Horizon has long been innovating with technology to make radio controlled flight more approachable for everyone. The latest in these innovations is the HobbyZone Sportsman S+ Ready-to-Fly Airplane. It combines the three-axis gyroscopes and accelerometers from AS3X with the envelope-limiting system of SAFE and adds in a GPS component for the most advanced computer-assisted flight in all of radio control hobbies.
Landing has always been one of the biggest concerns for new pilots, but not anymore. Designed to be as intuitive as possible, the HobbyZone Sportsman S+ comes loaded with SAFE+ technology which is equipped with advanced attitude awareness and a GPS system so pilots can leave their hesitancy on the runway, even if it’s their first time flying. Like the beautiful full-scale Glasair Sportsman, the Sportsman S+ is a natural in the sky with the freedom of four-channel control and a powerful brushless motor that comes pre-installed. If a pilot is skittish about the landing, no problem. In the right conditions, the Sportsman S+ will perform the landing with no help from the pilot.
AutoLand — When activated, AutoLand returns the Sportsman S+ safely to the ground with little to no pilot input. When flying in rougher conditions, you can provide some directional guidance and let the system do the rest to execute a safe landing.
Holding Pattern — Push a button, and the Sportsman S+ will automatically fly to a point near its take-off location and circle at an altitude of approximately 120 feet. Once the command is cancelled, you have full control of the aircraft and can continue to fly.
Virtual Fence — You can choose between a circular setting with 360-degree fence or a rectangular setting with a fence that prevents the Sportsman S+ from flying behind you. Both fences will prevent the aircraft from flying too far away. When the Sportsman S+ encounters the Virtual Fence boundary, the control system will automatically activate Holding Pattern and return the aircraft to near its take-off location and circle until you cancel the command.
The HobbyZone Sportsman S+ RTF is $349.99 for a one-box, everything-you-need purchase. We currently have two of them on the shelf, so stop by soon and start flying!