The Katana was designed by Shaun Vanunu. Shaun is Precision Aerobatics' chief engineer and co-owner. The man behind PA's unique construction technique called FiberFusion, which was first implemented in 2006.
FiberFusion is a sophisticated engineering and construction method, developed and enhanced over the past ten years by Shaun and his team. FiberFusion uses 100% real carbon fiber, along with competition grade balsa/ply, utilizing carbon fiber where it matters. Each variance of fiber used in the plane is carefully selected and utilized in a unique way that results in a much lighter and stronger, ridged aircraft, that will fly like nothing else!
|Precision Aerobatics Katana 52 - Flown by Daniel Dominguez (9 min 27 sec)|
Daniel Dominguez during his test flights of the Katana 52 in Brazil!
|Precision Aerobatics Katana 52 flown by Alex Fredrickson (6 min 4 sec)|
Second video is flown by Alex Fredrickson! This video was shot during the test flights that Alex and Shaun did together in USA. The color scheme has been updated since then, but you can see the amazing test flights from the prototype, that we really wanted to share with you.
Shaun's approach to the Katana 52 design brings added benefits even to those who already own each of PA's previous models, as the Katana 52's flight envelope is like no other PA plane: combining the ability to perform new maneuvers never seen before on a PA plane, yet capable of the amazing slow speed handling PA planes are renown for, and precision to boot.
Through hundreds of test flights we ensure you get the specific flight performance we envisioned in the design process. We invested endless efforts to test and retest in different climate conditions, adjusting the CG to get to the exact sweet spot and to guide you. Anyone can reach the peak performance this plane has to offer. We make sure our plane suits you, and your skill level. It's all in the setup, and we cover it all thoroughly in the manual so the Katana 52 can be your sport plane, or your advanced beast.
Efficiency is the name of the game. A lighter plane flies better, a lot better!!! This is why our models traditionally feature the lowest wing loading on the market!
We have developed a particular motor for this plane, taking the powerful Thrust 45 and redesigning it with a rear mount, making it the first rear-mounted motor in the Thrust motors series, still equipped with RotorKool technology for maximum efficiency.
We complete the iPAs (Integrated Performance Airframe-drive System) setup with a PA Quantum 45 Pro ESC and a 14.8V 2200mAh pack, swinging a 13x6.5 wooden Vox propeller, and four NXT-80 digital metal gear servos. This iPAs package has proven to be a powerful, economical and reliable. Just compare both weight and cost to other 52" setups available, and you'll be amazed by the value of this package.
This lightweight and extremely powerful setup, makes the Katana 52 very responsive, providing absolute control, extreme performance and predictability. You are able to get out of the most difficult situations with ease.
Best of all, you don’t even need to know how to select your ESC, motor, or battery. Everything is done for you and all that is required is to just plug and play. With the iPAs package we have made it as easy as it gets to get it right the first time when it comes to electrics. Not only does the iPAs package make it easy to get it right, it will give you the identical setup (and potential performance) as our Team Pilots.
Here is how our lead team pilot, Daniel Dominguez, describes the flight performance:
“Torque rolls are very predictable and smooth, requiring very little control corrections. This means you’ll be able to impress all your buddies with the rudder merely inches above the ground without having to be a pro.
Knife edge is simply out of this world stable, with ZERO coupling, making it easy to execute sick knife edge dead slides, tight knife edge loops, and jaw dropping high speed knife edge passes and circuits.
Rolling harriers require very little control input and effort, roll rate has been increased allowing for higher energy flying and faster combinations and stops, which allows very impressive rolling loops in slow 3D and fast speed flight.
Jaw dropping high energy tumbles and precision flight are simply easy to perform, at slow or full speed. Blenders and tumbles stop immediately as the plane is so responsive. It harriers exceptionally well in both upright and inverted, with no wing rock. Knife edge spins are beautiful, and very easy to control the exits without a worry about it over-rotating.
Apart from excellent high energy and 3D flight characteristics, the Katana 52 performs amazingly in the precision flying department, allowing you to mix 3D and precision, and widen the scope of aerobatic maneuvers that can be mastered and performed. It's capable of the longest and most impressive slow rolls you can imagine, beautiful rolling circles, perfect point rolls, and amazing snap rolls that stop so fast that it feels like you are mentally connected with this airframe.”
Expected delivery: last week of May - preorder by April 1st to get a free 14.8V battery, no pre-payment required!
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