Hobbyzone Apprentice S 2 1.2m RC Plane, RTF Basic, Mode 2

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Featuring an array of beginner-focused features the HobbyZone Apprentice S 2 1.2m is superbly engineered to make your entry to the skies as easy as possible. If you’re a first-time RC pilot looking for a more traditional trainer model then this is the perfect plane for you!

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  • Scaled down version of the E-flite Apprentice STS 1.5m which is one of the best learning to fly platforms for RC airplanes
  • Convenient and best traditional trainer whether a first-time pilot or experienced pilot teaching others to fly
  • Optional use SAFE Select technology for setting flight envelope limits and preventing crashes
  • Switch from Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced flight modes depending on your skill level and confidence with just the flick of a switch
  • Avoid crashes and loss of control with Panic Recovery mode with just a button push
  • Only needs compatible LiPo battery and charger to get airborne (RTF Basic version only)
  • Can be used with your compatible DSMX/DSM2 Spektrum transmitter (sold separately)
  • RTF Basic version has the Spektrum DXS transmitter with 2.4GHz DSMX technology for interference-free reliable control
  • AR631 Spektrum receiver with industry-leading DSMX technology and fly-by range telemetry
  • For great overall performance use a 3S 1300mAh LiPo for more flight time use a 3S 2200mAh LiPo
  • 30-amp telemetry-capable ESC with an efficient and powerful brushless power system
  • Four factory-installed servos with 4-channel control for learner flying through to full aerobatic capability
  • Aerobatic capabilities like rolls, loops and inverted flight
  • Steerable nose wheel on tricycle landing gear to operate from a variety of surfaces
  • Durable and lightweight EPO construction which is great for first-time pilots
  • No glue or special tools required for the easy and quick assembly
  • Complete range of replacement/spare parts available
  • Fly from water with optional floats that are sold separately
  • This aircraft is available to fly on the RealFlight simulator software sold separately
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The HobbyZone Apprentice S 2 1.2m is designed for those who have never flown an RC plane before. Designed to make learning to fly fun and easy this ‘traditional’ trainer is an updated version of the best-selling trainer aircraft, the Mini Apprentice S 1.2m, and, a scaled-down version of E-flite's Apprentice STS 1.5m design making it not only more affordable but more convenient to fly in smaller places like parks and ovals as well as typical flying fields. To assist new pilots with their learning experience the HobbyZone Apprentice S 2 1.2m is fitted with Horizon Hobby’s innovative and exclusive SAFE Select technology. Powering you through the skies is a brushless and efficient motor with a telemetry-capable ESC along with factory-installed servos and a receiver. The steerable nose wheel and oversized tyres on the wide-stance tricycle landing gear allow the HobbyZone Apprentice S 2 1.2m to be operated from a number of surfaces and offer improved ground handling. Purchase optional floats (HBZ7390) and you can take off and land on water.

The most convenient traditional RC trainer plane yet!

SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) Select technology helps flyers avoid loss of orientation, overcontrol and crashes to increase your ability to learn RC flying successfully. Choose from Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced modes and the level of control and stability changes with the flick of a switch. If you still manage to get into trouble then you can hit the Panic Recovery mode button and your HobbyZone Apprentice S 2 1.2m will return to steady and level flight allowing you time to gather yourself before taking back control.

When you purchase the Ready-To-Fly (RTF) version of the HobbyZone Apprentice S 2 1.2m you get everything you need to get airborne except for your choice of battery and charger. If you’re an experienced pilot you can also purchase a BNF Basic version to match up with your choice of a transmitter, battery and charger. On both versions of the Apprentice S 2 1.2m the receiver, telemetry capable ESC and brushless power system are all factory installed in the durable lightweight EPO airframe that is easy and quick to assemble without the need for special tools or glue.

The telemetry-capable ESC in the HobbyZone Apprentice S 2 1.2m can keep the pilot updated on a variety of real-time power system-related telemetry data to compatible transmitters like the one included. Remaining battery power is one such example which is displayed using multiple LEDs and also audible alerts from your DXS transmitter. If you have a Spektrum AirWare equipped transmitter (DX6e and 8e, DX6 G2/G3 and 8 G2, the DX9, the NX6, 8 and 10, the iX12, iX20 and others) you can also get updated with current, motor RPM and more telemetry data while you are airborne.

Once you get up some confidence in the HobbyZone Apprentice S 2 1.2m you can practice some more advanced aerobatic manoeuvres including rolls, loops and inverted flight. With the same DXS transmitter included with the RTF Basic version, you can also fly a variety of ‘next step’ aircraft as your flying skills evolve including the E-flite Valiant 1.3m or T-28 Trojan 1.1m. Also using the same DXS transmitter you can practice on the RealFlight Trainer Edition RC Flight simulator by purchasing a Spektrum WS2000 Wireless simulator dongle before even hitting the skies. There are a number of other Horizon Hobby trainer aircraft available to practice on as well as Virtual Flight Instructor lessons. Whether you’re on your PC or your laptop you can prepare for a real flight without leaving your lounge room.

Ready-to-Fly Basic Completion Level

This Ready-To-Fly (RTF) Basic version includes a Spektrum™ DXS controller/transmitter equipped with industry-leading DSMX® 2.4GHz technology and everything else you need to fly except for a rechargeable lithium polymer (LiPo) battery and charger for the airplane. The convenient and money-saving Spektrum™ Powerstage 2 bundle (SPMXPSA200) includes a compatible 3S 2200mAh Smart G2 LiPo battery and an S120 USB-C Smart charger that can be used with a variety of USB power sources. Or you can choose the separate 3S 1300–2200mAh battery and compatible charger you prefer!

What's in the box?

  • (1) HobbyZone Apprentice S 2 1.2m with:

    • (1) Brushless Outrunner Motor (installed)

    • (1) 30A Brushless Telemetry-Capable ESC (installed)

    • (4) Sub-Micro Servos (installed)

    • (1) Spektrum™ AR631 Receiver (installed)

  • (1) Spektrum DXS 2.4GHz DSMX® Transmitter

  • (1) Product Manual

What you need

  • 3S 11.1V 1300–2200mAh LiPo battery with EC3™ or IC3® connector
  • Compatible LiPo charger


48.0 in (1220 mm)
Overall Length
34.2 in (869 mm)
Flying Weight
23 oz (652 g) w/o battery 30.4 oz (862 g) w/3S 2200mAh 30C battery
Brushless Outrunner (installed)
Speed Control
30-Amp Brushless Telemetry-Capable ESC (installed)
(4) Sub-Micro (installed)
Spektrum™ DXS 2.4GHz DSMX® Controller/Transmitter (included)
Full-Range 5+ Channel Spektrum™ DSMX®/ DSM2® compatible transmitter (sold separately)
Spektrum™ AR631 6-Channel (installed)
3S 11.1V 1300–2200mAh LiPo with EC3™ or IC3® Connector
Experience Level
Skill Level 1 = No Experience Required
Rec. Environment
Assembly Required
Approx. Assembly Time
Less than 1 hour

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