The NEW E-flite Habu STS 70mm EDF Jet RTF/PNP

The E-flite® Habu STS 70mm EDF is the easiest to fly RC jet EVER. Featuring exclusive SAFE® technology and Spektrum™ Smart components, it’s the ONLY jet new pilots can succeed with as their first RC plane — and is the perfect first EDF for any RC pilot!

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The E-flite® Habu STS 70mm EDF

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Introduction

YOU CAN FLY A JET!

Nearly everyone who sees a radio controlled (RC) jet tear across the sky has the same reaction: “I want to fly one of those!” But because of their speed and handling challenges, RC jets have been almost impossible for first-time or low-time RC pilots to fly successfully — until now. Thanks to the E-flite® Habu STS (Smart Trainer with SAFE®) 70mm EDF jet, you can actually learn to fly RC airplanes successfully with a jet! The Habu STS 70mm EDF is based on the legendary Habu, one of the best high-performance Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) sport jet platforms ever created. E-flite® engineers optimized the design to improve its low speed handling and slow speed performance and added options for taking advantage of exclusive Spektrum™ SAFE® flight assistance technology and innovative Smart components. As a result, the Habu STS 70mm EDF is the easiest to fly RC jet EVER, and the perfect choice to satisfy any RC pilot’s desire to fly a jet!

Overview

OPTIMIZED FOR EASY FLIGHT

Engineered for improved low speed handling and performance to make flying and landings easier, the E-flite® Habu STS (Smart Trainer with SAFE®) 70mm EDF makes it possible to succeed in learning to fly with a jet as your first radio controlled (RC) airplane! Based on one of the best Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) sport jets ever designed, it’s been optimized with the addition of SAFE® (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology featuring Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced flight modes to make it easy to fly successfully, especially with the help of an instructor. The inclusion of exclusive Spektrum™ Smart components including a lithium polymer (LiPo) battery and charger make it more convenient to charge properly and safely (battery and charger sold separately for the PNP version). Wide-stance tricycle landing gear with a steerable nose wheel and oversized tires allows for takeoffs and landings on surfaces ranging from paved runways to grass and even dirt, plus you can install the optional Landing Assist Sensor (LAS) that automatically "flares" for smoother landings to make learning to land even easier! Best of all, the durable EPO airframe assembles quickly and easily without the need for glue or special tools — which means you can be ready to fly in less time than it takes to charge a battery.

The Ready-To-Fly (RTF) version includes everything needed to fly in one box and is the perfect choice if you're a new RC pilot. From the Spektrum DXS 2.4GHz transmitter you can use with other Bind-N-Fly® (BNF) and BNF Basic aircraft after you learn to fly the Habu STS, to the 3S 4000mAh Smart LiPo battery and a convenient S120 USB-C Smart charger that can be used with a variety of USB power sources, there's nothing extra you need to buy or provide! A Plug-N-Play® (PNP) version lets experienced modelers choose and use their own transmitter, receiver, battery and charger. And for both versions, the powerful brushless power system including a telemetry-capable ESC and the servos are all factory-installed.

And the fun doesn't stop after you learn how to fly! In the Experienced Mode, the Habu STS 70mm EDF is capable of performing aerobatic maneuvers including loops, rolls, inverted (upside down) flight and more. You can use a 3S battery (included with the RTF version, sold separately for the PNP version) for an excellent balance of power and flight time, or you can install an optional 4S battery for more speed and thrust without the need for any modifications or upgrades (4S battery and compatible charger sold separately for both versions).

As a bonus, the RTF version also includes a Spektrum WS2000 Wireless Simulator Dongle plus a Steam® code to download and activate the RealFlight® Trainer Edition RC flight simulator — a combined value of almost $80! The simulator features six popular Horizon Hobby trainer aircraft, including the Habu STS 70mm EDF jet, and built-in Virtual Flight Instructor lessons. This helps new pilots learn to fly successfully by practicing on a PC at home or on a laptop just about anywhere else! Plus, you can upgrade to the latest full edition of RealFlight via Steam any time at a discounted price of $69.99.

BONUS: Includes RealFlight® Trainer Edition Steam® Code and Spektrum WS2000 Wireless Simulator Dongle (RTF version only) The Trainer Edition of RealFlight® (RFL1205; a $39.99 value), the #1 RC flight simulator in the world, includes one field and six of the most popular Horizon® Hobby trainer aircraft from Blade®, HobbyZone® and E-flite® – including the Habu STS. It also features Virtual Flight Instructor lessons that help new pilots learn to fly successfully because they can practice flying on a PC at home or on a laptop just about anywhere else! The Spektrum™ WS2000 wireless simulator dongle (SPMWS2000; a $39.99 value) connects to a USB port on a laptop or PC and allows use of the included Spektrum DXS transmitter to control the simulator so it’s just like you’re out at the field. Plus, you can upgrade to the latest “full” edition of RealFlight via Steam any time at a discounted price of $69.99!

Ready-To-Fly Convenience (RTF version only) This Ready-To-Fly (RTF) version includes a Spektrum™ DXS controller/transmitter equipped with industry-leading DSMX® 2.4GHz technology and everything else you need to fly including AA batteries for the transmitter, a Spektrum Smart rechargeable lithium polymer battery for the airplane and a Smart USB charger. That means there's nothing extra to buy or provide so you can fly! The included transmitter, battery and charger can also be used with other Bind-N-Fly® (BNF) Basic RC aircraft.

Spektrum™ Smart Battery and Charger (RTF version only) The RTF version includes a Spektrum™ 3S 4000mAh Smart LiPo battery and an S120 USB-C Smart charger that can be used with a variety of USB power sources. Simply connect the battery to the charger, and the exclusive Smart technology will determine and start charging at the best rate to properly and safely charge the battery automatically.

Learn to Fly Successfully with SAFE® Technology (RTF version only) If this is your first RC airplane, Horizon® Hobby-exclusive SAFE® (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology prevents over-control and crashing while also offering multiple flight modes to deliver more control and capabilities as your skills progress:

Beginner Mode In this flight mode, the airplane has pitch and bank angle limits to prevent over-control that can result in a loss of orientation and crashes. When the control sticks are released, the airplane automatically returns to level flight on its own, allowing you to relax and enjoy just “steering” the airplane through the sky. This flight mode also makes it easier to take off and land.

Intermediate Mode This flight mode allows more freedom in pitch and bank, but still prevents significant over-control and the airplane does not return to level flight on its own. This allows you to make tighter turns and to climb and descend faster as your skills advance.

Experienced Mode In Experienced Mode there are no pitch or bank angle limits so you have complete control! You can even fly inverted (upside down) and perform aerobatic maneuvers including loops, rolls and more.

Panic Recovery If you lose control of the airplane in the Intermediate or Experienced flight modes, simply press the Panic Recovery button or switch to Beginner Mode and release the control sticks. SAFE® technology will automatically return the airplane to level flight.

Optional Landing Assist Sensor for Smoother Landings (RTF version only) The Spektrum™ Landing Assist Sensor (LAS) is easy to install and provides automatic "flare" control to help inexperienced pilots "grease" landings by minimizing or eliminating bouncing (works over many/most surfaces and provides optimum performance when flying over/landing in grass).

Plug-N-Play® Completion Level (PNP version only) The Plug-N-Play® (PNP) version comes out of the box with a factory-installed power system and servos that are ready to connect to the compatible receiver of your choice (sold separately), plus the transmitter and battery you provide (also sold separately). Simply install the receiver, finish any final assembly, and fly!

Uniquely Optimized Jets are typically faster and harder to fly than most of their prop-driven counterparts, which made it impossible for first-time, and even low-time, RC pilots to fly them – until now! The unique and optimized airframe design of the Habu STS improves low speed handling and slow speed performance to finally make it possible to learn to fly radio controlled (RC) airplanes successfully with a jet.

High Power The factory-installed brushless power system features a 70-amp telemetry-capable ESC plus a specially-tuned motor and 10-blade 70mm fan that delivers an abundance of thrust with a 3S LiPo battery, or more power and speed with an optional 4S battery without the need for any modifications or upgrades.

Durable Design Construction with advanced EPO material delivers a lightweight yet durable airframe that's tough enough to handle everyday flying punishment without getting bent out of shape. And in the unfortunate event you damage any airframe parts or components and can't repair them, a full line of replacement parts is readily available.

Easy Assembly The Habu STS 70mm EDF arrives mostly factory-assembled with the power system, servos plus the flight controller and receiver installed (the flight controller and receiver are sold separately for the PNP version). All you need to do is finish some quick and easy final assembly, without the use of glue or special tools, and you'll be ready to fly in less time than it takes to charge a battery!

Capable Gear The wide-stance tricycle landing gear with a steerable nose wheel and oversized tires offers improved ground handling for easier take offs and landings on a wide variety of surfaces from paved runways to grass and even dirt.

Key Features

  • BONUS: Includes a Spektrum™ WS2000 Wireless Simulator Dongle (a $39.99 value) plus a Steam® code to download and activate the RealFlight® Trainer Edition RC flight simulator (a $39.99 value) (RTF version only)[/B]
  • Unique and optimized airframe design improves low speed handling and slow speed performance, making it possible to learn to fly radio-controlled (RC) airplanes successfully with a jet
  • Based on one of the best first and high-performance EDF (Electric Ducted Fan) jet platforms ever designed — the legendary Habu
  • Equipped with exclusive SAFE® technology that helps prevent crashes and makes it easy to learn how to fly (RTF version only)
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced flight modes you can easily change between at the flip of a switch (RTF version only)
  • Panic Recovery mode at the push of a button to prevent loss of control and crashes (RTF version only)
  • Optional and easy to install Landing Assist Sensor (LAS) available for smoother landings (RTF version only)
  • 100% complete including a controller/transmitter, battery and charger so there's nothing extra to buy or provide (RTF version only)
  • Spektrum™ DXS controller/transmitter with industry-leading DSMX® 2.4GHz technology for reliable control without interference (RTF version only)
  • Spektrum flight controller and serial receiver with fly-by telemetry capability (RTF version only)
  • Spektrum S120 Smart charger works with a variety of USB power sources (RTF version only)
  • Spektrum 4000mAh 3S 11.1V Smart LiPo battery (RTF version only)
  • Five (5) factory-installed servos and linkages
  • Powerful brushless electric power system with 70mm 10-blade fan
  • 3S and 4S compatible 70-amp telemetry-capable ESC
  • Install an optional 4S 3200-4000mAh battery for more power and speed
  • Oversized tires for operation from a variety of surfaces including grass
  • Wide-stance tricycle landing gear with steerable nose wheel
  • Quick and easy assembly — no glue or special tools required
  • Lightweight yet strong and durable EPO construction
  • Practice flying this aircraft in the RealFlight® simulator

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 40.5 in (1033 mm)
  • Overall Length: 45 in (1140 mm)
  • Flying Weight: 2.5 lb (1.29 kg)
  • Motor: Brushless Inrunner (installed)
  • Speed Control: 70A Brushless (installed)
  • Servos: (5) (installed)
  • Radio: Spektrum™ DXS DSMX® with Flight Controller (RTF version only; 5+ channel required for PNP version)
  • Receiver: Spektrum 4650C Serial Receiver (installed) (RTF version only; 5+ channel required for PNP version)
  • Battery: 3S 11.1V or 4S 14.8V 3200–4000mAh LiPo with EC3™ or IC3™ Connector (Spektrum 4000mAh 3S 11.1V Smart LiPo Battery included with RTF version)

Needed to Complete

Ready-To-Fly (RTF) version:

  • Nothing! Everything you need to fly is included.

Plug-N-Play® (PNP) version:

  • Full-range 5+ channel transmitter and receiver
  • 3S 11.1V or 4S 14.8V 3200–4000mAh LiPo with EC3™ or IC3™ Connector
  • Compatible LiPo charger

Last edited by Jim T. Graham; Jul 31, 2020 at 01:20 PM..
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Jul 30, 2020, 03:15 AM
Thread OP
Product Launch Video:
E-flite® Habu STS (Smart Trainer w/SAFE) 70mm EDF Jet RTF/PNP (4 min 51 sec)


Flight Talk Video (stock RTF flown with the 3S battery, covers all the basics of SAFE, shows typical flying, etc.):
Flight Talk: E-flite® Habu STS (Smart Trainer w/SAFE) 70mm EDF Jet (17 min 6 sec)


BONUS Flight Talk Video (flown with the optional 4S battery, shows high performance flying, plus a takeoff/landing on grass, etc):
BONUS Flight Talk: E-flite® Habu STS 70mm EDF Jet (flown with 4S, grass ops, and more!) (9 min 49 sec)


Overview Video (also mentions/shows RealFlight Trainer Edition since it’s included with the RTF version Habu STS!):
Overview: E-flite® Habu STS (Smart Trainer w/SAFE) 70mm EDF Jet (17 min 28 sec)


Videos from TheRcSaylors: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRcSaylors

NEW!! World's FIRST RC SMART Jet for Beginners READY TO FLY - E-flite Habu STS - TheRcSaylors (21 min 29 sec)


PERFECT!! RC Smart Jet Plane for Beginners - E-flite Habu STS - TheRcSaylors (11 min 22 sec)


Videos from Pilot Ryan Media: https://www.youtube.com/user/RCAirTrainingCommand

E-flite Habu STS (Smart Trainer w/SAFE) 70mm EDF FLIGHTS on 3S and 4S (23 min 32 sec)
Last edited by Jason M; Aug 01, 2020 at 02:23 AM.
Jul 30, 2020, 03:23 AM
Thread OP
The Habu STS 70mm EDF, and RealFlight Trainer Edition, will begin shipping in the US around 8/14/2020!
Jul 30, 2020, 04:47 AM
French flyer !!
Seems like human pilot is optional.
Jul 30, 2020, 09:10 AM
Thread OP
That's certainly not the case of course (see the Flight Talk videos in the second post for reference), but it definitely is the easiest to fly RC jet out there...for first-time RC pilots and first-time EDF pilots alike!
Jul 30, 2020, 09:48 AM
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No BNF choice?
Jul 30, 2020, 10:00 AM
Thread OP
No BNF Basic option for this one due to the added cost associated with the flight controller (which includes a barometer that offers the "invisible floor" functionality, makes upgrading to the LAS and other functions possible) and serial receiver included in the RTF version. Those cost more than an AR636 or AR637T receiver, and would have made the price for a BNF Basic version about $60 more than the PNP version (which would be about the same price as the BNF Basic version of the Viper 70mm).

That said, we do plan on providing an AR636 model file that includes AS3X and SAFE Select tuned for the Habu STS so anyone who has a spare 636 and would like to install it in the PNP version can (that will hopefully be ready in about 2 weeks when these begin shipping). We may also offer a Habu STS setup for the AR637T, but the 636 is our priority for now since so many people already have those receivers on hand.
Jul 30, 2020, 10:51 AM
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Just added a number of videos from TheRcSaylors and Pilot Ryan to the second post:

Videos from TheRcSaylors: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRcSaylors

NEW!! World's FIRST RC SMART Jet for Beginners READY TO FLY - E-flite Habu STS - TheRcSaylors (21 min 29 sec)


PERFECT!! RC Smart Jet Plane for Beginners - E-flite Habu STS - TheRcSaylors (11 min 22 sec)


Videos from Pilot Ryan Media: https://www.youtube.com/user/RCAirTrainingCommand

E-flite Habu STS (Smart Trainer w/SAFE) 70mm EDF FLIGHTS on 3S and 4S (23 min 32 sec)
Last edited by Jason M; Aug 01, 2020 at 02:24 AM.
Jul 30, 2020, 11:08 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason M
No BNF Basic option for this one due to the added cost associated with the flight controller (which includes a barometer that offers the "invisible floor" functionality, makes upgrading to the LAS and other functions possible) and serial receiver included in the RTF version. Those cost more than an AR636 or AR637T receiver, and would have made the price for a BNF Basic version about $60 more than the PNP version (which would be about the same price as the BNF Basic version of the Viper 70mm).

That said, we do plan on providing an AR636 model file that includes AS3X and SAFE Select tuned for the Habu STS so anyone who has a spare 636 and would like to install it in the PNP version can (that will hopefully be ready in about 2 weeks when these begin shipping). We may also offer a Habu STS setup for the AR637T, but the 636 is our priority for now since so many people already have those receivers on hand.
Thanks for your answer
Jul 30, 2020, 01:19 PM
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Great to see that little bugger making a comeback. The Habu 2 was the EDF I started out with, back about the time I was also flying the more traditional nitro glo powered prop aircraft but starting the migration over to electic. It's a great sized EDF & aircraft for a beginner. I really enjoyed flying the Habu and did so for like 3 to 4 years before moving on to the larger 80mm and 90mm aircraft.

It's also ideal for experienced pilots who don't have giant airspace to fly in. I loved my little Habu 2 for that reason. It didn't require a vast amount of airspace to do all types of flying in.
Last edited by Kougar Mark II; Jul 30, 2020 at 01:35 PM.
Jul 30, 2020, 02:27 PM
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I hope the UMX version makes a comeback too. It was the best micro EDF.
Jul 30, 2020, 03:39 PM
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I have no doubt Eflite has made an amazing docile EDF with great flying characteristics and a boatload of nannies for beginners....but I still think an EDF is a horrible "first plane". Unless there is a throttle limiter in beginner mode?

.....because even with all the nannies in place, that plane will get small and out of sight quick.

I found EDF's to be a challenge after even a few years of flying!

The only way I was able to move up to EDF's was to fly them on the sim, and take them so far out, they were just a small dot on the screen. Then bring the plane back and land. The challenge I made for myself was near impossible at first, but once I got a handle on it, I found EDF's very easy to fly once I got one to the field. Hopefully these people will use the sim this plane came with and practice...a lot!

IMO: I think the plane might have a chance for beginners if it limited throttle and forced a new pilot to keep it slow. Because two things beginners don't have a handle on, is throttle control and depth perception.
Jul 30, 2020, 04:40 PM
Thread OP
Speed at full throttle with the stock 3S battery is not much faster than an Apprentice STS at full throttle (and learning to manage the throttle is necessary with both/pretty much all other trainer models). Also, what makes the Habu STS unique compared to all other EDFs, which is why we can market/sell it as a trainer and is why many people will learn to fly RC with it successfully, is that it has MUCH lighter cubic/wing loading so it can fly as slow as many "traditional" trainer models at lower throttle settings. Almost everyone who has flown the Habu STS and Apprentice STS agrees...they're practically interchangeable when it comes to overall handling and how likely a person is to succeed in learning to fly either one (especially with the help of an instructor!)!

Best of all, the RTF version Habu STS INCLUDES the RealFlight Trainer Edition simulator...with the Habu STS and Virtual Flight Instructor lessons in it!
Last edited by Jason M; Jul 30, 2020 at 05:01 PM.
Jul 30, 2020, 05:15 PM
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I think that this is a forward looking model. It is something that a new “younger” student will want to fly.

Hopefully the “Old Guard” instructors in the Clubs will “allow” this to be used as a training platform.

My only thought is that it may have a little too short of endurance for a good lesson. I may have missed it, what is the typical flight duration under training loads?

RF
Jul 30, 2020, 05:26 PM
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I'll always say that Eflite planes have some sort of magical quality in the air. They are usually lighter, better flying and floatier than the same plane by another brand.

I have flown a friend's Carbon Z T28 at impossibly slow speed...like walking speed! A T28 just shouldn't be able to fly that slow!

But....Calling the Habu and Apprentice "interchangeable" is quite the announcement! My only real doubt is that an EDF has a delay in thrust vs. a prop plane, making the Habu more of a challenge to get out of trouble.

But I haven't flown it...or more importantly can't fly it under the skill of a novice. It's hard to un-know experience. I'm not saying I'm the greatest pilot ever, but after flying for 15 years, there are skills one takes for granted.

I guess I'm just so surprised to see an EDF recommended as a first plane!

I'd love to see a video of this plane in the hands of a complete novice...even if just to shut me up.


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