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    Contributed by: Geoff Barber | Published: July 2010 | Views: 45832 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of Flyzone SkyFly Max
    Geoff Barber

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

    • Quick, Easy Assembly
    • 2.4 GHz Radio Included
    • Full Four Channel Control
    • Can Be Used as a Trainer or Sport Park Flyer
    • All Control Surfaces are Pre-installed and Glued

    • None!

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    What do these ratings mean?

    It 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.

    This 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!

    I'm excited to see what awaits us in the box, are you?

    Name: Flyzone Sky Fly Max ARF

    Wingspan:47 in (1195 mm)

    Length:39 in (990 mm)

    Flying Weight:27 oz. (770 g) with Battery

    Wing Loading:10 oz/ Sq Foot. (31 Sq Dm)

    Radio Used:Tactic 4 Channel 2.4 GHz (Included)

    Battery: 11.1 V 1800 mAH LiPo and Charger (Included)

    Channels Used: 4 total- Aileron, Elevator, Throttle, and Rudder

    Items Needed To Complete

    • Any Type of Thin CA Adhesive.

    The 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.

    Some 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!

    The 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.

    After 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.

    It's 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.

    Take 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.

    Install 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.

    Using 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.

    We're 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.

    One 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 resilient!

    Let's take the Skyfly Max out into the sunlight, snap a few pictures of it, and see how it flies!

    The 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.

    Now, 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 flying it!

    Aerobatics 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.

    When 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!

    Check out the video to see her in action!

    Flyzone Skyfly Max
    Or, Download the Video (24meg)

    What 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 this good!

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

    Comments on RCU Review: FlyZone Sky Fly Max

    Posted by: Sherv on 07/19/2010
    Nice review, I am looking into getting into planes after my disaster with helicopters. My question is about the lipo cut off. How do you know when the lipo is getting low? Does the transmitter state the receiver battery voltage?
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