son, Jon, has been flying for almost two years. He
has been doing very well on his Flyzone Skyfly Max,
but now he is looking for something larger to fly.
I do have a nitro-powered trainer sitting in my "hanger",
but at this point he seems to be interested in flying
electric aircraft only. As he is only 10 years old,
I feel better with him flying electric, because he
doesn't have to start a nitro or gas engine. I like
the fact that all he has to do is plug in the battery,
and he's ready to fly. Since he wanted a larger plane,
I started looking around for a high quality 4-channel
plane that will fit his needs. It had to be something
relatively easy to fly, but it also had to be able
to keep up with his growing skills.
few weeks ago, while looking at my options for a suitable
plane, I came across the Flyzone Sensei. The Sensei
is an all new aircraft offering from Flyzone, and
it comes in Receiver-ready (Rx-R) and Ready-to-fly
versions. The Ready-to-Fly version comes with the
new Tactic TTX 600 6-channel radio system, while the
Rx-R version lets you use your existing transmitter.
son can hardly contain his excitement any longer,
so let's get this box open and see what we've got!
Sensei is well packaged in a nicely adorned box. All pieces
of the plane were individually wrapped in bubble-wrap
to prevent damage during shipping, and mine arrived in
great shape. There are very few parts to assemble - I
expect it will go together quickly, so my son can start
are several features on the Sensei that caught my eye
right out of the box. The color scheme is attractive,
all of the control surfaces are pre-hinged, and all of
the servos are pre-installed. The aileron pushrods are
already connected as well, saving lots of time!
wing joiner is very tough, but lightweight as well, and
the center section locks the wing panels together. It
was also cool to see the main landing gear ready to bolt
on, and all of the servo wires are labeled for 'no-guess'
also liked the drop-in battery compartment, the pre-installed
brushless outrunner motor, and the large cargo bay and
servo-operated 'bomb drop' opening doors!
manual is very informative - the illustrations are clear and
the written instructions are so well done that almost anybody
can assemble the Sensei. It also includes a section that will
guide you through the first flight, but it's best to get help
from an instructor at a flying club if this is your first
one was a first for me. Installation of the receiver is
not usually in the front of the assembly manual, but on
the Sensei, it is. Plugging in all the servo wires was easy,
thanks to the labels by each plug! Once all my connections
were made, I secured the receiver using the included double-sided
tape, then tucked the wires under the servo tray.
MAIN LANDING GEAR
the wheels are pre-installed, all I had to do was attach
the gear with the two included machine screws.
flexing the control surfaces a few times to make them move
easier, the stabilizers are assembled as a unit. At this
point, they were ready to be joined with the fuselage.
the tail assembly couldn't be easier! The rounded tip of
the vertical stabilizer slid into a groove in the fuselage,
and a single screw locked everything together.
the pushrods to the control horns was the only area I had
trouble with on the entire plane - not because of its design,
but because I have clunky fingers that don't get into small
places very easily. With that said, connecting the pushrods
is a straight-forward step that will take very little time
for people with average sized fingers!
step takes almost no time at all. The joiner tube is slid
into one wing half, the other half is slid onto the joiner
tube, and the plastic connector is snapped in place from
the top of the wing. That's it!
connecting the aileron servo wires to the included Y-harness,
the wing is installed on the fuselage using two nylon bolts
placed in the plastic connector in the wing.
adjusted all the control surface deflections per the manual.
Since I used a Futaba radio system with the Sensei Rx-R,
I set all the deflections through my transmitter.
almost done! The propeller adapter, prop, and spinner were
added to complete the Sensei. As I do before flying any
new plane, I checked the Center of Gravity (CG) per the
instruction manual. Normally, the CG is marked by a measurement
from the leading edge of the wing, next to the fuselage.
The underside of the wing has been pre-marked, so finding
the balance points is easy. For the record, with the battery
installed and the plane ready to fly, my Sensei balanced
take her out into the sun, take a few pictures, and see
how she flies!
I taxied the Sensei out onto our new nylon mat runway, I
was pleased to see that the steering worked well when the
plane is on the ground. While the nose gear would turn the
Sensei quickly, I didn't feel as though it was over-sensitive.
pushed the throttle stick to full, and she started rolling
down the runway. While I was keeping the plane rolling straight,
the wheels came off the ground! It didn't leap into the
air, as some high-wing planes do, but rather just started
a steady, level climb toward the sky. The Sensei took off
without ANY elevator input at all!
up at a comfortable height, I gave the transmitter two clicks
of right aileron trim, and then trimmed the elevator for
level flight at half-throttle. I was completely amazed by
how gentle the Sensei is in the air.
to the fact that this is a trainer, I wasn't expecting any
great feats for high speed, but she did move along at a
decent pace - she's not a slouch by any means. Slow speed
was better than I had hoped for, as she'll slow down to
almost a crawl and still hang in the air!
decided to try some mild aerobatics with the Sensei, and
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised! Loops can be
made very small, or with a slight dive to gain speed, large
and graceful. Aileron rolls were fairly quick, given the
light weight and long wingspan. I was amazed by how well
she handled stall turns - the rudder was very effective,
and I had a lot of fun doing tight figure eights.
finally came time to land. I must say that it lands as mildly
mannered as it took off. A little aileron to keep the wings
level, and I cut the throttle back about 100' feet before
the runway threshold. The Sensei slid right in and landed
as level as could be! If you listen closely to the video,
you might even hear me say, "Dang, this plane glides forever!"
had the opportunity to bring the Sensei to Watts over Owatonna,
and I had a blast flying the plane there as well! Hobbico,
one of the main sponsors for the event, had another Sensei
there as well. Jim Sandquist, one of the Team Futaba pilots,
was letting people fly his Sensei. Everybody that I saw
fly this plane was amazed at how docile it was!
out the video to see the Flyzone Sensei Rx-R in action!
Flyzone Sensei Rx-R
Download the Video (23 Meg) CLICK HERE
think that Flyzone has a real winner on their hands with
the Sensei. Its good looks, easy assembly, and great flying
characteristics add up to make this one sweet airplane!
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