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Congratulations!
Welcome to the world of Vector Kite Flying. Keep in mind that you are now
one of the first pioneers of this exciting new RC sport. Vector Kite Flying
offers you new challenges and excitement not found in any other form of
model aviation. With the Premier Gimbal System (patent pending) installed
in a Vector-Ready Kite, you will discover an exhilarating dimension
between the beauty and gracefulness of traditional kite flying with the art
of piloting remote aircraft.
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Kite Assembly Instructions
Straighten the beak after unpacking
If you have any questions or want to learn more about Vector Kites, please
see us on the web at www.premierRC.com
Sincerely,
The Staff at Premier Kites
Names of Parts
Leading Edge
Fitting
Stand-off
Propulsion
Frame
Stand-off
Underwing
Spreader
Tail Strut
IMPORTANT: TAIL MUST
BE FACING UPWARD
FOR PROPER FLIGHT
Underwing Spreaders
Tail Strut
Propulsion Frame
Unroll the kite.
Lay the kite out on a flat surface with the front facing up.
Straighten the Eagle's beak. Set aside and identify the struts.
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Standoffs
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2
Leading
Edge Fitting
Hook on
Underwing
Spreader
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Slide Tail Wand
into Sleeves
Tail Wand should
be behind Spine
Keep Underwing Spreader
in front of Wing Batten
Slide the end of the Underwing Spreader with the small hook through the
hole in the sail. Connect the other end of the Spreader into the Fitting on
the Leading Edge. Repeat with second Underwing Spreader on other side.
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Incorrect Dihedral Position
Correct Dihedral Position
Slide the Tail Wand into the sleeves on the sides of the tail. Tail Wand
should be behind the Spine.
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IMPORTANT!
Correct Tail Position
Incorrect Tail Position
Insert uncapped end of
Tail Strut into Ferrule
Insert capped end of
Tail Strut into Pocket
Connect Underwing
Spreader to Dihedral
Flip the kite over and insert remaining ends of both Underwing Spreaders
into the Dihedral. Make sure the tip (bottom of the 'V') of the Dihedral is
pointing towards the front of the kite.
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Insert the uncapped end of the Tail Strut into the Spine Ferrule and
the capped end of the Tail Strut into the pocket at the base of the tail.
Tail should point upward.
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Wing Batten
Underwing Spreader
Attach O-rings
Connect Standoff to
the Wing Batten.
Connect the Standoff on the Underwing Spreader to the Fitting on the
Wing Batten. Repeat on the other side with the remaining Standoff.
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Slide Propulsion Frame
into Spine Fittings.
Attach O-rings on the Spine to the hooks on the insides of the Propulsion
Frame struts. Attach the O-rings hanging from the Propulsion Frame to
the hooks on the Underwing Spreaders.
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Hook should be
towards front of kite
Slide the Propulsion Frame into the Fittings on the Spine. Make sure the
hook on the panel at the top of the Frame is towards the head of the kite.
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Slide the Power Unit all the way into the Propulsion Frame. Make sure
the O-ring on the Power Unit is on the bottom.
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RC Flight Instructions
Step 1: Getting Started
Your Vector Powered Kite is composed of four main components:
1.)
2.)
3.)
4.)
The Vector Ready Kite
The Vector Power Unit (purchased separately)
Vector Power Unit Batteries (purchased separately)
The Transmitter Receiver (purchased separately)
The Vector Ready Kite (VR) is a high quality aircraft that is built with rip-stop nylon sails, and
fiberglass and/or carbon framing material. A Vector Ready kite includes a specially built Propulsion
Frame to receive the Vector Power Unit. Also included are provisions to mount the LiPo battery pack.
All Vector Ready Kites include a high quality case to store your kite.
The Vector Power Unit is what powers and controls your Vector Kite. The 840 Vector Power Unit is
purchased with a foam protection case and includes two propellers (one is a spare), prop-saver, prop
wrench and instruction manual. We recommend you store your Power Unit in the protective foam
case to protect its mechanical components.
Attach the O-ring on the Power Unit to the hook on the Propulsion Frame.
Vector Power Unit Batteries for the 840 Vector Power Unit are sold separately. For the 840 Vector
Power Unit only a high quality lithium polymer (LiPo) battery is recommended with the following
specifications:
Battery Type: Lithium Polymer
Capacity: 750 mA to 1200 mA
Volts: 12.6 (max) 11.25 (min)
Cell #: 3 - All cells in series (3S1P)
Discharge "C" rating: 15c to 20c is good. Please note higher "C" ratings such as 40 and above can
cause motor damage at full throttle discharge.
High quality LiPo batteries are available at your local hobby shop or can be found on many hobby web
shops. Batteries are also available from Premier RC at www.premierRC.com
Please note the 840 Vector Power Unit is fitted with a standard XT60 connection plug. Although
this is a common and reliable battery connection plug, it is up to the owner to decide which battery
connection plug he or she wishes to use.
Please also note that battery charges are sold separately. Please only use a high quality battery
charger designed for LiPo batteries and follow all precautions from the manufacturer. Please read the
Safety Section on pages 10 and 11 of this manual.
The Transmitter/Receiver is what links the pilot to the Vector Kite. There are many fine brands
of transmitter/receiver products available at your local hobby shop or hobby web shop. Premier RC
encourages pilots to use the brand they are most comfortable with. A basic Vector Kite set-up only
requires three channels: THROTTLE (proportional), LEFT-RIGHT servo (typically aileron) and an UPDOWN servo (typically elevator). A simple transmitter is also available from www.premierRC.com.
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STEP 2: Battery Charging
Disposal of Battery Packs:
Please note that the Model 840 Vector Power Unit does not include a battery or battery charger. Many
high quality LiPo battery chargers are available at your local hobby shop or hobby web shop. If you
wish, you may purchase batteries and a simple charger directly from Premier RC at www.premierRC.com
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LiPo Battery Safety:
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Always use the recommended chargers specifically approved for use with your Lithium Polymer
cells or packs when charging. If you do not, personal harm and/or property damage may occur.
Always test your charger to assure it is functioning properly.
Always charge your Lithium Polymer cells on concrete at least 10 feet (3 meters) from any
combustible materials. NEVER leave the charger unattended while batteries are connected!
Always store Lithium Polymer cells or packs in a fireproof container.
Always have sand or dry fire extinguisher handy in the event of fire.
Always keep all batteries out of the reach of children and animals.
Always observe the correct polarity when connecting cells or packs to charger or application.
Always seek medical attention if electrolyte gets in your eyes (flush with cold water immediately).
Always scrub with soap and water if electrolyte comes in contact with your skin.
Safe Handling:
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Never charge Lithium Polymer cells or packs unattended.
Never charge Lithium Polymer beyond factory specifications. This is highly dangerous and strictly
prohibited.
Never exceed the factories maximum allowed charge and discharge rates.
Never charge Lithium Polymer in contained areas where damage may occur (car, home, garage,
etc.)
Never charge Lithium Polymer while in the application as the hot pack may ignite certain
materials.
Never charge Lithium Polymer on flammable materials such as wood, foam or plastic.
Never extinguish a Lithium Polymer fire with water.
Never disassemble a Lithium Polymer cell or pack.
Never short circuit Lithium Polymer cells or packs.
Never use a Lithium Polymer cell or pack that has been damaged.
Never store a Lithium Polymer cell or pack in your pocket, purse, bag, desk drawer, etc.
Never keep cells or packs in temperatures that exceed 60C/140F.
Never combine different cell sizes or capacities together in the same pack.
Never continue to drain the battery after you are out of power to fly.
Damaged Battery Packs:
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Before each use safely and carefully inspect the cells, wire leads and all connections for any
possible short circuiting.
If there is any doubt about short circuiting to the cell or pack, safely cut all wires from the pack
completely.
If any cells are dented, deformed or damaged in any way do not use the pack.
If any cells or packs become damaged, follow the disposal notes below.
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If the Lithium Polymer pack IS damaged, immerse it in salt water for a minimum of two weeks to discharge the battery pack.
- Use ½ cup of salt per gallon of water.
- Use cold water and a plastic container. Never use a metal container.
If the Lithium Polymer pack is NOT damaged, discharge it to 1V per cell.
- (2S pack = 2V, 3S pack = 3V).
- You may use a 150 ohm 2W resistor to discharge,
OR... Connect it to the device and run it until the discharge voltage is observed.
Apply tape over ALL electrical terminals or exposed wires.
Lithium Polymer batteries are environmentally safe for landfill disposal.
Always follow all safety directions to prevent accidents or damage to persons or
property.
Using the Optional Premier RC Charger:
WARNING: THE LITHIUM POLYMER BATTERIES THAT COME WITH YOUR VECTOR KITE ARE DIFFERENT
FROM OTHER COMMON BATTERIES SUCH AS AKILINE, NiCad or ZINC CARBON AND REQUIRE SPECIAL
PRECAUTIONS. PLEASE READ THE ATTACHED BATTERY PRECAUTION INFORMATION.
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2.
3.
4.
Plug in the battery charger to a
normal household 120V socket.
Connect the four conductor white
plug on the battery to the four
conductor socket on the battery
charger.
Follow the instructions on the
charger. When the LED light is
“green” the battery is charged.
Charging takes about 20 minutes.
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER leave a
battery unattended while charging.
Monitor charging batteries at all
times. Only charge batteries on a
non-flammable surface. READ ALL
BATTERY PRECATIONS.
Battery Type: LiPolymer Premier
Capacity: 1050 mA
Volts: 12.6 (max), 11.25 (min)
Cell #: 3 - All cells in series (3S1P)
Connect 4 Conductor
White Plug to
4 Conductor Socket
WARNING: Lithium-polymer batteries
absolutely must always be handled with extreme
caution. They are DIFFERENT than NiCd and NiMH batteries. PremierRC will not be held
responsible for any and all incidental damages and bodily harm that may result from
improper use of PremierRC brand LiPo batteries. In purchasing these products, the
buyer/user agrees to bear all responsibilities of these risks and not hold PremierRC
and/or its distributors (owners and employees) responsible for any accidents, injury
to persons, or property damage. If you do not agree with these conditions, please
return the battery to the place of purchase.
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STEP 3: Receiver & Antenna Installation
STEP 4: Transmitter Power-Up & Battery Installation
NOTE: Many different styles of receivers can mount on your 840 Vector Power Unit.
The most common way to mount the receiver to the Power Unit is by using Velcro.
IMPORTANT: ALWAYS TURN TRANSMITTER “ON” FIRST BEFORE POWERING UP VECTOR KITE™. ALWAYS
DE-POWER VECTOR KITE™ BEFORE TUNRNING TRANSMITTER OFF.
1.
2.
3.
1.
Adhere the 'soft' side of a small Velcro patch to the back of the receiver.
Mount the receiver to the panel of 'hook' side Velcro installed on the Power Unit.
Plug ESC and Servos into their proper receiver ports (see diagram).
2.
Make sure throttle control is all the way back (down). Make sure all trim controls are in the
middle position.
Turn the transmitter on.
IMPORTANT: Always make sure your antenna is well clear of all propeller positions
when gimbal is operated!
Suggested Receiver
Placement
Throttle
Control
Trim
Controls
Turn Power
Switch to
'ON' Position
3.
Plug in battery to Vector Kite.™
Typical Receiver (Manufacturers may vary, consult your Transmitter/Receiver Owners Manual)
Receiver Port 3
Throttle and Power
(Typically Throttle ESC)
TOP VIEW
Receiver Port 2
Up/Down Gimbal Servo
(Typically CH-2 Elevator Servo)
Receiver Port 1
Right/Left Gimbal Servo
(Typically CH-1 Aileron Servo)
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Connect 2 Conductor
Plug to
2 Conductor Socket
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STEP 5: Control Test
1.
Right Control
Stick in Neutral
Propeller Aligned
Straight
Follow the diagrams on the opposite page to make sure the controls function per the
illustrations.
STEP 6: Servo Reversing & Changing Servo Arm Positions
NOTE: Most transmitters include servo reversing switches. These are usually located
on the front of the transmitter or in the battery compartment of your transmitter
(please consult your manufacturer’s manual). If your controls work opposite than
the illustrations or if you prefer opposite stick control than what is illustrated, you
may change the switch positions.
Right Control
Stick Pointing
Back
Right Control
Stick Pointing
Forward
Propeller
Turns Up
Propeller
Turns Down
NOTE: On the Vector Power Unit your servos come factory adjusted to the correct trim
position. If you need to adjust the trim position of either the UP-DOWN servo or LEFTRIGHT servo there are two methods available.
1. ELECTRONIC METHOD – The electronic method is the easiest way to adjust the trim on the
servo. Most transmitters include trim adjustment controls located on either side of the
control sticks. You may read more about these adjustments in “STEP 11: TRIM ADJUSTMENTS”.
Some transmitters include programmable trim and servo adjustments. Please consult your
transmitter manual.
2. MECHANICAL METHOD – The mechanical method is done by unscrewing the servo arm release
screw, pulling off the servo arm and repositioning the servo arm to the desired spot. In
general, when the gimbal is in neutral position, the servo arm should be at about a 90° angle
to the servo (see diagram). Neutral position is defined when the gimbal is adjusted so the
motor axle runs parallel to the GEN II frame when looked at from both a top view and a side
view. Mechanical adjustments should only be made if large changes are needed in the servo
control arms.
Neutral Position is at about 90°
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Right Control
Stick Pointing
Right
Propeller
Turns Right
Right Control
Stick Pointing
Left
Propeller
Turns Left
Servo Arm
Servo Arm Release Screw
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STEP 7: Field Conditions
STEP 8: Range Test
IMPORTANT: ON YOUR FIRST FLIGHTS, CHOOSE A DAY WITH NO WIND. THE CALMER THE WIND THE
BETTER FOR LEARNING TO CONTROL YOUR VECTOR KITE. REMEMBER, FLYING IN WIND IS BY FAR THE
NUMBER ONE CAUSE FOR CRASHES FOR BEGINNER VECTOR KITE™ PILOTS.
A range test requires two people. One person is needed to operate the transmitter and the other is to
check and hold the Vector Kite™.
IMPORTANT: CHOOSE A LARGE FIELD FOR YOUR FIRST FLIGHTS. THE FIELD SHOULD HAVE A MINIMUM
OF 300 FEET IN ALL DIRECTIONS FROM THE PILOT.
IMPORTANT: NEVER FLY OVER OR NEAR PEOPLE, BUILDINGS, POWER LINES, HIGHWAYS, TRAIN
TRACKS, MOTOR VEHICLES, TREES, HARD SURFACES, WATER AND/OR ANYTHING THAT YOU COULD CRASH
INTO AND CAUSE HARM, INJURY OR DAMAGE TO YOU, YOUR VECTOR KITE™ AND/OR OTHERS. PLEASE
TAKE THIS WARNING SERIOUSLY.
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2.
3.
4.
5.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FLY INDOORS, SUCH AS IN A GYM, UNTIL YOU HAVE FULLY MASTERED
CONTROL OF YOUR VECTOR KITE™. DO NOT FLY INDOORS WITH PEOPLE IN THE INDOOR AREA.
6.
1.
2.
Although you are anxious to fly your Vector Kite™, it is important to wait for a calm day.
Remember, Vector Kites™ are the “grandchildren” of traditional kites. They are still very much
affected by the wind. Wind is a variable you can do without while learning. For beginners,
it is the number one cause for crashes. Once you become familiar flying your Vector Kite™, a
little wind can be fun to play with but for initial training, pick a calm day. Grab some grass and
throw it in the air. The grass should almost drop straight to the ground. You should not feel
wind on any part of
your body. If you see
leaves moving in trees,
it is best to wait for
another day.
Pick a large field. You
will want something
the size of a football
field or two soccer
fields. Make sure it
is free from obstacles
such as buildings or
trees. Do not fly near
people or vehicles.
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8.
Hold the transmitter and have the other person walk about 100 steps away from the transmitter
while holding the Vector Kite™. Make sure the person holding the kite has a firm grip on the
kite and does not come in contact with the propeller. We recommend firmly holding the rear of
the Propulsion Frame
Turn the transmitter on.
Have the person plug in the battery to the Vector Kite™.
Pull the throttle (left stick) all the way to the backward position. This will arm the throttle.
Move the steering controls (right stick) and have the other person observe the Vector Kite™.
Make sure the controls operate smoothly. Use the directions in the “CONTROL TEST” section
above to test the Vector Power Unit™. Make sure the gimbal moves up and down and from side
to side per the diagrams.
Signal to the other person you want to test the throttle. SLIGHTLY move the throttle stick
forward and determine if the throttle is working properly.
If all works well, have the person bring the Vector Kite™ back to you to prepare for launch.
If controls do not work after the range test, check all connections and batteries. Make sure you
are using a fully charged battery for the Vector Kite™ and that you have fresh batteries in the
transmitter. Make sure the polarities of all the batteries in the transmitter are correct per the
instructions inside the battery hatch.
IF MODEL STILL DOES NOT RANGE TEST CORRECTLY, DO NOT FLY YOUR VECTOR KITE. PLEASE CALL
THE PREMIER TOLL FREE CUSTOMER SERVICE NUMBER FOR HELP 1-888-416-0174.
CAUTION: THE PERSON HOLDING THE VECTOR KITE SHOULD HAVE A FIRM GRIP ON THE KITE.
MAKE SURE PROPELLER IS COMPLETELY CLEAR OF BODY AND HAIR.
300 ft. clearance
in all directions
100 Steps
Large Field
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STEP9: Launch
STEP 10: Flying
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5.
For first flights, your Vector Kite™ works best with a hand launch.
Hold the Vector Kite™by the back of the Propulsion Frame with wings level in one hand while
holding the transmitter in the other hand.
Move the throttle stick forward about 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 speed and throw the Vector Kite™ forward and
slightly up.
Immediately get both hands on the transmitter. The throttle stick should be positioned so the
Vector Kite™ climbs steadily in the air.
Do not attempt to control the Vector Kite™ up or down or left or right (right stick on controls)
until the Vector Kite™ is at least 60 feet high in the air.
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3.
4.
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR LAUNCH:
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2.
As discussed earlier, you should have your first flights with no wind. However if there is a slight
wind, ALWAYS LAUNCH INTO THE WIND.
WHEN LAUNCHING, MAKE SURE THE SPINNING PROPELLER IS COMPLETELY AWAY FROM YOUR HAIR,
HEAD, HANDS OR ANY PART OF YOUR BODY. INJURY IS VERY POSSIBLE WITH EVEN THE SLIGHTEST
PROPELLER CONTACT.
GENERAL CONTROL TIPS:
1.
2.
Wind Direction
After launching, allow the Vector Kite™ to climb up to at least 60 feet. As the Vector Kite™
climbs you may need to make slight right or left control adjustments to fly straight into the
wind.
Once you have reached sufficient altitude you may turn the Vector Kite™. Turning is
accomplished by a slight push of the control stick either left or right.
It is important to note that the Vector Thrust Power Unit™ has a very wide range of control. The
most common mistake for beginners is over controlling the Power Unit. Only make slight stick
movements at first.
Your Vector Kite™ is capable of very radical maneuvers; however it should be the goal of the
beginner to simply launch the kite, fly in gentle circles and land the kite near the pilot. This
should be practiced many times before aerobatics are attempted.
3.
Keep in mind that vector thrust maneuvers kites in a different manner than traditional moving
control surfaces such as ailerons, rudders and elevators. Vector thrust works by directing the
driving force of the propeller to the direction you want the kite to go. In light of this it is
important to realize that without some throttle input, the Vector Kite™ can not be controlled.
Many beginner flyers have the problem concerning which way to turn as the kite is going
away from you (simple right and left turns) and coming toward you (left and right is opposite
of stick). Although correct “coming and going” turns become second nature with a little
experience, here is a good tip: while flying, pretend you are seated right at the tail of the kite
and it should be easier making a good judgment about which way to turn. Made a mistake? No
problem, just make the correction in the air – kites are slow and usually easy to correct.
At the beginning, keep the Vector Kite™ flying in front of you in the field. Try to avoid flying the
kite overhead and having to frequently turn your whole body around in circles.
Wind Direction
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STEP 10: Flying
STEP 11: Trim Adjustments
GENERAL CONTROL TIPS CONTINUED:
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4.
2.
5.
6.
7.
8.
You may shut off the engine in mid flight however you must remember that to turn the Vector
Kite™ in any direction you must power up the motor to direct some amount of thrust in the
direction you want to make a turn. Control can only be asserted on the kite if the motor power
is on. Keep in mind the more power and the more stick “throw” to the transmitter, the faster
and more forceful the reaction of the kite.
Start with only small control inputs and work your way up to greater control input as you gain
experience.
It is also possible to turn the motor off, position the desired thrust direction and then give a
“burst” of power to re-direction the kite.
Faster turns are also possible by giving the gimbal a slight “up” vector thrust on the control stick
while moving the stick to the direction of the turn.
In a zero wind condition and with the control stick in neutral, look carefully as the Vector Kite™
is flying and see whether it has a tendency to go right or left.
If you wish, most transmitters are equipped with right/left trim controls to compensate for
minor variations or personal preferences in flight control. If you find your kite is favoring the
right more than desired, simply adjust trim to the left until straight flight is achieved with the
control stick in neutral position. If the kite is favoring toward a left flight path simply trim to
the right. Only try trimming in small increments.
Strategy for Encountering Unforeseen Wind: Steer the Vector Kite™ into the wind.
Keep the nose into the wind by using “left-right” thrust controls. Once headed into the wind,
use “downward” vector thrust by pushing the control stick forward to help maintain control and
pitch of the kite. With practice, Vector Kites™ can advance forward in moderate headwinds.
Wind Direction
If kite is favoring the right,
adjust trim to the left
Steer Into the Wind
3.
If kite is favoring the left,
adjust trim to the right
Most transmitters are also equipped with up/down trim controls. These should only be used
after experience flying the Vector Kite™. They are included to make minor pitch adjustments
depending on personal flight preferences. If you are an advanced flyer and would like more
climb you may try adjusting the trim to make the gimbal direct more upward thrust. A little
more upward thrust can also be used by advanced flyers for slower indoor flying. If you are
an advanced pilot and are flying in slight breezes, you may find a little downward thrust
trim helpful. The best is to become thoroughly familiar with Vector Flying before pitch trim
adjustments are made.
Use Downward
Vector Thrust
9.
FOR THE FASTEST DESCENT IN AN EMERGENCY: Use full downward thrust in combination with a
hard turn. Level off when the kite is close to the ground.
10. Keep in mind that the wind can be stronger at higher altitudes. Be careful when ascending.
11. Remember, up/down (pitch) and left/right (yaw) control can all be used in any combination for
the desired maneuver. Focus first on left/right control until you experiment with pitch control.
12. Remember, the beauty of vector thrust is that it does not rely on airspeed. It is a completely
new concept for kites and most aircraft. Even if the kite stalls or stops in the air, you can
still power it right and left or up and down or in any pitch or yaw combination. As you gain
experience, you will undoubtedly discover new maneuvers never seen before. You are a pioneer
pilot in the new world of Vector Kiting™!
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For more upward thrust,
adjust trim up
For more downward thrust,
adjust trim down
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STEP 12: Throttle and ESC
STEP 13: Landing
1.
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3.
4.
The throttle stick (left stick on transmitter) is one of the most important controls to achieve
climbing, descending and level flight.
Once your Vector Kite™ has achieved a good altitude, practice slightly pulling back on the
throttle stick to the point that the kite descends. As the kite descends, try slightly increasing
throttle and try and keep the kite flying level.
Make it a goal to achieve level flight with your Vector Kite™ before attempting aerobatics or
radical maneuvers.
Please note your Vector Power Unit™ is equipped with a powerful custom designed 16 pole
brushless motor. Although it weighs only 26 grams, it has about 800 grams of thrust with
the matching propeller, battery and ESC. The ESC is a sophisticated device that controls the
brushless motor’s speed and power usage. For the advanced hobbyist, Premier RC has available
for download a full set of instructions for the ESC that includes specifications and programming
features. These instructions can be found at www.premierRC.com. Premier RC does not
recommend any sort of re-programming of the ESC for beginner flyers however, advanced
hobbyists may find the full ESC instructions useful.
2.
3.
On your first flights, practice cutting the throttle down to about ½ or less and making a
controlled descent.
As the Vector Kite™ descends under less power, steer the kite back to you. As the kite gets close
to the ground, simply cut power and it will gently glide down.
For more advanced landings, you may “flair” the kite just before it lands. A flair is accomplished
by giving the kite a burst of “up” vector thrust just before the kite comes down to the ground.
This maneuver makes for a gentler nose up landing.
Cut Power as Kite
Nears the Ground
10 ft.
Kite shown is the Eagle.
Your kite may vary.
LANDING TIP:
It is important to note that if you lose all battery power on the Vector Power Unit™ you also lose the
ability to steer. A de-powered Vector Kite™ is no problem as long as it is free from obstacles to land.
Thus on first flights, choose a large field and keep close to the landing zone. A de-powered kite
simply floats gently down to the ground.
WHEN YOU ARE AT FULL THROTTLE AND CAN NOT CLIMB ANYMORE, IT IS TIME TO STEER BACK TO A
SUITABLE LANDING ZONE. This means you are running out of power. The ESC is also programmed to
reduce power when the battery is low. Pilots will often sense this as a “surge” or sudden power drop
while flying. Even though you are running low on power, you still have enough power to steer. Use
your last bit of power wisely to steer back to the landing zone. Depending on conditions, you may
only have a half minute or less of effective steering power left. For power conservation, use short
bursts of directed vector thrust to coax the nose of the kite to the direction you want it to go.
EMERGANCY LANDING TIP FOR WIND ENCOUNTERS:
Throttle
Power 'Off'
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Maximum
Throttle Power
Although beginners should not attempt to fly their Vector Kite™ in any sort of wind, you may find
yourself at some point encountering an unforeseen breeze. As soon as you realize you are in a head
or tail wind, immediately turn the kite’s nose into the wind and head directly into the wind. Give the
Power Unit downward thrust and while steering the nose into the wind see if you can move forward
and descend. If you are headed into the wind with full downward thrust and your kite begins to
climb because you are being overrun by the breeze, POINT THE VECTOR THRUST DOWN AND GIVE THE
POWER UNIT A HARD TURN INPUT EITHER RIGHT OR LEFT. This maneuver will put the kite in a spiraling
dive downward toward the ground. You will still loose some position if the wind is strong but at least
your kite will be coming down. Level the kite off as it gets close to the ground and land.
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STEP 14: Center of Gravity Adjustments
WARNINGS AND SAFETY:
1.
In all your flight endeavors, safety must come first! Please read your instructions and all
warnings carefully. Your Vector Kite™ is capable of creating serious injury to you and others if you do
not read and follow the warnings and directions carefully.
2.
3.
4.
Your Vector Kite™ is equipped with a unique Velcro panel that allows minor adjustments to the
center of gravity of your kite.
For your first flights, simply place the battery in the middle of the panel.
If you would like to make your Vector Kite™ more nose heavy, move the battery toward the front
of the panel. Usually a heavier nose is best if the pilot is encountering a slight breeze.
If you would like to make your Vector Kite™ more “stalled” or tail heavy, move the battery
toward the back of the panel. Sometimes very advanced pilots will fly a little stalled while
attempting very slow flight indoors or in zero wind conditions.
NOTE: The illustrations below show the Delta Box and Eagle Kites. Your kite's battery
panel may vary. Please consult your particular kite manual.
Front of Kite
Front of Kite
Front of Kite
Your Vector Kite™ is not a toy. It should only be flown by adults or under strict adult supervision for
ages 15 and under.
Keep the propeller away from all parts of your body. Keep the propeller away from all parts of your
body even if it is not spinning! Do not let hair or loose clothing get close to the propeller especially
during launch because entanglement could cause injury.
Do not fly your Vector Kite™ in windy conditions. In windy conditions it is very possible to loose
control of your Vector Kite™ and cause serious injury.
Never fly your Vector Kite™ near or over people, highways, roads, houses, buildings, vehicles, train
tracks, power lines, hard surfaces, water or trees.
Never attempt to catch a Vector Kite™ while flying or landing because both the spinning propeller and
moving kite could cause injury.
Rear of Kite
Battery Placement
for Standard Flying
Rear of Kite
Battery Placement
for Nose Heavy Flying
Rear of Kite
Battery Placement
for Tail Heavy Flying
STEP 15: Crash Repair
Your Vector Kite™ is much more resilient to crash damage than traditional RC aircraft. The fiberglass
rods, fittings and rip-stop fabric are very durable and have a lot of “give” on most impacts.
Nevertheless, as with all things piloted by man, crashes do occur and some damage can result.
Premier RC stocks a complete line of spare parts including rods, fittings, kite sails and power unit
parts. If you need a spare part, please visit our website at www.premierRC.com and all parts are
available for your Vector Kite™. If you need further help, call our toll free customer service line at
1-888-416-0174.
Use only a battery charger intended for the Lithium Polymer batteries that come with the Vector
Power Unit™. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER leave the charger unattended while charging the battery.
ALWAYS place the battery and charger on a fireproof surface such as in a ceramic or metal pot and on
a concrete surface. The potential for a damaged, defective or improperly charged battery to catch fire
is very real.
Never cut into a battery. Never use a battery that looks damaged from a crash. Never use a battery
that looks swollen. Do not use a battery that has damage to the wire insulation. Never intentionally
short circuit a battery. READ ALL BATTERY WARNINGS STATED EARLIER IN THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
Always hold a Vector Kite™ firmly when the battery is plugged into the Vector Power Unit™ to keep
body parts away from the propeller.
Always turn the transmitter on first before plugging in the Vector Power Unit™.
Always unplug the Vector Power Unit™ first before turning off the transmitter.
Please use common sense. Fly Safe.
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THE ACADEMY OF MODEL AERONAUTICS:
To learn more about the exciting world of remote control flight we highly recommend you join the
Academy of Model Aeronautics. Please visit their website at www.modelaircraft.org
THE AMERICAN KITEFLIERS ASSOCIATION:
840 Vector
Power Unit
Leading Edge
Strut
10101
10107
Propulsion
Frame
To learn about the exciting world of kites and kite flying we highly recommend you join the American
Kite Flyers Association. Please visit their website at www.aka.kite.org
10103
WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE:
Underwing
Spreader
Due to the unforeseen events that encompass the nature of remote control flying devices, Premier RC
can not extend the warranty beyond the initial preflight testing. It is up to the user to carefully check
the product’s operation and parts through the control tests and range tests listed above before your
first flight. Any damage incurred during launching, flying, landing or crashing is not covered under
the warranty.
10104
Tail Strut
10105
WARRANTY:
Premier RC guarantees this product to be free of defects in material and workmanship for the date
of one year after the purchase of the product. If you discover any defects during initial pre-flight
testing please call our Customer Service number at 1-888-416-0174 to report the problem. If
directed to do so, you will be given an RA (return authorization number) to return the product.
Premier RC will determine the problem and at our discretion repair or replace the product. Warranty
coverage does not extend to products that have been flown.
Propeller with
Prop-Saver
REPLACEMENT & OPTIONAL PARTS:
Propulsion Unit Parts:
10101
840 Vector Power Unit
10364
840 Frame & Gimbal Only
10202
V580 High Performance Brushless Motor
10203
20 Amp ESC
10205
3 cell, 12.6 (max) volt 1050mAp LiPo Battery
10207
Battery Charger
10286
Battery Charger Power Supply
10209
GWS 8040 Propeller
10211
Prop-saver (includes o-ring)
10264
O-ring
10341
High Torque 5810 MG Metal Gear Servo
10213
Servo Arm Set
10342
840 Servo Push Rods
10214
2.4mHz Four Channel Transmitter and Receiver
10215
2.4mHz Four Channel Receiver
10218
Premier Transmitter Flying Strap
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840 Vector Power Unit Parts List
Servo Push Rods
& Ball Joint Set
Battery
(Optional)
ESC
Kite Parts:
10103
840 Propulsion Frame
10104
6.5' Eagle Underwing Spreader with Standoff
10106
6.5' Eagle Spine Strut with Dihedral and Battery Mount
10105
6.5' Eagle Tail Strut
10108
6.5' Eagle Tail Wand
10107
6.5' Eagle Leading Edge Strut
For parts ordering please visit our website at www.PremierRC.com
Receiver
(Optional)
Gimbal
5810 MG Servo 1
5810 MG Servo 2
V580 High Performance
Brushless Motor
Vector Power Unit
Frame
Recommended Battery Type: Lithium Polymer
Capacity: 750 mA to 1200 mA
Volts: 12.6 (max) 11.25 (min)
Cell #: 3 - All cells in series (3S1P)
Discharge "C" rating: 15c to 20c is good. Please note higher "C" ratings
such as 40 and above can cause motor damage at full throttle discharge.
Parts can be purchased at www.premierRC.com
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PremierRC
5200 Lawrence Place
Hyattsville, Mar yland 20781, USA
Toll Free: 1-888-416-0174
Phone: 301-277-3888
Fax: 301-277-3323
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