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The use of an electric motor and energy source (normally a battery) to power a model aircraft. The main advantages are clean, quiet and very controllable on power. However, if you want really quiet and relaxing flying then it is very hard to beat the glider.
This is an electric ducted fan Alfa Model of the F86 Sabre that flies very well indeed.
So I've gone mad and bought an Eflight Blade mCX and a Blade CX2. Having only flown a 2 channel helicopter before this was my next step up.
The next step in indoor micro helicopters, single rotor, 4 channel and only 1oz (28 grams).
Iím not a helicopter man. Well I thought I wasnít . As they say "donít knock it until youíve tried it" but guess what? Yes Iím hooked, line and sinker.
I set myself a brief, did my research, trawled the internet, set up big Excel spreadsheets to compare parameters, and started buying Quiet and Electric Flight magazine, a dedicated electric (and gliding) flying magazine. What I wanted was to build a plane from a kit (that narrows things down a bit!), a plane that was very slow and basic so that I could learn the characteristics of the brushless electric flight system (which seemed to be the way to go) without trying to master another plane as well, and finally something that had a bit of charm.
We recently bought a Citabria from TJD models for around £85 complete with all batteries necessary to go flying plus a spare flight battery.
A very small RC helicopter from Danbartoys.com that flies surprisingly well.
This really is just a toy and you will soon get tired of the performance.
A good buy for the money spent when powered with Li-Poís. I have also changed the propeller to an APC 10 x 7 e which really ups the performance and keeps noise levels down.
Perhaps not the best looking glider on the ground or close up but when in the air this model rewards you with some nice flying. Well worth the money at around £130.00
If you want the mix of glider and electric powered quiet flight then this is a great way to do just that.