Horizon Hobby NIGHT VAPOR BNF - Manual

Horizon Hobby NIGHT VAPOR BNF - Manual
Instruction Manual
Created 03/10
RTF PKZU1100
BNF PKZU1180
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NOTICE
All instructions, warranties and other collateral documents are subject to change at the sole discretion of
Horizon Hobby, Inc. For up to date product literature, visit http://www.horizonhobby.com/ProdInfo/PKZU1100.
Meaning of Special Language
The following terms are used throughout the product literature to indicate various levels of potential harm
when operating this product:
WARNING: Procedures, which if not properly followed, create the likely probability of physical property
damage AND may lead to a dangerous condition or cause death or serious injury to the user, OR procedures,
which if not followed, create the high probability of superficial injury.
ARNING: Read the ENTIRE instruction manual to become familiar with the features of the
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product before operating. Failure to operate the product correctly can result in damage to the
product, personal property and cause serious injury.
This is a sophisticated hobby product and NOT a toy. It must be operated with caution and common sense
and requires some basic mechanical ability. Failure to operate this Product in a safe and responsible
manner could result in injury or damage to the product or other property. This product is not intended for
use by children without direct adult supervision. Do not attempt disassemble, use with incompatible
components or augment product in any way without the approval of Horizon Hobby, Inc. This manual
contains instructions for safety, operation and maintenance. It is essential to read and follow all the
instructions and warnings in the manual, prior to assembly, setup or use, in order to operate correctly and
avoid damage or serious injury.
Product Registration
Register your product online at www.parkzone.com/register.
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CAUTION: Procedures, which if not properly followed, create the probability of physical property damage
AND a possibility of serious injury.
Product Registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Product Support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Night Vapor RTF Contents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Night Vapor BNF Contents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Safety Precautions and Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Battery Warnings and Guidelines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
First Flight Preparation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Battery Charging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Installing the Flight Battery in the Airplane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Transmitter and Receiver Binding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Transmitter Specific Binding Instructions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Additional Binding Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Transmitter Control Identification. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
LED Identification. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Control Test. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Reversing the Flight Controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Control Centering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Dual Rate Function (RTF Only), and CG. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Receiver Control Unit Description, Arming and Motor Control Test. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Flying Checklist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Replacing/Removing the Landing Gear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Replacing the Vertical Fin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Replacing the Wing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Replacing the Propeller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Replacing the Prop Shaft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Replacement Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Optional Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Troubleshooting Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Warranty and Repair Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
FCC Statement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Compliance Information for the European Union. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
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NOTICE: Procedures, which if not properly followed, create a possibility of physical property damage AND a
small or null possibility of injury.
Table of Contents
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Introduction
Congratulations on the purchase of your ParkZone® Ultra Micro Series Night Vapor RTF/BNF. Its feather-light
flying weight, slow speed and integrated LED lights make it possible for you to experience a whole world
of unique RC adventures. Touch-and-gos off the dining room table, spot landing contests in the conference
room, starlit sorties in the backyard on calm summer nights—the Night Vapor can do it all. You can even fly
it in complete darkness with its LEDs as the only light source.
Night Vapor BNF Contents
• Night Vapor Airframe
• 4 AA batteries
• 70mAh 3.7V 14C Li-Po battery
• 1S 3.7V DC Li-Po battery charger, 0.3A charge rate
A DSM2-compatible aircraft transmitter is required to complete your Night Vapor.
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Product Support
For assistance in charging, setting up, binding or operating your Night Vapor, please see page 23 to contact
the appropriate Horizon Product Support office.
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This manual will help you get the most from every flight you take. In it you will find battery-saving charging
tips, recommended control setups, detailed binding instructions and more.
Specifications
Wingspan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.25 in (335mm)
Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 in (420mm)
Weight (with battery). . . . . . . . . . 16.4 g (0.6 oz)
Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70mAh 3.7V 14C Li-Po
Charger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1S 3.7V DC Lithium Polymer Battery Charger (included)
Transmitter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3+ channel with Spektrum™ 2.4GHz DSM2™ technology
On-Board Electronics . . . . . . . . . 3-channel Rx/ESC with LED port
Night Vapor RTF Contents
• Night Vapor Airframe
• 8 AA batteries
• 70mAh 3.7V 14C Li-Po battery
• 2.4GHz DSM2 Transmitter
• 1S 3.7V DC Li-Po battery charger, 0.3A charge rate
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 results in damage to the product or the property of others. We also highly encourage
you to seek the help of another experienced pilot if you have little to no RC experience.
This model is controlled by a radio signal subject to interference from many sources outside your control.
This interference can cause momentary loss of control so you should always keep a safe distance in all
directions around your model, as this margin will help avoid collisions or injury.
Age Recommendation: 14 years or over. This is not a toy. This product is not intended for use by
children without direct adult supervision.
• Never operate your model with low transmitter batteries.
• Always operate your model in an open area away from cars, traffic or people.
• Avoid operation of your model in the street where injury or damage can occur.
• Never operate your model in the street or in populated areas for any reason.
• Carefully follow the directions and warnings for this and any optional support equipment (chargers,
rechargeable battery packs, etc.) you use.
• Keep all chemicals, small parts and anything electrical out of the reach of children.
• Moisture causes damage to electronics. Avoid water exposure to all equipment not specifically
designed and protected for this purpose.
• Never lick or place any portion of your model in your mouth as it could cause serious injury or
even death.
Battery Warnings and Guidelines
The 1S 3.7V DC Lithium Polymer Battery Charger (PKZ3240) included with the Night Vapor has been
specifically designed to safely charge the included 70mAh 3.7C 14C Li-Po battery. You may also use
the E-flite® Celectra™ 4-Port Charger (EFLC1004). You must read the following safety instructions
and warnings before handling, charging or using the Li-Po battery.
CAUTION: Li-Po batteries are significantly more volatile than the alkaline, Ni-Cd or
Ni-MH batteries used in RC applications. All instructions and warnings must be
followed exactly. Mishandling of Li-Po batteries can result in a fire, personal injury,
and/or property damage.
The Night Vapor receiver unit features a soft low voltage cutoff (LVC) that occurs when the battery reaches
3V under load. When the soft cutoff occurs, the ESC of the receiver unit reduces power to the motor
(regardless of the power level set with the throttle stick) in order to prevent the voltage of the battery from
dropping below 3V. This power reduction usually requires you to land the model immediately, at which point
you should power down the model and unplug the flight battery. While it is possible to power the model up
and fly again after the soft LVC occurs, this is NOT recommended as this will over-discharge the battery.
Continued discharging to the soft LVC will cause permanent damage to the Li-Po battery resulting
in lost power and duration during subsequent flights, or failure of the battery entirely. Continued
attempts to further discharge the battery may also result in loss of control while the motor is running, as the
voltage may drop below the minimum operating voltage of the receiver and the other electronics.
Also, you should not fly to the soft LVC every time you fly. Instead, you should be aware of the power level
of the battery/airplane throughout the flight. If at any time the airplane begins to require more throttle than
typical to maintain flight, you should land the airplane immediately. Routinely discharging the battery to the
soft LVC can still cause permanent damage to the battery.
Note: Battery performance can suffer greatly in cooler temperatures. Batteries should be warm
before flight. Note: Always unplug the battery from the receiver after use. Never store the airplane with the
battery still plugged in. Failure to follow this will cause the flight battery to over-discharge and it will become non-functional.
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Please note this checklist is not intended to be a replacement for the content included in this manual.
Although it can be used as a quick start guide, we strongly suggest reading through this manual completely
before proceeding.
❏❏ Remove and inspect contents.
❏❏ Install 4 AA batteries into the battery charger.
❏❏ Install 4 AA batteries into the included transmitter (RTF only).
❏❏ Begin charging the flight battery.
❏❏ Bind the receiver to your chosen Spektrum or JR DSM2 equipped transmitter (BNF only).
❏❏ Test the controls.
❏❏ Familiarize yourself with the controls.
❏❏ Confirm or set up control throws.
❏❏ Find a suitable area for flying.
Battery Charging
See the Battery Warning and Guidelines section and familiarize yourself thoroughly with it before continuing.
Follow these steps to charge the Li-Po battery with the included charger.
1. Remove the cover on the bottom of the charger and install four of the included AA batteries, noting
proper polarity. Replace the cover after the AA batteries are installed.
2. Slide the battery into the slot on the charger. The end cap of the battery is specifically designed to
allow the battery to be slid into the slot easily one way (usually with the label on the battery facing
outward) to prevent reverse polarity connection. However, check for proper alignment and polarity
before proceeding to the next step.
3. Gently press the battery and its connector into the charge jack/connector located at the bottom of the
slot in the charger.
4. When you make the connection successfully, the LED light on the charger turns solid red, indicating
charging has begun.
5. Charging a fully discharged (not over-discharged) 70mAh battery takes approximately 30–40 minutes.
As the battery nears full charge, the LED begins to blink. When the battery is fully charged, the LED
light blinks approximately every 20 seconds or goes out entirely.
Note: The Li-Po battery included with your Night Vapor arrives partially charged, so the initial charge
may only take 15–20 minutes.
Note: You can expect to charge the Li-Po flight battery 10–15 times before needing to replace the AA
batteries in the charger. Replacing the included batteries with alkaline batteries results in more
charge cycles.
Note: If the LED remains on for longer than 40 minutes while charging and/or 5 seconds after
removing the Li-Po fight battery, replace the AA batteries in the charger.
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Li-Po cells should not be discharged to below 3V each under load. In the case of the Li-Po battery used for
the Night Vapor, you will not want to allow the battery to fall below 3V during flight.
First Flight Preparation
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• By handling, charging or using the included Li-Po battery you assume all risks associated with lithium
batteries. If you do not agree with these conditions, return your complete Night Vapor model in new,
unused condition to the place of purchase immediately.
• You must charge the included Li-Po battery in a safe area away from flammable materials.
• Never charge the battery unattended. When charging the battery you should always remain in constant
observation to monitor the charging process and react to potential problems that may occur.
• After flight, the battery must be cooled to ambient temperature before charging.
• DO NOT USE A Ni-Cd OR Ni-MH CHARGER. Failure to charge the battery with a compatible
charger may cause a fire, resulting in personal injury and/or property damage.
• If at any time during the charge process the battery begins to balloon or swell, discontinue charging or
discharging immediately. Quickly and safely disconnect the battery, then place it in a safe area away
from flammable materials to observe it for at least 15 minutes. Continuing to charge or discharge a
battery that has begun to balloon or swell can result in a fire.
• A battery that has ballooned or swollen even a small amount must be removed from use immediately.
• Store the battery at room temperature in a dry area for best results.
• When transporting or temporarily storing, the battery temperature range should be from 40˚-120˚F.
Do not store battery or model in a car or direct sunlight whenever possible. If stored in a hot car, the
battery can be damaged or even catch fire.
• Do not over-discharge the Li-Po flight battery. Discharging the battery too low can cause damage to
the battery resulting in reduced power, duration or failure of the battery. (See below for details.)
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MLP4DSM, Vapor, Ember 2, P-51 Transmitter
1. When you see the LED on the receiver begin to flash rapidly, push the left stick on the transmitter
inward into the case (NOT pulling down on throttle stick) until you hear it click.
2. While pushing the stick in, power on the transmitter; release the stick once the transmitter is powered
on. The transmitter will beep and the LED on the face of the transmitter will pulse.
3. Once the transmitter stops beeping it will take a second or two to connect with the airplane.
Note: It can be difficult at times to see the LED blink (indicating you are in bind mode), therefore slowly
count to five once you have connected the battery and the airplane should enter bind mode at
that time.
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Once the Li-Po battery is fully charged, you can install it in the airplane. This is done by placing it into the
battery holder on the bottom of the fuselage. Make sure the plug faces the rear of the airplane.
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Transmitter Specific Binding Instructions
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Installing the Flight Battery in the Airplane
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Note: The battery holder can slide forward and backwards to allow for Center of Gravity adjustment.
Note: Always disconnect the Li-Po from the receiver of the airplane when not flying. Failure to
do so will render the battery unusable.
Transmitter and Receiver Binding
Your Night Vapor RTF comes pre-bound to the included DSM2 transmitter. If you should need to re-bind your
airplane follow the simple directions below.
Setting the Airplane for Binding
1. Make sure the flight battery is disconnected from the receiver unit and the transmitter is turned off.
2. Plug in the flight battery into the airplane. When the LED on the receiver begins to flash rapidly, then
immediately proceed to instruction for your transmitter below.
Note: Although the transmitter included in your Night Vapor is 4-channel capable, the airplane is a
3-channel aircraft with proportional throttle, elevator, and rudder control. For this reason, the
rudder control is on the right stick.
Binding is the process of programming the receiver of the control unit to recognize the GUID (Globally
Unique Identifier) code of a single specific transmitter. It will be necessary for you to “bind” your chosen
Spektrum DSM2 technology equipped transmitter to the receiver for proper operation. The following is a
list of some of the Spektrum DSM2-equipped transmitters and modules that will bind to the receiver of the
Night Vapor.
ParkZone Vapor Transmitter
E-flite MLP4DSM
JR 12X 2.4 Spektrum DX7/se
ParkZone Ember 2 Transmitter E-flite LP5DSM
JR X9303 2.4 JR X9503
Spektrum DX5e
Spektrum DX6i
DX5e or DX6i
1. To bind your Night Vapor to the DX5e or the DX6i, plug the battery into the receiver of the airplane. The
LED on the receiver will flash red rapidly indicating it is in bind mode.
2. Move the sticks and switches on the transmitter to the desired failsafe positions (low throttle and
neutral control positions are recommended).
3. Pull and hold the Trainer Switch on the transmitter while turning the transmitter on. Release the trainer
switch once the transmitter beeps.
4. The LED on the receiver will go solid red; the system will connect after several seconds.
DX7, DX7se, X9303, X9503, or 12X
1. To bind your Night Vapor to the DX7, DX7se, X9303, X9503, or 12X; plug the battery into the receiver of
the airplane. The LED on the receiver will flash red indicating it is in bind mode.
2. Move the sticks and switches on the transmitter to the desired failsafe positions (low throttle and
neutral control positions are recommended).
3. Press the bind button on the back of the transmitter while turning the transmitter on. The bind button
on the back of the transmitter will flash. Release the button after 2–3 seconds.
4. The LED on the receiver will go solid red; the system will connect after several seconds.
Additional Binding Information
Prior to each flight, power on your transmitter and wait for five seconds before you plug the flight battery
into the receiver. This allows time for the transmitter to scan and secure two open frequencies. If you plug
the flight battery in too quickly and miss the link, the receiver may inadvertently enter bind mode. If this
occurs leave the transmitter on, then disconnect and reconnect the flight battery.
Transmitter Control Identification
LED Identification
Note: B
efore each flight you should ALWAYS turn the transmitter on before connecting the flight battery
to the receiver unit. After each flight, be sure you always disconnect the flight battery from the
receiver unit before powering the transmitter off.
Mode 2
Rudder/Elevator Functions
Control Test
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Turn the transmitter on first and lower the throttle stick and trim completely. Then, plug the battery into the
battery receiver unit.
Note: The connectors on the battery lead are keyed to prevent reverse polarity connection. However, if
you force them together in the wrong orientation and with the wrong polarity it is still possible to
damage the battery and/or receiver unit.
Move the elevator stick on the transmitter forward and back to check elevator pitch control. When the stick
is pushed forward the elevator should move down.
Throttle Trim
Rudder Trim
Elevator Trim
Mode 1
Elevator Function
Rudder/Throttle Functions
When the elevator stick is pulled back, the elevator should move up.
Elevator Trim
Rudder Trim
Throttle Trim
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You must test the controls prior to the first flight to ensure none of the servos, linkages, or parts were
damaged during shipping and handling and that the controls function in the correct directions.
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Throttle Function
The Night Vapor is equipped with six LED lights. Below is a description of what each individual light
looks like.
• There are 3 LED lights on the leading edge of the wing. These lights are a bright white color and
remain solid.
• There are 2 LED lights on the trailing edge of the wing. The light on the right side of the wing (looking
from the front) will blink red, and the one on the left (looking from the front) will blink green.
• There is 1 LED light located near the tail of the aircraft. This light blinks blue.
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d. Right rudder trim button—rudder reverse
3. Continue holding the desired digital trim button down and turn the transmitter on.
4. Hold the digital trim buttons down for approximately five
seconds until tones are heard, confirming the selection.
5. Connect the flight battery and complete the flight control test, confirming all surfaces are operating in
the correct direction.
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Move the rudder stick left and right to check yaw control. When the stick is pushed to the right, the rudder
should also move right.
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n 3-channel aircraft, like the Vapor, the rudder is controlled by the stick usually used by the
ailerons on 4-channel aircraft.
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Dual Rate Function (RTF Only), and CG
If at any time during the test the controls respond in the opposite direction of operation of the flight controls,
follow your transmitter’s instructions to reverse the flight controls.
Once you’ve confirmed the flight control directions, all controls should be functioning properly. However, if
you continue to encounter problems with your Night Vapor responding properly to the transmitter, do not fly.
Digital Trims
The ParkZone 4-channel 2.4GHz DSM2 transmitter features digital trim buttons on all controls to make fine
adjustments. Center the control surfaces using the trims. If there is not enough electronic trim available, it
may be necessary to adjust the loops in the control linkages to center the surfaces.
Reversing the Flight Controls
The transmitter included with the Night Vapor is the same transmitter included in the PKZ Ember 2, Vapor,
and Ultra Micro RTF versions. It also functions identically to the transmitter included with the E-flite mCX
and mSR (MLP4DSM).
Note: For reversing with other transmitters, please refer to that transmitter’s
instruction manual.
Should the Night Vapor’s electronic components be used in another aircraft, you may find it necessary to
reverse the operation of flight control surfaces.
Reversing the rudder and elevator operation can be accomplished by following the steps below.
1. Be certain the battery is unplugged from the aircraft and the transmitter turned off.
2. Push down on the digital trim button for the surface you would like to reverse.
a. Top elevator trim button—elevator normal
b. Bottom elevator trim button—elevator reverse
c. Left rudder trim button—rudder normal
The 4-channel 2.4GHz DSM2 transmitter included with the Night Vapor features dual rate capability. The
default setting is high rate. To access the low-rate function, press IN on the right gimbal. The LED light on
the transmitter will blink, alerting you the transmitter is on low rate. To return to high rate, push IN again on
the right stick.
Note: ParkZone STRONGLY recommends using the LOW-RATE setting for conducting the first
flight of your Night Vapor.
Center of Gravity
The Night Vapor’s front wing mount should be positioned at approximately 28–30mm behind the front of the
fuselage for the initial flights, with the front battery tray positioned at approximately 10–12mm behind the
front wing mount. The Night Vapor will fly at a wide range of CG positions, allowing you to alter the flying
characteristics of the aircraft. You may also experiment and add a little “trim” to the elevator to bring the
nose up slightly in flight. This allows the airplane to fly even slower.
Receiver Control Unit Description, Arming and Motor Control Test
The receiver installed on your Night Vapor is a lightweight combination of main motor electronic speed
control, servos and Spektrum DSM2-compatible receiver. The receiver unit is also equipped with a status
indicator LED.
Before each flight ALWAYS turn the transmitter on before connecting the flight battery to the receiver unit.
Never connect the flight battery to the receiver unit before powering the transmitter on. After each flight,
always disconnect the flight battery from the receiver unit before powering the transmitter off.
Note: The only time you should connect the flight battery to the receiver unit before powering on
the transmitter is when binding the receiver to the transmitter. Please see the Transmitter and
Receiver Binding section of this manual for more information.
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With the rudder stick pushed to the left, the rudder should move left.
In the event of an accident or before your first flights, check to make sure the flight control surfaces are
centered. It is much better to do this mechanically due to the mechanical limits of linear servos.
1. Make sure the transmitter trims are centered, and if your transmitter has them, sub-trims are set to 0.
2. Check to see if any of the flight control surfaces are not centered.
3. If the surface is not centered, use a pair of pliers and carefully lengthen or shorten the pushrod by
bending the U-shape in the pushrod.
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Control Centering
❏❏ Always turn the transmitter on first.
❏❏ Plug the flight battery into the lead from the receiver.
❏❏ Allow the receiver to initialize and arm properly.
❏❏ Fly the model.
❏❏ Land the model.
❏❏ Unplug the flight battery from the receiver.
❏❏ Always turn the transmitter off last.
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Flying Checklist
To remove the landing gear, follow these steps:
1. Gently grasp the landing gear base and pull the landing gear out of the mounts.
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Once you place the airplane in a safe area, free of obstructions, and are clear of the propeller, you can safely
begin to power up the model for proper operation of the motor.
• Advance the throttle stick upward slowly, just until the propeller begins to spin, DO NOT attempt to fly
the airplane at this time. Note the direction the propeller spins. If viewed from the front of the airplane,
the propeller will spin counterclockwise. If it is spinning backwards, disconnect the battery and reverse
the polarity of the motor’s input power leads.
Replacing/Removing the Landing Gear
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The following checklist contains the steps to ensure proper arming and operation of the receiver unit, as
well as the proper motor response.
• The throttle stick MUST be set in the lowest possible position, and for most transmitters, the throttle
trim must also be set to the lowest possible position in order for the receiver unit to arm. If this is
the first test flight, or a test flight following repairs, you should also center the rudder, elevators, and
aileron trims.
• When the status LED on the receiver becomes solid blue, the receiver unit is initialized and ready for
flight. Also, as long as you had the throttle stick in the idle position and the throttle trim in the lowest
possible position during initialization process, the ESC/motor will now be armed. Use caution as the
propeller will spin with throttle stick input.
Note: If the status LED on the receiver does not become solid blue, review the following.
• If after blinking red the status LED becomes solid blue, but you have no control of the motor, you have
a positive Radio Frequency (RF) link between the transmitter and receiver, but the throttle stick and
throttle trim may not be set to the correct positions. Check that the throttle stick is in the lowest
possible position, and that the throttle trim is set to the middle or a lower-than-middle position. If you
now have control of the motor proceed to the next step of the checklist.
• If the blinking blue status LED keeps flashing, you do not have a positive RF link between the
transmitter and receiver. Check to be sure the transmitter has been powered on. If the transmitter is
powered on and functioning properly, disconnect the flight battery from the receiver unit, then
reconnect it. The receiver unit should initialize and arm properly.
Note: If you inadvertently enter Bind Mode, the LED on the receiver flashes red continuously. If this
occurs cycle the flight battery while the transmitter is on (if previously bound). If your receiver
will not initialize and arm after following the guidelines listed above, then rebind the receiver.
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Note: It may be difficult to remove the landing gear the first time.
2. Push the new landing gear legs into the mounting columns until the landing gear clicks into place.
Note: For slower flight, the model can be flown without the landing gear if desired. It is recommended
to slide the battery forward to compensate for the weight of the landing gear.
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Replacing the Wing
To replace the vertical fin on your Night Vapor, follow the steps listed below.
1. Gently remove the clear pressure fitting tube located on the bottom of the aircraft.
All LEDs on the wing are permanently attached. The new wing will include a new set of LEDs. To replace the
wing follow the steps below:
1. Disconnect the main LED wire from the receiver board.
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2. Gently disconnect the pushrod from the control horn.
3. Slide the vertical fin out of the mounting column.
4. Reconnect the pushrod to the new vertical fin, and slide the vertical fin into the housing.
5. Slide the clear pressure fitting tube back into place.
2. Remove the LED that is attached to the tail of the aircraft.
Note: The LED is tack glued to the fuselage and it will be necessary to very carefully break the glue
joint loose.
3. Loosen the four screws on the wing mounting columns, and gently pull the wing off.
Note: When replacing the pressure fitting tube, do not jam it against the column; this will not allow the
vertical fin to move freely throughout its range of motion.
4. Slide the new wing back into place, and tighten the wing to the mounting columns.
5. Install the LED located near the tail, and tack glue it into place. Then, reconnect the main LED wire to
the receiver board.
Note: Use only a very small amount of hot glue or rubber cement to attach the LED to the fuselage.
Other adhesives may damage the LED.
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2. While holding the nylon nut, rotate the spur gear clockwise. The prop shaft will thread out of the nut.
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The propeller is threaded onto the shaft of the gearbox.
1. To remove the propeller, use needle-nose pliers or hemostats to grip the shaft.
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2. Spin the propeller counterclockwise to remove the old propeller.
5. Slide the new prop shaft into the gearbox.
6. Place the nylon nut on the back of the prop shaft. Spin the prop and spur gear counterclockwise. The
nylon nut will thread onto the prop shaft.
3. Thread the new 140mm x 45mm prop and spinner clockwise onto the gearbox shaft.
Replacing the Prop Shaft
You may need to replace the prop shaft in the gearbox should it become damaged. To replace the prop shaft:
1. Gently grasp the white nylon nut located at the back of the prop shaft using needle-nose pliers or
hemostats.
7. While holding the nylon nut in place, gently turn the spur gear counterclockwise to ensure the nut is
snug.
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3. Gently pull on the spur gear and the prop shaft will slide out of the gearbox.
4. Thread the 140mm x 45mm prop and spinner onto the new prop shaft by holding the spur gear and
turning the prop clockwise.
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Troubleshooting Guide
PKZ3001. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.7V 70mAh Li-Po Battery
PKZ3240. . . . . . . . . . . . . . DC 3.7V LiPo Charger
PKZ3302. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Propeller with Spinner (140mm x 45mm)
PKZ3307. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tail Skid: Vapor/Night Vapor
PKZ3316. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Motor: Vapor/Night Vapor
PKZ3322. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pushrod Set: Vapor/Night Vapor
PKZ3327. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gearbox without Motor: Vapor/Night Vapor
PKZ3328. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prop Shaft with Gear (2): Vapor/Night Vapor
PKZ3341. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transmitter, 2.4GHz with Spektrum DSM2
PKZU1106 . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Landing Gear Set: Night Vapor
PKZU1120 . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Wing with Lights: Night Vapor
PKZU1124 . . . . . . . . . . . . Horizontal Stabilizer: Night Vapor
PKZU1125 . . . . . . . . . . . . Rudder: Night Vapor
PKZUA1151 . . . . . . . . . . . 3-Ch Rx/ESC with LED port, DSM2
PKZU1161 . . . . . . . . . . . . Fuselage with Electronics: Night Vapor
PKZU1170 . . . . . . . . . . . . Replacement Airframe (no electronics or motor): Night Vapor
PKZU1167 . . . . . . . . . . . . Bare Fuselage: Night Vapor
EFLH1066. . . . . . . . . . . . . Replacement Servo Mechanics
EFLH1067. . . . . . . . . . . . . Replacement Servo Retaining Collars
If you have any problems with setup or programming that cannot be fixed by the Troubleshooting Guide,
please see page 23 and call the appropriate Horizon Product Support office.
Problem
Possible Solutions
Aircraft will not “throttle up” but all
other controls seem to function.
Lower throttle trim and/or throttle stick to their lowest settings.
Propeller or motor shaft is broken.
Replace with Prop with Spinner (PKZ3302) or Prop Shaft
(PKZ3328).
Aircraft appears to show significant
decrease in flight time.
Recharge flight battery completely.
Reverse throttle channel on specific transmitter if
applicable.
Replace PKZ3001 battery and read the “Battery Warnings and
Guidelines” section of manual.
Charger light stays on after Li-Po
battery is disconnected, or remains
on for longer than 40 minutes when
charging.
Replace AA batteries in charger.
Aircraft appears to have less power.
Lubricate the bushings of the gearbox.
Lubricate the bushings of the motor.
Optional Parts
In cold weather, prior to flight, make sure the flight batteries
are warm.
PKZ3052. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Battery Connector with Wire
EFLB1201S. . . . . . . . . . . . 120mAh 3.7V 14C Li-Po Battery*
EFLB1501S. . . . . . . . . . . . 150mAh 3.7V 12C Li-Po Battery*
EFLC1004. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Port 3.7V Li-Po Charger
EFLC1005. . . . . . . . . . . . . AC to 6V DC Adapter (United States)
EFLC1005AU. . . . . . . . . . . AC to 6V DC Adapter (Australia)
ELFC1005EU. . . . . . . . . . . AC to 6V DC Adapter (Europe)
EFLC1005UK. . . . . . . . . . . AC to 6V DC Adapter (United Kingdom)
SPM6825. . . . . . . . . . . . . Linear Servo Reverser
SPMR5500. . . . . . . . . . . . DX5e 5-Channel Transmitter Mode 2
SPMR55001. . . . . . . . . . . DX5e 5-Channel Transmitter Mode 1
SPMR6600. . . . . . . . . . . . DX6i 6-Channel Transmitter Mode 2
SPMR66001. . . . . . . . . . . DX6i 6-Channel Transmitter Mode 1
SPMR6600E. . . . . . . . . . . DX6i 6-Channel Transmitter Mode 2 (Europe)
SPMR66001E. . . . . . . . . . DX6i 6-Channel Transmitter Mode 1 (Europe)
SPMR7700 . . . . . . . . . . . DX7 7-Channel Transmitter Mode 2
SPMR77001. . . . . . . . . . . DX7 7-Channel Transmitter Mode 1
SPMR7700E. . . . . . . . . . . DX7 7-Channel Transmitter Mode 2 (Europe)
SPMR77001E. . . . . . . . . . DX7 7-Channel Transmitter Mode 1 (Europe)
*Note: F or longer flight times try using a larger capacity high-quailty battery such as the E-Flite
120mAh (EFLB1201S) or 150mAh (EFLB1501S) Li-Po batteries.
Use a larger capacity battery (unless it will not physically fit
without modification).
LED on aircraft remains flashing and
cannot be controlled by transmitter.
Unplug and reconnect flight battery.
Move transmitter (powered on) a few feet from the aircraft prior
to reconnecting the flight battery.
Move transmitter and aircraft away from large metal objects
when binding/linking.
Rebind the aircraft to the desired compatible transmitter.
LED on aircraft will not illuminate.
Replace with Main Wing with Lights (PKZU1120)
Aircraft appears to roll, yaw and pitch
towards a certain direction.
Trim control surfaces using the transmitter until the aircraft no
longer moves that direction.
Controls appear to be reversed after
binding to a different transmitter.
Read the “Control Test” section of manual.
Aircraft does not function after
connecting flight battery and the
aircraft smells burnt.
Replace the PKZUA1151 receiver board and check for correct
polarity when connecting the flight battery.
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Replace AA batteries in charger or use AC to 6V DC Adapter and
recharge flight battery completely.
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Replacement Parts
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Non-warranty repair estimates will be billed a minimum of ½ hour of labor. In addition you will be billed for
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repair is only available on electronics and model engines.
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(the “Product”) will be free from defects in materials and workmanship at the date of purchase by the
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Warranty Inspection and Repairs: To receive warranty service, you must include your original sales
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Hobby.
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Warranty and Repair Policy
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Horizon Hobby
Address
Phone Number/ Email
Horizon Service Center
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61822 USA
877-504-0233
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Questions, Assistance, and Repairs: Your local hobby store and/or place of purchase cannot provide
warranty support or repair. Once assembly, setup or use of the Product has been started, you must contact
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 direct your email to productsupport@
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FCC Statement
Inspection or Repairs: If this Product needs to be inspected or repaired, please call for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA). Pack the Product securely using a shipping carton. Please note that original boxes
may be included, but are not designed to withstand the rigors of shipping without additional protection. Ship
via a carrier that provides tracking and insurance for lost or damaged parcels, as Horizon is not responsible
for merchandise until it arrives and is accepted at our facility. A Service Repair Request is available at www.
horizonhobby.com on the “Support” tab. If you do not have internet access, please include a letter with
your complete name, street address, email address and phone number where you can be reached during
business days, your RMA number, a list of the included items, method of payment for any non-warranty
expenses and a brief summary of the problem. Your original sales receipt must also be included for warranty
consideration. Be sure your name, address, and RMA number are clearly written on the outside of the shipping carton.
This product contains a radio transmitter with wireless technology which has been tested and found to
be compliant with the applicable regulations governing a radio transmitter in the 2.400GHz to 2.4835GHz
frequency range.
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.
Caution: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
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Compliance Information for the European Union
Declaration of Conformity
(in accordance with ISO/IEC 17050-1)
No. HH20100032401
PKZ Night Vapor RTF
PKZU1100
Equipment class:
1
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 collection 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.
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Product(s):
Item Number(s):
Instructions for Disposal of WEEE by Users in the European Union
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EN 300-328
Technical requirements for Radio equipment.
EN 301 489-1, 301 489-17
General EMC requirements
EN 60950
Safety
Signed for and on behalf of:
Horizon Hobby, Inc.
Champaign, IL USA
March 24, 2010
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The object of declaration described above is in conformity with the requirements of the specifications listed
below, following the provisions of the European R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC:
Steven A. Hall
Vice President
International Operations and Risk Management
Horizon Hobby, Inc.
Declaration of Conformity
(in accordance with ISO/IEC 17050-1)
No. HH2010032402
Product(s):
Item Number(s):
PKZ Night Vapor BNF
PKZU1180
Equipment class:
1
The object of declaration described above is in conformity with the requirements of the specifications listed
below, following the provisions of the European R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC:
EN 301 489-1, 301 489-17
General EMC requirements
Signed for and on behalf of: Horizon Hobby, Inc.
Champaign, IL USA
March 24, 2010
Steven A. Hall
Vice President
International Operations and Risk Management
Horizon Hobby, Inc.
© 2010 Horizon Hobby, Inc.
ParkZone® products are distributed exclusively by Horizon Hobby, Inc.
US patents D578,146. 7,391,320.
PRC patent number ZL 2007 2 0069025.2
Other patents pending
DSM and DSM2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Horizon Hobby, Inc.
The Spektrum trademark is used with permission of Bachmann Industries, Inc.
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