Flyzone AirCore - REVIEW

by FliteTest | January 22, 2014 | (21 Ratings) Posted in Reviews
 

Today we review the Flyzone P-51 Aircore and the Flyzone Principle Aircore
 

If you are a fan of our swappable series this idea should be extremely familiar to you, except Flyzone decided to up the ante a bit. 

Flyzone's AirCore series features magnetic linkages at the ends of the push-rods that connect to the core.

Depending on which body you are flying, the power core will connect the appropriate channels to the appropriate control surfaces with no fuss. 

Another exremely awesome feature is the break away prop. You'll have to swap the prop depending on which body you choose and it simply snaps right onto the core. But the best part is it also will break away if you have a not so perfect landing, preventing any unnecessary damage. 

The P-51 "Miss America" also feature removable landing gear if you would rather hand launch. 

We were extremely impressed with the P-51. It's fast, the aerobatics are super clean, and she responds like a dream. 

Unfortunately, we wish we could say the same for the Flyzone Principle. This is marketed as a trainer but might end up making a newbie more frustrated than confident. It was extremely tail heavy and suffered from thrust line issues. 

To compensate for the weight we cut a notch into the nose of the plane...

...and added a quarter into the "mouth". Go ahead and add $0.25 to the price tag. 

IF you can find the perfect spot on the throttle and balance out the weight, the plane does fly well. But as a trainer, sadly, you might want to try something else. 

Overall rating for the Principle = a "meh" and a scrunch face. 

Overall rating for the P-51 "Miss America" = an AWESOME and a look of contemplation. Josh Scott's experience with the P-51 was excelent which might rank it as a better trainer than the Principle. 

 

Thank you guys for watching and also for you generous support. We couldn't do this without you! You're the best!


If you have any personal input on the AirCore series, let us know what you think! Chat it up in the forums!


COMMENTS

maximaal on January 27, 2014
first =)
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rcspaceflight on January 27, 2014
second!
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nawoj on January 27, 2014
could this be? a plane the Bixler doesnt like? what is the world coming to?
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FKreider on January 27, 2014
I know you guys have been talking about a beginner series for multirotors, but talking about expo and rates for multirotors at some point would be awesome!
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robmurtha on January 30, 2014
Thanks for this review, I have the Principal and it did the same for me, also mine came with a LifePo which was a bummer because I had to get a new charger so take note of the battery that's available when purchasing.
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maue on September 23, 2014
Just found this review. One of the more involved reviews on these than I think I've seen on these power cores. I bought the spitfire and tried to fly it in a field that I fly my ultra micro in. BAD IDEA!!! These things need space. My second flight I lost everything but the charger because of hitting the top of a tree in the woods during strafing trying to figure out how I was going to land it. Took three months but I found the wing (missing the connecting rods) and the fuselage (missing the canopy but it still had the core in it). No idea where the prop canopy or batt Went. So I retired it. I was so mad at myself that I bought two more and haven't gotten them off the ground yet. The prop adapter was broken when I opened the box. And this last time I tried to make it out to fly them. The adapter I just replaced broke on me when fitting the prop on it. Lol thankfully I hadn't left home yet. So I'm waiting to get a nouther chance but I just hot glued everything together. It's getting airborne this time. Just thought I'd share my experience so far. The two flights I did get I hafto say. We'll worth the $45 for the spitfire.
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Crazy68 on November 3, 2014
I love the beginning of this video! Glad to see someone else have one of my kind of takeoff's!
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Meldrac on November 3, 2014
These planes and your FT power pod setup reminds of US Aircore. The company put out ,040 sized planes in the '90s using coroplast and a fold and fly technique similar to your dollar tree foam planes but a lot more expensive. The good thing about those were thay would bounce instead of crash. Which for that size plane was miraculous.

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makattack on January 4, 2016
I know these planes are no longer in production, but if people are still flying them, I thought I'd post about how I was able to enable ESC braking which might help keep the props on / prevent damage to the delicate plastic prop adapters:

1) Power up TX
2) Move throttle stick to max
3) Power up ESC/Power Module
4) Listen for melody after a few seconds (~5s)
5) Listen for first single beep.
6) Lower throttle stick to min
7) Listen for beep confirmation
8) Raise throttle to max
9) Listen for two short beeps (which comes after short single beep)
10) Lower throttle to min
11) Listen for confirmation beep
12) Test throttle to see that the ESC brake is on -- prop stops spinning quickly when throttle killed
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