Hitec released the eHawkeye to offer powered flight to their popular Hawkeye glider. Kurt and Rob throw one up in the air on a windy day in northern Ohio to see how the eHawkeye performs. Watch our 2 part review to see how the eHawkeye scores on our 5×5 review..
Even with a redesigned wing and an integrated power plant, the Hitec eHawkeye is easy to mistake as the non-powered Hawkeye glider. Although adding power to a glider is always a good idea for us Midwestern pilots, sometimes is just results in an “ok” addition to an airplane that you may find yourself leaving on the bench more often than not. Not the case with the eHawkeye and I’ll tell you why..
It’s inexpensive (99 bucks), small, portable, stable, and can offer up literally hours of fun on a warm summer day. We took the eHawkeye to a local field over Memorial Day weekend and found ourselves kicking back on a lawn chair (no, not recommended but it was private property:)) and letting the eHawkeye soar with the buzzards in a thermal for 45 minutes a shot. We brought it back down to fly some other stuff and we still had 85% power in the battery…after 45 minutes of graceful flight.
Don’t be confused, the eHawkeye can certainly hold its own with the throttle at just 50%. Our initial testing found us on a day without any good lift so we relied on the power plant to get us up to altitude and then played around with the descent. That yielded 15+ minute flights and we hadn’t quite reached cutoff. Crosswind, upwind, and downwind turns are all incredibly stable with the little eHawkeye making this an excellent park trainer for new pilots. For seasoned pilots it’s that little plane you always take with you in the car so you can squeeze in a flight just about anywhere you go. Simple, inexpensive, and well designed fun. Just one of many “pro eHawkeye” tag lines I can think of. And yes, Rob kept it. If it’s fun and small, Rob always steals them after the review.