Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Kit, ARF, or RTF?

Builders prefer to build from a "kit." Others, like me, prefer to put together an ARF or Almost Ready to Fly plane. Still others like to open a box, charge the battery (or fill the tank) and start flying (RTF or Ready To Fly). Which is better? While you can be sure of the quality of anything you build yourself (good or bad) today's ARF's and RTF's are fantastic flying machines.

When looking at a RTF plane that includes everything from batteries to transmitter, you want to keep one thing in mind. These planes often have a transmitter thast is on ground frequency and some flying clubs do not allow these to be flown. Check with your club first to see what they allow. If you are only going to fly at your local park, a ground frequency transmitter will be fine.

The term 'Park Flyer' usually means the plane can be flown at a park or ball field and is battery. Large electric planes should be flown at a club field. Gas planes always need to be flown at an AMA sanctioned club field.

Gas RTF's almost always have a transmitter that is on air frequencies.

One RTF that I bought was a Multiplex Magister. I still have it and still fly it. It is an excellent trainer, it's electric, and comes with everything you need including a battery charger. Even though it's an RTF, there is still some assembly required.

Check out the Magister


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