I'm lucky to say I knew David Payne "back when." DP and I traveled the RC circuit before his days with Horizon. He was always a pilot's pilot and a builder's builder. He was raised around RC and flying. When I asked him for flying tips he said, "I'll tell you what my Dad told me. Push the sticks. If the plane isn't doing what you want push them a different direction!"
We are all lucky that David is now at Horizon designing some of the be aircraft in the RC world. His latest, the Commander is sport flying plane. I cut my teeth in the days of 3D but I have to admit that a great flying sport plane is not only a stress reliever but can also make a great FPV plane (hint, hint). Let's see what Eflite has to say about this new RC plane:
This new Commander mPd 1.4m priced at $229.99 blends classic lines with modern influences to give pilots a one-of-a-kind sport flying experience. It has features like a Hands-Free Servo Connection System that lets you plug in or remove the wings without having to fuss with servo leads. This BNF Basic version also gives you the extra stability of an AS3X receiver with optional SAFE Select flight envelope protection.
|E-flite Commander mPd 1.4m BNF Basic & PNP (4 min 17 sec)|
David Payne and Mirco Pecorari wanted this to stand out from the crowd, yet still possess all the pilot-friendly flight characteristics that make traditional sport planes so much fun. They also added little extras like a pilot figure as well as molded-in details like ribs on the wing and elevator, panel lines, fuel caps and more.
A powerful brushless power system, light wing loading and factory-installed flaps give the model a wide flight envelope. Control response is smooth and predictable. Anyone moving up from a trainer will feel comfortable right away. More experienced pilots will find that aggressive aerobatics like rolling circles and knife-edge flight feel crisp and precise and can be performed with power to spare.
The model's AS3X (Artificial Stabilization - 3-aXis) receiver smooths out the effects of wind and turbulence. The result is a sense of stability and precision.
With SAFE Select technology activated, you get:
Pitch and Bank Angle Limits - These keep the aircraft from rolling or pitching upside down. They also prevent excessive climb or dive angles during takeoff and landing.
Automatic Self-Leveling - Instantly returns the wings to level when the sticks are released.
This looks like a perfect second plane.
Having spent last Summer getting a lot of fun from my Eflite Apprentice, this could be the perfect stepping-stone to a warbird I think.
It looks really good and the fixed landing gear should hold up well for my rather dodgy landings on my local golf course!
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