Valiant 1.3 BNF Basic
Classic looks with multifaceted
By Michael York Photos By Jenn Y & Michael York
It’s a nice day to fly, but you have limited room and can
only take one plane. You feel like sport flying, but a buddy
that wants to try RC is coming along. Oh, and there’s a
perfect pond to fly from right near the field. Decisions,
decisions. Fear not—I have a plane for you that can fill all
those needs. Feast your eyes on the Valiant 1.3m from
E-flite. This multi-capable park flier is available in either
Bind-N-Fly (BNF—this review) or Plug-N-Play (PNP).
Constructed out of reinforced Z-Foam, the Valiant 1.3m is designed to go
together quickly and is ready to handle just about any type of flying you might
be in the mood for. It shares the classic lines of its bigger brother, the Hangar 9
Valiant 30cc, but this scaled-down version is more portable and is perfect for
those quick jaunts to the local park or small field.
Although it’s called a “Basic” kit, it’s not missing much to make it complete. All
you need is a DSM2/DSMX-compatible transmitter, a 11.1V 3S 2200mAh 30C
LiPo battery, and a charger and you’re ready to go. The PNP version requires
you to provide your own 6-channel receiver, and you lose the AS3X and Sensor
Assisted Flight Envelope (SAFE) features.
The in-depth multilingual instruction manual
covers everything from the quick assembly
to the various settings and features of the
receiver’s AS3X control system and SAFE
Select Technology. If you have a usable pond
or lake nearby, I consider the optional floats a
must-have (see sidebar).
When you first open the box, it’s obvious that
the Valiant takes little time to put together. All
Quick battery changes are
possible thanks to a simple
latched cover. It also provides
easy access to the gear
screws, which allow a float
swap in less than five minutes.