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Katana 60 ARF

Katana 60 ARF


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Based on the Award winning top-aerobat KMX this plane is the ULTIMATE KATANA!

The New Katana 60 will do it all, taking aerobatics to the next level! Buckle up your seats, this will be a wild ride.  Get ready for the ultimate tumbles, the fastest and most axial rolls you will ever see, combined with the precision the PA Katana is well known for. Expect to have the well known PA slow speed 3D stability but the widest flight envelope we ever imagined possible! This is the plane that will blow your socks off….

Based on feedback from thousands of flyers worldwide the new Katana 60 incorporates the best of Precision Aerobatics Katanas to-date! Complete new aerodynamic design with new custom-made airfoils allowing for even wider flight envelope -from slow 3d flying to aggressive high energy tumbling to graceful precision.

This plane can be flown as sport plane for the beginner – (you’ll be amazed at how forgiving it is) or set up as aggressive flying machine for the advance pilot looking for energetic maneuvers. 

Powered by PA Thrust 60 RotorKool® equipped motor and PA Quantum 80 Evo ESC makes the Katana 60 extremely responsive providing absolute control, extreme performance and predictability, so you are able to get out of the most difficult situations with ease – and this builds confidence.

The Katana 60 is powered by two standard 2600mAh 11.1V packs (or a single 6s 2600mAh), this set up allows for 6 minutes of safe intensive 3D flight. This iPAs package has proven to be the most powerful yet most economical and reliable set up possible. Best of all, you don’t even need to know how to select your ESC, motor or battery or even need to learn how to program your ESC. Everything is done for you and all that is required is just to plug and play.

The Katana 60 is pre-assembled by our skilled staff who are specifically trained in building models using FiberFusion® construction techniques. In order to attain uniform performance for each and every model manufactured, we produce the planes on highly sophisticated and accurate jigs. Each set of wings are individually matched to each fuselage (this is something most factories don’t do even in giant scales production). We test assemble each airframe before shipping to ensure wing incidence, alignment and fit.

FiberFusion® is not just throwing some carbon fiber into the construction or spraying areas in black (as seen in some other models on the market today). FiberFusion® aircraft construction is a sophisticated engineering method, pioneered and developed by Precision Aerobatics. Each variance of fiber used in our models is carefully selected and utilized in a unique way seen ONLY in Precision Aerobatics models, resulting in a much lighter yet stronger and more rigid aircraft that will fly like nothing else! Unlike some manufacturers, we DO NOT add carbon fiber for merely the sake of adding it – as a marketing hype. We actually do it specifically to achieve an incredible low wing-loading for exceptional flight performance and handling characteristics without sacrificing airframe structural integrity in the process.

Two wing halves are removable, making it easily transportable for a model of this size. The wings are joined together with a carbon fiber wing tube and carbon fiber sleeve, that makes the Katana 60 a compact and durable aircraft. All flight surfaces are fully airfoiled, and the ailerons are already pre-hinged with the gaps sealed . For maximum aerodynamics, the aileron design and construction in this model is exceptional, made in such a way that the hinge gap is completely sealed as part of the wing, similar to the full size high-performance aerobatic planes. This is indeed quite complex to produce: the ailerons fit into the wing trailing edge tunnels, being glued and aligned in the factory. Despite the laborious production of this design we insist on producing the ailerons this way, as it ensures perfect aerodynamic flow over the airfoil, resulting in maximum efficiency of the control surfaces. To us, it is the aerodynamic performance that counts most.

Following PA tradition this model too gives the word QUALITY a whole new meaning. From the design through the construction, the hardware, level of finish, and  the attention to detail are second to none. Our Katana 60 is a TRUE ARF, 99% built for you in our factory. The brief assembly is a joy, and most modellers will have it setup in just a few evenings with the help of our online video build guide series, PA Builds.


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Required to complete:

PA Thrust 60 Revo 24 pole outrunner motor
PA Quantum Evo 80A ESC HV SBEC (6.0 / 7.4 / 8.0v)
One PA Gen2 LiPo 2600mAh 22.2V (6s) 30-60C (or two PA 3s 2,600mAh 11.1v)
Four NXT-200HV digital super-torque metal case and gears servo
VOX 16×7 wooden propeller
2.17″ PA Carbon Fiber Spinner

Note: Vortex Generators and Carbon fiber spinner are not included in the kit

iPAs Combos

Combos include the following:

iPAs Drive:
The drive package includes:

  • Katana 60 ARF
  • PA Thrust 60 Revo 24 pole outrunner motor with RotorKool Technology
  • PA Quantum Evo 80A ESC HV SBEC
  • CNC machined precision prop adapter 
  • Carbon Fiber X mount


iPAs Power:
The Power package includes

  • Katana 60 ARF
  • PA Thrust 60 Revo 24 pole outrunner motor with RotorKool Technology
  • PA Quantum EVO 80A ESC HV SBEC
  • CNC machined precision prop adapter 
  • Carbon Fiber X mount
  • 4 of NXT-200HV digital super-torque metal case and gears servo
  • Set of 4 Carbon Fiber extended servo arms specifically designed to achieve the desired linkage geometry for full control surface movement.  Note that the supplied servo arms are designed to match the NXT-200. If you already own these servos, please purchase the servo arms separately to ensure the correct linkages geometry is achieved.
  • Thin gauge twisted light extension lead (made in the same German factory as our giant scale airplanes HD leads). Due to its fine high quality strings it is extremely flexible preventing RF noises and features low internal resistance.
  • 16×7 VOX Wooden propeller


What is iPAs?  – Integrated Performance Airframe-Drive System



Unlike glow aircraft where it is mostly a matter of bolting on a specific size engine, the options for electric flight gear are simply overwhelming and matching electric gear to an airframe is a complex task for the average modeler and quite often can be very confusing.

Most manufacturers direct their customers to acquire a “compatible” motor and ESC or at best offer a “Combo” package that comprises of an off-the-shelf motor and ESC that would, in theory “fit” within the model’s power requirements.

Surveys we conducted showed that each and every EP models flyer has experienced at least one if not more of the following problems:

  • Unpredictable handling problems caused by reduced wing loading due to oversized motors or battery packs or ancillary gear.
  • Overheating or unwanted ESC cut outs due to over propping or undersized motors
  • Handling problems due to drastic shift in CG and overall weight distribution.
  • Unacceptable flight duration due to inefficient “hot” motors or undersized packs
  • Airframe structural failure due to increased aerodynamic loads caused by oversized drives and packs.
  • Overheating and swelling of battery packs caused by serious drive mismatch.
  • Less than optimum motor performance due to ESC incompatibility.
  • Crashes as a result of servo gear failures caused by excessive loads on the control surfaces or exceeding the maximum airspeed limits.
  • A huge disparity in flight performance observed in the promotional videos against actual aircraft.
  • Premature Motors, ESC and Battery failures or performance degradation over time due to mismatch setup.
  • Gear does not properly fit the airframe and requires modification.

We do not believe modelers should have to live with compromises in flight performances.

Through hundreds of hours of flight testing our airframe designs, we have established that there is a direct correlation between airframe and drive system, which influences the desired aerodynamic performance. This means that airframes and drives should not be treated as independent items, but as one integrated system.

Due to the extreme lengths taken in the design of the airframe, and the unprecedented flight testing period to finally achieve the desired aerodynamic characteristics, we felt a complete solution for this model is necessary. As a result, we have developed our iPAs, PA Integrated Performance Airframe-Drive System.

Each iPAs component has been carefully selected, tested individually and on the airframe itself. Any impacts on the overall flight performance and aerodynamic characteristics have been identified and addressed to ensure that all iPAs components interact in full synergy, as an integrated flight system within the constraints of the design specifications. Each component has then been further refined. The result achieved is a perfectly matched setup, successfully meeting the desired performance criteria.

For the first time, flyers have the unique opportunity to experience the exact aerodynamic performance as envisaged by our chief designer and team of test pilots minus all the guess work and unnecessary expense.


PA V4 Lipo 2600mAh 6S 22.2V 25-50c

PA Gen2 LiPo 2600mAh 11.1V (3s) 30-60C

Addiction XL / XR-61 / Ultimate AMR 60 power package without airframe

Thrust 60 Revo 24 Poles Motor with RotorKool technology

PA Quantum 70A Pro ESC New version user-selectable HV SBEC (6.0 / 7.4 / 8.0v)

NXT-200HV digital super-torque metal case and gears servo

XR-61 / Ultimate AMR 60 Carbon Fiber servo arms – 4pc

Katana 60 Carbon Fiber Vortex Generators

Thin gauge electric extension lead – 2 meter / 78″

VOX 16×7 Electric wooden propeller

2.17″ Carbon Fiber spinner

XR-61 / Katana MX / Extra MX wing bags

Padded Lipo carry bag

Customer Reviews

Coming soon!


Build videos

Episode 1:  


Episode 2:  

In this Episode of PA Builds Hans’ covers servo installation and the building of both types of linkages found on PA planes.

Episode 3: 

In Episode 3 of PA Builds Hans Kahlert continues explaining the propert techniques and methods of construction your PA ARF. Topics cover include: Installation of the tail, motorbox, and the pull-pull system

Episode 4: 

Hans Kahlert continues the build video series with Episode 4.
Topics covered include:
Landing gear assembly
Installation of the Motor, ESC, and air scoops
Cowling alignment and mounting
Installation of the Optional CF Vortex Generators

Episode 5: 

Hans Kahlert demonstrates the basics for a good radio setup as well as the methods to properly balance your model and its prop

Soldering Guide:  

PA Team Pilot Hans Kahlert continues along the “Builds” series with a special episode covering the proper techniques for soldering electrical components of your model. These methods are applicable for all soldering procedures including servo extensions and battery connectors.

PA recently upgraded the servos that are included with the iPAs packages with better performance in mind. The NXT High Voltage servos are far superior to the Hitec servos that were previously supplied with the models. They are effectively improving the plane performance and as such we felt that its not a good idea to hold on the upgrade of the servos in the iPAs package just because of the servo bays of the models that were just produced was already cut for Hitec. Instead we supply the model with spacers that allow the user to modify the servo bay to fit the NXT servos.

In this video Shaun Vanunu, Designer of PA models is showing how these spacers should be installed

Vox 15×8:  Provides excellent power for sport flying, 3D and precision flying, and yet is still very capable of high energy maneuvers. It has a slightly faster top speed compared to the 16×7, but offers an easier to manage throttle response. It also offers longer flight times.  Note: Because of the decreased prop diameter, it might provide slightly less prop wash in slow 3D, but it’s light weight gives quick spool up for easy exits out of tumbles, blenders and knife edge spins. Excellent prop for any style of flying. 


Vox 15×10:  For those specifically looking for high speed / high energy flying and is also very good for windy days. This prop’s strong point is high energy tumbles. It is still very good for slow 3D but you can expect the throttle response to be slightly sluggish in slow 3D, while the higher pitch gives an impressive top speed. 


Vox 16×7: The choice for those looking for the best slow and low 3D performance. It provides maximum prop wash, which means the best control possible during slow 3D and rolling harriers. It is a very good all-around prop, with a slightly slower top speed compared to the other props, but offers excellent 3d stability. It is still very capable of high energy. Please note: The larger diameter creates higher gyroscopic forces, which can make for some really interesting tumbles! 


Because these 3 propellers really change the way the plane flies, we recommend getting all 3 to determine which one you like best. During our flight testing we kept switching between these 3 props as they are all excellent choices.


Note: It is important to accurately balance your propeller prior to installation as poorly balanced propellers are inefficient and cause vibrations which are detrimental to your model and motor. A video showing how to check and balance your prop is available on our website. Use only propellers that are adequately sized to be within the specified limits of your motor.


Warning: Plastic APC “E” props of equivalent sizes are NOT recommended for any of the PA planes as they generate a lot of vibrations being out of balance. They also flex and will draw much higher amps compared to the Vox props at the same sizes being less efficient. Using them instead of the recommended Vox propellers can lead to a motor box failure!!

Spare Parts

Ultimate AMR 60 / XR-61 / Katana MX Carbon Fiber main landing gear

Ultimate AMR 60 / XR-61 Landing gear cuffs

MX Size Pair of lightweight wheels with wheel axles

MX Size Tail wheel assembly inc. tail wheel

German made PA ball links- 4pc

Aluminum CNC machined lightweight clevises Pack of 4

Replacement hatch latch