Apprentice 15e RTF with DX5e Radio

Apprentice 15e RTF with DX5e Radio

E-flite EFL2725 Airplane (Discontinued)
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Apprentice 15e RTF with DX5e Radio

Looking to learn to fly? With the assistance of a club instructor, the E-flite® 
Apprentice™ 15e RTF is the perfect trainer for learning the basics and beyond. The Apprentice is a 15-size high-wing trainer that comes with everything you need to go from buy to fly. This one-box purchase includes the full range DX5e Spektrum radio with the 2.4GHz interference-free technology, AR600 receiver, and a 3S 3200mAh 15C Li-Po battery and charger.  There is no building required—just charge and install the included battery, mount the wing and tail, and fly.

The Apprentice is powered with a 15-size brushless outrunner providing excellent power and performance. This trainer has a flat-bottom wing and produces gentle flight characteristics.  The Apprentice is made from durable, lightweight Z-Foam™, making it great for training and sport flying. Every beginner pilot experiences their share of bumps and bruises, so the Apprentice's durable build and easily repairable construction ensures more opportunities for success. The Apprentice is the perfect training aircraft thanks to its gentle flight characteristics. This model is equipped with tricycle landing gear allowing better ground handling over tail-dragger aircraft. This landing gear setup is durable and will also allow takeoffs and landings on maintained grass runways. This is a high quality trainer with an excellent setup, taking the pilot from beginner to basic aerobatics all from this one-box purchase. Go from buy to fly with the Apprentice.

Features

  • Completely ready-to-fly
  • Durable Z-Foam™ construction
  • DX5e transmitter and AR600 receiver included
  • 3S 3200mAh Li-Po battery included
  • Li-Po balancing charger included
  • Tricycle landing gear
  • 15-size brushless outrunner motor installed
  • E-flite 30A Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC installed
  • All electronics installed
  • This model is one of the many available for the Phoenix RC Flight Simulator

You Will Need

Nothing, everything is included.

Specifications

Wingspan: 58 in (1475mm)
Overall Length: 37 in (940mm)
Flying Weight: 40–45 oz (1135–1275 g)
Motor Size: 15-size brushless outrunner (installed)
Radio: Spektrum DX5e 2.4GHz (included)
Servos: 4 servos (installed)
Prop Size: 11 x 8 electric (installed)
Wing Area: 525 sq in (33.7 sq dm)
Wing Loading: 12 oz/sq ft
Charger: 3S Balancing Li-Po Battery Charger (EFLC3010) (included)
Speed Control: 30A Brushless Pro SB Brushless ESC (installed)
Approximate Assembly Time: 30 minutes
Recommended Battery: 3200mAh 3S 11.1V 15C Li-Po (included)
Experience Level: Beginner
Is Assembly Required: Yes
Trim Scheme Colors: White Z-Foam with red, black and silver decals
Approximate Flying Duration: 15 minutes
CG (center of gravity): 3.25 in (83mm) back from the leading edge

Apprentice 15e RTF with DX5e Radio - Reviews

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THE APPRENTICE, ONE OF THE BEST EFLITE PLANES.

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I BOUGHT ONE OF THESE AS SOON AS IT CAME OUT AND I LOVE THIS PLANE.HAVE OVER 100 FLIGHTS ON THIS PLANE AND IT JUST KEEPS GOING AND GOING. FLIGHT TIMES ARE AT LEAST A HALF HOUR WITH THE STOCK BATTERY AND THE PLANE HAS NO BAD TENDENCIES. ITS A VERY EASY BUILD, SLOW AND GRACEFUL LANDINGS. A JOY TO FLY.

captainken - CAPE COD,MA.
What type of hobbyist are you?
Advanced
How often do you use this product?
Several times a week
What is your age?
Over 55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
11-20 years
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Easy to See

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This is a great plane, and the 58" wing span makes it easy to see.
With its stable flight, it is beginner friendly. With a trainer cord, beginners
will be flying in no time.

bucket - cleveland, ohio
What type of hobbyist are you?
Intermediate
How often do you use this product?
Several times a month
What is your age?
Over 55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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One of my best purchases

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This plane is well worth the money. Very durable. Just keeps on going. The only thing about this plane I have not figured out is this: It will do a loop all on it's own with full power and a little breeze. Other than that, one of the easiest planes to learn how to fly.

TJ - WI
What type of hobbyist are you?
Recreational
How often do you use this product?
Several times a month
What is your age?
Over 55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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great plane

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This plane is fast, smooth and fun to fly..

Jackv - fort wayne, In.
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Intermediate
How often do you use this product?
Several times a month
What is your age?
46-55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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solid / dependable performer

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This was my first plane, had a experienced RC pilot take it off the first time and after that it was smooth sailing. I am a low time real (not RC) experienced pilot, but it is not really the same. I believe if you put in some good RC sim time you should not have any problems as a beginner with this one. It's like a Timex, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Mine was killed when I was flying in a 20-25 mph wind storm (don't do that at home!). But I had many hours of flight time on it and after a while the wind is just a challenge. So today I am buying another just because it is FUN to fly this one and I have a friend who wants to learn to fly (I am returning the favor to the sport).

bikeride1 - Wilmington, NC
What type of hobbyist are you?
Recreational
How often do you use this product?
Several times a month
What is your age?
46-55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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Great Beginner

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This is a great beginner to intermediate plane. I had 2 major accidents and was able to completely repair and fly again. This is a very forgiving plane. It flies best with little to no wind and could use a more powerful motor, but for the price it's worth the purchase.

Capt Blake - ND
What type of hobbyist are you?
Recreational
How often do you use this product?
Several times a month
What is your age?
30-45
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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Not just a trainer

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The Apprentice was my second plane, the first was the HZ Champ micro. I wanted something with ailerons and that could handle some wind. After two months with the Champ I had a basic understanding of rc flight and, after waiting for a calm day, I was able to fly the Apprentice without help. My first flight was about 10 minutes - a quick take off, several high altitude passes to learn the throws on the good DX5e controller, and then several landing approaches.

This plane glides for a very long time, you can set up a very long, slow approach and bring it down safely. I had plenty of time to work out the landing without worrying about it dropping into an obstacle. The battery lasts for 20 minutes so there was plenty of fuel to make multiple approaches.

The plane is very easy to see in the air and the big tail makes it a snap to tell which way you are headed. It will fly loops, rolls, can climb while inverted, and the wing design keeps you from tip stalling on final. The components are all very good for the price.

I highly recomend this aircraft. It's very enjoyable to fly, looks sharp, and you won't "outgrow" it just becuase you've learned how to fly a 4 channel plane.

mega_jon - Northern Virginia
What type of hobbyist are you?
Beginner
How often do you use this product?
Several times a week
What is your age?
30-45
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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WOW (it's all I can say)

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This plane is a blast to fly. Although it has the ability to do expert tricks, it's beginner friendly. On the first flight, I was doing knife edges, barrel roles, and even inverted flight (upside down). One little problem though, is on many grass landings, the plane was tipping to the front a bit, and it bent the front nose wheel. Plus, for the grass run way, the wheels were not big enough to take off, so I ordered bigger ones..... PROBLEM SOLVED!

Jonesy - Sioux Falls, SD
What type of hobbyist are you?
Advanced
How often do you use this product?
Several times a month
What is your age?
Under 15
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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AWESOME!

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This was my first plane, and let me tell you, it's awesome!!! The day I went flying, it wanted to pitch nose-up, but after messing with the servos for a bit, It was a blast to fly. I love it, however it was a bit expensive. And it says you can charge the battery and go straight to flying, and let me tell you, that is a lie. You do have to glue the wings together with 30-minute-epoxy, and you need an incrediblely small screw diver for the tail. Other than those minor issues, it's awesome, and I would recommend it over the Super Cub as a first plane.
-Satisfied customer

Trent ZD - Twin Cities, MN
What type of hobbyist are you?
Beginner
How often do you use this product?
Several times a week
What is your age?
Under 15
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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Great for everyone! Not just beginnners

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Just got my Apprentice and am very satisfied with it. One complaint though is that the wings had some slight molding defects that had to be fixed before I could put it together. Once that was doen, everything went together well and balanced perfect right out of the box. The instructions were clear and easy to follow.

holensum - Covington, WA
What type of hobbyist are you?
Beginner
How often do you use this product?
Several times a week
What is your age?
Over 55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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Excellent Trainer... And so Much More!

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This was my second plane and first one with alierons (my first was a Super Cub). It not only introduced me to the world of alierons, but also to brushless motors, DSM radios, and aerobatics and I'm very happy it did. My only problem with it is the motor. It seems that after every flight I make, the motor can pops off of the back plate, requiring me to squeeze it back together with a vice. Other that that one problem, (which I'm fixing with a new Power 15 950kV and a 70amp ESC) this is a stunning plane with no bad flying characteristics.

Red Cat Joe - Denver, Colorado
What type of hobbyist are you?
Intermediate
How often do you use this product?
Several times a month
What is your age?
15-29
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
4-10 years
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Perfect First Plane

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I purchased this as my first plane. After training myself on the Realflight 6 Simulator over a few weeks (Probably 8-10 total hours), I finally took the plane out today. My first flight went 100% as good as it possibly could, and ended with a buttery smooth landing. The value here is just amazing, and has been one of my best RC purchases ever! My only one complaint is on quality, which I marked "4 Stars". It was not really the quality of the plane, but the quality of the assembly of the plane. Whoever assembled it, got glue in the control line to the front tire, which is controlled by the rudder servo, so that was binding, and the tube ripped out because the control wire was glued to it. I was finally able to free it, and re-glue the tube, all is well now. This was probably a rare occurrence. I would definitely buy this again!!

NFA Fabrication - Seattle, WA
What type of hobbyist are you?
Beginner
How often do you use this product?
Several times a week
What is your age?
30-45
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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Fantastic Trainer

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I bought this plane two weeks ago and I must say its the easiest to fly. I started with the Mini Super Cub and after a few months learning the basics of flight, I purchased the Apprentice. It is very forgiving. I stalled on landings a few times and dropped the wing on landing, but after a little bit of praticeing touch and go, I have the landings down to an artform. I love the way it handles. It does mild acrobatic flight like rolls, loops, inverted flight with ease and has the power to pull out of a stall just in case. I would recommend this plane to anyone who wants to learn how to fly.

noobflyer - Virgnia Beach, Va
What type of hobbyist are you?
Beginner
How often do you use this product?
Daily
What is your age?
30-45
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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Very Happy

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Excellent first plane. You need 30 minute epoxy to put it together(not-provided). I used 5 minute epoxy as that's all I had. I have had several rough landings and so far have had to buy a new propeller nose cone and two new engine cowlings. Both very cheap and in stock at my local hobby shop. If fact, I bought it because they carry enough spare parts to build an entire plane and again, the parts are cheap. The plane flies great.

DonC757 - Coral Springs, FL
What type of hobbyist are you?
Beginner
How often do you use this product?
Several times a month
What is your age?
46-55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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Excellent Begineer

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I am very pleased with the Apprentice, I was a first time flyer and with a couple hours on the simulator and an experienced pilot to take it up the first time I was able to get the hang of it pretty quick. I have had a few mishaps along the way (no fault of the plane) and it has bounced back each time with a little glue and a few new parts. I recommend this plane for beginner and intermediate enthusiasts.

Flyboy Dave - Scotch Creek, BC
What type of hobbyist are you?
Beginner
How often do you use this product?
Several times a week
What is your age?
Over 55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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Good Buy For The Money

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Purchased the Appentice 15E last week, on the recommendation of the hobby shop clerk, I am a new pilot in RC flying. In addition to the RTF Plane in the box you will need glue. It is a special type of glue for foam and it worked really good gluing the wings together. I immediately put the battery on charge, which took 40 minutes and then went about gluing the wings together. The glue set in about 30 minutes but I waited an hour plus a few minutes before taking the plane out for a test flight. With my grass being to tall I went out in the road in front of my house, I live on a dead end so I have no traffic. I first taxied up and down the road with the wings off so that I could get a feel for the controls. I then attached the wings and made several "very short" take offs and landings. Feeling pretty confident about all of this I pushed the throttle forward and pulled back on the stck control and off she went. Man, I gotta tell you my hands were sweating and I was excited about flying this RC plane. I had some difficulity turning, gotta keep that nose up, and needless to say that first landing was not real pretty. Missed the road completely and landed nose over tail over left wing and flop. Well I just knew I had destroyed my newly purchased plane, but upon picking it up and making a close inspection, but nothing was broken. Over the next several days it has gotten better, I still sweat, but I am getting use to the controls. Still need a lot of practice landing but that will come with time. By the way this plane is awsome in doing flips, rolls and some other manuvers I'm not sure as to what they are called. All in all this is a great plane, especially for a new pilot.

Fly By Seat Of Pants - Florida
What type of hobbyist are you?
Beginner
How often do you use this product?
Several times a week
What is your age?
Over 55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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Apprentice

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The apprentice is an all foam plane. Foam planes are a huge advantage over balsa wood planes. I have crash the apprentice numerous times and it is just a matter of getting the epoxy out and fixing it. I mean I broke the fuselage completely apart and glued it back together. The plane is very powerful and able to do a lot of trick flying. They say it is a grass field plane, but it is not. A couple of rough landings and the front gear comes right off. Also, the control rod back to the servo needs to be replaced with a metal rod and clip if you do grass landings because it does not hold up. When I buy a new fuselage I grind done the engine mount where the gear post goes and put in a heavy duty gear mount that can handle a large tire putting the largest tires in the back. I also retrofitted floats to the apprentice, and it work fine. You just can not get the electric motor control wet. Again, the great advantage to the Apprentice is this, if you crash it, you can have it fixed within two hours, and you’re flying again. The durability gives you the freedom to do things that you would not dare to try with balsa wood planes. I am hoping that more large foam planes with 64" wing spans come out this year with flaps.

RKPilot - Brattleboro, VT
What type of hobbyist are you?
Advanced
How often do you use this product?
Several times a week
What is your age?
Over 55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
4-10 years
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Best Purchase Ever.

boo boo - New York
What type of hobbyist are you?
Intermediate
How often do you use this product?
Several times a month
What is your age?
Over 55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
11-20 years
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Great Buy

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I am very new to RC planes. I purchased the Apprentice a couple weeks ago and along with a simulator. I took the plane out of the box and assembled it right away while the battery was charging. After about an hour, it was ready. To the field I went!! As soon as I gave it throttle, it was up and flying. There was a slight issue with transmitter and the plane crashed. Brought it back to my local hobby shop where I purchased and they replaced it. The next day, I assembled the new one and within an hour, I was off the ground. This was the first time that I have ever flown an RC plane. The plane flew great. Within 2 minutes I was doing rolls and loops. The landing went really smoothly the first time. I then mounted my go pro camera to it and off I went. I was able to put a 10 minute video together and put it on Youtube. This is a great beginner plane. Anyone that says it is not, is just wrong. I am in no way a pro at this flying only about 2 weeks now. My 11 year old son and 9 year old daughter are flying it now also. AWESOME PLANE!

BLeBlanc - Broussard, LA
What type of hobbyist are you?
Beginner
How often do you use this product?
Several times a week
What is your age?
30-45
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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A Solid Purchase For Any RC Beginner

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I purchased the Apprentice after my son recommended it. It is a good trainer in Beginner mode. Coupled with the Intermediate and Advanced modes it has the capacity to work well as flying talent develops. It is capable of doing all of the aerobatic stunts and has more than enough power right out of the box. In any flight mode the SAVE switch will rescue the plane from any undesirable flight problems when needed, as long as you fly at a safe altitude.For a trainer, the Apprentice looks good. It is durable and will survive many crashes and is easily and relatively quickly repaired. The foam construction flexes better than any wood plane. It will dent and tear with abuse, but I have found that packing tape and epoxy—or even hot glue if it is not too hot—make repairs easy.

The only suggestion I have for new pilots is to keep it in Beginner mode until your flying skill develops. Learn to fly the plane well before advancing to the next mode. This will save a lot of repair effort. Just remember, if you are not busy repairing the plane you could be flying it.

This purchase was a quality package that I will keep and return to for a long time. The apprentice can fly fast for a trainer or slowly at about 1/3 throttle. With the slow flight capability learning how to fly comes much more quickly. I believe anyone could fly this plane in Beginner mode.

Big Guy Sr. - Salem, OR
What type of hobbyist are you?
Beginner
How often do you use this product?
Daily
What is your age?
Over 55
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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Amazing Plane

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This is a great first plane; it is so easy to fly when you get a handle on the wind direction. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT ADD ANY EXTRA WEIGHT to this plane. I added a small camera to the bottom, and the planes on-board altimeter freaked out which resulted in a bad crash. The next day I went to the local hobby store and purchased a new fuselage. It took me about 30 minutes to switch out all the guts easily. I was up in the air 45 minutes after the repairs. The SAFE technology is priceless and always helps you to get out of sudden trouble. I highly recommend this plane for a beginner.

Ryan805 - Central Valley CA
What type of hobbyist are you?
Intermediate
How often do you use this product?
Several times a month
What is your age?
30-45
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
1-3 years
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Do Not Buy

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It came assembled wrong. It brakes very easily. It flies terribly. And, it definitely is not a good starter plane; all the people who say otherwise are pro flyers.

air plane 5000 - Provo, UT
What type of hobbyist are you?
Intermediate
How often do you use this product?
Several times a year
What is your age?
15-29
How long have you been participating in this hobby?
11-20 years
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