The NEW E-flite Night Radian 2.0m – Gliding Light, All Day and All Night!

The E-flite® Night Radian® 2.0m motor glider shines at soaring day or night with its integrated high-visibility LED lights. Now new updates and upgrades, including Smart technology, telemetry capabilities and a modern trim scheme, make it even better!

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E-flite Night Radian 2.0m

See more info below and on the product pages (NOTE: This link will not work until later this morning): https://www.horizonhobby.com/search?...=&lang=default

Introduction

Some fans of the first Radian® 2.0m motor glider loved it so much, they added lights to continue flying at night. The E-flite® team took note and added vividly colored, factory-installed LEDs throughout the airframe, offering the visibility and orientation needed to fly at dusk or even in total darkness with the original Night Radian. Now they’ve improved the popular model again by updating it with a modern, higher-visibility trim scheme and upgrading it with a telemetry-capable ESC. Using a compatible Spektrum™ AirWare™ equipped transmitter and Smart receiver (such as the AR631 included in the Bind-N-Fly® Basic version), Night Radian 2.0m pilots can now view a variety of telemetry data in real time including motor RPM, current, overall battery voltage and more. These new capabilities make the Night Radian 2.0m an even better choice for your first or next glider — plus sport and night flying capable model too!

Overview

SMART CHOICE FOR SOARING

Like the legendary E-flite® Radian® motor gliders that came before, the Night Radian 2.0m combines the serenity of soaring with incredible sport and night flying capabilities. It also starts a new chapter in the legend by updating it with a modern trim scheme and upgrading it with a telemetry-capable ESC. Add a compatible Spektrum™ AirWare™ equipped transmitter and Smart receiver — such as the AR631 included with the Bind-N-Fly® Basic version — to view motor RPM, current, overall battery voltage and other telemetry data while you fly. High-visibility LED lights are factory-installed throughout the airframe and powered by your 3S 1300-2200mAh flight battery. They can be programmed to display 100+ different color, sequence, and timing combinations using the built-in controller for incredible visibility and easy orientation when turned on for flying at dusk or at night. The durable, composite-reinforced EPO airframe has been kept as light as possible to deliver long flight times up to 15-30+ minutes with or without power due to the efficient brushless motor and folding prop. You can enjoy soaring and sport flying in the same flight, or climb to find thermals multiple times between battery changes — aided by the proven aerodynamics of the efficient airfoil and the gracefully curved polyhedral wing. The BNF® Basic version features exclusive AS3X® technology for smoother performance in windy and high lift conditions, plus optional-use SAFE® Select technology for even easier launches, flying and landings. It all adds up to make the E-flite® Night Radian 2.0m the perfect “next step” after a trainer, an ideal first glider, or an outstanding everyday sport model for a wide variety of pilots interested in flying day and night!

Exclusive Technologies (BNF® Basic version only) The Night Radian 2.0m is equipped with exclusive Spektrum™ AS3X® and SAFE® Select technologies. AS3X works behind the scenes to smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence to deliver a locked-in feel that makes it seem like you're flying an even larger airplane. Optional-use SAFE Select offers pitch and bank angle limits along with automatic self-leveling that can be turned on and off at the flip of a switch! And if you don't want to enable the SAFE Select features, simply bind the receiver normally and only AS3X will be active.

Integrated LED Lighting Embedded throughout the airframe are factory-installed LED lights that provide incredible visibility and easy orientation when flying at night. The multi-colored light strings connect to a built-in controller that offers 100+ different color, sequence and timing combinations, and are conveniently powered by the 3S 1300-2200mAh flight battery. You can even use the on-board switch to turn them off when flying in daylight.

Brushless Power The efficient, factory-installed power system features a 30-amp telemetry-capable ESC with brake, a powerful brushless outrunner motor and a folding two-blade propeller that delivers incredible climb performance and long flight times on everything from a compact 3S 1300mAh up to a 3S 2200mAh LiPo battery.

Telemetry Capable The Night Radian 2.0m is equipped with an ESC that can provide a variety of real-time power system related telemetry data including motor RPM, current, overall battery voltage and more via compatible Smart receivers (including the AR631 installed in the BNF® Basic version) and Spektrum™ AirWare™ equipped transmitters (including the DX6e and 8e, DX6 G2/G3 and 8 G2, the DX9, NX6, 8 and 10, the iX12, iX20 and others) while you fly.

Easy Assembly No glue is required for final assembly and the Night Radian 2.0m can be ready to fly in less time than it takes to charge a battery! The two-piece, bolt-on wing featuring a carbon fiber wing tube makes field assembly/disassembly, plus transportation and storage, easy and convenient.

Lightweight and Tough Construction with composite-reinforced, molded EPO material delivers a lightweight yet durable airframe that’s easy to maintain and offers the best flight experience possible.

Bind-N-Fly® Completion Level Advantage (BNF Basic version only) Already own a Spektrum™ transmitter? Bind-N-Fly (BNF) aircraft make getting into the air quickly and with the best control experience possible easier than ever. They come out of the box with the power system, servos and a Spektrum 2.4GHz receiver installed so all you need to do is bind the receiver to a compatible transmitter, finish any final assembly and fly!

The Bind-N-Fly Basic model is equipped with a Spektrum 2.4GHz DSMX® receiver featuring AS3X® (Artificial Stabilization–3-aXis) technology that works behind the scenes to smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence so you enjoy a sense of stability and precision that makes it feel like you're flying an even larger, expertly tuned aircraft.

If this is your first model of its type, or you want an extra margin of safety while familiarizing yourself with the airplane, you can enable the optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope protection technology built into the receiver. No complex programming is required. Simply change up the binding sequence as directed in the manual.

With SAFE Select enabled, you get:

Pitch and Bank Angle Limits

• These envelope limits keep the airplane from rolling or pitching upside down. They also prevent excessive climb or dive angles.

Automatic Self-Leveling

• The airplane instantly returns to and holds level flight when the sticks are released and in the center position. It’s also helpful for keeping the wings level during takeoffs/launches and landings.

Easy Switch Assignment—No Complex Programming Required

• The simple procedure for assigning a transmitter switch to turn SAFE Select features on and off doesn't require any complex programming and takes just a few seconds.

If you don’t want to enable the SAFE Select features, just bind the receiver normally and it will function like a standard AS3X receiver.

Plug-N-Play® Completion Level 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!

Key Features

  • Updated and upgraded to include Smart and telemetry features along with a modern and higher visibility trim scheme
  • Easy to launch, fly and land, making it a perfect “next step” after a trainer, first glider or everyday sport model
  • Integrated high-visibility LED lights feature 100+ color, sequence and timing combinations using built-in controller
  • Long flight times up to 15-30+ minutes with a mix of power on/off flying using 3S 1300–2200mah batteries
  • 30A telemetry-capable ESC provides real-time battery voltage, current, motor RPM and other data (via compatible receivers and transmitters)
  • Factory-installed high-power brushless outrunner motor with an efficient folding propeller
  • Spektrum™ AR631 receiver with fly-by range telemetry and industry-leading DSMX® technology (BNF® Basic version only)
  • Easy to fly with innovative and optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope protection (BNF Basic version only)
  • AS3X® technology for smoother flight performance in windy and high lift conditions (BNF Basic version only)
  • Lightweight yet durable composite-reinforced EPO construction
  • Bolt-on, two-piece wing with carbon fiber wing joiner
  • Fast and easy assembly – no glue required

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 78.7 in (2.0m)
  • Overall Length: 44.7 in (1135 mm)
  • Flying Weight: 34.2 oz (970g) w/Smart 3S 1300mAh LiPo; 29.7 oz (842g) w/o battery
  • Motor: Brushless Outrunner (installed)
  • Speed Control: 30A Telemetry-Capable Brushless ESC (installed)
  • Servos: (2) Micro (installed)
  • Radio: Full-Range 5+ Channel Spektrum™ DSMX®/DSM2® compatible transmitter (BNF® Basic only; 4+ channel required for PNP)
  • Receiver: Spektrum™ AR631 6-Channel (installed, BNF® Basic only; 4+ channel required for PNP)
  • Battery: 3S 11.1V 1300-2200mAh LiPo with EC3™ or IC3® Connector

Needed to Complete

BNF® Basic version:

  • Full-range 5+ channel Spektrum DSMX®/DSM2® compatible transmitter
  • 3S 11.1V 1300–2200mAh LiPo with EC3™ or IC3® Connector
  • Compatible LiPo charger
PNP version:
  • Full-range 4+ channel transmitter and receiver
  • 3S 11.1V 1300–2200mAh LiPo with EC3™ or IC3® Connector
  • Compatible LiPo charger

Last edited by Jim T. Graham; Jul 15, 2021 at 11:10 AM..
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Jul 15, 2021, 03:14 AM
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Some additional notes:

• You can pre-order starting later today and we expect to begin shipping Night Radians in the US and EU around the middle of August!

• The Night Radian 2.0m is available in a PNP version (EFL36750) priced at $219.99 and a BNF Basic version (EFL36500) priced at $239.99 in the US.

• The UMX Radian is also back! See the official thread here for more info: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...otor-Glider%21

E-flite® Night Radian® 2.0m BNF® Basic and PNP Motor Glider (2 min 41 sec)
Jul 15, 2021, 04:39 AM
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Very cool! I love both planes, pre-upgrades

GB
Jul 15, 2021, 05:03 AM
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Cool. What are exactly the differences from the old night radian?
Jul 15, 2021, 07:04 AM
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Is it mid August yet?

From the video, looks like the wing hold down screws thread in from the top instead of the bottom, that's a change.
The telemetry capable receiver is good, now i don't need to forward program a 637,

The lights look to be better distributed and brighter by a bit, no big deal during the day.

The graphics are different but where's the chrome?

Little bit of a price hike, that's expected.

Can you control the pattern select and on/off option from the Tx?
I mean did they wise up and install a Wingnut controller?
Last edited by Slo-Mo; Jul 15, 2021 at 07:55 AM.
Jul 15, 2021, 07:35 AM
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I look forward to seeing one at my field

Did they did the spinner/ prop?
Jul 15, 2021, 07:43 AM
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Jason, few questions on the led lights.
Can sequence be changed from the transmitter?
Can led lights be turned off completely from transmitter? (we play hide n seek)
Did you guys add any navigational lights, like headlights so you can tell when it is coming at you, red on port wing and green on starboard wing for orientation, and maybe blinking rear white led so it is easy-to tell when it is going away from pilot? The previous nite lights are difficult to get good orientation when at a far distance.

glad it’s back!!!
Jul 15, 2021, 08:04 AM
What you looking' at fool!
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She looks HEAVY . .
Jul 15, 2021, 08:30 AM
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It's hard to think of a model that needs stabilisation and telemetry less than a Radian. And why do the huge numbers who will never fly at night have to be saddled with the cost and weight of LEDs?

842g w/out battery vs 830g flying weight (or even less with a more sensible sized battery) for earlier versions is getting downright porky and kind of departs from its gliding roots.
Jul 15, 2021, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by scirocco
It's hard to think of a model that needs stabilisation and telemetry less than a Radian. And why do the huge numbers who will never fly at night have to be saddled with the cost and weight of LEDs?

842g w/out battery vs 830g flying weight (or even less with a more sensible sized battery) for earlier versions is getting downright porky and kind of departs from its gliding roots.
The weight increase came with the original Night Radian.

It’s only partially the lights, a bunch of the weight came with the redesigned horizontal stab. The new one is decidedly heavier, but at the same time far more robust than the somewhat floppy original stab and is fully airfoiled instead of a flat plate.

Even at 34oz this ship thermals pretty well.

That said, I’d love to see a non-Night version, the LED’s add weight for no gain for most buyers.
Jul 15, 2021, 08:52 AM
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Do i see right for the PNP version there is nothing really changed? For the BNF there is mainly the new RX that has full telemtry?
Jul 15, 2021, 10:41 AM
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July delivery... Horizon Hobby says shipping this month and Tower site says shipping in August. I ordered from Horizon. Plus I usually get Horizon orders in 2-3 days with the free shipping option since their warehouse is in SoCal near me.

Good timing for our club's next foamy F5j contest.
Last edited by RCphotoguy; Jul 15, 2021 at 10:50 AM.
Jul 15, 2021, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by mawz
The weight increase came with the original Night Radian.

It’s only partially the lights, a bunch of the weight came with the redesigned horizontal stab. The new one is decidedly heavier, but at the same time far more robust than the somewhat floppy original stab and is fully airfoiled instead of a flat plate.

Even at 34oz this ship thermals pretty well.

That said, I’d love to see a non-Night version, the LED’s add weight for no gain for most buyers.
If Horizon reissued the original ParkZone Radian, they would outsell these night versions by 10 to 1 ... of course, it would be back to being a sailplane, not an FPV platform.

I have built my last PZ Radian from parts, the wings, stab and canopy are no longer available ... such a pity to ruin a great model.
Jul 15, 2021, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by tkallev
If Horizon reissued the original ParkZone Radian, they would outsell these night versions by 10 to 1 ... of course, it would be back to being a sailplane, not an FPV platform.

I have built my last PZ Radian from parts, the wings, stab and canopy are no longer available ... such a pity to ruin a great model.
Totally agree - the original Radian was the goto model for new pilots - our club had them as trainers and I recommended several friends get them as 1st models.

Shame that they discontinued the Radian and only offer the tricked up night lite versions.
Jul 15, 2021, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by tkallev
If Horizon reissued the original ParkZone Radian, they would outsell these night versions by 10 to 1 ... of course, it would be back to being a sailplane, not an FPV platform.

I have built my last PZ Radian from parts, the wings, stab and canopy are no longer available ... such a pity to ruin a great model.
How would you know? Do you work for Horizon? Have access to their sales data?


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