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Hobbyzone Champ S+ RTF RC Airplane
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- innovative autoland technology lands the airplane by itself
- 3 flight modes: beginner, intermediate, and experienced
- With panic recovery, stable flight is resumed by simply releasing the sticks
- Virtual fence keeps you from flying too far away
- Durable and Lightweight construction so no FAA registration is required
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|Item Dimensions||21.2 x 30.5 x 6.6 in||21.5 x 21.75 x 5.75 in||19.2 x 19.9 x 6.2 in||21.5 x 21.75 x 5.75 in||19 x 41.5 x 8 in||19.25 x 19.75 x 5 in|
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Champ S+ RTF
Whether you’ve never flown RC before or you got your first taste of flying with a multirotor drone, the revolutionary HobbyZone Champ S+ RTF makes it easier than ever to learn to fly an RC airplane. That’s because it’s equipped with Horizon Hobby’s exclusive SAFE Plus technology providing the same kind of self-leveling stability and GPS guidance used in advanced drones that can cost thousands of dollars or more. SAFE Plus drone technology can land the airplane for you, keep you from flying too far away, and even lets you virtually 'pause' the flight and circle by itself on command. SAFE Plus also includes three flight modes that allow you to learn at your own pace by preventing you from over-controlling the airplane and allowing you to perform basic aerobatic maneuvers when you’re ready.
When activated, the advanced AutoLand function puts the Champ S+ on a stabilized approach to autonomously land near the takeoff point. When flying in rougher conditions, you can provide some directional guidance and let the system do the rest to execute a safe landing.
Push a button, and the Champ S+ will automatically fly to a point near its takeoff location and circle at an altitude of approximately 65 feet. Once the command is cancelled, you have full control of the aircraft and can continue to fly.
It’s easy to accidentally let an RC airplane get too far away, but with Virtual Fence worry no more because it creates a virtual boundary the airplane won’t fly past. When the Champ S+ encounters the Virtual Fence, it automatically turns around inside the boundary and wags the wings letting you know you have control again.
If you ever lose control of the Champ S+, just switch to beginner mode and release the control sticks. SAFE Plus technology will return the aircraft to level flight.
Whether you're never flown RC before or you got your first taste of flying with a multirole drone, the revolutionary hobbyzone champ s+ RTF makes it easier than ever to learn to fly an RC airplane. That's because it's equipped with horizon Hobby’s exclusive safe plus technology providing the same kind of self-leveling stability and GPS guidance used in advanced drones that can cost thousands of Dollars or more. Safe plus drone technology can land the airplane for you, keep you from flying too far away, and even lets you virtually "pause" the flight and circle by itself on command. Safe plus also includes three flight modes that allow you to learn at your own pace by preventing you from over-controlling the airplane and allowing you to perform basic aerobatic maneuvers when you're ready.
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I contacted the manufacturer for help understanding why my Champ struggled; after a short wait, Hobbyzone replied with TONS of detailed information. After I replied with photos of the carnage, as a courtesy, they offered to provide a replacement model.
That aside, this plane is an excellent trainer that comes equipped with a number of helpful safety features. Be aware that you'll need a very large field in order to take advantage of autolanding (since the plane will fly off before starting its approach) and that the Champ doesn't handle wind too well. You'll also want to be extra ginger on the landings since, in my experience, the plane is somewhat fragile.
Note that many of the safety features take control away from you. Since the Champ isn't equipped with proximity sensors, if there are hazards where you're flying (trees, structures, etc), this safety functionality can cause quite a bit of anxiety. To get the full, stress-free Champ S+ experience, you'll need (1) a big, clear field, (2) low wind, and (3) some faith -- the model appears to fly away just before it circles back to lands
Despite the hiccup with my first Champ (which was likely caused by damage in shipping, a manufacturing defect, environmental factors, or a mistake that I made setting up or flying the plane), Hobbyzone's response and generosity has ensured that the issue was not, in fact, fatal.
If you're looking for a high quality trainer manufactured by a company that stands behind its products and offers personalized support and assistance: look no further.
If you're looking for something that'll survive a few rough landings and more than a hint of wind: you may want to consider a different model.
Either way, this is a very well made model with outstanding documentation, terrific support, and a number of impressive autopilot-esque features. Provided that you can meet the environmental requirements I mentioned earlier, the Champ S+ is a great place to start your RC flying adventure.