The aircraft comes out of the box almost fully assembled, with everything you need to complete and fly the model.
should be done before the maiden flight
and when flying at a new location.
This multistep process involves
triggering the calibration mode using
the transmitter and rotating the aircraft
through a series of 10 positions. The
process can seem overwhelming, but
after the first few calibrations it becomes
second nature. Check out www.
ModelAviation.com and the digital
edition to watch a video from Horizon
Hobby outlining the calibration process.
After calibration is complete and the
GPS is located, you can take advantage
of its features. By default, the Sportsman
S+ is set to Virtual Fence Park mode.
This mode uses GPS to establish a 650-
foot flying radius from the center of
the runway—envision a large, invisible
circle as the fly zone. The Sportsman S+
can fly freely within this area, but as it
approaches the virtual fence, the aircraft
will autonomously turn back toward the
center of the runway. This prevents the
model from flying out of sight or into a
I recommend setting the Sportsman
S+ to the Virtual Fence Airfield mode.
This mode establishes a 1,300 x 650-
foot flying box. By positioning the
boundary of the Virtual Fence Airfield
along the edge of the runway, the
aircraft is prevented from flying out
of line-of-site or from accidentally
flying over the pilot and pit area. The
boundary could also be set to avoid
roads, buildings, or
other no-fly zones.
first power up
the throttle stick
down and the left
stick down and
to the right. The
Sportsman S+ will
remain in airfield
mode until it is
deactivated by a
outlined in the
Airfield mode is
activated, turn off
S+ and place
it on the edge
of the runway
facing away from
the pilot area.
You’ll want to make sure the aircraft
is positioned along the edge near the
middle point of the runway.
Power on the aircraft and wait for it
to lock down GPS. Once completed,
the Sportsman S+ will make several
In order to program the runway’s
location and wind direction, place the
aircraft in the center of the runway
Model type: RTF trainer
Skill level: Beginner
Wingspan: 54. 6 inches
Length: 35. 75 inches
Flying weight: 33. 5 ounces
Battery: 3S 1,300 mAh LiPo (included)
Battery charger: DC-powered 3S balancing with AC adapter (included)
Power system: 480 brushless motor and 18-amp brushless ESC
Radio: Spektrum DX4e four-channel 2. 4 GHz DSMX transmitter
Flight duration: 10 minutes
Optional accessories: E-flite EFC-721 HD camera
• GPS-enabled features such as AutoLand and Virtual Fence.
• Nice semiscale look.
• Great trainer airframe, even without GPS and SAFE+.
• A good size for new pilots.
• Assembles in roughly an hour.
• Preflight setup and calibration is cumbersome.
• Wheels are small for grass runways.
AT A GLANCE ...
57 Model Aviation SEP TEMBER 2015 www.ModelAviation.com