Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)

Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
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The FT STEM Micro Freighter kit is a perfect kit for kids, teachers, classroom STEM projects, or families looking for easy entry into powered RC flight. Aircraft kit, LiPo battery, transmitter, USB LiPo charging cable, and even a tube of glue is included (only needs 3 AA batteries for the transmitter). The durable foam kit assembles quickly with the included adhesive and easy-to-follow instructions. Charge the aircraft battery with the included USB cable while you build, and you and your students will be soon be flying! The FT Micro Freighter uses the FT 2 channel EZ Pack which provides differential thrust to steer and the altitude of the plane is controlled by varying the throttle. Even if you have never flown before, flights with the FT Micro Freighter are smooth and stable with the stabilization board, making it easy for new pilots to be successful. The electronics in the FT Micro Freighter can be reused in other aircraft designs, making it perfect for STEM projects. Start here with the FT Micro Freighter kit for classroom STEM projects, after-school programs, STEM summer camps, or fun family STEM projects.  

 

Features: 
  • Multi-Axis Gyro Stability System
  • Durable EPP Construction
  • Reliable 2.4 GHZ Control System
  • Efficient and Powerful Dual Motor Control
Specifications:

Wingspan: 390mm
Length: 405mm 
Flying Weight: 50g
Battery: 3.7V 300mAh Lipo (included)
USB Battery Charger: (included)  

Includes: 

  • Aircraft kit
  • LiPo battery
  • Transmitter
  • USB LiPo charging cable
  • Tube of glue

Needed to Complete:

  • (3) AA Batteries 

Verified Owner
Saturday, Apr 11 2020 (9 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
Got this today! Watched the build video while I put it together. Took it out and let me tell ya folks, for this price, this little bruiser can't be beat! What a great little plane. The fact that you can change rates at this price point is remarkable. If you're new to the hobby, this little plane is a perfect way to break through the fear/financial barrier of rc planes. I'm a longtime fan and builder/buyer of Flitetest products and this one is no different than anything else I've ordered from this company... fun,functional and an incredible value! Thanks again FT crew for delivering the goods yet again!
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Apr 14 2020 (9 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
As the others have said, fantastic bang for the buck. I got the kit, watched the video and it was ready to fly in less than an hour. First flight was on high rates, was able to take off and land successfully. Even on low rates I was able to keep it within 200 feet of my location. High rates will let you fly it in a large back yard. Sell done Flite Test!
Verified Owner
Saturday, Apr 11 2020 (9 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
Great begginers plane! Total blast to fly and it can be flown in small areas. Only issue was with the landing gear, they can fall off easy and are kind of cheap so be careful.
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jun 6 2020 (8 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
My seven-year-old son and I love this airplane! From the quick and easy assembly, to the well developed on-board stabilization, this is a legit 2-channel trainer - or pure fun flyer. I've always been skeptical of 2-channel (throttle for altitude, turning uses throttle differential) as your ONLY controls, but this guy has made me a believer. The stabilization works accurately and with you to give the pilot a great flying experience. For the first time ever, my boy and I are flying TOGETHER at the same time. From launch to landing, he manages all phases of flight and absolutely loves it. We've got a dozen batteries through this guy and while there is a little wear and tear, she still flies like new.

No wind is definitely the best time to fly, but we've had the Freighter in 5-8 mph of wind without issue. It definitely takes quite a bit more space to turn around in wind than no wind. It can also become fairly pitch sensitive with increased head wind. The transmitter range says 400 feet and we've had it close with no loss of control issues. However, it gets pretty small at 400 feet away!

Glueing the tail on with proper offset is probably the single most important step in assembly. I think your entire flight experience hinges on getting that dimension as close to correct as possible. We live at one of the in-between altitudes so we adjusted accordingly and may have leaned a bit more toward the nose us side. That may be why ours is a little more "pitchy." However, since the stabilization relies on some throttle, if the pilot panics for any reason and cuts the throttle to 0 (which disables all stabilization), there is no control left and right either. Solution: always keep a little throttle in - which is also clearly stated in the instructions.

PROS:
-Easy construction with great printed instructions and build video
-Flight stabilization is spot on
-Customer Support: Our initial main board was bad. Flite Test sent us an entire new kit, no questions asked (which meant a lot to me since my son saved his pennies and purchased it with his own money)!
-JST 2.0 battery connection - we happen to have several in the size class that work with the Freighter
-Good flight times on the stock 300mAh 1s LiPo (we take off and land repeatedly for 30+ min on a battery)
-Super light and extremely durable. Admittedly, It is difficult to outright crash though...
-The thing looks awesome! Who else flies and RC C-17?


CONS (well, sort of...I had to say something...):
-Can pitch up quite a bit in wind. However, the stabilization manages this reasonably well and stalls are avoided by keeping the throttle up/in
-When the battery is depleted, the main board activates a low voltage cut-off which disables the throttle (and therefore steering also), no matter what phase of flight you are in. The instruction say land immediately when you notice "the power starting to drop." Trouble is its so light that, for level flight, so little power is required, we never tend to notice the "power dropping," So, since the model relies on throttle entirely for control, this means when the voltage cutoff activates, your model free flies down. With altitude and some wind, this could be a bad combination. My preference would be surging motors a little before an outright cut off. But hey, we are nit picking now!

BOTTOM LINE: What's not to love? It looks great, flies better, super tough, and is backed by second to none customer support. Thank you Flite Test for giving me the gift of flight with my son.
Sunday, Jan 10 2021 (2 weeks ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
My 12 year-old son wanted a remote plane for Christmas. Grandparents bought him this one, thinking it would be easy to fly for a beginner and not break the bank if he killed it. We had a lot of fun building it, which was super easy. Took it out for the first time a couple weeks later and after a few learning flights by dad, turned over the controls to him, and it was very easy. Controls took a little bit to learn, but before long he was flying it with ease. Highly recommend for a beginner plane that won't break the bank.
Verified Owner
Saturday, Aug 22 2020 (5 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
YouTube Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anvfrKWiM94&t=457s

This is an awesome 2-channel plane! Please see my YouTube video above for my maiden flight!
The plane is very easy to put together and it even came with its own glue.

You only get throttle control which acts as your elevator. If you want to climb, then give it more throttle. It uses differential thrust for the yaw. If you want to turn left, then the left prop will turn slower than the right one and push the plane to the left. That is vice versa if you want to turn right.

I flew this in a baseball field so you do not need a large flying field to fly this. You can either hand-launch or use the wheels if you have a smooth surface.

I have flown this many times and even with not so smooth landings, the foam is very tough and the plane is very light weight.
So, this is great if you are a complete beginner.
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jul 25 2020 (6 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
True story time: Yesterday my wife was outside watering the plants.... My 4 year old comes out with the FT freighter assembled (not glued, but put together... crafty little bugger)!!!! I ordered this kit months ago and have not gotten to it because Im stuck outside of the US... So my wife got out the instructions and the two of them glued up the plane and tuned it per the video.... Later that day I get a video of my little 4 year old flying the freighter!!! Shes never flown RC anything before! So yes great kit and anyone can fly!! I cant wait to get home and get her flying more stuff!! Thanks to FT for these amazing kits, I will be buying more!!!
Friday, Jul 24 2020 (6 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
Very fun to build and easy to fly plane! It looks great and Is a great quality product!??
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jul 18 2020 (6 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
This thing is in a word, amazing. I literally passed the controls to a total stranger who had never flown rc airplanes before and he flew it like a old pro. Did I mention that it was also my maiden flight with it? Yes, it’s THAT GOOD!
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jun 20 2020 (7 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
I will say the kit came fast and it was pretty easy to build. Unfortunately we lost the plane our first time out. You need plenty of room if you are flying this. I was shocked how high the plane got! At that point it was too far gone and must have got caught in some wind. Wasn't very windy out. Anyway, great design. Just be careful.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Jun 18 2020 (7 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
I am impressed with this little airplane. Everything you need to build and fly the plane is in the box. Except one thing, and it’s kind of important, transparent tape. I didn’t have any so I took a trip to the store.
Watching the video and building along with Josh made the assembly easy. I couldn’t wait to fly it, but the weather wasn’t cooperating so it was a week before I got to play with it.
I’m a complete novice. The only time I ever held a controller before was, well, not good. But this was fun and exhilarating. I did auger in a few times and bounced it off a steel roof once. Side note, don’t lose the extra parts, I already used one of the props.
If you’re a novice, you won’t be disappointed buying, building and flying this fun little airplane. I can’t wait to develop my skills so I can advance to a slightly more complex system.
Tuesday, Jun 9 2020 (7 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
My only problem is that the propellers broke easily and the foam came apart easily, also the ltch on the battery cage broke off and I had to pry off the cage. Does anyone know where I can find more propellers for this kit? GREAT STARTER PLANE!!!!
Verified Owner
Tuesday, May 26 2020 (8 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
This was my first plane and I can say that the purchase was worth it all. It's incredibly easy to build, fly, and repair. It also takes quite a hit. I've crashed into trees, nose-dived into the ground, and broke a wing. It struggles in wind yet still hauls when it needs to. Take off is easy but landing takes some practice.
Verified Owner
Monday, May 25 2020 (8 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
Great easy to fly plane. My younger kids 6 and 8 who have never flown had no trouble flying around and had a blast. We lost the plane in a tree, and after 3 weeks of wind, rain, and snow it fell out. We charged the battery and still flies with no problem.
Verified Owner
Sunday, May 24 2020 (8 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
It flies so amazing and is so double. everyone in my family loves it
Verified Owner
Sunday, May 17 2020 (8 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
I purchased this the day it came out (and was quite possibly the first one to buy it). I must say, this thing was amazing when flown. Building it was very fun and easy, and it flies beautifully. I highly recommend it for beginners, because it is very affordable, easy to build, and easy to fly. This surpassed my expectations by so much, and I am very happy with my purchase.
Verified Owner
Saturday, May 16 2020 (8 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
I got this as a starter plane and a little project for my son. It was amazing! I am a Paratrooper in the Army so he is familiar with the C-17 Globemaster III. It was easy to fly and even crashed it a few time and it did not break. Highly recommend if you are looking for quick fun or starter plan.
Verified Owner
Tuesday, May 12 2020 (8 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
Fantastic product! Excellent bang for the buck! Shades of the original Air Hogs differential thrust RC planes - with the added perks of larger size, gyro stabilization and long flight times. Perfect introduction to RC flight because it teaches the fundamentals of orientation and throttle management. Beware: this is NOT a backyard flyer (unless you have a REALLY big back yard). It can get really small, really fast! Looking forward to using the electronics for future scratch builds, but the airframe is so indestructible, that I'll likely have to go ahead and buy a set (https://store.ftstem.com/flite-test-ft-stem-ez-power-pack-2-channel/).
Verified Owner
Saturday, May 2 2020 (9 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
Great first plane! Pretty easy to build and fun to fly. Pay attention to the tail settings in the install video and instruction booklet. Thanks for giving beginners an easy entry point into RC aviation!
Thursday, Apr 23 2020 (9 months ago)
Flite Test Micro Freighter Electric RTF Airplane (390mm)
It is very durable but it turns slow. My family and I love it. We fly it often. Great small plane.