Flyzone Inum Elite RTF

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Introduction

In November of 2014, Flyzone released their smallest RC airplane to date – the Inum. With a wingspan of just eight inches, it was a really novel idea for indoor flying. I reviewed the Flyzone Inum, and I was impressed by its small stature and two-channel operation. It could, literally, fly almost anywhere!

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Fast forward about a year, and Flyzone has now added a ‘bigger brother’ to the Inum family – the Inum Elite. This new version is slightly larger and offers more control while maintaining the ‘fly almost anywhere’ capability. Spanning just under 16 inches and sporting some carbon fiber fuselage and wing parts, the new Inum Elite is bound to provide a lot of fun for everyone! In addition to the larger size, the Inum Elite adds elevator control, where the smaller plane had none. The Elite appears to be another slow-flying indoor aircraft that should be good for beginner and expert pilots alike!

But enough from me – let’s open the box!

First Look

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The Inum Elite arrived in a full-color box that doubles as a carrying case. As it survived shipping, it should make for a nice way to transport the plane to and from your flying site. Inside, I found the nearly assembled aircraft protected by LOTS of Styrofoam. With all the parts laid out, it’s easy to see that the Inum Elite will go together quickly!

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Most of the work has been done at the factory – nearly everything has been pre-assembled, leaving VERY little work for the modeler. I really like the strong, lightweight, carbon fiber fuselage and wing supports!

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The Inum Elite has what appear to be standard operation servos – albeit very, very small! They are attached to the receiver/ESC board, and the pushrods are already installed as well. The brushed motor and gearbox are also pre-installed, along with the propeller. Since the Inum Elite is sold as a RTF (Ready To Fly) aircraft, a transmitter is included. This 2.4 gHz transmitter has digital trims, servo reversing, and even a flight battery charger built into it! One other feature that makes the transmitter really cool is that it can operate on mode 1 or mode 2. A sliding switch on the face of the FZ-400 transmitter physically changes the operation mode inside the case.

Manual

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The manual is everything I’ve come to expect from Flyzone and Hobbico. That is, to say, excellent! They have covered every aspect from assembly and charging to choosing a flying site and even flight instructions!

 

Getting the Inum Elite Ready to Fly

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Though the Inum Elite is classified as a RTF aircraft, a few items need to be done. I started by installing the four included AA batteries. With the batteries installed, the flight battery could then be charged by connecting it to the charging port on the transmitter. A bright LED light on the face of the transmitter indicated that the flight battery was charging.

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The pre-assembled wire main gear needed to be installed, so I pressed the gear into the forward-facing slot in the front wing mounting tab. I then attached the wing by sliding the two wing mounts into the mounting tabs on the fuselage. The forward mount slides rearward, while the rear tab slid forward. With that, the assembly was complete!

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When the flight battery had finished charging, the LED light went out. I disconnected the flight battery from the transmitter, connected it to the receiver wire, and attached the battery to the fuselage via the Velcro strip. With that, the Inum Elite was ready to fly!

Reviewer’s Note: The Inum Elite is SLT capable, which means it can be flown with any of the Tactic (and even Hitec) SLT transmitters. I’ll get into this in a little more detail in the flight review.

Photo Shoot

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Flight Review

I am lucky enough to be a member of a flying club that has regular indoor flying sessions. Our local high school gymnasium is open for us to use several times during the cold winter months in Minnesota. Because of this, I wasted no time getting to one of these indoor flying sessions to put the Inum Elite through its paces.

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A brief reassembly has to be done when using the original box for transport, but takes just a minute to do. So, after reattaching the main landing gear and wing, I turned on the transmitter and connected the flight battery to the Inum Elite. With that, the plane was ready to fly. I set the small plane down on the gym floor and taxied about a bit. The rear tail skid slid effortlessly on the coated wooden floor – I noticed I had to be quick on the rudder to keep the plane moving in the right direction. Speaking of the rudder, it is controlled by the right transmitter stick – AKA the aileron input.

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I advanced the throttle, and the Inum Elite gained speed before gracefully lifting off the floor. The take-off itself require about three-quarters throttle, and even at that, it gained altitude quickly! At a height of about 10 feet, I pulled the throttle back to one-half, and the Inum Elite settled into a nice slow cruise. I don’t recall making any trim adjustments – it flew nicely right out of the box! With that said, the plane would gain altitude quickly at full throttle. This is quite normal for aircraft like this, and you should not trim the Inum Elite to fly at full throttle.

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Though the Inum Elite has only three channel input, it is quite fun to fly. With a slight dive, it will do a tight loop easily, and it’ll bank very tightly with rudder input.

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After keeping the Inum Elite in the air for around 10 minutes, I brought it in for a landing. Proving once again that this plane can be flown by anyone, the Inum Elite nearly landed itself. A little bit of throttle management on the landing approach was all the plane required to set down nicely. Once on the ground, I was immediately on the rudder to taxi the small plane back to my feet.

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For the second flight, I switched over to my Tactic TTX850 SLT transmitter. Though this transmitter is way more than anything needed for the Inum Elite, it was fun to try out. I did find that the Tactic transmitter actually made the plane fly even better than the FZ-400 radio included in the box. I would guess that it has to do with the higher quality gimbals in the TTX850 transmitter.  Throughout the subsequent flights, I switched between the included transmitter and the Tactic – both flew the Inum Elite well enough, but the Tactic won out in smoothness of control.

If I could find one fault with the Inum Elite, it was that it only came with one flight battery. As I have many indoor planes, I had plenty of other 1S 150 mAh LiPo batteries on hand. The other batteries were compatible with the Inum Elite, so I was able to put about 20 flights on the plane in the course of a few hours! I really enjoyed EVERY flight!

Summary

Whether you’re a beginner just getting into flying RC or an intermediate/expert pilot looking for an indoor plane for some relaxing flying time, the Inum Elite will fit the bill. Assembly took about a minute, it looks nice, and flies in small spaces very well. With either the included transmitter or your own SLT transmitter, the Inum is a lot of fun – You’re going to want to get one!

 

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