Carbon Flyer review – an indestructable RC plane controlled by smartphone 0 28

I always had a problem with foam planes and plastic ones, as it’s simply not worth investing in a more expensive one and then crash it the next day. And that’s absolutely deemed to happen.

If you’re a first flyer or an RC enthusiast, then this carbon flyer plane seems like a pretty good start to have some fun in the air.

 

The indiegogo campaign that started all this has raised over $400.000 in quite a short time. And no long after, they have improved on their initial project with the carbon flyer 2.0 project.

 

How does the Carbon Flyer work?

The creators of this carbon fiber airplane wanted it to be easy to use (even for children).

It is controlled through bluetooth by your phone. All you have to do is tilt your phone left or right and accelerate by using the dragging bar on the screen.

The range of the aricraft by using only bluetooth is questionable. It will probably offer you no more than 50-100m range, and that kinda sucks.

But the nice thing is that if you go out of the signal range, the motors will stop, so there won’t be any flyaways.

What's in the package and does it have a camera?

The video bellow will show the exact instructions and unboxing of this plane, but overall, remember that the standard package comes with everything you need to start flying, except the phone.

  • Plane itself
  • Plastic stand for showing off
  • usb charger
  • Lipo battery
  • Micro SD memory card
  • camera is installed on the plane aleady 
It is a little bit sad that it doesn’t come with additional spare props or spare batteries. But it’s a good thing you can at least find them online and also charge the battery though a power-bank.
And yes, the plane has a camera and you can record up to 90 seconds at a time, but you won’t be able to see what it records. it will record everything on the micro SD card on board.
Don’t expect the camera to be too great, but it’s probably going to be a fun addition to your airplane. 

The makers seem to emphasize how important it is to use it properly. That means throwing it in the right direction and being able to maneuver it though space. 

Carbon Flyer on All American Makers

The team behind the project has appeared on the show “All American Makers” and their product was tested by the show hosts repeatedly crashing against a brick wall. It seemed to have been untouched by any of the impacts.

I consider this to have quite a lot of potential for fun, it’s great as a gift or to take with you in the park when you’re bored.

But don’t expect to actually use the camera for any useful drone recordings, and make sure you always fly in an area that doesn’t have any buildings or many people.

How does the carbon flyer app work?

The app seems to be quite simple to use, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with some gimmicks. 

You can do automatic barrel rolls to left or right and even set up to plane to fly in one of the 3 speed modes:

  1. Easy
  2. Advanced
  3. Expert

These are basically the 3 rates of speed you can go with the plane when taking turns. So on the expert level, the plan will turn much quicker and sharper.

Because you’ll be tilting your phone to also take turns with the remote airplane, flying is going to be quite intuitive at first. But remember that when it’s going to face another direction you’ll have to imagine you’re in the place of the aircraft.

Is the Carbon Flyer worth to get?

As a conclusion to this so called “review”, I’d say it is worth to get, because of it’s durability.

It also depends on how much fun you can have with it, but it’s certanly going to be a longer term investment. I’m not so sure about how durable the brushed motors will be, but I find it to be quite a nice toy to play around with.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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