I have flown small drones for several years now as a hobby. For my recent 73'd birthday the family suggested I should learn to fly R/C aircraft as a new interest.After watching several Youtube videos I settled on purchasing the Sport Cub S2 as my beginner A/C.Being in Lockdown in New Zealand I purchased on line from amain hobbies in the US. The service was outstanding and the model arrived 6 days earlier that stated by them. Amazing service. The aircraft was excellently packaged and arrived with no damage. What an amazing looking replica and required no setting up other than a slight change to the rudder push rod as advised in the manual then I was ready to try my first flight. Feeling quite nervous I decided to try a hand launch and applied full throttle and just let go of the plane. The feeling of excitement as the airplane climbed into the air was awesome. The SAFE technology had the plane in a very stable slight climb and all I needed to do was a slight trim on the rudder to have it flying straight. After several left and right hand circles has been flown I tried my first landing. With the a/c heading towards me I just decreased the throttle to induce a controlled decent and the landed on a patch of grass beside me. Plane flipped over as the grass grabbed the wheels but as a first ever flight I was very pleased with myself. Can't wait for another fine day so I can continue with my new hobby. Just need to buy some extra batteries so that I can do more that one flight per outing. Would recommend this to anyone wishing to enter the hobby. If I can fly this anyone can. Thumbs up HORIZON this is a winner.
Bought this plane from another location (for more money...shoulda looked here) as my "welcome back to flying" after about 8 years. It bound to my DX6 super easy and then flew easier than the simulator. This little guy can take a beating too, as a lot of new pilots know, landing you plane is a hard ask at times, this plan can land hard dozens of times, as well as get stuck 40' up a tree or hit a wall, and just dust it off. I had one crack in the wing that was easily fixed with a little clear tape.
My only two complaints that I have with this plane is its power and flimsy tail. This aircraft gets blown around in a 9mph wind very easily. In the "most help" mode, it was next to impossible to get the plane to come down in that level of wind; however, lower that to the "some help" or "no help" modes and that goes away, but still can get blown around. As for the tail, it was hard to get trimmed in, and is no where near as strong as a FliteTest build kit aircraft. For the most part you get no rudder control with but the elevators work just fine in the lower help modes.
Overall, this is a great little plane that I would recommend to anyone. Between the easiness of flying this aircraft and how tough it is. The downsides are not enough to even get me to give it a four star instead of five. This plane is great for first time pilots or those returning to the hobby!
First attempt to fly was good but the wind took it away in about 30 seconds
Great little trainer plane that doesn't break the bank, I order the one that came with a transmitter which does the job but a transmitter up grade makes this plane much more fun. I chose Spektrum DX6e.
I only was able to fly it for about 4 minutes total. I was pleasantly surprised with its construction and flight characteristics. After a quick first flight to trim it out, I took off again and had my daughter try her hand at flying it. She did well up to the point where it got to high and when she couldn't bring it back down I took over. By this point it was caught in a thermal and being carried away. I tried chasing it down but lost sight of it. I hoping it turns up and can find its way back to me. I'll wait a little while then probably buy another one and bind it to my first planes transmitter. All my other planes are much larger, heavier and have no aversion to heading towards the earth if you pull the throttle.
Loved the plan, well from what I was able to fly of it. I'm a extreme newbie and lost it with the wind somehow but already ordered a replacement and found something to help me late the plane if I lose the new one
Long time quad-copter flyer, this is my first plane, being super light and relatively low powered, combined with the SAFE assistance flying, I got it in the air on my first try. This plane seems hard to damage, it moves slowly and weighs nothing so it's comforting as I get acclimated to RC fixed wing flight. Have yet to find an ideal location, my yard is a bit small until I learn more, and the Frisbee golf park had too many trees about. Will continue searching. Service from Amain was fantastic, having not received the overnight shipping I'd opted for they offered the difference in price in store credit! Fast answers to questions and concerns. I'll definitely continue doing business with them and recommending them to others.
This quarantine made me search for a new hobby and this is the first plane I ever flew(not counting video games) and I managed to get it in the air and fly around on the first try. Great battery life for its size and an all round great plane to learn how to fly.
Highly recommend if you are in the states, however if you're in europe the import fees end up being more expensive than the plane itself...
It is super easy to fly, it is very durable, it is perfect for a beginner
Amazing little plane. Buy extra batteries and enjoy hours of fun! Be wary of wind, obviously it's very light and the wind really pushes it around.
Highly recommend. An adventure in the wind, but it really does great. Great plane to get into flying.
This is my first plane and my 4 year old son and I love it. I was intimidated to get a plane at first because I had one about 10 years ago and it was extremely difficult to fly but I got the hang of this plane on the first day and was able to make successful take offs and landings. Although my son doesnt fly it yet he gets a kick out of watching it maneuver around the sky. Highly recommend it to anyone looking to get into planes.
Outstanding service and the best products for any rc enthusiast. Very fast shipping and have all the parts when you need them.
The Horizon Hobby Sport Cub is an amazing little plane. Doesn’t like 50 gallon park trash cans, so try to avoid. Other than that. Binds nicely with my DX6. Purchased 2 actually, so my step son and I can bond a bit more. Looking forward to it!
As advertised, plug-n-play! Sturdy too! I’ve had many hard landings, one tree incident and it keeps on flying!
Only flew it a couple of times the first day before it broke. The gear to the propeller snapped in half. Overall, great flying experience and very glad for the different flying modes. Easy to fly in beginners. Would recommend
Great trainer and very forgiving! Easy to set up, change batteries, etc.
Great starter airplane. My 9yo son loves it. It’s easy to fly and pretty durable since it’s already been stuck in 2 trees.
I hate to write this, but it is what it is. So I ordered this trainer thinking it would be fun to fly RC as I get ready to retire, my career and life has been centered around aircraft as my Dad flew for American Airlines, was a prop mechanic during WWII, he worked on Corsairs as well, stationed at MCAS El Toro in California. Me, I joined the Marine Corps and became a jet engine mechanic on F-4Ns at El Toro as well. After Active duty I worked for the Navy at depo level maintenance overhauling aircraft including helicopters, left there and enlisted into the Air Force working on cargo aircraft. I changed career fields to computers after 21 years and am ready to retire at the end of 2021. So I know aircraft and characteristics and I know micro/mini connecters being a computer technician for the last 20+ years. Sorry this is so long, but relevant. I purchased this trainer a spare battery as they recommend on the ordering page and spare prop. Waiting for the weather to get better, reviewing many YouTube videos on the Sport Cub S 2. Charged the batteries yesterday which took about 30 minutes each. Got up early this morning to go to the park as there isn’t any wind. I wanted to test and trim the Cub before leaving the house, connected the battery and it disconnected or came off. Tried it again looking more closely... ALIGN red dots and connect, right? They say its that easy. It came off again. I could not get the battery to stay connected, but wait, i purchased a spare battery, the 45C. ALIGN red dots, it only goes in one way. Wait, I saw the red flashing light of the electronics inside the Cub, let go of the lead and it stopped flashing. Picked up the controller and powered it on and goes to a steady blue light. I did this for about 30 or so minutes to get to to stay connected, no luck. Well I am done. So much for RC fun in retirement.
Charged up the plane and tested the control surfaces as specified in the instructions. Then I also made sure the SAFE system responded to changes in the planes orientation. I flew the plane and next thing I knew, it kept rising and rising despite me pointing the nose down and cutting back on the throttle. Eventually it rose beyond the range of the transmitter and simply flew off over the horizon. 140 dollars for 30 seconds of the flight. I'm livid. This plane is a scam.