Shop our Airplanes Products Drone Products Sales
Thread Tools
Oct 28, 2009, 01:28 PM
Registered User

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.
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Oct 28, 2009, 06:05 PM
Surface, Air & Water Rc Toys..
freechip's Avatar
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.
Oct 28, 2009, 06:22 PM
nicoyenny's Avatar
You will first lose sight of the plane
BUT if your radio batteries are low, well, I hope the plane lands close to here
Oct 28, 2009, 08:08 PM
Registered User
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

Oct 28, 2009, 08:17 PM
wind sucks
if you need binoculars to fly the plane properly, it's too far anyways!
Oct 28, 2009, 10:36 PM
outngo's Avatar
Most are rated 1miles+
Oct 28, 2009, 11:43 PM
old pilot
Ickarusmelt's Avatar
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).
Oct 28, 2009, 11:44 PM
Team Hitec, Customer Support
Xpress..'s Avatar
That radio is only rated for short range, so about 1500ft. would be max. And the receiver is a refaced Micro05S
Latest blog entry: Weekender Warehouse
Oct 29, 2009, 08:37 AM
Registered User
Originally Posted by Xpress..
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.

Oct 29, 2009, 03:12 PM
An itch?. Scratch build.
eflightray's Avatar
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.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Poll How far have you flown from Base Poll Bindle83 FPV Talk 36 Nov 01, 2009 05:54 PM
Poll How far do you travel to reach your nearest flying field? arukum17 Sailplane Talk 73 Apr 13, 2008 04:45 PM
How far can I push my Multicont X-08 ESC tduro Beginner Training Area (Aircraft-Electric) 3 Apr 30, 2005 11:28 AM
How far can I push my Multicont X-08 ESC tduro Electric Ducted Fan Jet Talk 0 Apr 28, 2005 03:42 PM