mm)
Prop: 9x4; Motor: Mabuchi 370; Speed: 6-10 mph (10-16 km/h); Running
Time: 3-4 minutes (with included 7.2V, 600mAh battery); 7-8 minutes
(with optional 7.2V 1100mAh battery)
Radio: 2-ch 27MHz AM proportional; Battery Pack: 7.2V, 600mAh
Ni-Cd; Charger: 12V DC Fast Charger 1.2A charge rate.
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