Freewing Avanti S
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