***EPP Tough - The Best Slow Flyers on the Planet***
Slow flying, self stabilizing, easy to fly, super tough, EPP 68" Storm Chaser, 46" Albatross and 34" Pelican slow flying park flyers.
We have taught a lot of people to fly. Our new flyers have always wanted an easy to build, easy to fly self stabilizing plane that could almost fly it self. We built the plane in 3 sizes so you can choose which size is best for you. They are stable in wind and made out of EPP foam so new flyers can "Fly More-Fix Less" while they learn to fly. EPP foam won't crush like EPO or EPS foam or balsa and if it does get torn it is easy to repair. What has surprised us is we sell more to advanced flyers than beginners. These are the "Toughest Trainers on the Planet".
These designs offer many possibilities for night flying, indoor flying, aerial photography, and flying in small parks where low noise levels are needed. No one is going to complain if they don't know you are flying.
If you are a new flyer or are having trouble learning to fly, we have designed these planes for you. If you are an experienced flyer, there are many things these planes can do to keep you entertained while you share the hobby with your friends and family. The 68" Storm Chaser is big enough to carry FPV gear and is perfect for the flyer wanting a stable platform that can stay overhead without a lot of pilot input.
I had a shop teacher who flew "free flight" model airplanes 40 years ago. These planes would be released with a gas motor running and had no way to control them after they left the pilots hand. They would put enough fuel in them for several minutes of flight and start them up and let them go. They had to chase the planes to recover them, similar to what we do now with model rocketry.
"Free flight models" have to stabilize themselves without pilot intervention because there is no pilot. I remember him showing me his plane and the first thing I said was, "What is wrong with your motor? It looks like it is pointing in the wrong direction." He explained to me how the odd motor angle helped the plane level itself and counter acted the torque of the prop while the power was on. We now offer the pod mount. The motor on a pod points straight forward but still has the same effect for a different reason.
In the spirit of free flight models, we designed the CTH 68" Storm Chaser, 46" Albatross and 34" Pelican slowflyers. The reason these planes are so easy to fly is because they are helping you, not fighting you, when they are in the air. Once balanced and trimmed, these planes can level themselves amazingly well. If a pilot is confused, all he has to do is let go of the stick, even if the plane is upside down or in a stall or dive, and the plane will turn itself right side up, level its wings and put its nose on the horizon as long as you have enough altitude.
Many of our customers are true beginners. Our customers report that the Albatross, Pelican and super sized Storm Chaser really are very easy to fly. Several have said that it is the first plane they have flown where they felt comfortable with the plane in the air. This design can also handle wind better than any other similar sized trainer I have tried. Even in the wind the plane is trying to level itself and help you fly.
We have made many improvements over the old "free flight" designs. Instead of balsa, we now use the same extremely tough EPP foam we use in our combat planes. Instead of free flight, we now use radio control. We designed a big solid EPP fuselage that is easy to to build and won't crush and acts like a shock absorber to protect the rest of the plane. We set the goal when we started this project to keep the plane inexpensive, simple to build and easy to fly. We have made videos showing the entire build to help you along.
We designed these planes to use the same motors and propellers we use on some of our other more advanced planes so as you learn to fly you can try our other planes and not have to buy new motors and different sized propellers.
The 68" Storm Chaser has 7.5 sq ft of wing, the 46" albatross has 3.7 sq ft of wing and the 34" Pelican has 2 sq ft of wing.
If you are looking for a new plane that is fun to fly and going to last, please consider the 68" Storm Chaser, 46" Albatross or 34" Pelican.