Hobbyzone

HobbyZone is an RC manufacturer renowned for producing only electric RC models of all kinds. HobbyZone is a brand name of a product line under the Horizon Hobby corporation, based out of Champaign, Illinois. Most of the HobbyZone products have been based on various skill levels based on the ability of the hobbyist.

HobbyZone began with the objective of producing electric powered RC airplanes. The brand name was used as a reference to the three skill levels that were required to fly the three different categories of RC airplanes available with HobbyZone. The company made it a point to sell the RC models in Ready-to-Fly packages where the aircraft were fully assembled although the batteries and accessories needed to be put in.

HobbyZone aircraft were based on the same design. Except for a replica of the Super Cub, all other aircraft had high wings with a 'pod and boom' plastic fuselage that was blow-molded and quite experimental for its time. The aircrafts had a direct-drive pusher propeller and a v-tail.

All models to come out of the HobbyZone factory are allotted a particular skill level based on their features. The first level, 'Z1' is for all 2-channel RC aircraft that are aimed at first-time and amateur flyers. Their operations are simple enough to be learnt with hands-on time where the throttle and rudder are controlled by the radio transmitter. Climb and descent are based on the throttle position and the 'Smart-Trak' feature ensures that the aircraft always turns with a bit of climb in its path, automatically.

The second level, 'Z2' is for more experienced pilots and they are given the controls for the pitch, i.e. elevation and descent. Although meant only for people who are already comfortable with the first level, these aircrafts can also be flown by amateurs provided they have someone guiding them through the entire process.

The highest skill level, 'Z3' is for high performance, 3-channel RC aircraft. These are meant for pilots with a decent amount of understanding of the flying techniques, while having enough skill to call themselves an intermediate or advanced pilot.

All HobbyZone aircrafts are fitted with accessories known as 'X-Port'. These accessories allow the hobbyist to make additions to their aircraft based on their likings. There are options of attaching bomb-holds that release weapons, parachute-drops, high-intensity white LED lighting for night flying as well as the most interesting of all, a sonic pulse gun for air-to-air combat. This gun shoots a sonic pulse that temporarily disables the target aircraft by stopping the motor.

You can also choose to buy models that come with an Anti-Crash Technology. This technology, patented by Horizon Hobby, uses optical sensors to detect the sky and the ground. When the plan enters a dive, it automatically kicks in with a counter-control that prevents crashing. It also detects when the flyer may over-compensate on the flying controls. The ACT can be disabled simply by holding the throttle stick down for three seconds, a process that makes the plane beep twice to indicate that it has been deactivated. Activation happens in the same way, only the plane beeps once.

So if you are looking for some exciting electric RC airplanes, then be sure to go in for one with a host of accessories from HobbyZone.

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