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77in Aviator Pro 60 ARF - Red (Balsa)

SKU: VHB-PL-2024
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Wing Span: 76.8 in
Wing Area: 775 sq in
Flying Weight: 6.6 lbs
Red covering scheme.
Balsa/plywood construction. Pre-covered. Almost-Ready-to-Fly.
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This is an Almost-Ready-to-Fly sports plane for intermediate modelers. All-balsa wood construction, no foam parts! Pre-covered. The inside of the fuselage can be accessed through the large plastic cowling.

The Avaiator Pro is an improved version of our Bluebird aerobatic trainers. The Aviator Pro replaced the plastic engine cover with a fiberglass cowling for improved durability. We added a fuselage hatch for easy access of LiPO battery and other electronics. We also added wheel pants for a more scale appearance.

Specifications:

  • Wing Span: 76.8 in
  • Wing Area: 775 sq in
  • Length: 53 in
  • Flying Weight: 6.6 lbs

Recommended Setup:

  • Motor: 5055-400KV Brushless Outrunner Motor
  • Speed Control: 100A ESC
  • Servo: Standard Servo x 4 (5 for nitro)
  • Prop: 15 x 8 prop
  • Battery: 5000mah 6s lipo
SKU VHB-PL-2024
Lenth(in) 53
Material Balsa/Plywood
Type Trainer/Beginner
Wingspan(in) 76.8
Size Class .60-Size

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Thomas
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Excellent quality product at a value price.(Posted on August 30, 2014)
Plane was shipped fast and arrived safely in a double box. Quality of structure and covering will rival all the big name brand planes you see on the market today. Build was easy and straight forward with very clear instructions on build. All hardware was first quality. The plane came with motor mounts for both electric and nitro "you don't see that very often". Quality of balsa and glue was top notch. Wings and fuse were straight with no warping. Covering was trimmed nice and tight as a banjo string with absolutely no wrinkles what so ever.

My setup.
Turnigy 50 aerodrive 750KV brushless outrunner
Turnigy Plush 60 amp ESC
Turnigy 5S 4000 MAH battery
12x6 K series prop
4 1/2 inch tundra tires
MRRCSOUND sound unit
It balanaced and flew perfect!


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Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

A lovely relaxing flyer(Posted on February 18, 2013)
Following on from my earlier rant that I couldn't get Value Hobby to ship me this plane, I arranged for a US shipping agent and managed to acquire the Aviator Pro 60. Cost me $160 to ship it to Australia, so you can imagine how much I wanted this plane (still cheaper than a Rascal 72EG). Very impressed with the build quality. I was absolutely amazed to find the wing bolts all pre-fitted and lined up perfectly! I didn't need to measure, drill or fit the blind nuts - nice! The wing fitted so well I simply bolted it into place. I never glued my wings together. I switched out the front nylon wing pegs for carbon fiber, not because of any concerns about strength, but because my pegs were a bit short. Other than that, the build was stock-standard, although I mounted my tail servos right down the back end - see below.

Achieving correct CG with a big battery up front
For those having trouble with mounting the battery in the nose and the resultant forward CG, I fitted servos in the tail - one per surface. That is, one servo for each elevator and also a rudder servo. I used digital micro servos, and the three are still considerably lighter than two standard servos, but I was able to get the right balance point despite using a 6S 5000mAh pack sitting up front, right under the battery hatch. I acknowledge the exposed servos are not as pretty as the original control rods, but they are mainly hidden from view under the horizontal stabilizer anyway. Now that I've maidened this bird I'll cover the tail servo mounts in white Monokote, for slightly improved aesthetics.

My Power Set-up
Motor: Turnigy Aerodrive SK3 - 4250-500kv. This motor luckily fitted perfectly with no stand-offs or spacers - a first!
ESC: Turnigy dlux 70A SBEC
Battery: ZIPPY Flightmax 5000mAh 6S1P 30C
Propeller: Turnigy Ultra-light wood propeller 13x8
Resultant Peak Power: 950W at 43A. The ESC is obviously well oversized, but it weighed similar to the 50A ESC and didn't cost much more.

Performance is impressive with all that power on tap, but I use throttle control to keep the speed near-constant. It has almost unlimited vertical at a nice controlled speed, but I prefer to ease her around most of the time at very low throttle settings.

Radio
I used Turnigy XGD-11MB micro digitals for each elevator, and an HK 929MG digital for rudder. I would have preferred to use HK929MGs for all three tail servos but they only had one left in stock when I placed the order. The wing servos were standard sized Hitec HS 485BB analogs - I had these in my spares bin. The receiver is an Orange FASST compatible - I've got a lot of these now.

Flying
The maiden was conducted on a breezy but cooler summer day (after that severe shipping cost I need to have one immediate advantage over you US flyers, and it turns out it's the weather!). Take-off was a non-event, with the craft becoming airborne quickly, and climbing out to a speck before I trimmed her out (no major inputs needed). She stalls very sedately, but this might get a bit more aggressive if I pursue a more rearward CG at a later date. I can't see a need for a more rearward CG at this point. She doesn't balloon when power is applied and she glides quite sedately, although I was gliding down in about 15 knots of breeze, which gives slower groundspeed on approach. I was amazed how well she handled the wind - she didn't get buffeted around at all! The airborne stability is one significant advantage of the 60 size over her smaller brethren.

I personally think the control throws in the manual are far too severe for ailerons and elevator, with 20° recommended for both. I went with 10° for the elevators and 15°up / 10° down for the ailerons and I wouldn't want any more throw. She slowed down easily for landing, with judicious propeller braking (not ESC braking!) - a trick I learned from flying pattern - set a low idle to keep the prop turning, and eased onto the runway without drama.

As for wringing it out, she rolls easily and loops readily, but I kept the G-loading low - she's not an aerobat/3D craft, and my craft's wings are not glued together.

Conclusion
I'm really happy with this plane. I can fly for 20+ minutes, just puttering around the sky. I fly pattern aerobatics and pylon racers, so I'm very happy to get a relaxing wind-down plane to cruise around with. It flies easily but precisely, with no noticeable vices or bad habits. The price for US buyers is an absolute bargain!

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