Midnight Flights #1

I’m challenging myself to fly my Hobbyzone Champ every night for three consecutive nights. Tonight, I did my first Midnight Flight (a flight at roughly sundown- not REALLY at midnight!). My camera person wasn’t there, so I could only get a picture of my Champ on the ground.

Tonight, I did my Midnight Flight at roughly 6:00 PM EST, so the sun had set about 10 minutes before flying. I’ll try to do my next two Midnight Flights a few minutes earlier so I can fly my whole 6 minutes.

I used Lectron Pro 180 mAH batteries. (Side note: they are excellent batteries for the price. I can get ’em with Amazon Prime. Eight batteries delivered in two days (with Prime) and very good customer service for only 40 bucks is nearly a steal!)

I had to come in with 2:40 minutes left on my DX6i timer because it got too dark.

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There are my two pics. One has flash; the other doesn’t (I also love photography…).

The flight was uneventful. I haven’t flown for at least 2-3 weeks, so it was GREAT to be back in the air again. Also, actually flying gave me ideas and inspiration for more posts (such as this one)!

I’ve been concentrating on umFlight for three past weeks (and barely any free time) that I never actually flew. There’s absolutely NO substitute for flying a great UM plane like he Champ.

Landings were very rusty, but I think that’s mostly due to the darkness. I thought I was a few inches above the ground when I was really landing right then!

I need to practice more in the light.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll be able to get my camera person/bad photographer/decent videographer out to take video and pics of the plane flying for tomorrow’s update.

Thanks for reading Midnight Flights #1 and I’ll see you tomorrow. Hopefully! Thanks for reading!

Is the Champ Really a Champion?

I’m back! This time I am reviewing the Hobbyzone Champ, even though it came out years ago, for the newer members of the hobby browsing this blog.

I figured that, because I have had 3 Champs, I would be qualified to write a review on them!

Back Story:

After nearly 2 years of flying RC helicopters, I still couldn’t hover an advanced model. So, not knowing if I would prefer planes, I bought the Hobbyzone Duet this past April. Well, after that I was almost done with helicopters- I just really preferred the planes. Then, after an unfortunate mishap on the Duet involving CA glue eating the foam, I took the plunge and bought a Hobbyzone Champ…

First Impressions:

I opened the Champ’s box after it was dropped off by UPS and I saw that it was neatly packaged, like all of Horizon Hobby’s micros. I untaped the Styrofoam holders and pulled the plane out of the box. The cowling was even wrapped in plastic to protect it!

Also included was a basic LOW POWER (do not attempt to use this tx on any RC aircraft larger than an ultra micro) 4 channel tx from Hobbyzone. The battery and charger were nestled in there respective slots in the Styrofoam; there were even extra slots in the foam for additional batteries. 8 AA batteries were included (4 for tx, 4 for charger)!

Assembly and First Flight Preparation:

There is NO assembly required with the Champ, unless you count installing 4 AA batteries to the included transmitter and 4 additional AA’s to the included charger.

After the 4 AA batteries were installed into the included charger, I plugged the included 150 mah battery into it and it took about 15 minutes on the first charge, 30 minutes on subsequent charges.

Tip: get the optional AC adapter if you use the included charger- this allows you to plug it into the wall instead of using AA batteries (you can go through AA batteries very quickly without the AC adapter)

Because I have a DX6, I bound it to the champ, but, if you need/want to use the included tx, it comes bound to the Champ out of the box.

Takeoff:

Takeoff was a breeze. Just quickly, yet smoothly, apply motor power until it is at 100% power, add a touch of up elevator, and it’ll takeoff easily!

Flying:

Once up to about 1 mistake high (roughly 100 feet), I throttled back to half throttle and it flew very well; nice and easy turns, gentle characteristics, but it is still a blast now, even though I mastered it 3 months ago! VERY versatile!

Landing:

Landings were fairly easy. On the base leg of my landing circuit, you can just cut the throttle, but you can have a much better landing by keeping the throttle on a little bit until flare, when I close the throttle completely.

Recommended timer settings if using a Spektrum computerized transmitter:

Dx6i transmitter:
Timer: 10 minutes

Any Other Spektrum Computerized Transmitter:
Timer: 10 minutes; start/stop at 10% throttle

The Specs:

Skill Level: Beginner

Wingspan: 20.3 inches

Length: 14.3 inches

Flying Weight: 1.3 oz

Full Specs Here

Equipment I Used:

1. Thunder Power TP103CQ-ACDC Charger (link)

2. Spektrum DX6 DSMX Transmitter Only (link)

Verdict:

This is a great all around plane, but mainly for a beginner to RC planes, for a very cheap price!

Rating:

10/10

Thanks for reading! Look for another post next Sunday!