and more Wow. From the second that the Reactor
left the runway, I could tell we had a winner. The huge oversized ailerons really give the Reactor excellent authority both in forward flight and high alpha stall. The thin 9% airfoil allows this plane to slice through the air with ease, while maintaining incredibly stable high alpha maneuvers.
I was instantly impressed with the fact that no trims were needed for hands off flight. The Reactor glides through the air gracefully, but can easily be flown out of the envelope when the massive control surfaces strut their stuff.
In flight Performance:
Only once did I end up using low rates. I found the Reactor responded to all attitudes of flight flawlessly while maintaining the switch on High rates. Transitioning from 3D to pattern was effortless thanks to the long tail moment and special airfoil.
Stalls are predictable and result in the nose dropping which makes recovery quick with additional throttle and neutralizing the elevator. Tip stalls are non existent no matter the airspeed or AOA.
The recommended power setup is right on the money. It provides plenty of power to accelerate out of a hover and get the plane out of any sticky situation. I used the electrifly 10x4.5 SF prop for a few flights which worked well, then tried an 11x3.8 APC slowfly prop. The vertical increased even more and at the cost of only a few more amps over the 10x4.5. The flight times didn't change dramatically either as they are still a solid 7 minutes on a fully charged 3S 1250mah pack.
Landing the Reactor is truly a non event. By simply lining it up with the runway and slowly decreasing throttle, the plane settles in for a three point landing. However, my favorite has to be harrier landings. They look great and the high AOA that this plane is capable of handle it with ease.