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KYLE JARACZ kylej@modelaircraft.org SPECIFICATIONS:


TYPE: Electric foam sailplane SKILL LEVEL: Beginner to advanced


POWER SYSTEM: 370 1,100 Kv brushless motor; 30-amp ESC WEIGHT: 22.9 ounces LENGTH: 39.6 inches MATERIAL: EPO foam RECOMMENDED BATTERY: 3S 1,300 mAh LiPo WING AREA: 405.3 square inches WINGSPAN: 59 inches PRICE: $149.99 BNF; $129.99 PNP INFO: horizonhobby.com


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of maintaining the overall fl ight path without disrupting the ability to read the air and react as necessary. As I mentioned, I felt that the pitch axis could use some more throw, so after the fi rst fl ight I adjusted the control horn to enable more travel. Aside from that minor modifi cation, the controls were spot-on.


Maneuvering the Conscendo at cruising and glide speed is easily achievable. A 20-second throttle punch brings the aircraft to a comfortable altitude, where I did most of my thermal hunting.


the manufacturer and I recommend to achieve the best fl ights. Binding the aircraft to your transmitter


is a straightforward process. The binding wire is easy to access thanks to an extension that is installed at the factory. Keep in mind that there are a few options that you need to decide on before you bind, with some variations in the binding process, depending on your selection. All of this is covered in detail in the manual. Before fl ying the aircraft, turn on your


transmitter, place the airplane on a level surface, and plug in the fl ight battery. Wait 5 seconds while the aircraft’s SAFE and AS3X calibrate. While the calibration is taking place, keep the aircraft upright, level, and immobile. You’ll know the process is complete when the control surfaces jump about and then return to center. Takeoffs were performed with SAFE mode on and at half throttle, paired with a gentle toss. When the aircraft was airborne, and I had both hands back on the transmitter, I turned the SAFE off and trimmed out the airplane. Take the fi rst fl ights easy as you expand your comfort level and knowledge base of its fl ight characteristics. I was concerned that the AS3X technology would remove indications of lift from the Conscendo, but I’m happy to report that the aircraft responded well to changes in airfl ow and lift. I was able to easily detect wingtip rise and bumps along the fl ight path that indicated potential lift. The AS3X did a good job


Although short runs of vertical fl ight are achievable, I found that the best method of achieving altitude was to steeply incline to approximately 75° and power up into the wind. This sailplane’s glide is long and smooth, enabling it to coast for long periods without the need for any motor runs. This model can fl y slowly, but control will be reduced at lower speeds. I wouldn’t classify it as a fl oater. I fi nd that low speed offers you control and a chance to read the air. Just don’t get too slow because the controls will inevitably mush, and the glide path will suffer. Although this aircraft could be fl own even slower with the addition of fl aps, in my opinion, the role of the aircraft as a beginner-friendly sport sailplane would be lost by adding in those fl aps. I didn’t notice any tendency to drop a wing while intentionally stalling the aircraft.


Instead, the nose simply pitched forward until enough airspeed was achieved to regain control.


If you decide that fl ying with speed is more your style, the Conscendo offers you that chance. Zooming about while performing stall turns, loops, and rolls is easily achieved. Although I wouldn’t recommend this as an aerobatics platform (it’s a sailplane, for goodness sake!), it is capable of quick fl ights and basic maneuvers. Keep in mind that your fi rst fl ights with this aircraft should be performed in a larger space than you think you need. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the long glide path and understand how best to land the sailplane. You will likely be surprised the fi rst few times that you approach your landings, only to watch as the combination of the long glide path and ground effect propel your aircraft well beyond where you thought you would be landing. Before long, you’ll have a good idea of what space you need to gently land. Grass is your friend with this model. There are belly and tail skids to keep the EPO foam safe during landings, but avoid using them on hard surfaces because they will eventually grind away after repeated abuse. It’s apparent that the engineers at Horizon Hobby have created a winning sailplane that fi ts the needs of beginner and more advanced pilots. We can all fi nd something to enjoy in this aircraft.


Kyle prepares to launch the ParkZone Conscendo.


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