RC GLIDERS – SOARING LIKE EAGLES
RC gliders are the slow conquerors of the sky. Using every updraft and thermal,
these remote controlled gliders glide majestically and relaxed through the air.
Especially their low speed compared to the higher velocity of powered aircraft
make them the ideal RC model for beginners. If you have little or no experience
with flying model aircraft, the slow speed gives you enough time to get
acquainted with the controls and the imponderability’s of flight because
controlling the elevator, rudder and aileron at the same time can become a real
challenge for a beginner.
RC Gliders are also the ideal platform for aerial video using
FPV (First Person View) technology.
Many models are already designed to carry the one or more
cameras you need.
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Choose your RC sailplane category:
YOU WILL FIND THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF RC
SAILPLANES IN OUR ONLINE SHOP:
They don’t need a motor and are thrown into the air or down a slope.
Alternatively they are aero-towed to height by a motor aircraft (“tug”) or are
catapulted upwards by a launching chord.
RC gliders: These models usually have an electric motor to bring
them up to height. They are either started by hand or from a trolley. When the
desired altitude has been reached, the throttle is cut and the gliding fun
These models are scaled down replicas of (famous) full scale sailplanes.
Due to their high speeds in comparison to the other classes, these models can
be described as the racers among the RC gliders.
Many gliders are already prepared to be converted from a normal to an electric
RC GLIDERS COME IN VARIOUS KITS
The decision on which RC glider to get is not only based on the model itself but
also on the configuration of the model. If you are a beginner it is best to look
at a glider kit where there are not too many preparations to be done between
unboxing and flying. You can usually choose between the following configurations:
- RTF (ready to fly): The RC model is completely ready to fly. All you need is
batteries and a charger.
- BNF (bind and fly): The model in this kit is also ready to fly but still
needs to be bound to a RC transmitter (radio) that has to be purchased
separately. You will also need to purchase batteries and a charger.
- PNP (plug and play): Models in plug and play kits usually need a radio,
receiver, battery and charger, sometimes also an ESC (electronic speed controller)
for completion. Apart from that, they are ready to fly.
- ARF (almost ready to fly): ARF kits are designed for you to complete the
final steps of the assembly yourself. You have to provide the motor, speed
controller, servos, batteries, charger and the radio equipment.
- ARF Combo: The ARF combo is basically the same as the ARF kit but the
appropriate motor, esc and servos are already included.
- Kit: A kit will give you the opportunity to build your model the way you
want it right from the start because it only contains the individual components
you need to build the glider.
When choosing your new model, you should also consider the wingspan. A shorter
wingspan will result in a higher speed and the low weight will make the model
more vulnerable to wind compared to models with a larger wingspan.
You can find RC gliders, accessories, tuning- and spare parts in our online shop.
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