FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Will the CF in the FiberFusion construction cause radio interference?
CF is not only used on PA aircraft but on other RC models including up market RC helicopters and sailplanes with much success. The occurrence of radio interference depends a lot on the quality and condition of the radio gear, the compatibility between transmitters and receivers of differing brands and the actual flying site in question. Like all other EP aircraft, there are special considerations for the placement of the receiver, ESC and antenna routing. CF will not directly cause radio interference provided the receiver is kept well away from RF generating gear like ESC, battery cables and motors. We recommend that the antenna cable to be routed so as not to run parallel and in close proximity or contact with any conductive materials and RF generating equipment and to use a reputable full range receiver and not to shorten the antenna cable.  For particularly interference prone flying fields, we recommend considering PCM or Spectrum based systems for better radio link integrity.

Can a beginner fly the Katana Mini? 
If you have already mastered orientation and are able to safely take off and land a model unsupervised, you can fly the Katana Mini! It is not intended to be a model for the absolute beginner to learn to fly on but when initially placed on conservative low rates, the Katana Mini is suitable to serve as a second or third model for the modeller to progressively move upwards. On high rates, the Katana Mini will be a formidable advance level training platform allowing advanced to expert level modellers to make a leap forward in their aerobatics training.  

Can the 2.4Ghz Spread Spectrum radios be used on the Katana Mini?
Yes. The Katana Mini has been successfully tested with the Spektrum DSM2  / DSMX system.

If I break something, are there available spares that I could buy? 
Yes. It is our intent to allow you to enjoy your model for as long as possible. The list of available spares is indicated in the instruction manual. They are available at your local PA distributor and directly from PA.  

The C-Clip on the motor shaft rubs against the center hole of the motor cage. Should modify the motor cage to suit my motor?
No. The C-clip and brass bushing are not required for the Katana Mini. Simply take them off. Enlarging the motor shaft opening on the motor mount may lead to motor mount failures and will void warranty.

Can I modify my Katana Mini to accommodate a larger and more powerful motor?
The use of larger and more powerful motor may lead to a possible airframe and motor mount failures. The Katana Mini has been design to take advantage of the recommended iPAs setup to attain design performance. Any modification to the airframe will void warranty.

Can I use other ESC apart from the recommended Quantum 30 Pro for the Thrust 20 motor?
Not all motors are fully compatible with all ESC so the answer is it depends on the type, brand and quality of the chosen ESC and particularly its setup parameters. For best performance efficiency, trouble free and cool operations, we recommend the Quantum 30 Pro which is merely a simple plug and play affair.

I only have had nitro or gas experience and I am new to electrics. How do I ensure success?
The detail pictorial instruction manual is quite comprehensive to serve as a guide to build the Katana Mini. To ensure complete success, we recommend purchasing the recommended iPAs gear to attain the intended performance and trouble free operation.

What is needed for assembly on the Katana Mini?
Non-slip or velcro pads for the battery tray & battery
Cable tie
Doublesided foam tape
Thin CA
30 minute Epoxy

Tools needed
1.5mm phillips screwdriver
2mm phillips screw driver
3mm phillips screw driver
1mm drill
1.5mm drill 
2mm drill
pin vise or mini drill
X-acto blade
Masking tape
Round File
Covering iron
Needle nose pliers
Blue or red Threadlock