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AVIOS (PNF) Albatross HU-16 V2 US Coast Guard Flying Boat 1620mm (63.7")

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AVIOS (PNF) Albatross HU-16 V2 US Coast Guard Flying Boat 1620mm (63.7")


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When AVIOS released the Albatross HU-16 back in early 2019 it was extremely well received around the globe. This was due to being something just that little bit different in a PNF format, had excellent flying qualities, looked great, and was fun to fly off of land, and particularly on water where it was in its element.

The best though can always be made even better, so AVIOS has now introduced the Albatross HU-16 V2, this comes in a striking US Coast Guard color scheme with factory-applied decals. Other improvements include clear cockpit windows for an improved scale appearance, better slow flight performance due to less paint which saves weight (the white in the color scheme is the natural color of the EPO foam), and perfectly color-matched plastic parts for a better appearance and finish. Also, the lengths of the servo leads and electronic wiring have been reduced to further save weight, improve access, and make for a neater installation. Last but not least is a clear plastic water rudder, this is more discreet but is still fully functional.

The AVIOS Albatross HU-16 is a beautiful twin-engine flying boat with a large monohull, and wing floats, the entire underneath of the front portion of the hull is reinforced with plastic. This allows it to happily take the knocks and bangs of using a grass airfield to fly from, but as mentioned before, it really does come into its own when operating from your favorite lake or waterway. Taxi-ing, and lining up for take-off are made all that much easier with the water rudder and the supplied Aerostar forward/reverse water-resistant ESC's. Built-in flaps provide plenty of lift and make the landings and take-offs that much easier and extremely scale-like.

The Plug-N-Fly Albatross is powered by twin pre-installed Aerostar 3536-850KV brushless outrunner motors driving scale 3-blade 10x6 propellers. The 2 Aerostar 30A reversing ESC's are also pre-installed along with the 7 splash-proofed 9g servos. The Albatross was designed around a 3000~4000mAh 4S battery, but for scale flying it is equally at home on a 4000~5000mAh 3S battery. With the 3S 5000mAh set-up, flights of around 15mins are possible with mixed throttle use. EPO foam is still used for all the major components, this gives strength, durability, and the surface finish is excellent. Also included are navigation lights, molded cowlings, and a comprehensive hardware pack which includes pushrods, and screws, etc.

The Albatross in its US Coast Guard color scheme provides a great presence in the air, looks outstanding, and scale low passes over water are an absolute dream, even more so now thanks to the weight saving. If you have never flown a model off of water before, and have never experienced the pure joy and fun of doing so, then the Albatross is the perfect model to get your water wings with! So, get out on the water and go soaring across the sky with the Avios Albatross HU-16 V2.

• Versatile flying boat design, great from grass, amazing from water.
• Striking US Coast Guard color scheme with factory-applied decals.
• Pre-installed twin AeroStar brushless motors and water-resistant reversing ESCs (suitable for differential thrust set-up if desired)
• Clear cockpit windows for improved scale appearance
* Reduced all up weight improving stability and slow flight performance.
• Clear plastic, discreet water rudder
• Navigation lights

Wingspan: 1620mm (63.7”)
Length: 1210mm (47.6”)
Weight: 2300g
Motor: 2 x AeroStar 3536 850KV brushless outrunner
ESC: 2 x AeroStar 30A RVS brushless
Propellers: Scale 3-blade 10x6
Servos: 7 x 9g (splash-proof)

1 x 6ch transmitter and receiver
1 x 3000~4000mAh 4S LiPo battery
1 x 4000~5000mAh 3S LiPo battery
Foam glue

Please note: A copy of the Instruction Manual can be found under the "Manual/Files" tab above, and don't forget to check out our official flight review under the "Video" tab above as well.

  • IC/2:Elec Electric
  • Motorsize(diam-or-cc) 35.00
  • Wingspan(mm) 1620.00
  • Length(mm) 1210.00
  • Avios (PNF) Albatross HU-16 V2 Flying Boat Official Review and Flight Test Video
  • Unboxing of the Avios (PNF) Albatross HU-16 Flying Boat by Petrincic Bros RC
  • Unboxing and assembly of the Avios (PNF) Albatross HU-16 Flying Boat by JohnVHRC
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Tom | Verified Buyer

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Excellent Aircraft

Jan 20, 2023

3rd one for me. Have V1 n now 2 of V2. Will repaint this one to USAF scheme. Fit and finish are perfect. Will add under wing tanks like I have for the other two. FMS 1400mm F-4 tanks are a perfect size/fit.

Gerd | Verified Buyer

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Tolles Modell

Jan 19, 2023

Dies ist schon mein zweites Modell. Es ist schnell gebaut und fliegt hervorragend. Die Starts immer gegen den Wind bei idealerweise leicht gekräuseltem Wasser. Ich habe die beiden Motoren ans Seitenruder gekoppelt, dann ist das Wasserruder obsolet. Über einen Schalter ist die Funktion im Flug abschaltbar. Nie über einen stehenden Motor kreisen. Über einen weiteren Schalter schalte ich die Motoren auf Rückwärtsgang. So ist auch bei ungünstigen Windverhältnissen ein sauberes Manövrieren einfach. Wenn man aufs Seitenruder eine Flightcam mit Weitwinkel montiert gelingen tolle Aufnahmen. Aber nicht vergessen, den Schwerpunkt mittels Akku anzupassen, sonst brauchst du auch wie ich ein zweites Modell. Volle Empfehlung.

marcorenato76 | Verified Buyer

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Good value for money

Jan 02, 2023

The wing fixings, the battery support plate and some aesthetic parts such as the fake landing gear wheels and the nose would need to be re-glued. I also reinforced the hinges of the control surfaces (rudder, elevator, ailerons and flaps) with tape. Remains however overall a model with a good quality - price ratio that flies very well and has an excellent presence in flight. Not really suitable for beginners.On the fourth flight, due to a pilot error I had a major crash. I repaired it completely and re-glued it with UHU POR glue, it was almost like new again and flies beautifully. I just had some difficulty replacing the tail rudder servo

Spike | Verified Buyer

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Just What I Wanted

Nov 14, 2022

Arrived in excellent condition and without too much delay, given that it originated in Hong Kong. Lots of details and a joy to build.

FlyGor | Verified Buyer

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One of the best twin models

Nov 02, 2022

This is one of the best quality twin engine kits. Supper high value and this is my favorite plane to fly. Many happy flight on this kit.

Stonner lake | Verified Buyer

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Flew like achamp

Oct 30, 2022

Flew this plane for the first time up at West Stoner lake. Had a great first flight with no issues and no adjustments needed. I enjoyed the flight, the plane looked sharp in the air and had no problem with take off or landing.

Ajax | Verified Buyer

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Good quality product

Oct 16, 2022

Came in a good amount of time. Nicely packed

Larry | Verified Buyer

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Easy Peasy

Sep 28, 2022

Albatross went together very easily with screws and a dab of foam glue,used my RadioLinlk AT10 TX AND Rx.Used the recommended throws on all control surfaces but a lot of expo in radio for smooth flying,did not add in low rates,tons of power to pull up quickly to avoid trees at end of pond.Gets up on plane and breaks surface water very well and lands smoothly on water,have not tried grass yet.Definetley recommend for float pilot fans. I also love the size of plane,big but can still put in my van with wings on.

Flyer | Verified Buyer

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Great flyer

Sep 21, 2022

This plane is a definite winner, for the price and the quality, you can’t beat it. This Version two with the Coast Guard scheme is super visible, and gets a lot of attention. Water handling is top notch , nice and slow on approach, and long flight times. Don’t get rid of this one you guys. You did a great job on the build quality and price point. keep up the good work.

A&P Mechanic | Verified Buyer

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Decent Flyer

Sep 18, 2022

Make sure to apply extra glue to the motor mounts to the wing or you might lose a motor & engine mount & prop.

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