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FAQ

How is Carbon Flyer made?

Each Carbon Flyer body is made one at a time in a very laborious, process that requires advanced craftsmanship. The Carbon Flyer's body is made from a single ply of a proprietary thermo-formed carbon fiber cloth. First, it is placed in a mold and pressed into shape. Then the mold is placed in an oven for several hours to cure. The parts are then trimmed in a CNC machine and glued together with special epoxy. The resulting plane body is tested for dimensional accuracy and all the electronics are attached and tested.

Is this for real? How durable is it really?

Yes, this is for real. To our knowledge, no other plane even comes close to our durability under normal use. No product is indestructible and the Carbon Flyer is no exception. However, under normal flying conditions, the hard landings that would normally shatter a foam plane should not typically damage a Carbon Flyer. In hundreds of test flights and crashes over the last year and a half we have pushed this plane to the limit and beyond.

Does the Carbon Flyer have any weak points?

The number one enemy of any RC plane is a tree or rooftop. While it can survive most crashes, landing on a roof is never good. Always fly in an appropriate open area away from obstacles. Stepping or sitting on a Carbon Flyer can certainly damage it.

How easy is it to fly?

Carbon Flyer is simple to fly, much more so than traditional RC planes, but it still takes good technique. You should use a straight, smooth, upward toss to launch the plane. Just tilt your phone to steer Carbon Flyer left and right and slide the throttle to control altitude.

How well does it handle the wind or rain?

Carbon Flyer can handle heavier winds than most small foam planes, but it is still a very small aircraft. Winds over 5 mph can really challenge it, and anything over 10 mph is not recommended. The electronics are not sealed so avoid flying near water or hard rain.

Can Carbon Flyer work with my R/C radio?

While it is possible to modify the Carbon Flyer to work with a radio it would take someone familiar with hobby aircraft to do the job. Our lead designer, Bret, plans to execute such a modification and record the process on YouTube to share it. We may offer this mod ourselves in the future.