GRAUPNER MZ-12 PRO

FEA­TURES YOU NEED AT A COST YOU’LL LIKE

Model Airplane News - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOHN REID

The new Graupner mz-12 PRO is a top-qual­ity prod­uct at an af­ford­able price, and there are many fea­tures on this ra­dio that ev­ery pi­lot will surely en­joy. First, let’s talk about the way this ra­dio feels in your hands. The er­gonomics are out­stand­ing. The new light­weight de­sign makes it easy for pi­lots to hold onto the ra­dio for a long time, so even dur­ing an all-day fly­ing event, your hands and arms will feel good. It looks good, too; there are a num­ber of change­able face­plate and body skins that can eas­ily set your trans­mit­ter apart from the rest. As with other Graupner ra­dios, cus­tomiza­tion is king, and this ra­dio is no ex­cep­tion. Air­planes, mul­ti­ro­tors, he­li­copters, boats, and cars are sup­ported by the mz-12 PRO, and each type has many sub­sets. And it will never go out of date be­cause up­dat­ing the mz-12 PRO with new soft­ware, user-made voice no­ti­fi­ca­tions, or user mod­els can be done with the free firmware up­date stu­dio, of­fer­ing the pi­lot ad­di­tional flex­i­bil­ity.

Of course, there are a num­ber of trans­mit­ter cus­tomiza­tions that can change in the pro­gram­ming, and this in­cludes just about ev­ery­thing. The trans­mit­ter has a num­ber of switches that can be pro­grammed for your needs. In ad­di­tion, you can set up voice alerts based on your re­quire­ments and the model con­di­tions with flight­de­pen­dent trig­gers. You can even add your own voice to the mix. There is a wire­less or wired teacher/stu­dent link (buddy box) and two pro­gram­mable flight phases.

Its 250-model mem­ory is an­other use­ful fea­ture, and although you may not have that many air­craft, you can eas­ily pro­gram dif­fer­ent set­ups for dif­fer­ent fly­ing con­di­tions so that one plane

can have a lot of fly­ing op­tions. The 1500mAh bat­tery has enough power to last through even the long­est day of fly­ing. In ad­di­tion, the dual rate and expo are in­di­vid­u­ally ad­justable and eas­ily switch­able dur­ing flight; no more land­ing and try­ing to fig­ure out which way and how much you needed to make on that ad­just­ment.

The mz-12 PRO’s real-time teleme­try can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about bat­tery volt­age, bat­tery ca­pac­ity, flight di­rec­tion, al­ti­tude, and—best of all—speed. All this in­for­ma­tion is needed dur­ing any flight and can be an­nounced by voice, which is ter­rific be­cause it is dif­fi­cult to look at the trans­mit­ter while fly­ing, es­pe­cially in a crowded sky. You can have an­nounce­ments blare out on the trans­mit­ter speaker or use a head­set to keep your data no­ti­fi­ca­tions quiet and per­sonal.

FLIGHT PACK­AGE

The in­cluded Fal­con 12 re­ceiver is an air­plane sta­bi­lizer, fly­bar­less he­li­copter con­troller, and mul­ti­ro­tor con­troller all in one pack­age. The built-in gyro has ul­tra-fast re­sponse for a crisp feel, and there is al­ways a clear sig­nal, even at a dis­tance. The pro­gram­ming had a num­ber of pre­set wing mixes, such as aileron-to-flaps dif­fer­en­tial, aileron-to-rud­der/flap mixer, el­e­va­tor-to-flap/aileron mix, and flap-toel­e­va­tor/aileron mix, as well as as­sign­a­ble mixers func­tions, which in­clude five lin­ear and four curve mixers. There is a mul­ti­point throt­tle curve in all model modes.

BOT­TOM LINE

If you are in the mar­ket for a fea­ture-rich race ra­dio (this one comes loaded) and one that won’t break the bank (at only $200), well, then, the mz-12 PRO is your ticket to ride.

The speak­ers in the front pro­vide loud voice com­mands.

This deep and easy to grip cut out on the side makes it easy to hold the mx-12 Pro all day long.

Up on the right are two pro­gram­mable switches and a knob. Pro­gram what con­trols you need where you want them.

Three pro­gram­mable switches on the up­per left make it easy to set the lo­ca­tion of your func­tions.

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