Sailplane Articles, News, and Reviews
F3K Training App for Jeti Radios

F3K Training App for Jeti Radios

News By Jason Cole
Getting F3K task practice by yourself can be difficult if not down right impossible. Thankfully for Jeti radio users, there is an F3K training app available that makes it easy.
NAN Models Explorer Q Coming Soon to Soaring USA

NAN Models Explorer Q Coming Soon to Soaring USA

News By Jason Cole
If you are an Explorer pilot or aspiring to become one, you'll be pumped about the latest design coming from NAN Models.
Why You Should Try Competitive Soaring

Why You Should Try Competitive Soaring

Article By Jason Cole
If you think competitive soaring isn't for you, read on to find out why you might be wrong.
New ELF Pro EL 1M Electric!

New ELF Pro EL 1M Electric!

News By Jason Cole
There is an electric version of the ELF coming that will allow higher launches and more glide time.
Spin EL 1M Electric Glider

Spin EL 1M Electric Glider

News By Jason Cole
The Spin EL is a new 1M size electric glider. It looks a lot like a hand launch glider, but is perfect for those who are not able to perform a good discus launch.
2021 F3K Team Select and Possum Toss

2021 F3K Team Select and Possum Toss

Article By Jason Cole
Start getting ready now! The Possum Toss is on in Tullahoma, TN on September 11-14th, just 3 months away.
KST HS08 F5J Servos Coming

KST HS08 F5J Servos Coming

Article By Jason Cole
KST is bringing us some new servos for our F5J planes with the HS08. They are nearly as small as the X08, but nearly as as powerful as the X10mini!
FMS ASW-17 EP Glider

FMS ASW-17 EP Glider

News By Jason Cole
If you are looking for an inexpensive scale foam electric sailplane, then check out the FMS ASW-17 sold by Horizon Hobby.
F5J Contest - Knoxville, TN June 27-28 is ON!!

F5J Contest - Knoxville, TN June 27-28 is ON!!

News By Jason Cole
Yes yes yes is all I thought when I got the news that the Knoxville F5J contest is happening.
GliderKeeper F5J Device

GliderKeeper F5J Device

News By Jason Cole
GliderKeeper looks like it could be a great practice tool or used in small contests where all pilots could fly in the same group with no extra timers available.
Phoenix Model Ka8B 4.5m ARF Glider

Phoenix Model Ka8B 4.5m ARF Glider

News By Jason Cole
Here's a large 4.5M KA8B from Phoenix Model. It's a built up plane made from laser-cut balsa and ply and being an ARF, most of the work is already done and waiting for final assembly and gear
How To Make a Safe Glider Bungee or Hi-Start

How To Make a Safe Glider Bungee or Hi-Start

Article By Jason Cole
RCGroups user rowdy01 put together an instruction sheet on how he makes his bungee launchers for 3-4M sailplanes.
Wingnut Tech Night Radian LED Controller Review

Wingnut Tech Night Radian LED Controller Review

Review By Jason Cole
This LED controller is a replacement for the stock controller in the Flite Test Night Radian. It allows control over the LED lights from your RC transmitter.
Night Radian RC LED Controller - Change Your Lights in the Air!

Night Radian RC LED Controller - Change Your Lights in the Air!

News By Jason Cole
Wingnut Tech has a replacement LED controller that allows complete control of the LED patterns from a separate channel on your radio. There's also some pretty cool features included.
Esprit Tech Live EP. #7 - All About Electric / Thermal Duration Sailplanes

Esprit Tech Live EP. #7 - All About Electric / Thermal Duration Sailplanes

Article By Jim T. Graham
Join Team Espsit as they go over electric thermal duration sailplanes...
TenShock TS-GDM1510A Planetary Gear Drive Motor

TenShock TS-GDM1510A Planetary Gear Drive Motor

News By Jason Cole
The TS-MI-EVO1510GA series motor is based on the TenShock high-end Evo motor series. It is optimized and improved to meet the needs of current popular f5j sailplanes.
Alpha 2M F5J Sailplane

Alpha 2M F5J Sailplane

News By Jason Cole
For those looking for a more affordable way to get into F5J or in need of a smaller plane, the Alpha, sold at Soaring USA looks like a great option.
Micro Birds Firefly 2.0 Sloper

Micro Birds Firefly 2.0 Sloper

News By Jason Cole
Micro Birds has a new version coming of the Firefly. The Firefly 2.0 is a flying wing design that has modified rounded off wingtips and a flatter sharper nose pod that looks great.
Sailplane Contest You Can Do from Home!

Sailplane Contest You Can Do from Home!

News By Jason Cole
Jody Miller came up with some ideas to help get us outside and flying in a friendly internet based competition right here on RCGroups.
ICARE Peregrinus 2M F5J Sailplane

ICARE Peregrinus 2M F5J Sailplane

News By Jason Cole
Here's a new 2M electric sailplane from ICARE for under $500.
Soaring USA is North American Dealer for Ultima 2 F5J Gliders

Soaring USA is North American Dealer for Ultima 2 F5J Gliders

News By Jason Cole
Soaring USA just announced they are now the exclusive North American dealer for DS Composites
Soaring USA is North American Dealer for Vortex F3K/DLGs

Soaring USA is North American Dealer for Vortex F3K/DLGs

News By Jason Cole
Soaring USA just announced they are now the exclusive North American dealer for DS Composites
GliderCG Family of CG Scales for RC Gliders

GliderCG Family of CG Scales for RC Gliders

News By Jason Cole
If you really want to dial in your plane for best performance, especially for competitive use, then a CG Scale is a must have accessory.
San Felasco F3K Event Photos - Friday/Saturday/Sunday

San Felasco F3K Event Photos - Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Article By Jason Cole
Today kicked off the first F3K event of the year in what is supposed to be warm and sunny Alachua, FL. Instead of the warm and sunny bit, we had cold, windy and cloudy conditions which made for an
BAMF 2 - ArmSoar

BAMF 2 - ArmSoar

Article By ThomasLee
The BAMF 2 is here!
FURY F5K - ArmSoar

FURY F5K - ArmSoar

Article By ThomasLee
The FURY is a brand new model designed for the provisionary F5K rules. Read on to learn more!
SoaringUSA - FREE MKS Servos!!

SoaringUSA - FREE MKS Servos!!

News By Jason Cole
SoaringUSA is running an awesome promo right now that gets you a full set of MKS servos FREE with the purchase of select sailplanes
Toro 1M DLG in 2-Piece Wing Version

Toro 1M DLG in 2-Piece Wing Version

News By Jason Cole
The Toro from Superfly is a nice little 1M DLG and now you can get it with a 2-piece wing to make it the ultimate travel glider.
NZ DS Fest 2020 Transonic 510mph Flight

NZ DS Fest 2020 Transonic 510mph Flight

News By Jason Cole
Alex Hewson put down an awesome flight with a top recorded flight speed of 510MPH. The winds were blowing hard allowing these insane speeds.
New CN-Models Spinner for F5J

New CN-Models Spinner for F5J

News By Jason Cole
Here's some nice looking spinners from CN-Models. There is a "Pro" version available that is 24mm from prop pin to prop pin.
2020 Pacific Northwest Aerotow Schedule

2020 Pacific Northwest Aerotow Schedule

Article By dgliderguy
Here is info on the 2020 Pacific Northwest Aerotow from RCGroups.com user dgliderguy...
The West Coast Challenge - May 23rd and 24th 2020

The West Coast Challenge - May 23rd and 24th 2020

Article By mgallian
Here is a great event in Yreka, CA!
3D Printing  Applied to a Slope Soaring Plank

3D Printing Applied to a Slope Soaring Plank

Article By Gbreeze
RCGroups user Gbreeze shares how he is using a 3D printer to print slope gliders!
F3B Eagle Restoration

F3B Eagle Restoration

Article By roydor
Check out this glider restoration project. There is good info here for any sailplane pilot!
Welcome Soaring Lab to RCGroups - F3J/F5J Voyager Sailplanes

Welcome Soaring Lab to RCGroups - F3J/F5J Voyager Sailplanes

News By Jason Cole
Welcome Soaring Lab, our latest site sponsor. Soaring Lab makes an F3J and an F5J version of the Voyager sailplane and they look like very nice models.
Composite RC Gliders

Composite RC Gliders

Article By Jason Cole
I recently came across the company Composite RC Gliders. I had not heard of them before so I figured it was worth a share on here in case there are others who don't know these planes are out there.
F5K Multitask Electric Thermal Duration

F5K Multitask Electric Thermal Duration

News By Jason Cole
F5K is officially on the way and this new contest format blends multitask events like F3K with electric powered planes.
F3K World Championship Launch Compilation Video

F3K World Championship Launch Compilation Video

Article By Jason Cole
Nick Wu put together this fun video compilation of World Championship Pilots launching at the F3K Worlds in Hungary earlier this year.
CX5 T-Peg is Ready for Order

CX5 T-Peg is Ready for Order

News By Jason Cole
Rollo announced over the weekend a new T-Peg option for the CX5. It's a carbon T-style peg that looks great and is perfect for those who prefer T-Pegs over the Blade style.
RC GPS Sailplane Racing with RC Electronics Sparrow

RC GPS Sailplane Racing with RC Electronics Sparrow

News By Jason Cole
This past summer Peter Goldsmith was telling me about GPS racing and it sure sounded like a lot of fun. There's a lot to learn, but I recently heard about the new Sparrow GPS unit from RC Electronics
Concept X5 DLG Review

Concept X5 DLG Review

Review By Jason Cole
Jason builds and flys a Concept X5 in preparation for the 2019 World Championships. Check out the build and his thoughts on this competitive DLG.
Jim Aero Neutrino 4M F5J (Strong) Review

Jim Aero Neutrino 4M F5J (Strong) Review

Review By Jason Cole
Jason Cole takes the Neutrino to the skies for some F5J soaring. Check out the full review below to hear his thoughts.
Horizon Hobby E-flite Night Radian FT - RCGroups Review

Horizon Hobby E-flite Night Radian FT - RCGroups Review

Review By Jason Cole
We review the E-flite Night Radian FT edition. It's every bit a Radian, but this one shines brighter than any before it.
Hitec Multiplex FunRay - RCGroups Review

Hitec Multiplex FunRay - RCGroups Review

Review By Mean Joe Vermillion
Hitec/Multiplex has become a household name in the world of RC due to extremely high quality and innovation. They are at it again with the release of the new FunRay Sport Sailplane! With its sleek
Multiplex EasyGlider 4 Electric Sailplane Review

Multiplex EasyGlider 4 Electric Sailplane Review

Review By Jason Cole
We check out the latest EasyGlider from Mulitplex and show you what it's like to assemble and fly. Read on for the full review.
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