Joe Hass helped us review the
Flyzone Tidewater. Here is what he
had to say:
Flying off of water is cool—not
only because of the breezes off of the
water, but also the overall experience.
In the past, aircraft needed to be
built before they could be flown. Even
in the past few years, ARF aircraft
needed a flight box.
Today, however, modern technology
and materials, coupled with electric
power, have made entering the world
of float flying nearly instantaneous.
Your power system is small enough to
fit in your pocket!
The Flyzone Tidewater from
Hobbico is a marvelous flying
amphibian that can be put together in
roughly the same amount of time that
it takes to charge the three-cell, 2,200
mAh LiPo used to power it.
Two versions of the Tidewater are
available. The RTF has everything
you need including a Tactic TTX404
transmitter, ElectriFly 3S 2,200 mAh
LiPo battery, and a smart charger.
The transmitter-ready version
to use your
2. 4 GHz
Either way, you will be in the air fast.
The Tidewater is fantastic. It
handles well on the water, thanks to
a collaboration between the Flyzone
team and the AquaCraft team to
make the hull perform similar to a
boat. Also, there is plenty of rudder
authority to taxi into the wind.
Slowly advancing the throttle gets
the Tidewater on step and smoothly
in the air. Aerobatics are not typically
included in the description of
amphibians. The Tidewater changes
that definition. Loops from level flight
are easy, rolls are axial, and four-point
rolls are easily accomplished.
The Tidewater does not need
smooth water or air to fly well. I have
flown it in 15-knot winds and with
considerable chop on the water’s
surface. This is not a fair-weather-only
aircraft. Regardless of the conditions, I
have never seen water in the hull.
Flying off of water is a great
change of pace and rewarding. The
Flyzone Tidewater provides an easy-to-assemble and easy-to-fly aircraft
to help you quickly get your water
wings. Give it a try!
Be sure to stop by www.model
aviation.com/flyzonetidewater to read
the full review and watch a flight
Hobbico: 3002 N. Apollo Dr., Suite
#1, Champaign IL 61822; Tel.: (800)
637-7660; website: www.flyzoneplanes.
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