Minor Assembly Required
Power System Installed
Battery and Charger Included
Superb Flying Performance
Binds to any DSM2 Transmitter
Made from Durable and Lightweight Z-Foam
Spare Parts Available
ParkZone® has entered the mainstream EDF market in their usual
Bind-N-Fly style with the new Habu
EDF Jet which is a full-throttle thriller capable of very
high speeds and full-house aerobatics. Powered by E-flite's
BL15 3200Kv brushless ducted fan motor mated to an E-flite Delta-V
15 ducted fan, the potent combination produces enough thrust for
outstanding climb performance and thrilling high-speed passes.
When it comes time to throttle back and enter the pattern, the
Habus wide flight envelope and forgiving slow-speed handling
was designed with the intermediate pilot in mind. Anyone used
to flying faster sport planes can perform picture-perfect, nose-high
touch downs and takeoffs with the Habu.
this Bind-N-Fly version airborne is about as simple as it
gets. Just attach the wing and tail, charge the battery, and bind
the receiver to your full range DSM2 transmitter. After
a quick check of the control surfaces, you're flying!
has delivered their fastest plane yet, so if you have intermediate
to advanced flying skills, and you are looking for some high-speed
jet thrills, the Habu EDF Jet is just what youre looking
Wingspan: 36.3 in (920 mm)
Length: 43.3 in (1100 mm)
Weight: 2.8 lb (1300 g)
Size: E-flite BL15 DF 3200Kv six-pole brushless inrunner (installed)
AR500 2.4GHz 5-channel Sport DSM2 (installed)
5 total, 3 digital metal-geared (nose steering, rudder, elevator),
2 standard (aileron)(installed)
Scheme Colors: Silver foam with electric blue and yellow
(center of gravity): Approximately 4 inches from leading edge
of wing at root
Control : E-flite 60A Switch-Mode BEC brushless (installed)
E-flite BL15 3200Kv brushless ducted fan motor with E-flite
Delta-V 15 ducted fan unit (installed)
E-flite 60A Pro with Switch-Mode BEC ESC (installed)
AR500 DSM2 5-channel sport receiver (installed)
4S 14.8V 3200mAh 30C Li-Po battery (included)
Variable rate 3- to 4-cell DC Li-Po balancing (included)
Full 4-channel control, includes fully functional rudder
Wing and airframe design optimized for a wide flight envelope
Silver Z-Foam construction
Removable landing gear
ParkZone Habu EDF BNF comes well packaged and protected. The
Bind-N-Fly version includes everything you need except for a
full range Spektrum DSM2 aircraft transmitter. The
one-piece wing has the aileron servos and linkage pre-installed
and molded servo covers to protect the linkage on landings.
The gear mains receptacles are pre-installed so they just press
in place, if needed.
tail assembly comes ready to attach to the fuselage with elevator
and rudder servos pre-installed. The vertical stabilizer presses
through the tail into the fuselage. The cockpit/canopy uses
two prongs in front for automatic alignment and strong magnets
to stay in place. The optional landing gear with steerable nose
wheel can be used for pavement or hard surface take-offs.
E-flite 4-cell, 14.8V, 3200mAh, 30C Li-Po battery is included
along with the ParkZone 3s-4s, DC, Li-Po, Balancing Charger. Simply
select the cell count, set the current dial, and press the start
button for a safe, balanced charge.
is loaded with photos and step-by-step instructions to help you
ready the Habu for flight. It covers both BNF and PNP versions.
The details in the manual were very helpful to complete some of
the assembly. The E-flite 60A Pro Switch-Mode Brushless ESC manual
and BL15 3200Kv motor manual are also included. No programming
changes are needed to ready to Habu for flight.
closer look at the fuselage reveals more of the pre-assembly that
ParkZone® has made famous. The Z-Foam design is very
tough and can be repaired with regular CA and kicker. The E-flite
60A Switch-Mode ESC, AR500 DSM2 5-channel sport receiver, battery
bay, and E-flite Delta-V 15 ducted fan unit are all pre-installed.
fuselage is pre-painted with all the decals applied. Servo extensions
are pre-routed for easy hook-up.
The wing is attached to the fuselage after first connecting the
aileron leads to the pre-installed Y-harness. I also added a tie-wrap
around the motor wires before attaching the wing to prevent any
movement inside the duct during flight. The two locator pins align
the rear of the wing and the single mounting screw aligns the
front while securing it to the fuselage.
tail is assembled in a similar fashion as you plug in the servo
leads before pressing it in place. Note that the brown wires on
the elevator and rudder servo leads are to the left when viewed
from the rear.
used the larger black screws to secure the horizontal stabilizer
to the fuselage. The vertical fin is then surrounded by plastic
mounting plates which are secured with 5 black self-tapping screws.
The rudder pushrod connects to the second outermost servo arm
hole and the outermost rudder control horn hole.
tail cone is pressed into place and secured with the supplied
The Habu was designed to provide a choice to fly with or without
landing gear. Flying without the gear reduces drag and provides
the highest speed. The Habu is easily hand-launched and can land
on its belly on grass or snow. Two nose wheel plates are provided;
one with a servo to steer the nose wheel and another just to cover
the opening while allowing some air flow for cooling. Also included
are two skids for belly landing. One is placed just behind the
nose wheel plate (as shown on right) and the other is placed just
in front of the exhaust nozzle.
Assembly: After binding the receiver to your transmitter,
check the control surface directions, travel amount, and CG per
the manual directions. The CG is located 4" from the leading
edge at the root of the wing. My battery pack fit perfectly into
the recessed tray and is strapped in place. I had no issues with
set the throws on my Spektrum DX7 transmitter using the high and
low rates recommended on page 29 of the manual. I also added 30%
expo to the elevator and aileron settings. I usually don't add
any expo on the rudder.
ParkZone Habu EDF BNF was Ready-To-Fly in no time at all. It
weighed about 46oz (2.88lbs) and the power level felt very strong.
I measured the power level at 52 amps for about 750 watts which
provides a very capable 260w/lb. The included 4-cell, 3200mAh,
30C, Li-Po battery seemed to be very good quality.
our ParkZone Habu flight testing, the weather was cloudy and
a cool 33 degrees F outside with light winds from 5mph to 10mph
and a layer of snow on the ground. Not great conditions for
test flying a fast grey colored model but it flew well with
plenty of power and the yellow trim scheme allowed us to keep
our orientation. Team JR's, Devin McGrath, put the Habu through
a series of maneuvers to test its agility and power.
times were quite long and lasted a good 8 to 10 minutes. We
were surprised at the top-end speed of the Habu as it is quite
quick. However, we expected it to be agile and stable and the
Habu did not disappoint us. The stock power level is very strong
and we could climb until the plane started blending into the
grey sky. My hand-launch seemed easy and very little trim was
needed on the maiden flight.
discovered that the Habu does hold speed very nicely. When belly
landing in the snow, the glide across the park went further
than expected and came to rest just before reaching a side street.
The slide across the snow caused no scratch marks. Although
it was difficult to slow down on the snow, because it would
glide a long way, the plane landed very predictably.
ParkZone Habu EDF Jet was designed to be relatively easy to fly
so that most pilots with intermediate to advanced experience can
handle it comfortably. We found the Habu to be a very efficient
and stable design. After a quick assembly, and only a few trim
clicks after the toss, we were ready to have some fun!
Habu flies inverted with a small amount of down elevator and it
also glides very well. Both the vertical climb and slower flight
performance were very good using the stock 4s LiPo pack. I feel
that this jet is a good value because of the overall construction
quality and the wide speed envelope that appeals to many pilots.
the E-flite 60A Switch-Mode BEC brushless ESC can handle up to
a 6-cell LiPo pack, the current draw on the Habu setup using a
5s pack is more than 60-amps so it is not recommended. When using
a 5s LiPo pack, the current draw is around 70-amps so you'll need
to upgrade your Habu with an ESC like the new Phoenix ICE 75 from
When it comes to speed, the Habu is not your usual ParkZone model.
Although it flies nice and stable at a wide range of speeds, and
stalls predictably like other ParkZone designs, it is many times
faster than their other models! ParkZone has gained a good reputation
for producing planes that fly well right out of the box and the
Habu fits that reputation perfectly.
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