ParkZone Ember

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ParkZone Ember
ParkZone Ember
  • Wing Span 420mm
  • Length 335mm
  • Flying Weight 18g
  • 3 Channel radio - rudder, elevator, throttle.
  • Battery single cell 70mAh lipo.
  • Flight time, 15-20 minutes.

The Ember is the first member of ParkZone’s Etomic family of RTF ultra-micro aircraft (which also included the Vapor. Weighing less than an ounce, this model makes an excellent indoor trainer for a gym, while more experienced pilots will enjoy it's agility and speed range.

The Ember originally came with a proprietary 2.4GHz radio and receiver. The Ember2 is updated with a Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM2 system, and is also available in a BNF version. Unlike the original version, the Ember 2 can be bound to any DSM2-compatible Spektrum radio.

The Ember comes with a small battery powered charger for it's single 70mAh lipo cell. A set of 4 AA batteries will recharge the flight battery about 30 times, taking about 20 minutes for each charge. An LED on the charger glows red when charging and flashes when the charge voltage reaches 4.2v, flashing more slowly as the charge current decreases. The battery has reached full charge when the flashes are at 20-second intervals.

Absolutely no construction is required, and the completed model fits back in the box for storage and transport.

Comparison to other indoor models

The ember is slightly larger and heavier than the ParkZone Vapor, making it more suitable for larger halls and gyms. It's wing is more efficient, allowing it to loop and turn tightly without loosing speed. The Ember can sustain inverted flight if the landing gear is removed, though constant rudder correction are a necessity to prevent the dihedral rolling it upright.

The Ember is much more agile and can fly slower than the Koyosho Minium series and the Parkzone Citabria or Parkzone Cessna 210 Centurion due to it's larger wing. However the electronics are very similar with the exception of the receiver being DSM2.

Modifications

The Ember does not need modifying for normal use. However the larger Blade mXC battery can be used to extend flight times, and the compact receiver/servo board is widely used to add radio control to indoor scale models.

The Ember is set up with an extremely conservative CG position, which makes it very easy to fly. Experienced pilots can slide the wing and battery mount as far forward as they will go without making the ember unstable; this allows the ember to fly at full speed with no trim change.

Other modifications are similar to the Vapor.