Apprentice S 15e BNF with SAFE

Apprentice S 15e BNF with SAFE

E-flite EFL3180 Airplane Electric BNF
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Apprentice S 15e BNF with SAFE

The E-flite® Apprentice® S 15e airplane is an exceptional trainer that’s a blast to fly. At its heart is groundbreaking SAFE™ (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology that makes RC flight incredibly easy, even for the least experienced user. Its combination of spatial awareness provides flight envelope protection which adds a degree of security never before available, while its smooth flight capability battles windy conditions so that all you feel is control that’s crisp and responsive. Multiple levels of flight envelope protection are provided that can be reduced or removed as your skills progress, yet the "panic" feature is always there to instantly return the model to level flight if you ever lose orientation.

Requiring just minutes to assemble, you’ll appreciate how its quiet brushless power system delivers outstanding performance and long flights. Plus it’s built to last from lightweight Z-Foam™ material that’s tough enough to handle everyday flying punishment without getting bent out of shape. After you’ve mastered the basics of flight, the Apprentice S 15e is capable of performing a wide range of aerobatic maneuvers such as loops, rolls and even inverted flight. If that’s not tribute enough to its versatility, there’s even a specially designed E-flite Apprentice S Float Set (sold separately) you can add that turns the Apprentice S 15e into a great floatplane.

All you need to fly the Apprentice S 15e right away is a DSMX compatible transmitter like the Spektrum™ DX6. Besides ease of use, it offers virtually unlimited model memory and voice command/alerts for a level of control and safety that compliment the Apprentice S 15e perfectly.

Features

  • SAFE™ technology provides spatial awareness and flight envelope protection
  • The ideal beginner’s choice when learning to fly with an instructor
  • Quick, easy assembly
  • Lightweight and durable Z-Foam™ construction
  • Powerful 15-size, 840Kv brushless outrunner motor installed
  • E-flite® 30A Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC installed
  • Large, easy-access battery compartment
  • Wide-stance tricycle landing gear
  • Nose wheel steering for better ground handling
  • Powerful 3S 3200mAh 20C Li-Po battery included
  • Li-Po balancing DC charger included
  • Optional E-flite Apprentice® S Floats (EFLA550), available

Specifications

Wingspan: 59.0 in (1500mm)
Flying Weight: 49.0 oz (1390 g)

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Apprentice S 15e BNF with SAFE - Reviews

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GREAT

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THIS IS THE BEST PLANE FOR NEW PILOT

FOSTER - AUGUSTA, GA.
What type of hobbyist are you?
Recreational
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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Really Fun Plane; Minor Build Issue

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This plane is a lot of fun to fly, great in the wind, and easy to land. I flew it for the first time yesterday solo - my first experience with an RC plane. I have had previous experience with helis. It took off easily in beginner mode, and the reduced flight envelope was just what I needed for the first time out. I had a minor issue on a later flight in a smaller field. I tried to drop the elevator to land more steeply. As I was coming in to touch down, the throttle wouldn't turn off completely, so I overshot the landing. I guess the SAFE system in beginner mode thought my steep approach was an uncontrolled dive and tried to pull me out of it by applying throttle. Next time I fly in a tighter area where I can't fly a normal landing pattern, I'll try it in intermediate mode I think.

I had one issue when trying to install the nose gear (step 1 in the instruction manual). The nut which holds the prop on was tightened to a ridiculously high torque. It must have been over-tightened with a drill in the factory. There was nothing much to hold onto to remove the nut in order to fix the rotating prop shaft besides the prop, which is fragile and would have broken under the force necessary to get the nut off. In the end, I inserted some needle nose pliers into the space between the cowl and the prop, grabbed the prop shaft, and while also applying some force to the prop itself, had a friend back the nut off with a socket wrench and a long ratchet handle.

This was a little frustrating to solve (it was extremely tight on there), especially for a BNF kit. Other than this though, it is a great kit and a great intro into RC planes.

SummitSolo - Cincinnati, OH
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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Great Trainer

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This is an excellent first plane. It is easy to set up and easier to fly. It handles all my crashes quite well. I have hit three palm trees, two ficus greets, and the ground (twice). Total pilot error.

TimC - Hobe Sound, FL
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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