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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
F5J in the Desert December 7-8 2019

F5J in the Desert December 7-8 2019

News By Jason Cole
Get yourself ready for the 5th annual F5J in the Desert event. This contest will be held on a fabulous turf farm in Stanfield, Arizona on December 7th and 8th. It's actually the first event on the
Jeti Programming Guide: Comprehensive Sailplane

Jeti Programming Guide: Comprehensive Sailplane

News By Jim T. Graham
A video is a great way to figure out how to program. Here is one from Jeti on how to program a full house sailplane.
2 East Coast Hand Launch Competitions You Need to Attend

2 East Coast Hand Launch Competitions You Need to Attend

Article By Jason Cole
There are two awesome DLG competitions coming up in the next few months and you need to plan to attend. F3K is a ton of fun and will help build your skills.
AerobTec Power Sensor

AerobTec Power Sensor

News By Jason Cole
Here's a cool accessory for use with your Altis units. It's a tiny power sensor that can display and record the energy use from your power system.
"Peppa" Nose Ballast System for CX5 DLG

"Peppa" Nose Ballast System for CX5 DLG

Article By Jason Cole
Check out this cool system for adding nose weight to your CX5 DLG.
ArmSoarUSA Grand Opening

ArmSoarUSA Grand Opening

News By Jason Cole
Yes! ArmSoar now has a website that caters to the USA market at www.armsoarusa.com
Guy Russo Builds NOS Class Maestro Megan Sailplane at the NATS

Guy Russo Builds NOS Class Maestro Megan Sailplane at the NATS

Article By Jason Cole
Every evening at the NATS Guy Russo could be found in "the whale" quietly working to build a plane that he wanted to compete with in the Nostalgia class event.
2019 USA F3J National Championships Event Photos

2019 USA F3J National Championships Event Photos

Article By Jason Cole
F3J at the NATS was 2 days of good times, great weather and tough competition.
2019 USA Unlimited TD National Championships Event Photos

2019 USA Unlimited TD National Championships Event Photos

Article By Jason Cole
We wrapped up the Unlimited TD event today and boy what a fun, crazy wonderful two days it was.
2019 F5J National Championship Photos

2019 F5J National Championship Photos

Article By Jason Cole
The F5J NATS are over and it was a great event. The weather on Monday was pretty nice with light winds. Tuesday brought mostly overcast skies...
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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