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NEW Precision Aerobatics Katana 52"! The evolution of Katana is here! New Video Added

The Katana 52 is simply a work of art. The intricate design was carefully developed over several years to reach the highest standard in aircraft design and performance, together with a new and efficient iPAs power setup, and two striking color schemes designed by Malcolm Stiles, our very own scheme designer.

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We are proud to present a whole new flying experience to you, based on our most recognized PA aircraft, the legendary Katana.

The Katana was designed by Shaun Vanunu, the man who delivered the most amazing electric-powered model aircraft available on the market today. Shaun is Precision Aerobatics' chief engineer and co-owner. The man behind PA's unique construction technique called FiberFusion®, which was first implemented in 2006.

FiberFusion® is a sophisticated engineering and construction method, developed and enhanced over the past ten years by Shaun and his team. FiberFusion® uses 100% real carbon fiber, along with competition grade balsa/ply, utilizing carbon fiber where it really matters. Each variance of fiber used in the plane is carefully selected and utilized in a unique way, resulting in a much lighter - yet stronger and more rigid aircraft, that will fly like nothing else!

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 1,320mm / 52 in
  • Length: 1,300mm / 51.18 in
  • Wing area: 575.6 sq. inch
  • Flying weight (AUW including 2200mAh 4S battery & spinner): ~1410g / 49.73oz/3.11lb !!!
  • Wing loading: 12.44oz/sq.ft

Drive System

  • Required for completing the kit:
  • PA Thrust 45R outrunner motor
  • PA Quantum 45 Pro ESC w/SBEC
  • PA V3 LiPo pack 14.8V 2200-2600mAh
  • 4 NXT-80DSM Micro digital servos
  • VOX 13x6.5 / 13x5 wooden propeller
  • 2.17" PA Carbon Fiber Spinner

Precision Aerobatics Katana 52 - Flown by Daniel Dominguez (9 min 27 sec)

First video flown by Daniel Dominguez during his test flights of the Katana 52 in Brazil!

Precision Aerobatics Katana 52 flown by Alex Fredrickson (6 min 4 sec)

Second video flown by Alex Fredrickson​! this video was shot during the test flights that Alex and Shaun did together in USA. The color scheme has been updated since then, but you can see the amazing test flights from the prototype, that we really wanted to share with you.

Shaun's fresh approach to the Katana 52 design brings added benefits even to those who already own each of PA's previous models, as the Katana 52's flight envelope is like no other PA plane: combining the ability to perform new maneuvers never seen before on a PA plane, yet capable of the amazing slow speed handling PA planes are renown for, and precision to boot.

To reach these goals is not a minor undertaking - through hundreds of test flights we ensure you get the specific flight performance we envisioned in the design process. We invested endless efforts to test and retest in different climate conditions, adjusting the CG to get to the exact sweet spot and to guide you, so anyone can reach the peak performance this plane has to offer. We make sure our plane suits you, and your skill level. It's all in the setup, and we cover it all thoroughly in the manual so the Katana 52 can be your sport plane, or your most advanced beast.

The iPAs Set Up

There is a lot to say about the setup, but efficiency is the name of the game. A lighter plane flies better … a lot better!!! This is why our models traditionally feature the lowest wing loading on the market, by far!

We have developed a particular motor for this plane, taking the powerful Thrust 45 and redesigning it with a rear mount, making it the first rear-mounted motor in the Thrust motors series, still equipped with RotorKool® technology for maximum efficiency.

We complete the iPAs (Integrated Performance Airframe-drive System) setup with a PA Quantum 45 Pro ESC and a 14.8V 2200mAh pack, swinging a 13x6.5 wooden Vox propeller, and four NXT-80 digital metal gear servos. This iPAs package has proven to be the most powerful, yet most economical and reliable setup possible. Just compare both weight and cost to other 52" setups available, and you'll be amazed by the value of this package.

This lightweight, yet extremely powerful setup, makes the Katana 52 very responsive, providing absolute control, extreme performance and predictability, so you are able to get out of the most difficult situations with ease.

Best of all, you don’t even need to know how to select your ESC, motor, or battery. Or even need to learn how to program your ESC. Everything is done for you and all that is required is to just plug and play. With the iPAs package we have made it as easy as it gets to get it right the first time when it comes to electrics. Not only does the iPAs package make it easy to get it right, it will give you the identical setup (and potential performance) as our Team Pilots.

Flying

Here is how our lead team pilot, Daniel Dominguez, describes the flight performance:

“Torque rolls are very predictable and smooth, requiring very little control corrections. This means you’ll be able to impress all your buddies with the rudder merely inches above the ground without having to be a pro.

Knife edge is simply out of this world stable, with ZERO coupling, making it easy to execute sick knife edge dead slides, tight knife edge loops, and jaw dropping high speed knife edge passes and circuits.

Rolling harriers require very little control input and effort, roll rate has been increased allowing for higher energy flying and faster combinations and stops, which allows very impressive rolling loops in slow 3D and fast speed flight.

Jaw dropping high energy tumbles and precision flight are simply easy to perform, at slow or full speed. Blenders and tumbles stop immediately as the plane is so responsive. It harriers exceptionally well in both upright and inverted, with no wing rock. Knife edge spins are beautiful, and very easy to control the exits without a worry about it over-rotating.

Apart from excellent high energy and 3D flight characteristics, the Katana 52 performs amazingly in the precision flying department, allowing you to mix 3D and precision, and widen the scope of aerobatic maneuvers that can be mastered and performed. It's capable of the longest and most impressive slow rolls you can imagine, beautiful rolling circles, perfect point rolls, and amazing snap rolls that stop so fast that it feels like you are mentally connected with this airframe.”

Expected delivery: last week of May - preorder by April 1st to get a free 14.8V battery, no pre-payment required!

To pre-order and for more info visit:

http://www.precisionaerobatics.com/p...d=1212&set=USA

Photos

Last edited by aerofundan; Mar 15, 2017 at 12:05 PM..
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Mar 07, 2017, 06:02 PM
PA Team Pilot
kohersh's Avatar
Visibly more aggressive , way more aggressive. PA has taken a lot of feedback from its team on this airplane, it is not just a refresh of the katana even though it's in the family.

X mount!!

I cant wait for mine
Mar 07, 2017, 06:24 PM
PA Team Pilot
Natesh's Avatar
ooo yeah!! visibly more aggressive is right, it rolls really well and seems to love snappy, back-to-back tricks with lightening-fast transitions.

I'm sorry but this plane is just asking for a flogging Beautiful flying Dan!!! and perfect scheme too, zero orientation issues!
Mar 07, 2017, 07:47 PM
Registered User
dhooks6's Avatar
What's weight and sqs, etc?

Looks way looser, and I like you can use a regular x mount motor now
Mar 07, 2017, 10:01 PM
Registered User
Awesome flying Dan, the flying style is very aggressive. Do you have any pictures of the thrust 45 with the cross mount installation.
Mar 08, 2017, 01:29 AM
Precision Aerobatics Team
demonGti's Avatar
Oh wow, the new Katana 52 looks nimble! Great to eventually see it in the air, and flown in true Dominguez style.
Mar 08, 2017, 09:35 AM
Registered User
aerofundan's Avatar
Thanks guys!!! full specs coming soon! and internal shots too!

I really love the X-mounted configuration, the new Thrust 45-R is really awesome and powerful!

This plane is a whole new experience, the flight envelope is amazing, and its capable of some really impressive maneuvers!
Mar 08, 2017, 01:39 PM
PA Enthusiast
Willie T's Avatar
Very nice Daniel!
PA does listen, that's for sure! Beautiful airplane!
Mar 08, 2017, 09:54 PM
PA Team Pilot
mtwargo's Avatar
AWESOME DAN!!!!! Plane looks incredible! I cannot wait to fly one!
Mar 09, 2017, 08:03 AM
Fly to live- Live to fly
ultimatetwo's Avatar
Another PA hit parade... awesome color decoration and from other world flying by buddy Daniel... as always... congratulations...
Manolo.
Mar 09, 2017, 06:29 PM
PA Team Pilot
mtwargo's Avatar
I really love the colors... Very fresh look from PA
Mar 09, 2017, 07:29 PM
Tucson,AZ
sako7mm's Avatar
Nice flying Daniel. That Thrust 45 pulls like a scalded ape from the hover. There needs to be a Red/White/Black version.

Bye now...Wilton
Mar 10, 2017, 07:09 AM
Registered User
aerofundan's Avatar
Thanks guys! Wilton, the power is sick!!!!! i love it!!!! in fact there will be a red / white / black version available! But different cover, more similar to the KMX style.
Mar 10, 2017, 07:10 AM
Registered User
aerofundan's Avatar
Also as requested, here are the full specs!! they are very impressive!!! thanks to the use of FiberFusion!

FiberFusion® is a sophisticated engineering and construction method, developed and enhanced over the past ten years by Shaun and his team. FiberFusion® uses 100% real carbon fiber, along with competition grade balsa/ply, utilizing carbon fiber where it really matters. Each variance of fiber used in the plane is carefully selected and utilized in a unique way, resulting in a much lighter - yet stronger and more rigid aircraft, that will fly like nothing else!

Specifications
Wingspan: 1,320mm / 52 in
Length: 1,300mm / 51.18 in
Wing area: 575.6 sq. inch
Flying weight (AUW including 2200mAh 4S battery & spinner): ~1410g / 49.73oz/3.11lb !!!
Wing loading: 12.44oz/sq.ft

Drive System
Required for completing the kit:
PA Thrust 45R outrunner motor
PA Quantum 45 Pro ESC w/SBEC
PA V3 LiPo pack 14.8V 2200-2600mAh
4 NXT-80DSM Micro digital servos
VOX 13x6.5 / 13x5 wooden propeller
2.17" PA Carbon Fiber Spinner
Last edited by aerofundan; Mar 10, 2017 at 07:17 AM.
Mar 10, 2017, 08:57 AM
Precision Aerobatics Team
demonGti's Avatar
That all up weight is truly impressive, just proves what FiberFusion® is all about.


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