Micro RC jets
- fast fun!
It's only in recent times that micro rc jets have become an affordable reality, long after micro planes and helicopters became widely available to us.
I'm not really sure why this should be the case, as helicopters are certainly more complex to produce. Perhaps a reflection on changing market demand?
Whatever the reason, there's a good selection of micro jets around these days. Admittedly they're not for the complete beginner rc pilot, because despite their small size they do still fly fast. A beginner will likely not yet have developed the necessary reactions and co-ordination needed to fly one safely.
Micro rc jets are, then, ideal for the intermediate and experienced rc flyer - and they're a great type of aircraft to have in your hanger!
The E-flite Habu UMX is a fine example of a micro jet. Such jets use small electric ducted fan units (EDF) to power them through the air.
EDFs are electric motors coupled to a multi-bladed fan, or impeller, that spin at very high RPM (revolutions per minute). Air is sucked through a duct in the jet's fuselage, and blown out the rear of the jet to push it through the air.
Modern electronic technology has enabled manufacturers to produce very small but powerful fan units, perfect for putting inside a shrunken-down jet!
Beginner micro RC jets?
Despite what I said earlier about these micro marvels not being suitable for beginners (and personally I do stand by that), the Habu UMX does actually have a 'beginner mode'. This is because the jet is equipped with Horizon Hobby's trademark AS3X stabilisation technology, which really helps reduce the twitchiness of the jet in the air.
So a low-experience rc pilot may well be able to fly a micro jet like this, but a zero-experience pilot will not; the jets don't fly themselves, and you most definitely have to know the basics of controlling a radio control plane before you attempt to fly one.
Below is Horizon's promo video of the Habu UMX:
Micro jet flying.
Despite their small size, micro rc jets still take up a surprising amount of airspace. This is purely because of their relatively high speed - faster aircraft obviously eat up more space, and need more room to turn or perform aerobatics.
This is potentially a big issue with rc jets of this size, because once they start zooming around the sky they can get very small very quickly, and that can lead to the pilot becoming disoriented. And that, with a fast-flying jet, isn't much fun at all!
So if you do want to fly micro rc jets, don't be fooled in to thinking that you can fly them in a small area.
Yes, of course they can be flown in a smaller area than a larger rc jet can, but they still need plenty of airspace - probably more than you think!
If you've got a bit of experience under your belt, I can highly recommend adding a micro rc jet to your hanger. They're widely available these days and carry a great fun-to-dollar ratio!
Easily stored, easily transported and exhilarating to fly - what's not to like?!
If you're in the market for one, there are plenty being sold on Amazon by the large hobby retailers, so why not treat yourself to a cheap thrill?!