Ready to Fly Cessna 210
Micro flying fun right out of the box!
- Ready to fly foam RC plane - Everything you need to get airborne right out of the box
- No additional equipment needed to fly this great micro model plane
- Three channel control: fully proportional rudder, elevator and throttle
- Skill level: Beginner to advanced - Flight characteristics: 9.5 out of 10
- Where to buy: www.parkzone.com
The ParkZone Cessna 210 can, without question, be called revolutionary. First offered in 2007, no one forecast the arrival of this completely new type of RC model airplane, ready to fly right out of the box.
Praise for the Cessna 210 has been universal. Note that the C-210 can be flown outdoors under calm wind conditions.
First item to note is the price. For under $150, you get everything needed to fly. This includes a three channel, fully proportional radio with transmitter; the ready to fly model airplane with internal electric motor and a receiver/servo and electronic speed control unit; and a separate flight battery charger.
As an added bonus the radio operates on the new (since 2006) radio frequency band of 2.4 GHz. The advanced spread spectrum techniques allowed in this 2.4 GHz frequency band permit interference free operation without any concern over someone else accidentally jamming your transmitter frequency.
To put the price of this plane in perspective the radio control system alone (i.e. without airplane or motor) just a few years ago would be considered a bargain at $150.
Light weight is essential to any well flying RC plane. The Cessna 210 meets this requirement exactly. Precisely made of lightweight foam, the airplane weighs a mere 18 grams.
It is probably just as well that the Cessna 210 comes ready to fly. The small size of the airplane and its intricate components would simply be too difficult for the average modeler to construct.
The Cessna 210 flies like a dream. In over 35 years of flying radio control model aircraft, this little gem is in the top three models I have had the pleasure to fly.
Flying the Cessna 210
The Cessna's flight has a great feel to it, and you immediately sense you are in full control. The plane's radio system and control setup are completely matched. The Cessna has a wide speed range, and flies just like a much larger and heavier model. The plane's small size and light weight makes for minimal adverse stall characteristics.
There is really nothing special to add on flying the Cessna 210. The model comes right out of the box properly balanced. The down thrust of the motor may look a bit excessive, but this is all part of the arrangement of the model, and should not be altered in any way.
The transmitter has fully proportional electronic trim settings for the elevator and rudder. Be sure to check that the flight control surfaces move freely and in the correct direction before takeoff.
It is best to have a helper do a hand launch for your first flight. Use full throttle and a straight ahead pushing motion for your initial takeoff. The Cessna will be fully controllable, and you can trim as needed for level flight.
I just can't say enough good things about this unique semi-scale micro RC plane. The technology that combines a jam-proof transmitter, tiny flight components and a ready to fly format is remarkable.
As you can see in the picture at right, everything needed for flying fits in one box. This includes the airplane, transmitter, flight battery and charger. Just pick it up, and you are ready to go.
Author: Gordon McKay