RCU Review: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182

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    Contributed by: Greg Covey | Published: October 2005 | Views: 134198 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Cessna 182 RTF

    Review by: Greg Covey


    Manufacturer Info

    Parkflyers Hobbies&Toys
    55 Park Ave South
    Lakewood NJ 08701
    Website: www.parkflyers.com

    Ease of Assembly


    Complete RTF Package
    Excellent Scale Looks
    Spare Parts Available

    Lithium Upgrade Option

    Tight Fit on Lithium Pack


    Cessna 182 RTF 4-Channel R/C System

    The new Cessna 182 by ParkFlyers R/C is a true scale-looking, Ready-To-Fly 3 or 4 channel R/C aircraft. Stunning looks make this plane both realistic in the air and when taxiing on the ground.

    Extensive flight testing and design yield an aircraft that is super stable and capable of maintaining flight at slow speeds. As the novice learns, he can push the Cessna 182 to faster speeds of up to 50 mph! The Cessna 182 will easily take off from any smooth surface on its scale landing gear. The plane is made from a high strength styro-foam for added durability. It is powered by a high torque Speed 480 7.2 v electric motor and a 7-cell, 8.4v, 1000mAh NiMH battery pack that provide up to 18 minute flights between charges. Also included is a charger that will fully charge the battery in about 4 hours. Everything you need to fly comes in one box except for 8 AA sized batteries for the transmitter. Spare parts are also available.


    Package Name: Cessna 182 4-Channel with 72 Mhz Radio
    Price: $179.99 retail


    • Wing Span: 38.5"
    • Overall Length: 29"
    • Flying Weight: 21oz.
    • Motor Size: Speed 480 High-Torque 7.2v
    • Battery: 7-cell 1000mAh NiMH
    • Radio: 3 or 4 Channel, F.M., 2-stick w/Trim tabs
    • Flying Time: 18 Minutes
    • Transmitter Range: 2500'
    • Controls: Rudder, Elevator, Throttle (and ailerons on 4-channel version)

    Cessna 182 RTF Package
    All the package contents are protected by a custom box
    The 4-channel radio, battery, and charger have a custom styrofoam case
    An optional Lithium upgrade is available with charger

    The Cessna 182 comes well packaged. Everything needed to fly is included in one box and only 8 AA-sized batteries for the transmitter are needed. The Cessna 182 is made from foam but has plastic parts like the cowl and wheel pants.

    The optional 7.4v LiPo 1800mAh battery pack will double your run times for up to 30 minutes! The Lithium pack weighs 2.2 ounces lighter than the stock 7-cell 1000mAh NiMH battery.

    • 7-cell, 1000mAh NiMH pack = 5.3oz
    • 2-cell, 1800mAh LiPo pack = 3.1oz

    The clear 704 foam-safe glue is included in the kit and used to attach the vertical and horizontal stabilizers to the tail.
    A small knife slice is needed to separate the flap section before inserting the horizontal stab.

    I checked the alignment of the stab with the fuselage and had no problem with elevator swing.
    I did not connect the linkage until the glue dried for several hours.
    The vertical stab was glued in the same manner as the horizontal stab.
    I then re-checked the incidence between the stabs and the fuselage before letting it dry for a few hours.
    An inside view of the Cessna reveals separate components for servos, receiver, and speed control.
    The fixed landing gear simply press into place.
    I added some small pieces of clear tape around the pants and cowl area to keep the trim securely in place.
    The Cessna could now stand on its tri-gear design.
    It is best to center the aileron servo electronically first before installing the wing. In this manner, you can make adjustments and ensure equal travel throw.
    The ailerons easily adjust with a small screwdriver.
    The wing locks in place with the fuselage and is secured using the two supplied nylon screws.
    The battery fits nicely into the belly compartment which is directly under the CG so switching to the lighter LiPo pack will not alter the balance.

    My Cessna 182 was ready to fly and looked great!

    All up, the stock Cessna 182 is 22.3oz or a lighter 20.1oz with almost twice the duration when using the optional Lithium upgrade.

    Here are the component weights for the Cessna 182:

    • Cessna 182 w/o battery = 17.0oz
    • 7-cell 1000mAh NiMH pack = 5.3oz
    • 2-cell 1800mAh Lithium pack = 3.1oz

    Test Flying

    Our initial test flight used the stock 7-cell NiMH pack so we thought it was best to try a hard surface first. The Cessna 182 took off from pavement like a dream! We only needed to adjust the elevator trim a bit as it wanted to keep climbing. Later, it was discovered that although the Cessna flew well with a touch of down elevator trim, it was due to the model being slightly tailheavy. We did not add any nose weight and flew it for both videos in stock form as it seemed fine.

    If the grass is really short it will take off nicely or you can hand toss it straight out without issue. We found that the Cessna 182 can fly in some decent winds from 5-10mph but it reduces the normal 10 minute flight times in half..

    Flights on the stock pack were a bit short at only 5 minutes with aerobatics when the wind was 5-10mph, but, the model really comes to life when using the Lithium hop-up option that weights 2 oz less and almost doubles the flight time! The direct drive Speed 480 motor has plenty of power for the Cessna 182.

    The Cessna 182 will loop, roll, and snap. Although it can land in grass just fine (watch the video) my guess is that this plane wants to see a hard surface like pavement or dirt for a runway.

    Here is my introductory video of the Cessna 182 using the stock 7-cell pack. Our plane was a bit tail heavy but we made no modifications for the video. The winds ranged from 3-10mph and the Cessna had little problem with it. The normal 10 minutes flights were about 5-6 minutes using the stock battery when performing some aerobatics.

    See the Cessna 182 in action!
    CLICK HERE 4.75 MB

    The second video below of the Cessna 182 is using the 2-cell Lithium pack upgrade. The little scale Cessna actually takes off from short grass. In the background, notice the gloomy grey sky and wind gusts from 5-10mph as the remnants of Hurricane Dennis came all the way up to NY for a greeting. You'll see the plane twitch on occasion as we dealt with the wind. The flight times increased to 10-15 minutes in the wind.

    Cessna 182 with Lithium upgrade!

    CLICK HERE 5.91 MB

    Pavement Take-off

    Grass Take-off


    The Cessna 182 RTF from ParkFlyers.com is a a complete package for those wanting a scale model that will fly stabile even in some wind. The Cessna 182 comes in both 3-channel and 4-channel versions and offers a Lithium pack upgrade to reduce weight and increase flying time. Spare parts are also available at ParkFlyers.com All you need is 8 AA-size batteries for the transmitter and some intermediate flying skills to get a great introduction to scale models.

    The assembly time is minimal and my only change was to route the antenna wire out the top of the wing bay and through a small white tube on top of the vertical stabilizer. Although the Lithium pack upgrade is a rather tight fit in the battery bay, you can easily create a pull-strap from tape to assist in the pack removal.

    The charger times are slow so buying a second battery pack is recommended. If you plan to fly the Cessna often, the charge times can be greatly improved by using a peak charger.

    Although the Cessna 182 can perform most aerobatics maneuvers, it can be just as much fun to cruise around the sky while flying as scale as possible. The rudder has plenty of authority for flat turns and the elevator is very effective when flaring to a scale landing. Overall, I rate the Cessna 182 as a good package for intermediate skill level pilots looking to add some scale realism to their weekday flying during a lunch break or just down the street.

    Manufacturer Information

    Parkflyers Hobbies&Toys
    55 Park Ave South

    Lakewood NJ 08701
    Customer Support (732) 363-6181
    Fax : (732) 363-6874

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