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FLYSKY Paladin PL18 Mode 2 2.4GHz AFHDS3 18CH Radio System w/FTr10 and FTr16s Receivers

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FLYSKY Paladin PL18 Mode 2 2.4GHz AFHDS3 18CH Radio System w/FTr10 and FTr16s Receivers

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Note: Hobbyking exclusive version includes both FTr10 AND FTr16s Receivers! Other retailers only include the FTr10, but sell at the same price as us.

The FLYSKY Paladin PL18 Remote Control Radio is designed for precision flying. It was engineered to be intuitive with a powerful touchscreen setup. The Paladin comes with 18 channels and AFHDS 3 protocol. There are six model types to choose from Airplane, Helicopter, Glider, Delta Wing, Multicopter, and Engineering Vehicles making for a truly versatile radio. The package also comes with two receivers, the FTr10 and FTr16s.

AFHDS 3 is a third-generation RF technology that was developed by FLYSKY with the PL18 in mind. It is designed to have low latency (5ms), a stable protocol for use at longer ranges (up to 3.6 kilometers), even in the presence of interference. PL18 is designed to be compatible with many detachable RF modules to make the Paladin extremely flexible. There are dual omnidirectional antennas to ensure you have the best, stable signal even at longer ranges.

Setup is simple with an easy to understand touch screen interface combined with FLYSKY OS. The screen is a 320x480 capacitive color touchscreen. There are multiple switches (rotary, slide, 2-position, and 3-position) that you can configure just the way you want and with 18 channels you should be able to set up any configuration you need.

The Paladin comes with adjustable, high-precision Hall gimbals that can be easily set up for the four different modes of operation. You can choose between self-return or non-self returning sticks. Both gimbals have adjustable spring tension, as well as adjustment for dampening and max/min movement angle.

This remote control radio will give you all the precision you need for extreme flying.


• AFHDS 3 Protocol
• FTr10 and FTr16s receivers
• Metal Hall Gimbals
• 18 channels
• Six different model setups (Airplane, Helicopter, Glider, Delta Wing, Multicopter and Engineering Vehicles)
• 4300mAh battery (built-in), over 8 hours between charges
• USB charging, wireless charging with optional wireless charger
• Voice/vibration prompts
• USB simulator (For use with flight simulation software)
• Copy and paste model data
• Customizable switches
• Trainer function
• Stable signal even with over 40 transmitters being used at the same time


Specs Paladin PL18:
Channels: 18
Model Type: fixed-wing, helicopter, crossing machine, multi-axis, engineering vehicle
RF: 2.4GHz
RF Power: < 20 dBm
2.4GHz Protocol: AFHDS3
Distance: >3km
Channel Resolution: 4096
Battery: 1S (3.7V) 4300mAh (built-in)
Charging Interface: Micro USB / wireless charging
Charging Time: 6h@5V/7h@2A (wireless charging)
Lifetime: > 8h
Low Voltage Warning: <3.7V
Antenna Type: Dual antenna
Display: HVGA 3.5" TFT, 320x480
Language: Chinese and English
Simulator: USB Simulator
Data Interface: USB, Non-standard interface (USART), PHJACK (PPM)
Temperature Range: -10 ° C - + 60 ° C
Humidity Range: 20%-95%
Online Update: support
Dimensions: 214x86.5x192 mm
Weight: 946g
Certification: CE, FCC ID: N4ZFT1800, RCM


Specs FTR10: 
PWM channels: 10
RF: 2.4GHz
Protocol: AFHDS 3
Distance: >3500m
Antenna type: 103mm x 2
Power input: 3.5v-18V
Temperature: -15℃—+60℃
Humidity: 20%-95%
Update online: Yes
Size: 52x28x22mm
Weight: 22g
Certificate: CE,FCC ID: N4ZFTR1000


Specs FTr16S:
Channels: 16
Model type: Racing Drone
Data port: i-BUS/S-BUS/PPM
PWM channels: NO
RF: 2.4GHz
Protocol: AFHDS 3
Distance: 3500m
Antenna type: Dual antenna
Power input: 3.5v-8.4V
Temperature: -15℃—+60℃
Humidity: 20%-95%
Update online: Yes
Size: 20x12x3.1mm
Weight: 2g
Certificate: CE,FCC ID:N4ZFTR16S00


1 x Paladin PL18 Radio
1 x FTr16S Receiver
1 x FTr10 Receiver
1 x Sun cover for the screen
1 x L springs (packet)
1 x S springs (packet)
1 x Packet of Alloy Anti-slip control stick ends
1 x 3-way switch
1 x 2-way switch
1 x Micro USB cable
2 x Big Hand Grips

  • Capacity (mAh) 4300.00
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MadLoki | Verified Buyer

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Paladin pl18

Sep 09, 2021

The tx arrive in time, but display was damaged - couple (5 or 6) of wrong color lines 1 pixel wide appear there. I saw the same problem long ago in reviews, so maybe they send to me a defective device deliberately.
Instead of solving that by reclamation , i stay on this. Prefer flying plane before watching TX screen. Sunlight killing the tft visibility even on 100% of backlight anyway.
With rev 55 firmware I'm generally satisfied, except of some minor problem. One of them is, that You could not activate voice to readout telemetry as You need, second one was sw failure. When I replace 2 way switch for 3 way, change sw setting for that switch (swg), middle position of the switch could be set in timer, but is not working at all. Thats going for Flysky fail, not the HK.

Leo | Verified Buyer

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My Goto Transmitter

Jul 21, 2021

The Best For Me

Bart | Verified Buyer

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Unbeatable price/quality

Jul 04, 2021

Very good transmiier with a lot of possibilities and still easy menu.
A lot easier as my previous graupner MZ-18

D-rock | Verified Buyer

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Lots of bang for the buck!

Apr 23, 2021

I cannot complain about anything on this radio myself. Love it. Feels better in my hands then my DX8. Only using it for surface vehicles at the moment. The voice is an oriental chick and just love the accent when she says something! I call her Lilu! For $285 it is a deal. For years I was afraid to step outside of Spektrum but glad I did. I use this on my ships and a custom Tamiya semi truck and it has been more then sufficient and does a great job. I will move into planes soon and see how it does there. Might even try a heli on it as well. But so far so good!

jb | Verified Buyer

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Apr 18, 2021


I_got_fucked_up | Verified Buyer

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Never got the parcel - and they just closed the ticket to solve the issue!

Apr 10, 2021

This is the worst ever happened to me with HobbyKing! I ordered the FlySky Paladin on the 2.2.2021 and claimed to never got the parcel. They opened two tickets for that and told me, it can take up to 30 days to get a refund. Now, they just closed the ticket, because I was not online for 5 days... How stupid is that? Is that the way You treat Your customers? I will never ever order such an expensive piece at Your store!

phil2nice | Verified Buyer

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Excellent radio

Apr 09, 2021

A great system. very efficient, range is amazing, software upgrade very simple, even for receivers. i am extremly satisfied

Nikolay | Verified Buyer

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Apr 08, 2021

Very, very good transmitter, I have owned it for several months, very ergonomic, super gimbals, easy menu, no external antenna, built-in two internal antennas, perfect range, wireless charger, built-in 4300 MHz battery, top very convenient touch display that reads well in the sun, for each type of model offers you the icons you need for setup and much more. Receivers from Aliexpress. For this money receiving the best transmitter on the world market. For those who read this review do not pay at times money just for a name. Take this.

Jean-Pierre | Verified Buyer

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Beautiful object

Mar 05, 2021

A beautiful transmitter, "chic" as they say, packed in a luxury box. The Taranis owners who are reluctant to FrSky Open Tx programming will appreciate the more intuitive philosophy of the FlySky Paladin. A programmable voice output is missing ; FlySky says they are working on the subject.

Pl18 | Verified Buyer

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Flysky Paladin

Jan 02, 2021

This is one of the best quality RC transmitters on the market for the money you are paying. From the moment I took it out of the box it was oozing quality built solid feels awesome to hold gimbals are super smooth and incredibly accurate overall very impressed and it's definitely a keeper for me :)

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