I am a complete newby, now with 2 (!!!) Hobbico Flyzone Park Pilots
that DON'T FLY.
I had bought the above RTF airplane for my son for Christmas of 2002;
the first flight attempt in spring ended in deseaster. Instead of
buying the broken bits and pieces, and bought a complete new set from
Towerhobbies, but we never "dared" again to try.
This week, I finally gave the unupened box to an experienced RC
airplane and helicopter pilot. He assembled, balanced and setup the
plane, and we tried to fly it yesterday.
Several hand start attempts ended after approx. 30 ft or so, with
slowly getting lower and lower.
We tried again after fully charging (again) the battery pack. Same
We tried using more or less rudder. Same result.
A minute ago, a passerby watching us talked to us, saying he has the
same model, and also never got it off the ground.
As a longtime customer of towerhobbies, I know they would not sell a
product (they must have this particular model in their catalog since 3
years or more) for so long (and sell it probably quite often) if it
wouldn't fly. Also, a company like hobbico would not be in business for
long if they continue to sell junk that doesn't fly.
Since my friend is quite experienced in R/C planes, I rule out
"stupidity" on my side.
So here are my questions:
a) What could prevent the plane to fly at all?
b) What is the groups experience (and collected feedback from other
users of this model)?
Any help, suggestions, comments are welcomed.
- posted 17 years ago