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    Contributed by: Greg Covey | Published: January 2009 | Views: 127245 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Flyzone Cessna 182 Skylane

    Review by: Greg Covey
    Flying Photos: "Papa Jeff" Ring
    Video Pilot: Greg Covey

    Distributed Exclusively by:

    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021

    Complete RTF Kit
    Quick and Easy Assembly
    Power System Included
    Battery and Charger Included
    Superb Flying Performance
    Rugged and Easy to Repair
    No Painting or Decals Needed
    No soldering required
    Spare Parts Available

    Transmitter Batteries Not Included
    Flyzone Cessna 182 Skylane RTF

    The Hobbico FlyZone Cessna 182 Skylane is an electric powered, radio controlled, ready-to-fly scale model of the full size Cessna 182 Skylane. Designed for beginning to intermediate flyers in mind, it is made from tough AeroCell foam and comes with everything you need to get started!

    The Cessna 182 Skylane is a FlyZone Select Scale model which means it's bigger, more detailed, and equipped with the best technology R/C can offer. The package includes a 5-channel Tactic 72MHz Radio, a 3-cell 1800mAh LiPo
    pack, smart balancing charger, and A/C and D/C adapters to charge just about anywhere! Looks, power, performance, and style all combine for more impressive field presence..


    • Wingspan: 47.5" (1207mm)
    • Wing Area: 339 sq in (21.87 sq dm)
    • Weight: 37oz (1049g)
    • Wing Loading: 15.72 oz/sq ft (48 g/sq dm)
    • Length: 39" (991mm)

    Key Features:

    • AeroCell foam construction with pre-applied decals
    • Wings have functional flaps and ailerons
    • 5-channel Tactic 72MHz Radio with 3-position switch for flaps (Included - Requires 8-AA batteries)
    • Brushless motor power system (Included)
    • 3-cell 1800mAh LiPo battery pack (Included)
    • ElectriFly balancing charger (Included)
    • Blinking navigation lights
    • Pre-assembled Tricycle Landing Gear with front strut steerable nose gear
    • Canopy with plastic windows and detailed instrument panel in cockpit
    RTF Contents :

    All the parts came individually wrapped and were well protected in the box. I found no damage and was impressed with the details and level of pre-assembly.

    The wing comes ready to go with the aileron servo, flap servo, hinges, and linkage pre-installed.

    Scale navigation lights are included in the wing and vertical stabilizer.

    The control surfaces are hinged and ready to go. Some of the other parts include pre-assembled gear mains, nylon wing bolts, control rods, struts, an 8-1/4" prop, and plastic spinner.

    The FlyZone Cessna 182 Skylane includes a 3-cell 1800mAh LiPo pack, smart balancing charger, and A/C and D/C adapters to charge just about anywhere! Note that the FlyZone charge/balance connector is ElectriFly/E-flite compatible. The 15-page manual is loaded with excellent photos, assembly steps, and instructions geared for creating a successful experience.

    A closer look at the fuselage reveals the pre-installed motor and steerable nose wheel. Air cooling and strut mounts are both ready to go! The antenna wire is already run through a tube to the back of the plane. Tubes are also pre-installed for the rudder and elevator control rods and the tail navigation wire. Note that the receiver and servos are pre-installed also.

    I tested the ElectriFly 3-Cell 11.1v LiPo Balancing Charger that came with the Cessna RTF package and found no issues. It is a simple plug-and-play solution that cannot be fooled. The charger is fed by either 12v DC power from the supplied AC wall adapter or the automobile cigarette/utility adapter. The LiPo pack charge connector is keyed so it can only be plugged in one way. The lights went both solid red and green when the battery was charging and only the red light remained on when it was finished.


    The assembly starts by mounting the main landing gear. This is done by installing two screws and replacing the landing gear cover after removing the pre-applied protective adhesive strip backing.

    Note the bottom hatch cover on the left is used to access the receiver and battery pack.

    The vertical and horizontal stabilizers are mounted together after first connecting the control rods and sliding them into the pre-installed tubes. When the rods are inserted about half way, the tail navigation wire is then inserted into the larger tube that runs down the center of the fuselage. Just before the fin and stab are all the way into position, the pushrods are fed into the pre-mounted connectors on the servo arms.

    A plastic retaining clip holds the tail assembly in place and the control rods are held with set screws already installed in the servo arm quick links.

    After feeding the wires past the servos and out the bottom of the fuselage, the wing easily mounts using two retainer posts that turn 90 degrees to lock in position. The posts are then covered with hatches that simply snap into position.

    After first installing eight AA-size batteries (not included) in the Tactic transmitter, you can center the aileron, elevator, and rudder trims. The throttle trim and throttle stick are both lowered all the way so the motor will not turn on.

    You can then temporarily take the Tactic receiver part way out of the fuselage and hook up the controls. All the servo leads and navigation light leads are properly labeled. At this time, you can check all the control surfaces for proper swing and centering.

    Since everything checked out, including the 3-position flap settings, it was time for the final assembly.

    The plastic spinner back plate slides onto the motor shaft and sits over the pre-installed nut. The prop is then secured with a washer, nut, and some thread locker. The spinner cone is attached with two 2.5x8mm Phillips screws.

    The wing strut tubes fit into the pre-mounted plastic fairings and are then secured with 2.5x8mm screws in each end. Note that the CG of 1-7/8" should be marked by the assembler on each wing half. This will be tested after installing the battery pack.

    The battery pack installs in the Cessna 182 nose and is held by a strip of hook and loop material. My Cessna balanced perfectly!

    The last step of the Cessna assembly was to install the antennas by simply pushing them down into position. If preferred, you can also glue them with white glue or foam-safe CA.

    My Cessna 182 was Ready-To-Fly at 37oz including the battery pack. I did not measure the power level because the supplied connectors did not match anything I had for my wattmeter. My full throttle testing, while holding the plane, felt that it has plenty of power.

    This first video is an introduction of the Cessna 182 features. Note that I had the scale antennas on backwards for this video and easily reversed them for the flying photos and test flying video. They just press into pre-slotted holes in the wing.

    Cessna 182 Skylane Intro Video (7meg)

    We tested the Cessna on a cold but calm winter day at a small park. The winds were 5-8mph and the temperature was 20 degrees. The Cessna performed very well as we flew in a relatively tight area with take-off and landings in a side street surrounded by snow. The snow was a foot deep in the park but the steerable nose wheel allowed me to keep it centered in the road. The Cessna should have plenty of power for a hand-toss, if needed.

    Cessna 182 Skylane Test Flying Video (15meg)

    The power level was sufficient for loops from level flight. The flight time was about 10 minutes and I still had some power left. I tried the flaps but the plane wanted to bank to the right so I switched them off because it flew slow enough without them. I did not get another chance to test them until after the landing. My initial thought was that one flap may be lowering before the other one but this did not prove to be the case. The plane easily slowed to a nice landing without using the flaps.


    The FlyZone Cessna 182 Skylane is a Ready-To-Fly package that includes everything from plane to radio system to battery and charger. The Cessna 182 Skylane is the most detailed FlyZone airplane ever and it is made from tough yet light Aerocell foam. This Select Scale model is also the largest FlyZone ever with a 47.5" wingspan and is packed with individual details like tinted windows, navigation lights, flaps, and a steerable nose gear complete with a shock-absorbing strut.

    As shown in the video, the Cessna 182 flies quite stable and can maneuver in a small area. However, I would only recommend this type of scale model to an intermediate to advanced level pilot for a successful experience. The 72MHz Tactic radio system performed without a glitch and the Cessna looked great on the ground and in the air!

    The FlyZone Cessna 182 Skylane includes a 3-cell 1800mAh LiPo pack, smart balancing charger, and A/C and D/C adapters to charge just about anywhere. The 5-channel Tactic 72MHz Radio uses 8-AA batteries which typically last for dozens and dozens of flights.

    Flight times are an easy 10 minutes with mixed aerobatics and just cruising around. Other than requiring batteries for the transmitter, I found the Cessna 182 Skylane is truly a complete scale R/C flight system in a box!

    FlyZone Planes
    Distributed Exclusively by:

    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021

    Comments on RCU Review: FlyZone Cessna 182 Skylane

    Posted by: phillipmorris on 02/24/2009
    Saw one of these at E-Fest and went to one of the Hobby Shops and simply had to purchase this one, it did have a receiver flaw but no issues getting a replacement, range checked fine, waiting for warmer weather here but anticipate some fun flying...went over the features with a friend who actually did the assmebly and liked the way the flaps slowly advance, will experiment for landing after practicing with these in the air, the lights are really cosmetic but do add to its over all appeal, believe dusk flights should be fun...like the looks on this one, perhaps Flyzones best entry todate...TNX BEST ..<>..
    Posted by: phillipmorris on 02/24/2009
    The Cessan flew rather well early this morning, but we changed the connectors to the battery to deans, not a bad idea, however turned out a possible short, shortly into the flight things disconnected and death spiraled down..gads.. But during the brief flight around 8 MPH winds but not bad, Cessna took off easily from the pavment and went up predictably, needed slight down trim perhaps due to some winds, flew back and forth a few times and turned easily w/ailerons, then the disconnection problem...so my error indeed, its a fun ship, too brief a flight, hi hi...sure others will have much better luck than I, dang again...BEST ..<>..
    Posted by: jonathanjhl on 08/01/2009
    PhillipMorris, I too had some bad luck with this plane. I got one for $250 and on the first flight, I did a roll and the hatch came loose, the battery fell out and I lost all power and crashed. The hatch is foam and has a 2mm hatch that latches to foam. SMART. This plane was a horrible waste of money to me. Hopefully, others made the right choice and bought a Parkzone Corsair instead. That was the other one I was considering...
    Posted by: yardog on 08/23/2009
    As a newbie to R/C I was already to get my Cessna Select 182 "RTF" electric. as soon as it shipped. Well, here it is, a month later and the plane does not even have the wings attached yet!. After three care packages of replacement parts and approx. 15 various size set screws for the screw lock later, there it still sits. After obtaining the correct set screw, I went to attach the wings and the posts that attach them are to short! The solution? "We'll email you a prepaid return mail label and we will take a look at it." Thing of it is, When I called, they gent on the phone said it's hard to believe these problems. It's been a strong runner for a long time. The plane was brand new to the market in July 2009. Not only scary, but complete disappointment here.
    Posted by: TOP CAT II on 01/09/2010
    I bought this a/c as my first returning to modeling. Do not buy and fly this without EXPERIENCED help. I wasted a ton of money and time trying to resolve a handfull of issues with mine. I too am the proud owner of a pile of ep foam parts and salvaged electrics. Have moved up to Balsa / Ply modeling.
    Posted by: dbc on 06/08/2010
    I have over 25 flights on this plane and have enjoyed it quite a lot. Easy assembly for anyone with a little modeling experience and a very nice flyer. Recommended
    Posted by: cheap airlines on 06/21/2010
    When flying in turbulence I would like a little more aileron and rudder authority. When Cessna swept the tail back it lengthend the fueslage creating a little better yaw stability but reduced the effectiveness of the rudder. Turbulence can be a little jarring. I attribute this to the metal spar and struts. There just isn't much give. However, there is plenty of headroom so you won't bang your head and those big struts are real confidence builders. The 182's stability is legendary and true. Most do not have autopilots with altitude hold because you don't really need it. I remember flying Pipers that always dropped a wing everytime I looked down. You can fly a 182 for an hour without touching the yoke. http://www.lowcostroutes.com/
    Posted by: jamesvok on 03/28/2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY9ipPhT0bs Mine is an absolute champ. It takes some power to make a good landing, but other than that I have nothing bad to say about any part of this airplane. I fly the heck out of it.
    Posted by: gerrys on 09/15/2012
    what is the price? arf/rtf/??????????
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