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Hobbyzone Firebird Commander 2 RTF Electric

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  • Ready to fly plane with optical sensors
  • Features anti-crash technology
  • Recommended for ages 12 and up

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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 41.7 x 11.5 x 5.5 inches ; 12 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • ASIN: B000AUO7B8
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,319 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Anti-Crash Technology is the most innovative development to ready-to-fly airplanes since HobbyZone began. Optical sensors detect the ground and sky, and then give input that pulls the plane out of a spiral dive that could lead to a crash.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this for the inexperienced flyer.
Smart Shopper
The V-tail acts as both rudder and elevator, but provides little control.
AAK
This plane is super easy to fly but if you crash it forgiving as well.
RedEarth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Peter Gibbons on September 19, 2009
I just bought a Firebird Commander 2 today from my local hobby shop, based on recommendations here on Amazon. Now, let me first explain that I'm a beginner RC pilot, which is part of the reason I bought this plane. Initially, I had trouble getting it into the air, but after a crash or two, I was able to get it going.

Even though this has Anti-Crash Technology (ACT), it didn't prevent me from totalling the plane about 10 minutes after the first flight. Now, you can attribute this to my lack of R/C flying skills (although I am a real pilot, I realize this skill doesn't necessarily translated to R/C), but I think the big problem is not having a seperate elevator control. As it comes, it has one channel dedicated to the throttle and one channel dedicated to the aileron (tail) control for turning. This should be ideal for beginners (one less thing to worry about), but the problem is that if you are in a steep dive (because of wind, a steep turn, or whatever), your only hope to recover is to hit the throttle and hope that the speed will bring it out of the dive before it impacts the ground.

Based on this experience, my next plane will either be a 3-channel that has throttle, elevator and aileron, or a 2-channel that has elevator and aileron. I don't really care about the speed as long as it's fast enough to get airborne.

So, not so much a negative review for the plane, as to clearly lay out for people who are thinking about buying this plane: There is no elevator control! Once airborne, all altitude changes must be done with the throttle.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Smart Shopper on December 25, 2007
I got this plane for Christmas having never flown a plane before. I am relatively new to the RC scene and had previously only had a truck. This is a whole different beast. The plane is very easy to setup - less than 5 minutes and I was ready to fly (except for the 3 hour battery charge). I never flew a plane before and my first flight was about 5 minutes. Easy take off from throw and plane was easy to maneuver on the way up. At this point, I realized I was in trouble and didn't know how to land. Winds were a bit stronger than recommended 7 mph so this was a bad combination. I throttled down and caught a little down draft. Anticrash technology didn't save it from the tree. The wing is pretty easy to break. Tried again and flew for only a minute. The wing is nearly completely destroyed now but it was worth that 5 minute flight. I am addicted now and ready to buy the 11 dollar wing to start again. I have tried to tape the wing but I don't think that is going to work too well. I highly recommend this for the inexperienced flyer. Very very fun.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Doug D. on May 28, 2008
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This plane is a blast!
Try using a computer flight simulator to get comfortable with the basic control and tracking. This is the easiest plane to fly but it is not trivial. ACT or not, there is a good chance you will crash when first learning about the direction of the plane, wind, hazards, etc. Definitely have your first flights in NO wind. Parts are easy to find and very robust.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mini14gb on February 9, 2009
I like the Commander and have had mine almost 2 years now with many many flights. I moved on to 3 channel planes and higher so I gave the Commander to my nephew. Don't listen to this Amy from Colorado about the battery lasting for hours!! IT WILL NOT. HE IS LYING! Also the other reviewer from Iowa thinks you need RC experience before flying this plane he's crazy. This is as easy as it gets folks, so where would you get that experience?

This is a good plane but if I had it to do over again I would have bought the Hobbyzone Super Cub and just started with that. The Super Cub is an ENTRY LEVEL plane too and very durable but it can grow with you by turning off the Anti-crash software and has a full rudder and elevator control with adjustments for tighter turns and stunt flying. The if you want to just get airborne get the Commander if you want to get airborne and have a plane that grows along with your skills then get the Super Cub. The Commander will never be able to do ANY kind of stunt flying it just flies around in circles. At some point your going to want MORE and the Super Cub can deliver!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By El Hikkus on December 27, 2007
My son got a remote controlled plane (not the Firebird Commander 2) for Christmas that was, well, pretty horrible. It could barely stay in flight and was broken within three minutes of almost flight. Since this was the case, I went to the local hobby store the next day to see what they had in alternatives. One of the salesmen recommended the Firebird Commander 2. So I bought it. I have to tell you, it was a great choice.

Like with the first R/C plane, I expected it to crash and burn on the first few tries. I was wrong. On the first try, it went right up in the air and was fairly easy to control for a novice. After going nose first into a chain link fence, and then a nose dive into the dirt at full throttle (LOL!), this plane was still in great shape outside of some small prop damage to the wing. This was easily fixed with packing tape. I even took the plane to work to show my friends, only to end up shearing the wing in half when I ran it into some tree limbs. Funny thing is, I repaired the wing with the fore mentioned packing tape, and it still flies just fine.

Wonderful R/C plane, and wonderful fun.
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