117 Eflite Radian XL review

by FliteTest | July 5, 2016 | (0 Ratings) Posted in Podcasts

Join Chris,Mike,Andre and David as they break down the good and the bad of the new Radian Xl. Was the long anticipated wait of a big Radian worth the wait? Chris also give his thoughts between the Phantom 3 and 4 after flying them back to back. Andre fills us in on the latest updates for Flitefest 2016. thanks for listening.

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comparing the Phantom 3 to the 4

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Missionboots on July 9, 2016
Great podcast, the audio link seems to be broken (unless I'm broke) stranger things have happened :)
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donnyb on July 7, 2016
Great podcast. I'm surprised they didn't add a carbon fiber spar in that size of wing.
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donnyb on July 7, 2016
My bad got confused on witch plane you where referring to. I think i wouldn't of compared it to another plane while reviewing it. Leaves a bad interpretation of what might be a good product.
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gadgetmerc on July 11, 2016
I had been curious about the radians but never really planned on buying one. I listened to this podcast on my way home from work and bough the Radian XL half way home. I blame you ALL!

I hope to meet up and drain a pack or two with you guys to learn the ropes.
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dstu on July 31, 2016
The audio link is broken, please fix it so that I have something good to listen to at work!
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Doublebuck on September 6, 2016
After a month long wait, I got a chance to fly the Radian XL. I used a 3200 Mah battery and the indicated balance point. The plane traced a perfect flight from the start and when the 3 second period for the stability of the gyro was done, the plane acted like it was on rails. The Radian XL will indicate lift even though it is quite heavy compared to the other foamies. Buy one - its great!
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Airtronicsfan on January 23, 2017
I have had this sailplane for about one month now. This is one heavy, heavy plane, motor is definitely underpowered, but does eventually get up there if there is no significant wind. It does glide nicely. The tiny spoilers are extremely effective. As mentioned in other's posts elsewhere, this plane can not handle winds much over 7 mph. I took her up the other day in 10 mph winds, and on launch she barely got up over 250 feet after a minute, my heart felt so heavy...I thought she was just going to give out and keel over in exhaustion. This is purely a fair weather bird. Quality, overall, is poor to fair. Over-priced in my opinion. I still can't get over how heavy she is for a foamy. The reviews in the magazines seem awfully biased IMO. Of significant note, the plastic inserts on the stabilizer where you place the set screws, cracked---and no, i did not over-tighten the screw. Horizon did send out a new stabilizer pronto, but this one also cracked after just a few flights, no hard landing incurred. When I called Horizon, they agreed to send out another stabilizer, but warned they were no longer going to stand behind this product----very disappointed. This is clearly a material quality/engineering issue.
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