E-flite Apprentice STS 1.5m RTF Electric Airplane (1500mm) w/SAFE & DXS Transmitter

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E-flite Apprentice STS 1.5m RTF Electric Airplane (1500mm)
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This E-Flite Apprentice STS 1.5m Electric Airplane with SAFE technology is based on the popular learning platform of the Apprentice model. Its large size and 1.5 meter (59 inch) wingspan offers better visibility and the ability to handle more wind while learning to fly at an RC club flying field. Its inherently stable design plus SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology featuring Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced flight modes makes it easy to fly successfully, especially with the help of an instructor. The addition of exclusive Spektrum Smart components including a lithium polymer (LiPo) battery and charger make it more convenient to charge properly and safely. 

The Ready-To-Fly (RTF) version includes everything needed to fly in one box, and is the perfect choice if you're a new RC pilot. From the Spektrum DXS 2.4GHz transmitter you can use with other Bind-N-Fly (BNF) and BNF Basic aircraft after you learn to fly the Apprentice STS, to the 3S 3200mAh Smart LiPo battery that delivers long flight times and the convenient S120 USB-C Smart charger that can be used with a variety of USB power sources, there's nothing extra you need to buy or provide! And for both versions, the powerful and efficient brushless power system including a Smart ESC, plus the flight controller, receiver and servos, are all factory-installed in the durable EPO airframe that assembles quickly and easily without the need for glue or special tools.



  • Perfect for first-time pilots, experienced pilots that teach others to fly and club training programs
  • Official Trainer of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and many clubs worldwide
  • The ideal choice for new pilots when learning to fly with an instructor at an RC flying field
  • Exclusive SAFE® technology makes it easy to learn to fly
  • Easily upgrade to SAFE Plus GPS-enabled technology to add Auto-Land, Virtual Fence and Holding Pattern features
  • Optional and easy to install Landing Assist Sensor (LAS) available for smoother landings
  • Wide-stance tricycle landing gear with steerable nose wheel
  • Quick and easy assembly—no glue or special tools required
  • Durable EPO construction that's tough yet lightweight
  • Optional floats available for flying from water
Wingspan: 59" (1499 mm)
Airfoil Shape: Flat bottom
Approximate Flight Time: 5 minutes
Product Weight: 49 oz (1390g)
Technology: SAFE
Receiver: Included
Transmitter Range: Full
CG (Center of Gravity): 3.125" (79mm) from leading edge of wing measured at the fuselage
Motor Type: Outrunner
Approximate Assembly Time: No assembly required
Power Type: Electric
Battery: Included
Flaps: No
Propeller Size: 11" (279 mm)
Wing Area: 515 in sq (33.2 sq dm)
Band: 2.4GHz
Landing Gear: Prebent wire, tricycle configuration
Servos: Included
Speed Control: Included
Battery Type: LiPo 
Charger: Included
Flying Weight: 1500-2000g
Channels: 7
Recommended Motor Battery: 11.1V 3200mAh 30C 3S Smart LiPo with IC3 connector included
Minimum Speed Control: 30A included
Motor Type: Brushless
Product Length: 42.5" (1080 mm)
Radio: Included
Completion Level: Ready-To-Fly

  • (1) E-flite Apprentice STS 1.5m with:
    • (1) Brushless Outrunner Motor (installed)
    • (1) Smart 30A Brushless ESC (installed)
    • (2) 13-gram Digital and (4) 37-gram Servos (installed)
    • (1) Spektrum 3230 Flight Controller (installed)
    • (1) Spektrum 4650 Serial Receiver (installed)
  • (1) Spektrum DXS DSMX® 2.4GHz Transmitter
  • (1) Spektrum 3200mAh 3S 11.1V Smart LiPo Battery
  • (1) Spektrum S120 USB-C Smart Charger
  • (1) Product Manual
Needed to Complete:
  • Nothing! Everything you need is in the box!

This product was added to our catalog on May 27, 2021

Monday, Jul 5 2021 (about a year ago)
E-flite Apprentice STS 1.5m RTF Electric Airplane (1500mm)
I purchased this plane a few days ago. Assembled without issue. Have made over 20 flights now with no damage. I am 62 years old. It is my first time to fly an RC airplane.

The control systems work exactly as described. The SAFE technology is perfect for a beginner. I am still flying in beginner mode and will continue for awhile.

I am flying on a city park field area which has sparse grass cover but was recently mowed so there is an area that is relatively short cut grass. I have had quite a few bumpy landings with several nose overs. This plane can take some impact. Prop is unharmed.

I have flown in 8-9 mph wind with no serious issues, but certainly prefer calm conditions.

I did have one flight where the plane was downwind and before I knew ii the plane had climbed high and flown far enough that I could not tell which direction it was going. I had a bit of a panic but was able to stay calm and maneuver until I could determine which way the plane was flying and bring it back. This experience has made me consider purchasing the GPS module.

I am having great fun. Trying to determine how to bring my grandsons 5 and 3) into the fun but not sure I am ready to hand them the controller just yet. Maybe once I install the GPS.
Wednesday, Aug 18 2021 (11 months ago)
E-flite Apprentice STS 1.5m RTF Electric Airplane (1500mm)
After a 30 year break and flying my Stick 40 I decided to get the Apprentice. My fellow club members said it was the only way to go! I have been extremely happy with this plane. It almost fly's itself. In beginner mode it is extremely stable, Intermediate and Expert require some skill, but a panic button it always available. I have been flying this to get my skills and confidence back after 30 years.. it has been a fun ride. Always best to find a local AMA club and an Instructor to help if you are a true novice.
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Tuesday, Jun 14 2022 (3 weeks ago)
E-flite Apprentice STS 1.5m RTF Electric Airplane (1500mm)
This plane is great! Easy to fly. Only issues I have is the battery connector pushes out on the battery cover forcing the wheels and cover to pop out. Had to glue it back onto the body. Steering wheel is not straight and turns to the left real sharp and when it lands it popped off the tire from the rim. Had to glue it back on. Other than that it flies great.