Freew­ing Avanti S

Electric Flight - - AIRMAIL -

Hav­ing re­cently de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in elec­tric ducted-fan jets, I started cast­ing about for an easy, rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive sport plane to get started. I wanted a plane that would be easy to fly yet still be fast and fairly aer­o­batic. I asked sev­eral friends what would be a good in­tro­duc­tory jet and a couple of them pointed me to the Mo­tion RC web­site. It was here that I found the Freew­ing Avanti S. The molded Epo-foam model is pow­ered by an 80mm EDF on a 6S Lipo bat­tery, with elec­tric re­tracts and a full set of running lights and bea­cons.

When the model ar­rived, I laid a towel on the work­bench to pro­tect the foam fin­ish and started as­sem­bling the air­frame. The in­stal­la­tion of the sta­bi­lizer and the fin as­sem­blies goes quickly. Snake the servo wires for­ward into the ra­dio com­part­ment and fit the parts into place; four bolts hold each of them se­curely. It couldn’t be eas­ier. I in­stalled a Pulse 6S 5000mah bat­tery, pow­ered up, and checked the flight con­trols. Ev­ery­thing looked good, so I headed out to the fly­ing field.

Fun, fun, fun! This plane ac­cel­er­ates quickly and sounds great do­ing it. It’s got abun­dant power for big, im­pres­sive loops and long ver­ti­cal lines. At the rec­om­mended throws, the ailerons are quick, and the roll rate is im­pres­sive. I like to fly it bal­anced at the rear of the rec­om­mended bal­ance range—about 110mm—where in­verted flight re­quires just a touch of down-el­e­va­tor cor­rec­tion. Fast knife-edge flight also re­quires just a lit­tle top rud­der to stay on line.

Did I men­tion that this is a fun model to fly? I re­ally en­joy the big, whoosh­ing jet sound when the Avanti S is fly­ing through a big loop or do­ing a long slow roll down the cen­ter of the run­way. With its ex­cel­lent sta­bil­ity, it has cer­tainly made me a be­liever in fly­ing elec­tric ducted fans, and I’d rec­om­mend it to any­one as a first jet.—john

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