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Apprentice S
Instruction Manual • Bedienungsanleitung • Manuel d’utilisation • Manuale di Istruzioni
Mini Apprentice® S
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probability of superficial injury.
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Safety Precautions and Warnings
As the user of this product, you are solely responsible for operating in a manner
that does not endanger yourself and others or result in damage to the product
or the property of others.
• Always keep a safe distance in all directions around your model to avoid
collisions or injury. This model is controlled by a radio signal subject to
interference from many sources outside your control. Interference can cause
momentary loss of control.
• Always operate your model in open spaces away from full-size vehicles, traffic and people.
• Always carefully follow the directions and warnings for this and any optional
support equipment (chargers, rechargeable battery packs, etc.).
• Always keep all chemicals, small parts and anything electrical out of the
reach of children.
• Always avoid water exposure to all equipment not specifically designed and
protected for this purpose. Moisture causes damage to electronics.
• Never place any portion of the model in your mouth as it could cause serious
injury or even death.
• Never operate your model with low transmitter batteries.
• Always keep aircraft in sight and under control.
• Always use fully charged batteries.
• Always keep transmitter powered on while aircraft is powered.
• Always remove batteries before disassembly.
• Always keep moving parts clean.
• Always keep parts dry.
• Always let parts cool after use before touching.
• Always remove batteries after use.
• Always ensure failsafe is properly set before flying.
• Never operate aircraft with damaged wiring.
• Never touch moving parts.
Charging Warnings
CAUTION: All instructions and warnings must be followed exactly. Mishandling of Li-Po batteries can result in a fire, personal injury, and/or property
• By handling, charging or using the included Li-Po battery, you assume all
risks associated with lithium batteries.
• If at any time the battery begins to balloon or swell, discontinue use immediately. If charging or discharging, discontinue and disconnect. Continuing
to use, charge or discharge a battery that is ballooning or swelling can result
in fire.
• Always store the battery at room temperature in a dry area for
best results.
• Always transport or temporarily store the battery in a temperature range of
40–120º F (5–49º C). Do not store battery or aircraft in a car or direct sun-
light. If stored in a hot car, the battery can be damaged or even
catch fire.
Always charge batteries away from flammable materials.
Always inspect the battery before charging and never charge dead or damaged batteries.
Always disconnect the battery after charging, and let the charger cool
between charges.
Always constantly monitor the temperature of the battery pack
while charging.
ONLY USE A CHARGER SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO CHARGE LI-PO BATTERIES. Failure to charge the battery with a compatible charger may cause fire
resulting in personal injury and/or property damage.
Never discharge Li-Po cells to below 3V under load.
Never cover warning labels with hook and loop strips.
Never charge batteries outside recommended levels.
Never attempt to dismantle or alter the charger.
Never allow minors under the age of 14 to charge battery packs.
Never charge batteries in extremely hot or cold places (recommended between 40–120° F or 5–49° C) or place in direct sunlight.
Mini Apprentice® S
Included in the Box
Battery and Charger
AC Adapter
Table of Contents
Flying ...........................................................................................17
Landing ........................................................................................17
Post Flight ....................................................................................18
Service and Repairs ......................................................................18
Service of Power Components ......................................................19
Optional Floats (Water Takeoff and Landings) ................................20
Optional Transmitter Setup ............................................................20
AMA National Model aircraft Safety Code ......................................21
Trouble Shooting Guide for SAFE Technology .................................22
Trouble Shooting Guide .................................................................22
Limited Warranty ..........................................................................24
Contact Information ......................................................................25
FCC Information ............................................................................25
Compliance Information for the European Union ............................25
Replacement Parts........................................................................95
Optional Parts ...............................................................................96
Charging the Flight Battery .............................................................4
Transmitter .....................................................................................4
Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope (SAFE) Technology .........................5
Hi/Low Rate Switch (Dual Rates) .....................................................7
Transmitter and Receiver Binding....................................................7
Assembly .......................................................................................8
Control horn and servo arm settings ...............................................9
LVC (Low Voltage Cutoff) ...............................................................11
Center of Gravity (CG) Verification .................................................11
Control Direction Test ...................................................................12
Flight Control ................................................................................13
Trimming the Aircraft ....................................................................14
Choose a Flying Field ....................................................................14
Range Test ...................................................................................15
Flying Tips ....................................................................................15
Preflight Checklist .........................................................................15
Takeoff .........................................................................................16
Motor: 370 Brushless (PKZ6116)
ESC: 18A BL (PKZ1814)
Servos: (2) Ailerons (PKZ1081),
(2) Rudder and Elevator (PKZ1090)
Receiver: SPMAR636A
Battery: 3S 1300mAh Li-Po
Battery Charger: 3S Li-Po DC balancing
charger V2r (HBZ1003B)
AC Adapter: (EFLA109)
Transmitter: Spektrum™ DXe with full
range DSMX® technology
34.2 in (869mm
48.0 in (1220mm)
25.9 oz
(735 g)
341.80 sq in
(22.05 sq dm)
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Charging the Flight Battery
CAUTION: When connecting the battery to the battery
charger, make sure the connectors are aligned as shown.
Failure to connect the battery properly could cause the
terminals to short and result in fire, personal injury and/or
property damage.
1 hour
Solid (Charged)
Charger Features
• Charges 3-cell lithium polymer battery packs
• LED charge status indicator
Charger Specifications
• Input power: 10–14V
• Max output voltage: 11.1V
• Fixed charge current: 1.3A
• Balances and charges 3S Li-Po cells with a minimum capacity
of 1250mAh
This charger may be connected to the AC adapter (included with
your model).
Installing the Transmitter Batteries
Recovery Button
Your Spektrum DXe comes pre bound to the aircraft.
Throttle Cut
Trainer Port
Remove the battery cover, install the four included batteries
(noting proper polarity) and reinstall the battery cover.
Low Battery Alarm
When the battery voltage drops below 4.7 volts, an alarm
sounds and the voltage LEDs flash. The batteries must be
replaced immediately. If this happens while flying, land your
aircraft as soon and as safely as possible.
CAUTION: If using rechargeable batteries, charge only
rechargeable batteries. Charging non-rechargeable batteries may cause the batteries to burst, resulting in injury to
persons and/or damage to property.
WARNING: Do not pick up the transmitter by the antenna.
Do not alter or put weight on the antenna. Damage to
antenna parts can decrease transmitter signal strength,
which can result in loss of model control, injury or
property damage.
For more information on the transmitter, go to www.horizonhobby.com/products/SPMR1000 and click on the support tab
for the Spektrum DXe to download the instruction manual.
Hi / Low Rate
Throttle Trim
Aileron Trim
Rudder Trim
Power Switch
Mode 2 shown
Explanation of DXe Transmitter LEDs, Switches and Modes
for the Apprentice.
Hi/Lo Rate Switch :
This switch supports high and low rate functions on aileron, elevator and
rudder channels. In the upper, or “HI” position, servo travel is 100% on these
channels. In the lower, or “LO,” position, servo travel decreases to 70%. This
switch lets you quickly change control rates from high for aggressive maneuvers to low for smooth, precise maneuvers. When learning to fly, use low rate.
Trainer/Bind/Panic Button : This button is used as both the trainer and bind
button as well as the Panic button for your Mini Apprentice S. For complete
binding instructions, refer to the binding section below. When using the
trainer function, connect the trainer cord (SPM6805) into the trainer port in
both the master (instructor) and the slave (student) transmitters. The master
transmitter must be powered ON and bound to the receiver. The slave transmitter must be powered OFF. Any time you press and hold the trainer button
on the master, it will give control authority to the slave. Releasing the trainer
button returns control to the master.
Flight Mode Switch :
This switch is used to select the SAFE Flight mode. For other conventional
receivers, this switch controls a servo connected to the Channel 5/Gear port.
Throttle Cut Switch :
This switch is used to arm and disarm the throttle control.
IMPORTANT: The slave transmitter must always have the same settings as
the master. See Flight Training section for setup of other Spektrum Transmitters.
LEDs :
Flashing with beeps Bind mode when Trainer (Bind) switch is held and the
transmitter is powered on (see Binding instructions). Pulsates with one low
tone beep every 2 seconds (when transmitter battery voltage drops below 4.7
volts). Replace the batteries immediately. If this happens while flying, land
your aircraft as soon and as safely as possible.
IMPORTANT: The DX4e and DX5e cannot be used as a slave transmitter
when using a DXe as a master transmitter. See your transmitters instruction
manual for further information regarding buddy box setup.
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Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope (SAFE) Technology
You control the help SAFE® technology provides while you learn to fly. As
your flying skills grow, decrease SAFE technology assistance. Change
aircraft response at any time by moving the Channel 5 (SAFE Flight mode)
switch on your transmitter.
IMPORTANT: These instructions are for the included DXe transmitter
(or similar transmitters) with a 3-position switch for Channel 5. If you fly this
aircraft with a Spektrum transmitter other than the included DXe, refer to
Optional Transmitter Setup and Receiver Setup.
SAFE Flight Modes
Channel 5 Switch Position
Beginner Mode
Position 0
Intermediate Mode
Position 1
Experienced Mode
Position 2
Activating SAFE Technology
SAFE technology is not active until you advance the throttle past 25%.
Once the SAFE technology is active, the control surfaces may move on the
aircraft. This is normal. The SAFE technology will remain active until the ESC
is turned off.
Understanding Oscillation
In some flight conditions, you may see oscillation. If oscillation
occurs, decrease the airspeed. If oscillation still persists, refer to the
Troubleshooting Guide for more information.
CAUTION: Flying in level forward flight and calm wind conditions
at full throttle in any mode or long high-speed dives may result in strong
oscillation that can damage the aircraft.
If there is oscillation in any mode, decrease throttle immediately. If
oscillation persists, refer to the Troubleshooting Guide.
Trainer/ Panic Button
In= ON
Out = OFF
CAUTION: Beginner, Intermediate, and Panic modes are intended
for the training environment. Flying continuous high-G maneuvers (such
as loops) in Experienced mode for an extended period of time may lead to
inconsistent flight envelope and Panic mode behavior. If this occurs, land in
Experienced mode and power cycle the receiver before flying again.
Channel 5 Switch
(SAFE Flight Mode)
Take Off
Launch and Landing Assistance
Take off and landings can be better managed by using the Beginner mode.
If the model is launched incorrectly, or is landing at a less than perfect
attitude, pull and hold the Panic Switch. The model can correct and help to
prevent a crash.
See the Take Off and Landing sections in this manual.
Panic Recovery Mode
If you get into distress while flying in any mode, press and hold the
Panic / Trainer Button and move the control sticks to their neutral position.
The SAFE technology will return the aircraft to a stable attitude, if the
aircraft is at a sufficient height with no obstacles in its path. Release the
Panic Button to turn off Panic mode and return the current SAFE flight
mode. If you get into trouble and need to go back to Beginner mode for
maximum stability,
y, remember to fullyy move back the Channel 5 switch.
IMPORTANT: A level runway is required for takeoffs in Beginner mode due
to throttle climb assistance.
In the unlikely loss of radio connection, failsafe will turn the aircraft in a
descending circle to the ground, unless the radio connection is restored.
SAFE Technology makes this aircraft a better learning tool,
but you must set yourself up for success in flying:
• SAFE technology is designed as flight assistance, not an autopilot. The pilot
is always in control and required to fly the aircraft at all times
• Follow the instructions provided in this manual to maintain your aircraft in
top flying condition
• Seek qualified model flying instruction through your local model flying club. A
qualified flight instructor can propel your advancement in this hobby
• Wind and environment can affect SAFE technology flight performance
• Ensure you have no distractions so you benefit from every moment of flight time
• You must still fly the aircraft away from obstacles and at an altitude that will
allow for a safe recovery
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Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope (SAFE) Technology
Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope (SAFE) Technology
Panic Recovery
SAFE technology is a revolutionary flight training system designed to
give you a stable platform for safely developing your flying skills. This is
not an autopilot or self-guiding robot. The sensors and software in this
system help you fly the aircraft where you want to go while decreasing the
risk of an out-of-control crash. You can progress through the Beginner,
Intermediate and Experienced flight modes as your skills increase, all with
the confidence of an optional Panic recovery mode. At any time during a
flight you can switch between the 3 flight modes or use Panic recovery to
get your aircraft to a safe flying attitude.
• Immediate recovery to a safe flying attitude
• Return all transmitter controls to neutral for the quickest recovery
• This mode is intended to provide the pilot with the confidence to
continue to improve their flight skills
SAFE Flight Modes
Pilot loses control of the aircraft
in any flight mode.
Pilot presses and holds the Panic
Recovery button and returns all
other controls to their neutral
position. The aircraft will roll
wings level and pull out of a
...once the aircraft is flying
straight and level, the pilot
releases the Panic Recovery
button and continues a gentle
climb to a safe altitude.
Beginner Mode
• Envelope limit: Pitch (nose up and down) and Roll (wing tips up and
down) angles are limited to help you keep the aircraft airborne
• Self-leveling: when the pitch and roll controls are returned to neutral,
the aircraft returns to level flight
• Stability assisted takeoff and landing
• Throttle based climb and descent
Intermediate Mode
• Natural Flight Experience: In normal training flight conditions, the pilot
experiences natural AS3X® flight for smooth handling and outstanding
• Large Flight Envelope: The pilot is only prevented from entering extreme
flight conditions outside the training flight envelope
IMPORTANT: Aircraft will recover to a safer attitude even if sticks are held.
Some control input is still used with panic activated.
AS3X® technology
Experienced Mode
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the kind of performance experts appreciate. Now the exclusive Artificial
Stability 3 axis (AS3X) system helps take performance expectations in
aircraft a quantum leap higher. Based on the successful use of MEMS
sensor technology within the AS3X Stabilization System essential to Blade®
ultra micro flybarless helicopters, the specifically tuned AS3X System for
airplanes helps invisibly correct for turbulence, torque and tip stalls when
encountered. Furthermore, the outstanding control agility delivers an ultra
smooth, locked-in feel that obeys your every command with performance
that’s natural feeling. It’s so gratifying, in fact, that it’s as though you’re
the RC pilot of an expertly tuned, giant-scale aircraft. AS3X will change the
way you’ll want to fly now and in the future. To see what we mean, go to
• Natural Flight Experience: The pilot experiences natural AS3X flight for
smooth handling and outstanding precision
• Unlimited Flight Envelope: No limit on Pitch and Roll angles (airframe limited)
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Hi/Low Rate Switch (Dual Rates)
The included DSMX full range transmitter features a dual rates switch
which lets you change between high and low control rates for the aileron,
elevator and rudder.
High-rate mode
In high-rate mode, the controls can reach their maximum values. This
mode is typically preferred by experienced pilots for maximum
control authority.
When powered ON, this transmitter is automatically set to high-rate mode.
Low-rate mode
In low-rate mode, the controls are reduced to approximately 70% of
their maximum values. This mode is typically preferred by (and best
for) beginner pilots or others interested in smoother and more easily
controlled flight.
Transmitter and Receiver
IMPORTANT: The included receiver has been
programmed for operation only in this aircraft.
9 Binding Procedure Reference Table
The included RTF transmitter should be bound to the
aircraft at the factory, but if you need to re-bind, follow
the binding procedure as shown.
* The throttle will not arm if the transmitter’s throttle
control is not put at the lowest position. If you encounter
problems, follow the binding instructions and refer to the
transmitter troubleshooting guide for other instructions. If
needed, contact the appropriate Horizon Product
Support office.
Make sure the transmitter is powered off.
Make sure the transmitter controls are neutral,
the throttle and throttle trim are in the low position, and the aircraft is immobile.
Install a bind plug in the receiver bind port.
Connect the flight battery in the aircraft, then
place the aircraft upright and on its wheels. The
receiver LED will begin to flash.
Press and hold the trainer button on the top
of the transmitter while turning on the
power switch.
When the receiver binds to the transmitter, the
light on the receiver will turn solid and the ESC
will produce a series of three ascending tones.
The tones will indicate the ESC is armed, provided the throttle stick and throttle trim are low
enough to trigger arming.
IMPORTANT: Ensure the throttle cut switch is not in the
“ARM” position.
Remove the bind plug from the bind port.
Safely store the bind plug (some owners attach
the bind plug to their transmitter using two-part
loops and clips).
The receiver should retain the binding instructions received
from the transmitter until another binding is done.
Mode 2
Mode 1
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Landing Gear Installation
1. Install the main landing gear assembly (A) into the slot
on the bottom of the fuselage.
2. Place the 2 landing gear brackets (B) into location as
shown, noting the Right and Left indicators.
3. Secure the landing gear assembly into place using 4
screws (C).
4. Install the front straps (D) using the 4 screws (E) to
ensure that they do not become lost. The front straps
are required to install the Optional Float set (HBZ7390)
and Float Mounting wires (HBZ3113).
IMPORTANT: Do Not use the propeller that is included
with the float set.
Tail Installation
1. Install the horizontal tail (A) on the fuselage under the
linkages as shown.
2. Carefully insert the 2 pins (B) of the vertical fin (C)
through the horizontal tail holes into the fuselage
3. Under the fuselage, install the 2 screws (D) into the
fuselage and the vertical fin pins. Tighten the screws,
but do not break the plastic.
4. Connect the respective clevises in the outermost
holes in the rudder and elevator control horns. Refer
to the clevis adjustment instructions to center the
rudder and elevators.
Disassemble in reverse order.
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Wing Installation
1. Connect the aileron servo connectors to the included
Y-harness (A) in the fuselage. The left and right servos
can be connected to either side of the Y-harness.
Ensure the Y-harness is connected to the Port 2 of the
2. Install the wing on the fuselage.
CAUTION: DO NOT crush or otherwise damage the wiring
when attaching the wing to the fuselage.
3. Install 6 rubber bands (B) on the front and back rods
to complete the installation.
Disassemble in reverse order.
IMPORTANT: Correct operation of the SAFE system
requires connection of both ailerons to the included
Y-harness and the Port 2 of the receiver.
Control horn and servo arm settings
The Illustration shows the factory hole settings in servo arms and
control horns.
NOTICE: Moving a linkage to another position may block the servo arm
or affect SAFE technology functionality.
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Control Surface Centering and Clevis Installation on a Control Horn
Always check to ensure your control surfaces (Rudder, Elevator and Ailerons)
are centered with the rest of the surface before every flight.. If the control
surfaces are not centered, centering can be achieved by following the
steps below:
• Pull the tube from the clevis to the linkage.
• Carefully spread the clevis, then insert the clevis pin
into the correct hole in the control horn.
• Move the tube to hold the clevis on the control horn.
Turn the clevis on the linkage to change the length of the linkage between
the servo arm and the control horn.
IMPORTANT: All trimming and Control test should be done before throttle is
advanced and in Experienced Mode.
Installing the Flight Battery and Arming Electronic Speed Control (ESC)
CAUTION: Always disconnect the Li-Po flight battery from the aircraft
receiver when not flying to avoid over-discharging the battery.
CAUTION: Always keep hands away from the propeller. When armed, the
motor will turn the propeller in response to any throttle movement.
1. Rest the aircraft on a flat surface with the landing gear facing up.
Mode 2
Mode 1
2. Turn the latch (A) and open the battery hatch.
3. Lower the throttle and throttle trim, then power on the transmitter for at
least 5 seconds.
4. Center and secure the flight battery (B) in the battery compartment using
the hook and loop straps (C) so that the aircraft has a balanced Center of
Gravity (CG).
IMPORTANT: Before flying, refer to the “Verifying Your Aircraft’s Center of
Gravity (CG)” section for details about final battery placement.
5. Connect the flight battery in the aircraft, then replace the battery hatch
and turn the latch.
6. Put the aircraft on its landing gear, on level ground and must be kept
immobile while the SAFE system initializes.
7. After the SAFE system initializes, the control surfaces will move back and
forth, then come to neutral to indicate the SAFE system has initialized and
is ready to operate.
IMPORTANT: All trimming and Control test should be done before throttle is
advanced and in Experienced Mode.
Keep immobile and
out of the wind for
5 seconds
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LVC (Low Voltage Cutoff)
LVC is a feature built into your ESC to protect the battery from over-discharge.
When the battery charge is too low, LVC limits power supplied to the motor. The
aircraft will begin to slow and you will hear the motor pulse. When the motor
power decreases, land the aircraft immediately and recharge the flight battery.
Disconnect and remove the Li-Po battery from the aircraft after use to prevent
trickle discharge. Charge your Li-Po battery to about half capacity before
storage. During storage, make sure the battery charge does not fall below 3V
per cell.
NOTICE: Repeated flying to LVC will damage the battery.
Battery Precautions for Flight
• Keep the aircraft close until you are familiar with the flight time.
• Do not fly to LVC (motors pulsing) repeatedly. This may result in battery
• Always disconnect and remove the flight battery when finished flying.
Tip: Monitor your aircraft battery’s voltage before and after flying by using a
Li-Po Cell Voltage Checker (EFLA111, sold separately).
Center of Gravity (CG) Verification
An aircraft with a correct CG has its weight balanced at a calculated point
where the entire airframe will balance when suspended at that point.
After installing the battery (in the recommended position) and before
powering on the ESC switch, verify the CG by supporting the aircraft 75.0mm
(approximately 2.95 inches) back from the front edge of the wing, as shown.
Tip: Balance the aircraft on your fingertips near the fuselage under the wings.
• If the nose goes down, move the flight battery back
until the aircraft balances.
• If the nose goes up, move the flight battery forward
until the aircraft balances.
When flying with correct CG in beginner mode, the aircraft should climb
gradually at full power and fly level at 50%–60% power with no elevator input.
2.95 inches back from the
leading edge of the wing.
If the aircraft CG is too far forward (nose heavy), up elevator is required to fly
level at 50%–60% power. If the aircraft CG is too far aft (tail heavy), down
elevator is required to fly level.
Adjust the battery position as needed.
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Control Direction Test
(Perform this test in Experienced Mode)
Power on the transmitter. Make sure the throttle is at 0% and that throttle
trim is fully lowered on the transmitter. Power on the model. Make sure the
control surfaces (rudder, elevator and ailerons) are at neutral or 0 degrees.
Ideally, centering trim will center the surfaces. Refer to Control Centering
instructions to adjust control surfaces. Move the transmitter control sticks
so the model’s rudder, elevator and ailerons move as shown (illustrations
show a view from the rear of the aircraft). If your model does not respond
correctly, DO NOT FLY! See the Troubleshooting Guide in this manual for more
information. If you need more assistance, contact the appropriate Horizon
Product Support department.
Mode 2
Mode 2 is the most common control mode used worldwide. However, if you
want to change the Mode of your DXe transmitter, refer to the DXe transmitter
manual for full step-by-step instructions to achieve the desired mode change.
IMPORTANT: All trimming and Control test should be done before throttle is
advanced and in Experienced Mode.
Mode 1
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Flight Control
• Banking right and left: Move the aileron stick right to make the aircraft drop
the wing (bank) to the right and move the aileron stick left to bank left.
• Steering right and left: Move the rudder stick right to make the aircraft go
right and move the rudder stick left to go left.
For smooth control of your aircraft, always make small control moves. All
directions are described as if you were sitting in the aircraft.
For example, when the aircraft’s nose is pointing toward you, left steering
(rudder) will turn the aircraft left (your right while holding the transmitter).
• Flying faster or slower: When your aircraft is stable in the air, push the
throttle stick up to make the aircraft go faster, and pull the throttle stick
back to slow down. The aircraft will climb when the throttle is increased.
• Elevator up and down: Push the elevator stick forward to make the aircraft
go down and pull the elevator stick back to go up.
Mode 1
Mode 2
For the first flights, make sure Flight Mode switch is set to Beginner
mode, the best flight mode to help you learn to fly.
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Trimming the Aircraft
Manually Adjusting Trim
It is recommend that the SAFE flight mode switch is
set to Experienced mode (position 2) before manually
adjusting trim.
Perform manual adjustment of trim before increasing
the throttle above 25% or the control surfaces will move
when the aircraft is moved.
Return any trim setting on the transmitter to neutral
by pushing the trim slider to the middle position, then
adjusting the clevis on that control surface to position it
the same as it was with the trim slider offset.
1. Remove the clevis from the control horn.
2. Turn the clevis (as shown) to lengthen or shorten the
3. Close the clevis onto the control horn and slide the
tube towards the horn to secure the clevis.
Adjusting Trim in flight
Aircraft drift
If your aircraft does not fly straight and level at half
throttle with the sticks at center, fly into the wind and adjust the aircrafts trim by moving the digital trim buttons.
IMPORTANT: All trimming and Control test should be
performed when in Experienced Mode.
Aircraft drift
Aircraft drift
Choose a Flying Field
In order to have the most success and to protect your
property and aircraft, it is very important to select a place
to fly that is very open. Consult local laws and ordinances
before choosing a location to fly your aircraft.
The site should:
• Have a minimum of approximately 600 feet (183m) of
clear space in all directions.
• Stay clear of pedestrians.
• Stay free of trees, buildings, cars, power lines or anything that could entangle your aircraft or interfere with
your line of sight.
Fly in this area
(upwind of pilot)
Remember, your aircraft can reach significant speeds
when flying and can cover ground quickly. Plan on flying
in an area that gives you more space than you think you
need, especially with first flights.
600 feet
(183 m)
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Range Test
Before each flying session, and especially with a new
model, you should perform a range check. The DXe incorporates a range testing system. Placing the transmitter in
RANGE CHECK mode reduces the output power, allowing
a range check.
Keep upright, immobile and out of
the wind for
5 seconds
1. Power on the transmitter for 5 seconds or more with
the throttle stick and trim low. Plug in the aircraft battery and keep the aircraft immobile for 5 seconds.
2. Face the model with the transmitter in your normal
flying position. Toggle the HI/LO Rate switch four
times then press and hold the BIND/Panic button.
The LEDs will flash and the alarm will sound. The
system is in range check mode.
Mode 2
Mode 1
IMPORTANT: You must hold the BIND/Panic button during
the entire range check process. Releasing the button will
exit the range check mode.
3. With the system powered on and the model restrained
on the ground*, stand 28 meters (90 feet) away from
the model.
CAUTION: In some aircraft, when the model is placed
on the ground, the antenna(s) can be within inches
of the ground. Close proximity of the antenna(s) to
the ground can reduce the effectiveness of the range
check. If you experience issues during the range
check, restrain the model on a non-conductive stand
or table up to 2ft (60cm) above the ground, then
range check the system again.
28 meters (90 feet)
4. Move the transmitter rudder, elevator, aileron and
throttle controls to ensure they operate smoothly at
28 meters (90 feet).
5. If control issues exist, do not attempt to fly. Refer
to the contact table at the end of the this manual to
contact Horizon Hobby product support. Also, see the
Spektrum website for more information.
CAUTION: While holding the aircraft during the Range Test, always keep body
parts and loose items away from the propeller. Failure to do so could cause personal injury.
Flying Tips
• Start in beginner mode. As you learn and become more
confident, change modes to advance.
• Resist the desire to fly at full throttle. Flying slowly at first
allows for greater response time should anything go wrong.
• Always keep your aircraft in plain sight and up wind
from you.
• Gain experience by first flying in large circles high off the
ground. Once you feel comfortable, gradually progress to
more advanced maneuvers.
• Do not attempt your first turn at low altitude. Higher altitudes allow for greater possibility of correction.
• Control stick movements are quite sensitive. Avoid pushing
the control sticks to their endpoints until you become more
familiar with your aircraft.
• To recover from a nose dive, decrease throttle and release
the aileron stick. Pull the elevator stick back a small
amount to pull up the nose of the aircraft.
• If you feel you have lost control press and hold
the Panic Button.
Preflight Checklist
Find a safe and open area.
Charge flight battery.
Install fully charged flight battery in aircraft.
Make sure linkages move freely.
Perform Control Direction Test.
Perform a Range Check.
Plan flight for flying field conditions.
Set a flight timer for 6-8 Min.
Have fun!
Mini Apprentice® S
For video assistance regarding first flight, visit
the Mini Apprentice product page at
Ground Launch
Take off from the ground in Beginner mode is recommended for first flights,
however, if the ground is not hard and level, get help to hand launch your
Flying Conditions
Place the aircraft on its landing gear in a large, open area with smooth
asphalt or concrete. The aircraft’s nose should point into the wind (in no
greater than 5–7 mph (8–11km/hr) wind).
A good flying day is calm, with winds that are less than 5–7 mph
(8–11km/h). Flying in faster winds than this could make flying difficult and
result in a crash.
Stand behind your aircraft so you can see the rudder, ailerons and elevator.
Wind near the ground can be less than the wind at the elevation where
your aircraft flies.
Slowly move the throttle stick to FULL (100%) while gently pulling back
on the elevator stick. Use the rudder to keep the aircraft’s nose pointed
into the wind while it leaves the ground.
With a full battery in calm wind, your aircraft should rise off the ground in
approximately 20 feet (7 meters).
Take off in Beginner mode, increase throttle and keep the aircraft straight
with the rudder control. The aircraft will rise from a level runway in a
short distance. Obtain a steady climb to a safe altitude. Use Panic Switch if
Hand Launch
When learning to fly, get help to hand-launch your aircraft so you can
concentrate on flying. If you must hand-launch the aircraft alone, hold
the model in your dominant hand and the transmitter in your other hand.
An optional neck strap (SPMP610, sold separately) can help you hold the
Grip the aircraft under the fuselage, behind the rear landing gear.
Carefully increase transmitter throttle control to FULL (100%).
Throw the aircraft slightly nose up and directly into the wind while
keeping the wings parallel to the ground.
Hand launch in Beginner mode with Panic mode active. The technology
will keep the aircraft level and in a climb. Obtain a safe and steady climb,
then release the Panic Switch and climb to a safe altitude.
If the model is launched incorrectly, or is landing at a less than perfect
attitude, pull and hold the Panic Switch. The SAFE technology can correct
and help prevent a crash.
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Let the aircraft climb at full throttle, into the wind, until the
aircraft gets about 200 feet (61meters) above the ground,
then decrease the throttle to half (50%).
50% throttle
In Beginner mode, when properly trimmed, your
aircraft will climb at full throttle without use of elevator.
Full throttle
Reduced throttle
Try to make only small and gentle movements of the
control sticks so you can see how the aircraft responds.
Your aircraft is designed to climb and turn well.
Flying with the nose pointed toward you is one of the
hardest things to do when learning to fly.
To practice piloting the aircraft with the nose pointed
toward you, try flying in large circles high off the ground.
The aircraft can fly for approximately 6 or more minutes
on one battery charge. This flight time is based on the
recommended flying style shown in this manual.
Landing Pattern
If the motor begins to pulse, the battery is getting low and
you must land immediately.
1. Start your landing procedure by switching the filght
mode switch to Beginner Mode.
2. Decrease the throttle and bring the aircraft’s nose into
the wind. Do not be afraid to fully reduce the throttle
and let the aircraft glide unpowered.
3. While gliding into the wind, little or no elevator, aileron
and rudder should be required. If you think the aircraft
will land short of your target area, gently add a small
amount of throttle.
4. Once the aircraft is 1 meter (3–4 feet) above ground,
slowly pull back the elevator stick. At this speed, this
should result in a “flare”, causing the nose to rise without
increasing altitude. The aircraft will lose speed so that
the main gear lands first before the nose gear touches
5 Allow the aircraft to come to a stop.
CAUTION: Never catch a flying aircraft in your hands.
Doing so could cause personal injury and damage to the
NOTICE: If a crash is imminent, reduce the throttle and trim
fully. Failure to do so could result in extra damage to the
airframe, as well as damage to the ESC and motor.
NOTICE: Crash damage is not covered under warranty.
decrease throttle at
propeller strike.
Mini Apprentice® S
Post Flight
NOTICE: When you are finished flying, never keep the aircraft in the sun. Do not
store the aircraft in a hot, enclosed area such as a car. Doing so can
damage the foam.
9 Post Flight Checklist
1. Disconnect Flight Battery
2. Power off transmitter
3. Remove flight battery from aircraft
4. Recharge flight battery
5. Repair or replace all damaged parts
6. Store flight battery apart from aircraft and monitor the battery
7. Make note of flight conditions and flight plan results, planning for
future flights
Service and Repairs
NOTICE: After any impact or replacement, always ensure the receiver is
secure in the fuselage. If you replace the receiver, install the new receiver
in the same orientation and manner as the original receiver or damage
may result.
Thanks to the Z-Foam™ material in the wing and fuselage of this aircraft,
repairs to the foam can be made using virtually any adhesive (hot glue, regular
CA (cyanoacrylate adhesive), epoxy, etc). However, use only foam-compatible
CA, foam-compatible accelerant or epoxy on the vertical and horizontal
tail material.
When parts are not repairable, see the Replacement Parts List for ordering by
item number. For a listing of all replacement and optional parts, refer to the list
at the back of this manual.
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Service of Power Components
CAUTION: Always disconnect the flight battery from
the model before removing the propeller.
1. Remove the screw (A) and spinner (B) from the
spinner backplate (C).
2. Remove the hex nut (D), propeller (E), and the
spinner backplate from the collet (F). A tool will
be required to remove the hex nut.
3. Carefully remove 3 screws (G) and the cowling (H)
from the fuselage.
4. Remove the collet from the motor (I).
5. Remove 4 screws (J) from the motor mount (K)
and the fuselage.
6. Disconnect the motor connectors from the ESC
7. Remove 4 screws (L) to remove the motor from the
motor mount.
Assembly Tips
Assemble in reverse order.
• Correctly align and connect the motor wire colors with
the ESC wires.
• The propeller size numbers (8.25 x 5.5) must face out
from the motor for correct propeller operation.
• A tool is required to tighten the hex nut on the collet.
• Ensure the spinner is fully connected to the spinner
backplate for safe operation.
Mini Apprentice® S
Optional Floats (Water Takeoff and Landings)
IMPORTANT: We recommend flying with floats only once you have become
able to fly comfortably in Experienced flight mode.
Always fully dry the aircraft after landing on water.
CAUTION: Never go alone to get a downed model in the water.
Only use the floats if you are comfortable flying your aircraft and have
repeatedly taken off, flown and landed with success. Flying off water poses a
higher risk to the airplane because the electronics can fail if fully immersed in
Optional Floats (HBZ7390) and Float mounting wires (HBZ3113) sold
Always ensure the optional floats are secure on the fuselage before putting the
aircraft in water.
CAUTION: If at any time water splashes in the fuselage while
flying from water, bring the airplane to shore, open the battery
hatch and immediately remove any water that may have gotten in the
fuselage. Leave the battery hatch open overnight to let the inside dry
out and to prevent moisture damage to the electronic components.
Failure to do so could cause the electronic components to fail, which
could result in a crash.
To take off on water, steer with the rudder and slowly increase the throttle.
Keep the wings level on takeoff. Hold a small amount (1/4–1/3) of up
elevator and the aircraft will lift off once flying speed is reached. Avoid rapidly
increasing the throttle as torque from the motor may cause the aircraft to roll
to the left when on water.
Up Aileron
Down Aileron
To land this aircraft on water, fly the aircraft to a couple of feet off the surface
of the water. Reduce throttle and add up elevator to flare the aircraft.
When taxiing, you must use throttle to move the aircraft forward, but steer with
the rudder stick. The stick will turn both the aircraft rudder and a small rudder
attached to the left float.
Avoid taxiing cross wind if there is a breeze, as this can cause the aircraft to
flip over if wind gets under the upwind wing. Taxi 45 degrees into the direction
of the wind (not perpendicular to the wind) and use aileron to hold the upwind
wing down. The aircraft will naturally try to face into the wind when taxiing.
Taxi 45 degrees into the direction of the wind.
Optional Transmitter Setup
If using any DSMX transmitter other than the included DXe (3 pos gear switch)
the radio will have to be configured correctly for the SAFE system
to work properly.
Refer to your transmitter’s manual for more information about
transmitter setup.
If using a 2 pos switch for Safe flight modes only Beginner and
Experienced modes will be active.
• SAFE Flight mode is selected using Channel 5 signal (high, middle, low)
• Panic mode is selected with Channel 6 signal (high, low)
Transmitter Gear/
Ch 5
SAFE Flight Modes Panic Recovery SAFE Flight Mode
Throttle, Aileron, Elevator and Rudder are in Normal position. Set Dual Rates to Hi =100% and Low =70%
DX4e (2pos)
DX4e (3pos)
DX5e (2pos)
DX5e (3pos)
Reverse Aux 1
Position sticks as shown and
toggle panic switch 5 times
2 pos
3 pos
Ch 5
2 pos
Ch 5
3 pos
Ch 5
SAFE Flight Modes Panic Recovery SAFE Flight Mode
Transmitter Gear/
Ch 5 Aux 1 Flight Mode/ Panic Switch
Any DXe Transmitter that was not included with a Mini Apprentice will need to be correctly programmed to function correctly for this aircaft. Visit
www.spektrumRC.com to download the correct program for this aircraft.
*(Flap System) Norm … 100 Land † 100
2 pos
2 pos
*(Flap System) Norm † 100, Mid † 100, Land … 100
(3 pos Aux1 switch–0 & 1 are normal 2 is panic)
*(Switch Select) Gear to INH, FM to INH, Flap to Gear, Trainer to Aux1
3 pos
*(Switch Select) Gear to INH, FM to Gear, Flap to INH, Trainer to Aux 1
3 pos
*(Channel Input Config) Gear is B, Aux1 is switch i
3 pos
Bind / i
*(Channel Input Config) Gear is A, Aux1 is R stick
N = Normal
R = Reverse
3 pos
Mini Apprentice® S
AMA National Model aircraft Safety Code
Effective January 1, 2014
1. All pilots shall avoid flying directly over unprotected people, vessels,
vehicles or structures and shall avoid endangerment of life and property
of others.
A model aircraft is a non-human-carrying aircraft capable of sustained flight
in the atmosphere. It may not exceed limitations of this code and is intended
exclusively for sport, recreation, education and/or competition. All model
flights must be conducted in accordance with this safety code and any additional rules specific to the flying site.
2. A successful radio equipment ground-range check in accordance wit
manufacturer’s recommendations will be completed before the first
flight of a new or repaired model aircraft.
1. Model aircraft will not be flown:
(a) In a careless or reckless manner.
(b) At a location where model aircraft activities are prohibited.
3. At all flying sites a safety line(s) must be established in front of which all
flying takes place (AMA Document #706.)
(a) Only personnel associated with flying the model aircraft are allowed
at or in front of the safety line.
(b) At air shows or demonstrations, a straight safety line must be
(c) An area away from the safety line must be maintained for spectators.
(d) Intentional flying behind the safety line is prohibited.
2. Model aircraft pilots will:
(a) Yield the right of way to all man carrying aircraft.
(b) See and avoid all aircraft and a spotter must be used when appropri
ate. (AMA Document #540-D.)
(c) Not fly higher than approximately 400 feet above ground level within
three (3) miles of an airport, without notifying the airport operator.
(d) Not interfere with operations and traffic patterns at any airport, heli
port or seaplane base except where there is a mixed use agreement.
(e) Not exceed a takeoff weight, including fuel, of 55 pounds unless in
compliance with the AMA Large Model Aircraft program. (AMA
Document 520-A.)
(f) Ensure the aircraft is identified with the name and address or AMA
number of the owner on the inside or affixed to the outside of the
model aircraft. (This does not apply to model aircraft flown indoors).
(g) Not operate aircraft with metal-blade propellers or with gaseous
boosts except for helicopters operated under the provisions of AMA
Document #555.
(h) Not operate model aircraft while under the influence of alcohol or
while using any drug which could adversely affect the pilot’s ability to
safely control the model.
(i) Not operate model aircraft carrying pyrotechnic devices which ex
plode or burn, or any device which propels a projectile or drops any
object that creates a hazard to persons or property.
• Free Flight fuses or devices that burn producing smoke and are
securely attached to the model aircraft during flight.
• Rocket motors (using solid propellant) up to a G-series size may
be used provided they remain attached to the model during flight.
Model rockets may be flown in accordance with the National
Model Rocketry Safety Code but may not be launched from
model aircraft.
• Officially designated AMA Air Show Teams (AST) are authorized to
use devices and practices as defined within the Team AMA
Program Document (AMA Document #718).
(j) Not operate a turbine-powered aircraft, unless in compliance with the
AMA turbine regulations. (AMA Document #510-A).
4. RC model aircraft must use the radio-control frequencies currently al
lowed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Only
individuals properly licensed by the FCC are authorized to operate
equipment on Amateur Band frequencies.
5. RC model aircraft will not operate within three (3) miles of any preexisting flying site without a frequency-management agreement (AMA
Documents #922 and #923.)
6. With the exception of events flown under official AMA Competition
Regulations, excluding takeoff and landing, no powered model may be
flown outdoors closer than 25 feet to any individual, except for the pilot
and the pilot’s helper(s) located at the flight line.
7. Under no circumstances may a pilot or other person touch a model
aircraft in flight while it is still under power, except to divert it from
striking an individual.
8. RC night flying requires a lighting system providing the pilot with a clear
view of the model’s attitude and orientation at all times. Hand-held
illumination systems are inadequate for night flying operations.
9. The pilot of a RC model aircraft shall:
(a) Maintain control during the entire flight, maintaining visual contact
without enhancement other than by corrective lenses prescribed for
the pilot.
(b) Fly using the assistance of a camera or First-Person View (FPV) only
in accordance with the procedures outlined in AMA Document #550.
(C) Fly using the assistance of autopilot or stabilization system only in
accordance with the procedures outlined in AMA Document #560.
3. Model aircraft will not be flown in AMA sanctioned events, air shows or
model demonstrations unless:
(a) The aircraft, control system and pilot skills have successfully
demonstrated all maneuvers intended or anticipated prior to the
specific event.
(b) An inexperienced pilot is assisted by an experienced pilot.
Please see your local or regional modeling association’s guidelines for proper, safe
operation of your model aircraft.
4. When and where required by rule, helmets must be properly worn and
fastened. They must be OSHA, DOT, ANSI, SNELL or NOCSAE approved or
comply with comparable standards.
Mini Apprentice® S
Trouble Shooting Guide for SAFE Technology
Possible Cause
Trim is at extreme
and aircraft does not
fly straight or level
Flying over recommended
Reduce air speed
Damaged propeller or
Replace propeller or spinner
Imbalanced propeller
Balance the propeller. For more information, view John Redman’s propeller balancing video at www.
Motor vibration
Replace parts or correctly align all parts and tighten fasteners as needed
Loose receiver
Total system failure. Align and secure receiver in fuselage
Loose aircraft controls
Tighten or otherwise secure parts (servo, arm, linkage, horn and control surface)
Worn parts
Adjust gain to compensate for parts wear or replace worn parts (especially propeller, pivot points or
Irregular servo rotation
Replace servo
Trim is not at neutral
If you adjust trim more than 4 clicks, adjust the clevis to mechanically remove trim
Trouble Shooting Guide
Possible Cause
Aircraft will not respond to throttle but
responds to other
Throttle not at lowest position or throttle trim too high
Reset controls with throttle stick and throttle trim at lowest setting
Throttle servo travel is lower than 100%
Make sure throttle servo travel is 100% or greater
Throttle channel is reversed
Motor disconnected from ESC
Reverse throttle channel on transmitter
Make sure motor is connected to the ESC
Damaged propeller and spinner, collet or motor
Replace damaged parts
Extra propeller noise
or extra vibration
Propeller is out of balance
Balance or replace propeller
Prop nut is too loose
Spinner is not tight or fully seated in place
Flight battery charge is low
Tighten the prop nut
Tighten the spinner or remove the spinner and turn it 180 degrees
Completely recharge flight battery
Reduced flight time
or aircraft underpowered
Propeller installed backwards
Install propeller with numbers facing forward
Flight battery damaged
Flight conditions may be too cold
Battery capacity too low for flight conditions
Transmitter too near aircraft during binding process
Replace flight battery and follow flight battery instructions
Make sure battery is warm before use
Replace battery or use a larger capacity battery
Move powered transmitter a few feet from aircraft, disconnect and reconnect
flight battery to aircraft
Aircraft or transmitter is too close to large metal
object, wireless source or another transmitter
Move aircraft and transmitter to another location and attempt binding again
Aircraft will not Bind
(during binding) to
The bind plug is not installed correctly in the bind port Install bind plug in bind port and bind the aircraft to the transmitter
Flight battery/transmitter battery charge is too low
Replace/recharge batteries
Bind switch or button not held long enough during
bind process
Power off transmitter and repeat bind process. Hold transmitter bind
button or switch until receiver is bound
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Trouble Shooting Guide
Aircraft will not connect (after binding)
to transmitter
Transmitter too near aircraft during connecting
Aircraft or transmitter is too close to large metal
object, wireless source or another transmitter
Bind plug left installed in bind port
Move powered transmitter a few feet from aircraft, disconnect and reconnect
flight battery to aircraft
Aircraft bound to different model memory
(ModelMatchTM radios only)
Select correct model memory on transmitter
Move aircraft and transmitter to another location and attempt connecting again
Rebind transmitter to the aircraft and remove the bind plug before cycling power
Flight battery/Transmitter battery charge is too low
Transmitter may have been bound using different
DSM protocol
Control surface, control horn, linkage or servo
Wire damaged or connections loose
Control surface does Transmitter is not bound correctly or the incorrect
not move
model was selected
Flight battery charge is low
BEC (Battery Elimination Circuit) of the ESC is
Replace/recharge batteries
Bind aircraft to transmitter
Replace or repair damaged parts and adjust controls
Do a check of wires and connections, connect or replace as needed
Re-bind or select correct model in transmitter
Fully recharge flight battery
Replace ESC
Controls reversed
Transmitter settings are reversed
Motor power pulses
then motor loses
ESC uses default soft Low Voltage Cutoff (LVC)
Weather conditions might be too cold
Battery is old, worn out, or damaged
Battery C rating might be too small
Perform the Control Direction Test and adjust the controls on transmitter
Recharge flight battery or replace battery that is no longer performing
Postpone flight until weather is warmer
Replace battery
Use recommended battery
Aircraft control
surfaces do not
move after switch is
turned on
Aircraft was moving during initialization
Keep aircraft still during initialization
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Limited Warranty
What this Warranty Covers
Horizon Hobby, LLC, (Horizon) warrants to the original purchaser that the
product purchased (the “Product”) will be free from defects in materials and
workmanship at the date of purchase.
What is Not Covered
This warranty is not transferable and does not cover (i) cosmetic damage, (ii)
damage due to acts of God, accident, misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial
use, or due to improper use, installation, operation or maintenance, (iii)
modification of or to any part of the Product, (iv) attempted service by
anyone other than a Horizon Hobby authorized service center, (v) Product not
purchased from an authorized Horizon dealer, or (vi) Product not compliant
with applicable technical regulations, or (vii) use that violates any applicable
laws, rules, or regulations.
Purchaser’s Remedy
Horizon’s sole obligation and purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be
that Horizon will, at its option, either (i) service, or (ii) replace, any Product
determined by Horizon to be defective. Horizon reserves the right to inspect
any and all Product(s) involved in a warranty claim. Service or replacement
decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon. Proof of purchase is required
Limitation of Liability
OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Further, in no event shall the
liability of Horizon exceed the individual price of the Product on which
liability is asserted. As Horizon has no control over use, setup, final assembly,
modification or misuse, no liability shall be assumed nor accepted for any
resulting damage or injury. By the act of use, setup or assembly, the user
accepts all resulting liability. If you as the purchaser or user are not prepared
to accept the liability associated with the use of the Product, purchaser is
advised to return the Product immediately in new and unused condition to the
place of purchase.
These terms are governed by Illinois law (without regard to conflict of law
principals). This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also
have other rights which vary from state to state. Horizon reserves the right to
change or modify this warranty at any time without notice.
Questions, Assistance, and Services
Your local hobby store and/or place of purchase cannot provide warranty
support or service. Once assembly, setup or use of the Product has been
started, you must contact your local distributor or Horizon directly. This will
enable Horizon to better answer your questions and service you in the event
that you may need any assistance. For questions or assistance, please visit our
website at www.horizonhobby.com, submit a Product Support Inquiry, or call
the toll free telephone number referenced in the Warranty and Service Contact
Information section to speak with a Product Support representative.
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If this Product needs to be inspected or serviced and is compliant in the
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Request submission process found on our website or call Horizon to obtain a
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but are not designed to withstand the rigors of shipping without additional
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damaged parcels, as Horizon is not responsible for merchandise until it arrives
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do not have internet access, please contact Horizon Product Support to obtain
a RMA number along with instructions for submitting your product for service.
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number, a list of the included items, and a brief summary of the problem. A
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Be sure your name, address, and RMA number are clearly written on the
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a LiPo battery, please contact the appropriate Horizon Product Support
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For Warranty consideration, you must include your original sales receipt
verifying the proof-of-purchase date. Provided warranty conditions have
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replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon.
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Should your service not be covered by warranty, service will be
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Product for a period of 60 days from notification, after which it will be
Mini Apprentice® S
Contact Information
Country of Purchase
United States of
Horizon Hobby
Horizon Service Center
(Repairs and Repair Requests)
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(Product Technical Assistance)
United Kingdom
Horizon Hobby Limited
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Sales: Horizon Hobby GmbH
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Phone Number/Email Address
+44 (0) 1279 641 097
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25337 Elmshorn, Germany
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FCC Information
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for
Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and,
if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio
or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one
or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
Instructions for disposal of WEEE by users in the European Union
This product must not be disposed of with other waste.
Instead, it is the user’s responsibility to dispose of their waste
equipment by handing it over to a designated collections point
for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
The separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment
at the time of disposal will help to conserve natural resources
and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health and
the environment. For more information about where you can drop off your
waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city office, your
household waste disposal service or where you purchased the product.
Compliance Information for the
European Union
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Note: Modifications to this product will void the user’s authority to
operate this equipment.
Antenna Separation Distance
When operating your transmitter, please be
sure to maintain a separation distance of at
least 5 cm between your body (excluding
fingers, hands, wrists, ankles and feet) and the
antenna to meet RF exposure safety requirements as determined by FCC regulations.
HBZ Mini Apprentice S RTF (HBZ3100)
EU Compliance Statement: Horizon Hobby, LLC hereby declares that
this product is in compliance with the essential requirements and other
relevant provisions of the R&TTE, EMC and LVD Directives.
A copy of the EU Declarations of Conformity is available online at: http://
This illustration show the approximate 5 cm
RF exposure area and typical hand placement
when operating your transmitter.
IC Statement:
Under Industry Canada regulations, this radio
transmitter may only operate using an antenna of a type and maximum
(or lesser) gain approved for the transmitter by Industry Canada. To reduce
potential radio interference to other users, the antenna type and its gain
should be so chosen that the equivalent isotropically radiated power
(e.i.r.p.) is not more than that necessary for successful communication.
This device complies with Industry Canada licence-exempt RSS
standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this
device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of
the device.”
Mini Apprentice® S
Replacement Parts • Ersatzteile • Pièces de rechange • Pezzi di ricambio
Part # | Number
Numéro | Codice
3S Li-Po DC balancing charger V2
Hobbyzone 3S Lipo Balance Lader
Chargeur équilibreur Li-Po 3S DC V2
Caricatore 3S Li-Po DC con
bilanciamento V2
Wing Set: Mini Apprentice S
Tragflächen Set: Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Ailes
Set ala: Mini Apprentice S
Fuselage: Mini Apprentice S
Rumpf ohne Einbauten:Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Fuselage
Fusoliera: Mini Apprentice S
Tail Set: Mini Apprentice S
Leitwerksset: Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Empennage
Set coda: Mini Apprentice S
Cowl: Mini Apprentice S
Motorhaube: Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Capot
Capottina motore: Mini Apprentice S
Pushrod Set: Mini Apprentice S
Gestängeset: Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Tringlerie
Set aste comandi: Mini Apprentice S
Nose Gear: Mini Apprentice S
Bugrad: Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Jambe de train
Carrello anteriore: Mini Apprentice S
Main Landing Gear: Mini Apprentice S
Hauptfahrwerk: Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Train
d’atterrissage principal
Carrello principale: Mini Apprentice S
Firewall and Motor Mount: Mini
Apprentice S
Motorspant und Motorhalter: Mini
Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Cloison pare feu
et support moteur
Ordinata e supporto motore: Mini
Apprentice S
Nose Gear Arm & Mounting Strap: Mini
Apprentice S
Bugrad und Montagesstreifen: Mini
Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Bras et bride de
fixation pour jambe de train avant
Bracci carrello anter. e supporti:
Mini Apprentice S
Battery Door: Mini Apprentice S
Akkuklappe: Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Trappe batterie
Sportello batteria: Mini Apprentice S
Wheels 58mm (3): Mini Apprentice S
Räder 58mm (3)
Mini Apprentice S - Roues 58mm (3)
Ruote 58mm (3): Mini Apprentice
Decal Set: Mini Apprentice S
Dekorbogenset: Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Planche de
Set adesivi: Mini Apprentice S
Spinner 34mm: Mini Apprentice S
Spinner 34mm: Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Planche de
Ogiva 34mm: Mini Apprentice S
Hardware Set: Mini
Kleinteile Set: Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Visserie
Set viteria: Mini
SV80 Long Lead Servo: Ailerons
SV80 Querruderservo mit langen
Servo SV80 câbles longs 3-fils :
Servo SV80 a filo lungo: Alettoni
ParkZone DSV130 3-Wire Digital Servo
Metal Gear: Rudder and Elevator
Parkzone Digitalservo DSV130 m.
Servo ParkZone pignons métal Digital
DSV130 3-fils : Dérive et profondeur
Servo digitale ParkZone DSV130
3-fili Ingran. metallo: per Timone ed Elevatore
ParkZone Propeller: 8.25 x 5.5
Parkzone Luftschraube 8,25 x 5,5
Hélice 8,25 x 5,5
Elica ParkZone: 8.25 x 5.5
Prop Adapter: Archer
Parkzone Luftschraubenadapter:
Mosquito - Adaptateur d’hélice
Adattatore elica: Mosquito
370 BL Motor, 1300Kv with 3.5mm Bullet
Parkzone 1300kV 370 BL-Motor
m. 3,5 mm Goldkontaktstecker:
Moteur Brushless 370 BL, 1300Kv,
connecteurs cylindriques 3,5mm
Motore 370 BL, 1300Kv con
connettori Bullet 3,5mm
Motor Shaft: Metal 370 Outrunner
Parkzone Motorwelle f. 370 Außenläufermotor
Bl 370 -Axe moteur
Albero motore: Metal 370
18A Brushless ESC
Parkzone 18A-Regler: P51-D
Contrôleur Brushless 18A
Regolatore ESC 18A Brushless
Mini Apprentice® S
Optional Parts • Optionale Bauteile • Pièces optionnelles • Pezzi opzionali
Part # | Number
Numéro | Codice
Super Cub LP Floats
Hobbyzone Schwimmersatz für Super
Cub LP
Super Cub LP Floats
Float Mounting Wires: MiniApprentice S
Schwimmerstreben: Mini Apprentice S
Mini Apprentice S - Câbles
d’installation flotteurs
Supporti galleggianti: Mini Apprentice
EC3 Akkukabel, Buchse (2)
Prise EC3 femelle (2pc)
EC3 Kabelsatz, Stecker/Buchse
Prise EC3 male/femelle
EC3 Ladekabel mit Stecker
Prise de charge EC3, long 30cm
Dynamite Prophet Precept 80W LCD
Gleich- und Wechselstrom-Ladegerät
Chargeur Prophet Precept 80W LCD
EC3 Connettore femmina x batteria (2)
EC3 Connettore batteria maschio/
Cavo di carica EC3 da 30cm con
Carica batterie Prophet Precept 80W
EC3™ Battery Connector, Female (2)
EC3 Device/Battery Connector, Male/
EC3 Charge Lead w/12” Wire &
Prophet Precept 80W LCD AC/DC
Battery Charger
Prophet Sport Plus 50W AC DC
Prophet Sport Plus 50W AC DC
Chargeur Prophet Sport Plus 50W
Caricatore Prophet Sport Plus 50W
Park Flyer Tool Assortment, 5 pc
E-flite Park Flyer Werkzeugsortiment,
5 teilig
Assortiment d’outils pour parkflyer,
5 pièces
Assortimento attrezzi per Park Flyer
Li-Po Cell Voltage Checker
Phoenix R/C Pro Simulator V5.5
E-flite Li-Po Cell Volt Checker
Phoenix R/C Pro Simulator V5.5
Testeur de tension pour batterie li-Po
Simulateur Phoenix V5.5
Voltmetro per celle LiPo
Phoenix R/C Pro simulatore V5.5
DXe DSMX 6-Channel Transmitter
Spektrum DXe DSMX 6-Kanal Sender
Emetteur DXe DSMX 6 voies
DXe DSMX Trasmettitore 6 canali
DX6 DSMX 6-Channel Transmitter
Spektrum DX6 DSMX 6-Kanal Sender
Spektrum DX7G2 DSMX 7 Kanal
Spektrum DX8G2 DSMX 8 Kanal
Spektrum DX9 DSMX 9 Kanal Sender
Spektrum DX18 DSMX 18 Kanal
Spektrum DX 20 DSMX 20 Kanal
Emetteur DX6 DSMX 6 voies
DX6 DSMX Trasmettitore 6 canali
Emetteur DX7G2 DSMX 7 voies
DX7G2 DSMX Trasmettitore 7 canali
Emetteur DX8G2 DSMX 8 voies
DX8G2 DSMX Trasmettitore 8 canali
Emetteur DX9 DSMX 9 voies
Emetteur DX18 DSMX 18 voies
DX9 DSMX Trasmettitore 9 canali
DX18 DSMX Trasmettitore 18 canali
Emetteur DX 20 DSMX 20 voies
DX 20 DSMX Trasmettitore 20 canali
DX7G2 DSMX 7-Channel Transmitter
DX8G2 DSMX 8-Channel
DX9 DSMX 9-Channel Transmitter
DX18 DSMX 18-Channel Transmitter
DX20 DSMX 20-Channel Transmitter
© 2016 Horizon Hobby, LLC
HobbyZone, the HobbyZone logo, Apperntice, SAFE, the SAFE logo, Z-Foam, DSM, DSM2, DSMX, EC3, Bind-N-Fly, the BNF logo
and the Horizon Hobby logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Horizon Hobby, LLC.
The Spektrum trademark is used with permission of Bachmann Industries, are used with permission by Horizon Hobby, LLC.
Futaba is a registered trademark of Futaba Denshi Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha Corporation of Japan.
US 9,056,667. Other patents pending.
Created 03/16 49099
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