RCU Review: Cox Sky Cruiser


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    Contributed by: Greg Covey | Published: October 2011 | Views: 30780 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    COX Sky Cruiser RTF

    Review by: Greg Covey

    Photos: "Papa Jeff" Ring

    Video Pilot: Greg Covey


    Navigation

    Key Features & Specs
    RTF Contents
    Test Flying and Summary
    Manufacturer & Distributor Info

     


    Dealer Info

    Cox Hobby Distributors
    PO Box 274
    Penrose, CO 81240
    877-269-9235
    www.coxmodels.com

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

    Web: www.greatplanes.com

     


    Hits

    Great Flying Model for Beginners
    Everything is Included
    Quick and Easy Assembly
    Light Model with Rear Prop is Difficult to Damage
    Transmitter Comes Pre-bound to the Plane
    Spare Parts Available

     


    Misses

    Needs a DC Adapter for Field Charging
    CG Setting Missing from Manual


    Cox Sky Cruiser EP Glider RTF


    The COX Sky Cruiser is everything a first plane should be; simple, stable, and easy to fly. This Ready-To-Fly (RTF) electric R/C glider takes less than 5 minutes to assemble. Everything you need is already in the box! The COX Sky Cruiser Glider comes with a 2.4GHz Radio system, motor, ESC, two propellers, LiPo battery, charger, and four AA batteries for the transmitter.

    The included cutting-edge 2.4GHz radio system features dual rates to make learning easier. Simply charge up the LiPo flight pack and you're ready for up to 10 minutes of flight excitement. The FlightFlex? construction and exclusive SafeProp? system make the Sky Cruiser virtually unbreakable!

    Specifications:

    • Wingspan: 27.6" (702mm)
    • Length: 20.3" (515mm)
    • Wing Area: 87.9sq in (5.67dm sq)
    • Weight: 3.3oz (94g)
    • Wing Loading: 5.41 oz/sq ft (16.5 g/dm sq)

    Features:

    • Construction: FlightFlex foam
    • Radio: 4-channel 2.4GHz with "New Pilot and "Experienced Pilot" modes
    • Controls: Elevator, throttle and rudder
    • Battery: 2S 7.4V 250mAh LiPo
    • Battery Charger: AC powered balancing LiPo charger
    • Propeller: SafeProp breakaway design protects prop against breakage and bending of the motor shaft
    • Building Time: Ready to fly in about five minutes
    • Warranty: Hobbico guarantees this kit to be free from defects in both material and workmanship at the date of purchase.

    RTF Contents:

     

    The Sky Cruiser parts come well protected in a custom foam box. The transmitter comes programmed for Mode 2 (typically used in the US) but can also be programmed for Mode 1. The four AA-sized batteries need to be installed in the back of the transmitter. The 2-cell, 7.4V, 250mAh LiPo battery can be easily charged using the supplied AC powered balancing LiPo charger. A spare prop is also included.

    The only assembly required to get the Sky Cruiser ready is to insert the carbon bar into one of the wing panels and then insert the wing into the fuselage. The other wing half simply presses into place. Likewise, the prop is merely pressed into place. The Safe Prop break-away design protects the prop against breakage and bending of the motor shaft. The prop snaps onto the motor shaft using a two-part plastic connector.

    The magnetic canopy can be removed by lifting it upward. The control horns are already secured and I did not need any adjusting to center the control surfaces. The 16-page manual is designed for beginners with step-by-step instructions and photos. The manual includes sections for checking the control directions, adjusting the trims, choosing a good flying site, and proper wind conditions.

     

    The transmitter displays the throttle setting in the middle and uses a shaded circle to denote the skill mode or rates. The rates can be set to high or low by simply pressing inward on the right stick.

    The transmitter also displays the rudder and elevator trim settings and transmitter battery level. Always turn the transmitter on first and check that the throttle stick is fully down before plugging the flight battery into the model.

     

     

    Cox Sky Cruiser Flight Video
    CLICK HERE (8meg)

     

    The Sky Cruiser launches with just a light toss. Although it only weighs a little over 3 ounces, the strong power system allows you to fly it in some wind if you have sufficient flying skills. For beginners, no wind is recommended for the first flights.

    After my initial flight, I recharged the battery (using my own charger) and then pressed it in place a bit forward from my maiden flight. This helped the porpoise motion (up and down motion) when flying in some wind. The Sky Cruiser has plenty of lift so it can start heading upward in a little breeze. Although there is no mention of the proper CG (Center of Gravity) setting in the manual, I would recommend about 35mm from the wing leading edge as a good starting point for balance. If you mark the pack location at this point, you can adjust it by 1/8" forward or aft as needed.

    I tried to show its ruggedness and versatility in the video by spinning it into a crash landing and also landing it with a catch. Since the prop is in the rear and the plane weighs only 3.3 ounces, it is difficult to damage the Sky Cruiser when flying over grass. The black canopy also provides great orientation of the plane when flying.

    The flights were easily 10 minutes long or longer. Since the wings can be pulled off when not flying, it stores easily in the car or back in the box for traveling.

    The COX Sky Cruiser does seem to be everything a first plane should be. Designed for entry-level flyers 14 years and older, it glides well without any power applied, it is easy to fly, and difficult to damage. Further, the model is Ready-To-Fly (RTF) and takes less than 5 minutes to assemble. Since everything you need is already in the box, including a spare prop, perhaps the package could only benefit from adding a DC power adapter for recharging the battery at the field.

    COX Sky Cruiser RTF











     



    Cox Hobby Distributors
    PO Box 274
    Penrose, CO 81240
    877-269-9235
    www.coxmodels.com

    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021
    Web: www.greatplanes.com

     

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