The Champ ready to fly RC plane by Hobbyzone provides users with the excitement and experience of piloting this fun to fly plane at your local park or in your own backyard. This model is ready to fly, right out of the box and comes with an easy to follow well-detailed instruction manual that’s designed to help the beginner learn everything they need to know about the Champ before they take it out for its first flight.
Champ RC Plane Assessment and Features
As we mentioned, the included user’s manual is well laid out and easy to understand. The flying instructions are helpful and detailed as well. You’ll also find a good troubleshooting section that you can use in the event you run into trouble during operating.
When it comes to scale looks, the manufacturer got it right. From the plane’s scale wing rib spacing to the very accurate cowling intakes, the Champ really looks the part. The only obvious missing scale detail involves the wing struts. While not structurally necessary for this model, the addition of wing struts would only increase the plane’s realism.
Since this is a ready to fly model, it requires zero assembly. All you have to do is install the batteries. Charging the flight pack will only take about fifteen minutes since the pack is partially charged already. Subsequent charges can take longer if the battery is totally drained. The flight pack attaches to the slot located on the bottom of the fuselage. It’s much easier if you plug the pack in before you stick it down the slot.
The included transmitter features dual rates. This means that the amount of control throw on the rudder and elevator has two settings. Pushing down on the transmitter’s right stick allows the flier to toggle between high and low rates. You’ll hear an audible beep that will tell you that you’ve changed modes.
On the face of the transmitter, you’ll find an LED light that blinks on low rates and remains solid with high rates. The throws are reduced on low rates, which gives the plane a nice, smooth feel. When you switch to high rates it will allow for more maneuverability and some aerobatics.
The plane’s default setting is placed on high rates, but we recommend that the beginner starts off using the low rates.
Since this is a beginner’s RC plane, it’s very stable in the air. The wings offer generous dihedral, providing a very positive tendency to right itself. This means that the plane will want to roll to wing level unless the flier holds it in the turn.
When it comes to turning, the plane has a tendency to drop the nose if the user holds the stick for too long. This can be easily avoided by using a little up elevator in order to pull the plane through the turn. We’re only pointing this out for beginners since this characteristic won’t catch the pro off guard. Keep in mind that in order to fly a nice smooth turn, you’ll need to initiate the turn with the right or left stick inputs, easing back on the stick to provide some up elevator as you’re neutralizing the right or left input. Continue flying the turn by making adjustments to the elevator input and roll out of the turn by using the opposite right or left input.
Champ Pros and Cons
Pros: One thing we found surprising about this plane is its ability to handle the wind. In fact, it can handle the wind much better than most models this size. It only weighs a little over an ounce, so you’d think that even the smallest breeze would carry it off. While we don’t recommend flying this model in high winds, you don’t have to be afraid to take it out on mildly windy days. Late evening or early morning is often the perfect time for flying any RC plane.
The plane offers a flight time of ten to fifteen minutes depending mainly on throttle usage. This model features plenty of power on a freshly charged battery. You won’t have to rely on full throttle flying because the plane simply doesn’t need it. Most of the time, you’ll find yourself flying at forty to fifty percent throttle if you enjoy slow and low cruising. When you begin to notice that you don’t have much power during a climb, this indicates that the battery is close to drained. You’ll probably also notice a motor surge which is an audible cue that indicates you need to land soon. If you decide to continue flying, the motor cuts out eventually. You’ll still have control of the rudder and elevator, but not the motor.
During takeoff, you’re going to need to use a smooth runway. Concrete or asphalt surfaces work well. This model features plenty of power, so take off runs can be as long or as short as you want.
Cons: Some pilots had complaints about the plane’s speed and felt that this model was too slow. The Champ can seem too slow to the seasoned pilot, which is why we only recommend this model for beginners.
Hobbyzone Champ Conclusion and Rating
New fliers with no previous experience will find that the Champ is the perfect option and a great plane to learn with. By reading the user’s manual and understanding how to work the flight controls, a beginner will have a good chance of learning how to fly.
Beginners will also appreciate the fact that this model’s low weight means that crash landings and collisions won’t cause much damage to the plane. Just like other Hobyzone models, this plane is sure to provide many first time pilots with a very positive intro to RC plane use. The plane is very easy to fly and stable. Any user will appreciate the hands-off glide and self-right characteristics that the Champ offers. Consumers who purchased this model gave it a high rating of five out of five stars for ease of use, durability, and pricing.