E-flite Pitts S-1S BNF Basic Electric Airplane (850mm) w/AS3X & SAFE Technology

E-flite Pitts S-1S BNF Basic Electric Airplane (850mm)
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The E-flite Pitts S-1S Bind-N-Fly Basic Electric Airplane is an officially licensed replica of the full-scale aerobatic icon that’s expertly designed and equipped to deliver a flight experience that’s easy to enjoy. The overall dimensions distinctly capture the revolutionary Pitts outlines while EPO construction helps present scale detail with a high level of durability. Even though installing and removing the wings is incredibly simple and tool-free, this beautiful bipe is sized so you probably never need to take it apart. Like the full-scale, under the hood is the kind of power that distinguishes this aerobat as a potent performer with virtually unlimited potential. Ballistic vertical climbs, dizzying snaps, crisp rolls and sharp corners are just a few of its specialties. Scale pilots will appreciate its smooth flight performance and level of detail, while everyone will enjoy its power system versatility. Whether you choose to fly this one-of-a-kind aerobat on a 3S or 4S LiPo, this Pitts S-1S bipe will deliver an aerobatic experience without equal.


Features at a Glance:

  • An Aviat Aircraft Company officially licensed version of the iconic aerobat
  • High-power, 3S- and 4S-compatible brushless outrunner motor and 50A ESC
  • Spektrum™ 6-channel receiver with industry-leading DSMX® technology
  • Unmatched stability and precision of AS3X® technology for smoother flight performance
  • Easy to fly with optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope protection
  • Scale outline and surface detail, plus a matching spinner and appointed cockpit
  • Durable aluminum landing gear with scale covers and wheel pants
  • Tool-free wing assembly with quick-release hardware
  • Optional-use flying wires included for added scale looks
  • Large cockpit hatch and removable tray simplifies battery installation
  • Lightweight and durable EPO foam construction
  • Factory-finished with a scale trim scheme

In Depth Features:

  • Authentic Detail: Besides the careful attention to every outline, scale detail includes the look of fabric covered construction, plus detents highlighting where panels and hatches are found on the full-size. The characteristic wedge-shape fuselage is crowned with a scale spinner in a shape often found on high-powered versions of the Pitts bipe while the cockpit area is neatly appointed with an enclosed canopy and painted pilot figure. Optional-use flying wires for added scale looks are also included.
  • Abundant Power: The high-power brushless power system features an ESC, motor and prop that combine with a 3S LiPo battery to deliver an abundance of thrust and beyond-scale performance. Or you can install a 4S battery for ballistic, rocket ship-like vertical power and way beyond scale performance without the need for any modifications or upgrades.
  • Tool-Free Field Assembly: Although sized to fit fully assembled in just about any vehicle, installation and removal of the wings is tool-free for the ultimate in convenience. Pins easily secure the struts into the wings while each center hard point is locked into place with adjustable locator pins and body clips.
  • Durable Design: Construction with durable EPO material makes it possible to replicate complex detail in a lightweight form. The result is an outstanding scale appearance that’s easy to maintain and allows the most satisfying flight experience possible to shine through.
  • AS3X® Receiver with Optional SAFE® Select Flight Envelope Protection: This Bind-N-Fly® Basic model is equipped with a Spektrum™ 2.4GHz DSMX® receiver featuring AS3X (Artificial Stabilization – 3-aXis) technology that works behind the scenes to smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence so you enjoy a sense of stability and precision that makes it feel like you're flying a much larger, expertly tuned aircraft. If this is your first biplane, or you want an extra margin of safety while familiarizing yourself with the airplane, you can enable the optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope protection technology built into the receiver.
  • With SAFE Select enabled, you get:
    • Pitch and Bank Angle Limits: These envelope limits keep the airplane from rolling or pitching upside down. They also prevent excessive climb or dive angles.
    • Automatic Self-Leveling: he airplane instantly returns to and holds level flight when the sticks are released and in the center position. It’s also helpful for keeping the wings level during takeoffs and landings.
    • Easy switch assignment—no programming required: The simple procedure for assigning a transmitter switch to turn SAFE Select features on and off doesn't require any programming and takes just a few seconds.
Wingspan: 33.5 in (850mm)
Overall Length: 31 in (787mm)
Wing Area: 437 sq in (28.2 sq dm)
Flying Weight: 46 oz (1304 g)
Motor Size: 10BL 1200KV
Radio: 4+
Recommended Battery: 2200-3000mah 3S 11.1V 25C Li-Po (Sold Separately)

Needed To Complete:

  • Full-range, 5+ Channel DSMX®/DSM2® transmitter
  • 1800–2200mAh 3–4S LiPo flight battery w/EC3 Connector
  • Compatible LiPo charger

This product was added to our catalog on October 16, 2018

Verified Owner
Monday, Jun 22 2020 (4 months ago)
E-flite Pitts S-1S BNF Basic Electric Airplane (850mm)
I purchased this Pitts as my first foray out of the UMX realm and absolutely love this plane. Didn't really have any issues at all on assembly, the most difficult part was the wing strut pins, and even those were fine once figured out. I didn't install the flying wires, as they are supposed to be for display only, and wasn't something I was concerned with. It didn't take long at all to build. Currently running it on a 3S 2200 mAh LiPo (EFLB22003S30)and it has plenty of power for me, but I can certainly see how it will scale with my skill level moving to 4S down the road. I can't speak on the aerobatic performance as of yet, as I fly it 90% of the time in SAFE mode, but it does loops and rolls nicely (very high up) and when I flick the switch back to SAFE Mode, all is well. The size is good and a significant step up from the UMX line, and provides good visibility for orientation. Takeoff and landing is taildragger typical. Incredibly fun to fly and highly recommended as a good venture out once you've gotten comfortable on the sticks with the UMX line if you're progressing through.
Verified Owner
Friday, May 29 2020 (5 months ago)
E-flite Pitts S-1S BNF Basic Electric Airplane (850mm)
My rating of is based only on the build as I have only built the airplane at this point. According to the WWW this is a nice flying plane. Now I am an A&P and build real airplanes for a living so I'm no novice in building thing. This was a pain to build but if you take your time you will get it done and it's worth it. The screws that hold the landing gear are 2mm Allen drive and they are not good quality had trouble not stripping the drive out on 2 screws as the were not deep enough. The clevis on the push rod ends are cheap but work. I will replace them before I get aggressive with acrobatics. I had to adjust the arm on the elevator servo. The ESC was loose in the fuselage. Also the kit was missing the elevators. The FT folks sent me replacements so thank you FT family. I would love to put the scale rigging on the wings but the landing wires (inner upper wing to outer lower wing) are to short. All in all it's a pain but when you get it together it is solid and looks sweet!
Verified Owner
Wednesday, May 13 2020 (6 months ago)
E-flite Pitts S-1S BNF Basic Electric Airplane (850mm)
Love this Bi-Plane! From opening the box to completing the assembly, I can't say anything bad about this product. Not sure why some of the reviews stated having issues attaching the struts to the wings via the pins. if you take care and have a little patience, the build is a piece of cake! Note; Before assembly, give a coat or two of polyurthene to all the parts. You'll love the look!
The Pitts flys great right out of the box with little to no trim adjustment. Seems to have enough power and thrill using 3S-2600 mAh batteries.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Dec 5 2018 (about a year ago)
E-flite Pitts S-1S BNF Basic Electric Airplane (850mm)
I highly recommend this model. I bought one as soon as it came out because the first model aircraft I saw fly as a kid was very much like this one(a replica of gene soucys 3 time aerobatics championship plane). The painted foam finish is a bit delicate but the performance is outstanding. It flies very well at slow speeds as well as high, doesn't seem to have some of the quirks I've experienced with some Pitts models, and it's got loads of power. You can lower the rates and it flies as docile as any trainer or turn everything all the way up and unleash it to punish the air. Good flight time even with a three cell and looks fantastic in the air. Very easy to track. Heading hold works very well and it performs fantastic even in high winds. Love mine so much I'm gonna experiment on some spare parts to see if I can apply a monocote finish and make it a truly scale replica.