Like a Bixler, but bigger and with a cool nose dome for a forward-facing camera. $120, now available from HobbyKing

Details:

The Sky Eye is a large plug and fly glider designed for the FPV pilot who is looking for all the benefits of a larger model that is also fast to get into the air and won't break the bank!
 
Make no mistake, the Sky Eye is a biggie! That said, it is also really practical and features a 2pc plug in wing and huge magnetic canopy for easy camera and Lipo access. Being a plug and fly model, the Sky Eye is really quick to assemble, the heavy duty mini servo's are all pre-installed, as is the powerful 35mm brushless out-runner motor and ESC, in fact setting up your camera in the supplied transparent camera dome is going to be the longest job of the build!
 
As the old saying goes, the bigger they are, the better they fly and with a 2 metre span, the Sky Eye provides a high lift, stable and virtually un-stallable camera & FPV platform thanks to it's generous wing area and effective pre-installed flaps. The powerful brushless outrunner and 8" prop combo offer an excellent climb rate while the effectively sized four channel control surfaces offer absolute control at all speeds. This fantastic model offers a fun and easy to fly glider and FPV/Camera platform in a simple & fast to build format that is totally affordable and perfect for pilots of every ability, the Sky Eye offers something unique and familiar rolled into one great priced package!
 
Features:
• Tough EPO Construction
• Plug and Fly Format, Simply add Battery and Reciever!
• Large Size Ideal for a Stable Flying in a Variety of Weather Conditions
• Unique Nose Mounted Transparent Camera Dome
• Pre-Installed Landing Wheel
• Pre-Installed Flaps
• Large Magnetic Canopy
• Plug In 2pc Wing for Easy Transport
• Powerful 35mm Brushless Outrunner
• Large Payload Capability
• Large CF wing Tube
 
Specs:
Wingspan: 2000mm
Length: 1100mm
Weight: 1350g
Wing Area: 46.3dm2
Wing Loading: 29.2g/dm2
Servo: 6 x Mini 17g
ESC30A w/BEC
Motor: 3536 Brushless Outrunner 900kv
Prop: 8x6

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Comment by Euan Ramsay on July 15, 2013 at 5:32am
Planning to get into planes in the future for FPV.

Naturally ill be using a $100 foamie to learn on (I'm on MR's right now), but should I go for one of these for my first "proper" one? Bixlers review well for newbs.

Can I slap in a 11000mAh, and how long could I fly for in something this big?

T3
Comment by Stephen Zidek on July 15, 2013 at 6:41am

Wow, $120 for the plane including prop, ESC, motor, and servos!  I'd just need an APM.

Comment by Euan Ramsay on July 15, 2013 at 6:57am
$120 almost sounds too cheap!
Comment by John Moore on July 15, 2013 at 7:12am

Make sure you do something to protect that dome on the first few flights.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 15, 2013 at 8:22am

I have one of the slightly bigger Super Sky Surfer (2.4m) from Banana Hobbies the fuselage on this looks identical from the root back. Really like what they did with the nose on this. The only mod I would make is mount the servos for rudder and elevator at the back. Otherwise Roberts your fathers brother its a good size. Oh on the SSS the stock main spar is heavier than most gliders I have ever flown so a proper carbon spar, whilst probably costing more than the kit it will save a heck of alot of weight.

I predict these will replace the Bixler as the standard platform (if they fly as well as the SSS)

Comment by Stone1295 on July 15, 2013 at 8:39am

I wonder if the aftermarket adjustable motor mount for the SSS will fit?

This would allow for larger, more efficient props.

-Mike

 


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 15, 2013 at 8:53am

The fuse looks identical, there is a better SSS clone with stronger mount and servos already on the tail can't remember the name of it. Folks are fitting huge motors and props I'm not sure this is entirely the right way to go flown lightly the SSS is a much nicer airframe than the Bixler II. 

Comment by Sam on July 15, 2013 at 12:52pm

The stock motor on the Bixler 2 seem to be under powered, I got in to some 5mph wind and almost lost it,  I upgrade to a 2836 with 40esc, it will cruise now.


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Comment by Mark Harrison on July 15, 2013 at 4:38pm

Sadly, only EMS shipping is available to the US, bringing the total up to about $160.  Still, that's a pretty good deal for this much plane if it flies well!


100KM
Comment by crystal garris on July 15, 2013 at 5:34pm
I call it the minipod ;-) looks like I've done some inspiring.

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