seems to me that whether you're just getting started in park flying, or
you've been flying a season or two, you've probably heard of Flyzone.
They has a great line of park flyer products, but their latest offering
looks to be a fantastic addition to the line-up. The new Sky Fly Max is
similar to the previous Sky Fly airframes, with a few changes. The
stylish new fuselage adds great looks, along with ailerons and
tail-dragger landing gear.
new Sky Fly Max will be enjoyed by new and expert pilots alike!
Flyzone's traditional 'pod-and-boom' fuselage makes assembly and
repairs (if necessary) very easy. With the addition of ailerons, new
pilots can speed along the learning curve, and seasoned pilots can have
a blast doing all sorts of aerobatics!
excited to see what awaits us in the box, are you?
11.1 V 1800 mAH LiPo and Charger (Included)
Used: 4 total- Aileron,
Elevator, Throttle, and Rudder
Needed To Complete
Type of Thin CA Adhesive.
Skyfly Max comes packed neatly in a styrofoam cradle that provides lots
of protection from shipping bumps and bruises. The box itself shows a
very nice picture of the assembled contents. With a low parts count, I
have a feeling this plane will go together really quickly.
of the features that caught my attention were the pre-installed motor
and radio gear, the nice 2.4 GHz Tactic radio, and the 1800 mAh LiPo
battery and charger. The battery charger comes with A/C and D/C
adapters, so the charger can be used at home or at the field!
first step in assembling the Skyfly Max is to insert the wing brace
into the right wing, followed by sliding the left wing on and butting
the wings together.
a quick check to make sure that the wing panels line up, the large,
included piece of clear tape is applied. Make sure that the tape is
spaced evenly so that half of it is on the foam wing and half is on the
plastic center piece.
time to add the tail and boom! The vertical stabilizer is installed in
its pockets on top of the horizontal stabilizer and glued in place
using any type of CA adhesive.
That's right, it doesn't have to be foam safe!
Attach the wing to the fuselage with two rubber bands, and make sure
that the wing is seated properly. At this point, the boom is slid
through the opening at the rear of the fuselage. While sliding the boom
in place, guide the push rods into the fast links on the servo arms.
This is done much easier at this point.
a step or two back at this point and check the alignment of the
horizontal stabilizer and wing. when you have them parallel, simply
apply a few drops of thin CA to the foam/ boom assembly joint.
With that done, you can attach the clevises to the control horns on the
elevator and rudder.
the four AA batteries in the transmitter and apply the hook-n-loop
strips to the battery and battery compartment. After the radio and
receiver are turned on and the trims are set to neutral, use the
provided gage to accurately set the elevator in the correct position
and secure the fast-link on the elevator servo.
a straight-edge, make sure the rudder is centered and tighten the
rudder servo fast-link. The landing gear are then installed in a
plastic pocket set in the foam. The foam wheels are quite large for a
model of this size and allow the plane to land in some taller grass
without nosing over.
almost done! Attach the aileron servos to the Y-harness on the receiver
and apply all four of the included wing rubber bands. Now is the
correct time to install the prop adapter and pusher prop. This is done
last to ensure safety when setting up the other control surfaces, in
case the throttle were to be accidentally advanced.
of the nicer features of the "Pod and Boom" designed airframes is the
location of the motor and propeller. In the pusher configuration, it is
almost impossible to break a prop on less than graceful landings, and
the whole fuselage is made of a very durable foam that is quite
take the Skyfly Max out into the sunlight, snap a few pictures of it,
and see how it flies!
day I chose to maiden the Skyfly Max was nowhere near perfect
conditions, but I had an itch to go flying, so off into the sky it
went. The winds were blowing at 15 mph and it was a very overcast day.
I put the plane in the air, and it handled the wind very nicely, and it
would hover into the wind at about 1/2 throttle. Surprisingly, it
landed very nicely, even in the higher wind conditions.
the afternoon we shot the video was a much nicer day. The winds were
light and the sun was shining brightly. The Skyfly was a completely
different plane in these calm conditions, and I was having a blast
can be done with this plane, but a fair amount of down elevator is
required when inverted to keep it from falling out of a roll. There are
two holes on the servo arm that will allow you to move the fast link,
which will make the roll rate faster, but it is set at the inner-most
position for lairing to fly. Loops are performed easily, and stall
turns are a lot of fun. Fast or slow, this plane flies equally well,
and no trim adjustments are needed to transition from one to the other.
it came time to land the Skyfly Max, just line it up on your runway of
choice, pull back the throttle, and watch it settle in. There is
nothing hard about flying this airplane!
out the video to see her in action!
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else is there left to say? I really like the Flyzone Skyfly Max. With
the addition of ailerons and converting it to a taildragger, I believe
Flyzone has a real winner on their hands. The quick assembly time, the
great flying characteristics, and the stylish new looks make this one
nice plane to have in your hangar- and at $199.00 complete with a 2.4
GHz radio system, batteries, and a charger, you just can't beat a deal
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