Traditionally, trainers with flat-bottom airfoils have ruled the flying
field. Flat bottom airfoils offer positive self-recovering flight characteristics.
Simply releasing the sticks will cause the airplane to recover to straight-and-level
flight. Hundreds of thousand of modelers have successfully cut their teeth
using a flat-bottomed trainer.
|Alpha Trainer RTF
||Arrow .40 Trainer RTF
Today nearly everyone has basic remote coordination skills as a result
of using the mouse on a computer or playing video games. For example,
10 years ago it would typically take several months of weekends before
a pilot new to RC would solo. Nowadays it's common for a pilot to successfully
complete a first solo flight the second weekend out. I've even seen it
done in one weekend alone.
|The Alpha's flat-bottom airfoil (bottom) gives positive
pitch recovery returning to straight and level flight when controls
are released. The Arrow's semi-symmetrical airfoil (top) offers improved
Because people are finding it easier to fly, the demand for semi-symmetrical
trainers is on the rise. While semi-symmetrical airfoil trainers lack
the authoritative self-recovery characteristics that flat-bottomed wings
do, they do offer improved aerobatic performance. For pilots who are able
to progress easily through the learning stages, the semi-symmetrical trainer
might be slightly tougher at first, but the aircraft will be able to do
a lot more once the pilot has mastered the basics of flight.
Easy and Easier
Hangar 9® caters to all types of entry-level pilots with the Arrow
and Alpha trainers. The Arrow offers semi-symmetrical maneuverability,
while the Alpha features the reassuring, self-righting characteristics
of a flat-bottomed airfoil. Both are equipped with Horizon's new Evolution
Trainer Power System and a JR Quattro 4-channel radio system, making
them the highest quality, easiest starting and easiest-to-fly trainers
in the class.
The Arrow and Alpha are expertly handcrafted from balsa and plywood using
only epoxy and CA glues. Both are expertly covered and trimmed in Hangar
9 UltraCote® and come with the engine and radio installed. And while
the box says, "ready in an hour," we can routinely put either
one together, flight ready, in about 10 minutes using only a Phillips
|Both Hangar 9 trainers feature the Evolution Trainer
Power System (TPS) that includes a specifically designed 3-bladed
prop and spinner providing slower flight speeds. The TPS is becoming
known as the easiest to start, most reliable, and safest engine available.
Perhaps the biggest benefit both planes offer is the installed Evolution
Trainer Power System. Horizon engineers designed the system's engine from
the ground up to be the easiest-to-start, safest, most reliable engine
available. Its specially developed three-bladed prop provides powerful
static thrust (5.1 pounds) for short, easy takeoffs, even in tall grass.
Its low pitch keeps full throttle, level flight speeds about 20 mph slower
than other trainers. This slower speed makes learning to fly much easier
because the pilot has more time to think, react and correct. Add the JR
Quattro system, which is considered by most to be the quality choice 4-channel
radio, and it's easy to see why Hangar 9's Alpha and Arrow are the finest
trainers out there.
Not Just for Beginners
The Arrow and Alpha have more to offer than just a great learning experience.
At flying fields across the country, I've been amazed at the number of
experienced pilots who own and regularly fly trainers. It seems that many
pilots enjoy the gentle handling that trainers offer. For these folks
the Arrow is the way to go-more axial rolls with less altitude loss; smoother,
tight turns with no ballooning and even inverted flight with minimal down-elevator.
Then again, a lot of these guys just want to cruise. You know, slow flybys,
gentle touch-n-gos and just kickin' back and relaxing. For them, maybe
the Alpha is a better choice.
Two of a Kind
Many ready-to-fly trainers offer semi-symmetrical or flat-bottomed airfoils.
Only Hangar 9's Alpha and Arrow offer these choices with the unparalleled
ease of the Evolution Trainer Power System and outstanding quality of
JR's Quattro radio system. So whether you choose Arrow maneuverability
or reassuring, self-righting Alpha stability, you'll enjoy hassle-free
flying that's second to none.