UltraFly Cessna 182

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UltraFly Cessna 182 with beginner wing, stock propeller and aftermarket prop adapter

The UltraFly Cessna 182 was a foam park flyer-sized R/C airplane manufactured by UltraFly Model Corporation of Taiwan and distributed by Hobbico of Champaign, Illinois USA prior to the closing of the company in August 2008.

The model, an ARF kit, was somewhat unique since it came with two separate, fully reinforced wing kits. On the "beginner" wing, the Cessna 182 was able to be set up as a relatively docile, 25 MPH (40km/h) aileron trainer with the use of the stock electrics. The "advanced" wing coupled with more powerful electrics turned it into a fast, fully aerobatic sport plane. Either wing could be built with or without flaps.

The so-called beginner wing had a relatively flat airfoil, slow stall speed and thick leading edge for stability while preventing inverted flight and the possibility of a crash by an inexperienced pilot. The nearly identical-looking advanced wing features a semi-symmetrical airfoil and thinner leading edge. This combination, in conjunction with the proper propeller, speed control and battery, allowed full aerobatics and doubled the Cessna's airspeed to nearly 50 MPH (80km/h). Slow speed characteristics were similar to those of the beginner wing. Depending on preference, skill and the surface of the field, the 182 could be built with tricycle landing gear and steerable nosewheel per the prototype or as a taildragger less the nosewheel in the style of the Cessna 180. However, this configuration did not allow the model to be taxied.

Modifying the 182 beyond the factory's suggestions may have caused sudden and unexpected failures of the wing at the trailing edge near the hold-down screw after repeated flights. The foam in this area was quite thin and unreinforced and weakened under the strain. Either wing was available as an inexpensive service part and easily constructed should one have wished to replace the wing as a precautionary measure or as a part of regular maintenance.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 43" (1090mm)
  • Wing area: 323 sq in (21 sq dm)
  • Ready-to-fly weight: 27 oz (770g)
  • Wing loading: 12 oz/sq ft (37g/sq dm)
  • Length: 33" (840mm)
  • Propulsion system: "Falcon 400" brushed motor, UltraFly 3.0:1 gearbox, APC 10x4.7 propeller
  • Minimum requirements for completion: 3 - 5 channel aircraft radio with 4 micro servos; 20A or greater ESC; eight-cell 1100mAh nickel metal hydride battery; suitable charger
  • Original catalog number: UFLA1000