Aeronca Model 7 Champion, more commonly known as the
Champ, is a single-engine, two-seat, fixed conventional
gear airplane. Designed for flight training and personal
use, it entered production in the United States in 1945.
Champ was built by Aeronca Aircraft Corporation and
first flew in 1944. Selling for around $2,095, Aeronca
was producing 50 light aircraft per day and by the time
production ended in 1951, the company had sold more
than 10,000 Champions.
the Piper Cub with which it competed, the Champ features
tandem seating. While the J-3 model of the Cub is soloed
from the rear seat, the Champ can be soloed from the
front, giving improved forward visibility on the ground
and during takeoffs, landings, and climbs. The Champ
has a wider cabin than the Cub and offers better visibility.
has just released their own micro version of this Ready-to-Fly
classic aircraft, designed to help you teach yourself
to fly. I'm excited to see what's in the box, so let's
Battery: 150mAh 1s 3.7 V LiPo (included)
6-10 Minutes Average Flying Time
Channels Used: 3 total - Elevator, Rudder, and
Needed To Complete
everything is included to get you in the air!
colorful box protects the Champ in a secure foam cradle,
and serves as a carrying case for transport. The Champ
comes pre-assembled, and looks scale- especially when
you consider the very small size of this plane!
are a few features that I liked. The battery is really
easy to install in the underside of the plane, the instruction
manual helps you get your Champ in the air quickly, and
the scale decals and wing rib detail added to this micro-flyer
makes it stand out from the rest!
begins (and ends) with installing the batteries in the
charger base and the transmitter, and plugging the LiPo
flight battery in for a charge. The plane itself comes
the battery has completed charging, insert it in the pocket
in the underside of the nose.
you prefer to fly the Champ with your own Spektrum radio,
you can. I'll show you how to bind it to a Spektrum DX7
transmitter. Binding is easily done in three steps:
1) Plug the battery into the receiver on the plane. At
this point the LED on the receiver will start to flash.
2) Move the transmitter sticks on the transmitter to the
desired failsafe positions.
3)Press the bind button on the back of the radio while
turning the radio on. The light on the bind button will
start to flash, and you can release it after 2-3 seconds.
Once the LED on the receiver glows solid, the binding
process has been completed.
think it's great that Hobbyzone includes a section that
shows you in detail how to repair your Champ in the event
of those occasional mishaps. It covers replacing the propeller,
replacing or repairing the prop shaft, and even includes
a troubleshooting guide.
cool features included transmitter are the dual-rate set
up and servo reversing. To switch between high and low
rates, simply press in on the right stick. The LED will
flash and you'll hear a beep. Servo reversing (if necessary)
is done by pushing in on the digital trim button of the
desired channel and holding while the radio is turned
on. After approximately five seconds, you'll hear an audible
tone signifying that the change has been made.
take some pictures of the Champ and get it airborne!
Hobbyzone says "teach yourself to fly with the Champ",
they mean it! I took off from the ground at about 3/4
throttle, and it flew very nicely. I added in a few clicks
of up elevator, and I was able to fly the plane 'hands-off'
at 1/2 throttle.
Champ flies very slowly. It gives you plenty of time to
react to it, and is a lot of fun to fly. You can also
speed it up, and full throttle passes are by no means
fast, but it will clip along at a fairly quick rate.
three channel aerobatics can be done. Loops and stall
turns look beautiful, just remember to enter with a bit
of speed on the plane.
the Champ could not be easier. Just keep the nose into
the wind, pull back on the throttle, and it will float
right in and land almost at your feet.
out the video to see the CHAMP in action!
the Video (10meg) CLICK
I come to the end of this review, I must say that I really
like these small indoor/outdoor flyers. A few years ago,
I was not interested in the electric airplanes at all,
because you had to use expensive motors, heavy batteries,
and usually you ended up with less performance. The new
electric gear, especially LiPo batteries, have come so
far, that I am really enjoying the small electric planes.
The fact that you can go from the box to the air in less
than 30 minutes and have a scale looking aircraft is just
amazing, not to mention that with the Champ you get all
you need to get it in the air for less than $90.00!
Horizon Hobby, Inc. 4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, IL 61822
Phone: (800) 338-4639
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