Thanks to a generous donation from a former flyer, the club was gifted a Hobbico Nexstar Trainer Aircraft! In addition to the aircraft, we were also given a Hobbico Ultra Tote Box with all the accessories to setup and fly the aircraft. A special thanks to Gary Jones and Bubba Brotherton who got the aircraft into flying condition. The trainer is available to all our members to use to train future pilots who want to get into the hobby, however, you will need to provide a radio and fuel (see instructions below). Please contact any of our officers to get access to the aircraft. Before using the aircraft, read the instructions below which cover requirements, assembly and setup procedures. Manufacturer's manuals for the aircraft, motor and tote box posted on the left side of the page. 
Jimmy Gaona
(214) 641-1143
Safety Officer
Richard Gibson
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Club Trainer Aircraft: Hobbico Nexstar

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What You Will Need To Provide
Prior to using the trainer, you will need to provide fuel, a Spektrum DSM2 compatible radio, 12V field battery and a 4.8V Receiver or 3S battery.
(Note: There is a receiver battery in the tote box, however, its reliability is unknown.)
Also, a 12V field battery is not necessary if you have a manual glow plug starter, hand cranked fuel pump and hand start the engine
Nexstar Trainer Description
68.75” Wingspan, 56” Length, OS Max .46FXi Engine with an OS 8 glow plug and an Orange DSM2 9 Ch receiver. Leading edge extensions and airbrake flaps are installed to control speed and add flight stability to the trainer aircraft.
Hobbico Tote Box and Accessories
(In the storage drawer) Glow plug wrench, Futaba receiver battery tester, Futaba NR-4QB 4.8V Receiver battery, Receiver battery charger, Bind Plug, Extra Fuel Tubing, Needle Valve Extender/Limiter, Futaba PAR-2S Receiver with Active Flight Stabilization Module.
(In the outer shelf) Electric Fuel Pump with hoses, Glow Plug Starter, 12V Battery Charger, Engine Starter. We also have three extra 5x11" Hobbico Nylon Propellers (not shown).
Hobbico Tote Box Setup
Open the battery compartment and connect the leads to the 12V Field Battery. Plug the Fuel Pump, Glow Plug Starter and Motor Starter to the Power Panel connectors.
Nexstar Aircraft Setup
Warning: For safety purposes, the following steps should be performed on the Aircraft Stations by the runway. The following pictures were taken on the work tables for instructional purposes only.
Aircraft Power
1) You can power the aircraft with either a 3S battery (11.1V) or Receiver battery (4.8V). Set the On/Off switch on the side of the aircraft to the Off position. 
2) For a 3S battery, plug it into the 10A BEC via the balance connector, then connect the BEC to the On/Off switch connector. For a Receiver battery, connect the battery directly to the On/Off switch connector.
3) For a Receiver battery, connect the battery directly to the On/Off switch connector.
Verify the Servo Connections
4) Use the diagrams below to verify the solenoids and power switch are connected to the correct channels on the receiver. 
Bind the receiver to your radio
5) Set the On/Off switch on the side of the aircraft to the Off position. Insert a Bind Plug into the Bind Plug port on the Orange receiver. Set the On/Off switch to the On position. The LED on the Orange receiver should be blinking. Turn on the Spektrum DSM2 transmitter on and bind it to the receiver. The LED on the receiver should go from blinking to solid. Move the throttle, rudder and elevator levers on the transmitter and verify correct solenoids move.
Install the Battery into the Fuselage
6) Use the Velcro straps next to the fuel tank to secure the receiver, battery and BEC (if used) into the aircraft. Be sure that the servo and battery wires do not hinder the movement of the servos.
3S Battery & BEC Installed
Receiver Battery Installed
Fueling the Aircraft
7) Fill the tank with fuel before installing the main wing, so that you can see the fuel level in the tank. On the fuel pump make sure the switch is moved to the right. On the Power Panel make sure the fuel pump switch is set to "Fill".
8) Find the Fill Line by the engine and remove the plug from the line. Connect the red fuel line from the fuel pump to the fill line. Note: You may need to hold the fuel line to the fill line while pumping the fuel into the tank.
9) Insert the fuel line with the weighted filter on the end from the fuel pump into the container of fuel. Press the On/Off button on the power panel to start filling the tank. View the fuel level in the tank from inside the fuselage. Once the tank is full, press the On/Off button to stop the fuel pump. Disconnect the fuel line from the fill line and reinstall the plug into the fill line. Tuck the fill line behind the motor.  Prime the motor by blocking the air intake and manually turning the propeller until fuel enters the carburetor

10) Flip the main wing on its back and connect the Aileron Servo to the Aileron cable. Flip the wing right side up and install the wing to the fuselage. Secure the wing to the fuselage by tightening the nylon screw to the fuselage. Verify the wiring is not interfering with the servos by moving all the control surfaces using the transmitter.

Installing the Main Wing
Checking the Center of Gravity

11) Underneath the Main Wing are labels marking the center of gravity locations. Place your fingers under the center lines and lift the aircraft. With a full fuel tank, the plane should be a little nose heavy. With an empty tank, the aircraft should balance on the center line.

Glow Plug Settings

12) Set the Glow Heat settings to 1 on the Power Panel. Connect the glow plug starter to the glow plug on the motor by pushing down and twisting clockwise to lock the starter in place. Be careful that the glow plug cable is clear of the propeller path. To start the motor, adjust the Glow Heat settings between 4 to 5. Notice the amp meter should read around 2A to 2.5A. If the amp meter reads 0, the glow plug is bad.

12a) Note: To test if the glow plug is working or what glow heat settings to use, you can remove the glow plug from the engine and attach to the glow plug starter. Adjust the glow heat knob until the glow plug filament begins to glow. Use that glow heat setting as your starting point when starting the engine.

Starting the Engine

13) Set the throttle on the transmitter to about the ¼ position. Push the Motor Starter against the propeller with one hand while holding the fuselage with the other. Press the motor starter button to rotate the propeller until the motor runs on its own. Remove the glow plug starter from the motor.