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Old Oct 28, 2009, 01:28 PM
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From how far can my controller reach my plane

I still got my stock EZ* and today I did a new altitude record 337meters/1236feets.

I was wondering how far I can go with my EZ*, when using the Hitec Zebra 4 FM pro controller and the Hitec Zebra ZR 105SF receiver ? I had no problems controlling my plane at that distance. But someday I'm afraid that I go to high, and loose the control.
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Old Oct 28, 2009, 06:05 PM
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If you go to high and lose control hen you are ok as when it starts to come down you will get it back. Going to far away and losing control is another thing as it will properly drop to the ground. the best way to know for sure how far you can go with you're setup is to test it and you can do this with the help of a friend. have someone hold the plane while you walk away while controlling it until you no longer have control, this will give you a better idead then a online member saying he can go 1500-2000-3000 ft.
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Old Oct 28, 2009, 06:22 PM
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You will first lose sight of the plane
BUT if your radio batteries are low, well, I hope the plane lands close to here
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Old Oct 28, 2009, 08:08 PM
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There are too many variables to say an exact distance a particular plane can fly before losing control. Bottom line is, straight up is the only direction you would want to go out of range if you need to. Any other direction and you will probably lose it.

Generally, there is a failsafe that cuts the throttle when it is out of range, meaning it'll float back down within range. Just don't fly it 2000 feet horizontally over a neighborhood. BAD IDEA

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Old Oct 28, 2009, 08:17 PM
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if you need binoculars to fly the plane properly, it's too far anyways!
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Old Oct 28, 2009, 10:36 PM
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Old Oct 28, 2009, 11:43 PM
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With most any popular radio systems you can get too far off to see orientation before you lose radio contact. At least if you can't see an EZ*, it is likely to come down okay by itself if you cut the power and let go the stick (unless it's over a freeway).
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Old Oct 28, 2009, 11:44 PM
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That radio is only rated for short range, so about 1500ft. would be max. And the receiver is a refaced Micro05S
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 08:37 AM
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That radio is only rated for short range, so about 1500ft. would be max. And the receiver is a refaced Micro05S
1500ft, that's about 450 meters. Maybe I should not go any higher, so far.

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Old Oct 29, 2009, 03:12 PM
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A couple of things.
If trying to check the range in the air, always do it up wind, never down wind. If the model loses the signal, hopefully it will drift with the wind back towards you.

Tx aerials radiate a signal rather like the shape of a donut. So pointing your aerial at the plane is usually a lower signal strength than turning the side to the model.
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