The E-flite Waco is a terrific model of a classic plane. Its designers’ obvious
attention to detail makes it not only look great but also fly great. They have left
nothing to chance with this little beauty, and you will be delighted with how fun
it is to fly. It is a handful of fun right out of the box. ;
You’ll need a DSM2/DSMX transmitter to
control the plane. ;e Waco comes with Bind-N-Fly technology, and binding the radio to the
plane takes all of 30 seconds. ;e instructions
recommend using dual rates, so I programmed
that in as well.
IN THE AIR
;e Waco is small enough to fly indoors or
out. Its sturdy landing gear give you the option
to take o; from a smooth surface, but it is a
breeze to hand-launch if you need or want
to. It can easily be flown on the infield of a
baseball diamond. It has a lot of power for
such a small plane and will climb aggressively
with a mere push of the throttle stick, getting
into the air in about 20 feet or so. It needs a
little power for landing and will glide into the
landing easily and predictably with the speed
just slightly up. I just let it descend at a slow
speed and let it touch down and roll out with
the throttle back. Once on the ground, it will
taxi easily, and you can literally drive it back to
your feet with ease.
A Matter of Balance
To achieve your plane’s desired flight characteristics, you
need to make certain that the plane is properly balanced,
both side to side and front to back. The side-to-side balance
is usually not an issue, and most planes are just naturally
balanced on that axis. Front to back, however, is another issue.
Small things, like a tailwheel, can shift the balance toward the
rear and make it tail-heavy. Tail-heavy planes are difficult to fly
and don’t respond nicely to the radio inputs. The solution to
achieving balance is to add a bit of weight to the front of the
plane to make it just slightly nose-heavy. My Waco was just
slightly tail-heavy and required additional weight in the front.
I added a dime to the inside of the motor cover and then it
GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
Stability: Not much throttle is needed to keep
the Waco stable, and it is fun to see just how
slow you can get it to fly.
Tracking: ;e Waco has dual rates, and that
makes it great in a couple of ways. It is responsive at low rates and very maneuverable, and it
gives you a very stable flight. When you switch
to high rates, it responds quickly, making it
easy to do tight turns and rolls.
Aerobatics: ;is little plane will easily perform
loops and rolls, and has plenty of power
to keep it level when it comes out of the
maneuver. ;e rudder is relatively large and
lets the pilot do flat turns, and it adds to the
Glide and stall performance: With the power
o;, the Waco has a nice, predictable glide,
but it does tend to stall if you input too much
up-elevator. When that happens, a little power
brings it immediately under control.
;is diminutive beauty gives you all the features of the big planes, including great flight
characteristics and beautiful scale looks. It is
just great fun to toss around in the sky, and it
gives you the confidence to improve your skills
because you always are in complete control.
From takeo; to landing, it is a blast to fly.
;e top of the engine cowl comes o;, providing easy access to the battery compartment. ;e brushless outrunner is concealed beneath the engine cowl.