Sailplane Articles, News, and Reviews
J&H Aerospace Micro Bird of Time Unboxing

J&H Aerospace Micro Bird of Time Unboxing

Article By Jason Cole
The Bird of Time is a classic sailplane with unmistakable lines and fond memories for nearly all RC sailplane pilots.
Delta Models G-Blink Wooden Slope Kit

Delta Models G-Blink Wooden Slope Kit

News By Jason Cole
With cold rainy days ahead you might be looking for something to put on the build table. The G-Blink could be just the thing to take your mind off of the poor conditions and let you have some fun
Soaring USA to Stock Stream Team Models!

Soaring USA to Stock Stream Team Models!

News By Jason Cole
Here's some great news from Stream Team and Soaring USA. You will soon be able to order all Stream Team models from Soaring USA
Cheap Electric Winch for Small Gliders

Cheap Electric Winch for Small Gliders

Article By Jason Cole
YouTuber Lord Chasleton posted a video this month showing an electric winch he made using a drill.
F5J Glider Setup Video

F5J Glider Setup Video

News By Jason Cole
Let's admit it, F5J sailplanes are pretty complicated machines to get running with 6 or more servos and a power system to control.
Jim Aero Neutrino F5J Fuselage Update

Jim Aero Neutrino F5J Fuselage Update

News By Jason Cole
Jim Aero redesigned the front fuselage half on the Neutrino and that means I can shave the total weight by at least 4oz!
F3RES Virtual Worldwide Competition

F3RES Virtual Worldwide Competition

Article By Jason Cole
Starting in December, F3RES contenders from around the world will get together to play/fly in their hometowns. It's just for fun and to practice, but also to have a friendly competition.
Soaring USA - Vixen 2 F5J X-tail

Soaring USA - Vixen 2 F5J X-tail

Article By Jim T. Graham
Vixen 2 (F5J LMR/ALES) is a X-tail, 4pc wing, 2pc fuse compact electric sailplane for competition or sport in three layups: Standard, Strong (windy), and Competition. You are going to fall in love
Soaring USA - Jeemo Jet

Soaring USA - Jeemo Jet

Article By Jim T. Graham
Graduate from EDF to real Jet Power with this exciting new kerosene turbine model sailplane!
Soaring USA Savings! Up to 40% off from SoaringUSA

Soaring USA Savings! Up to 40% off from SoaringUSA

Article By Jim T. Graham
Check out these great sailplane deals from the folks at Soaring USA!
F5JPro Models Custom Box for Explorer Q

F5JPro Models Custom Box for Explorer Q

Article By Jason Cole
After seeing Jody's Explorer Q flying at the House Mountain F5J contest this past weekend I know it is going to be a popular model. I saw this custom model box from F5JPro Models and it looks like a
TALES Electric Sailplane Contest

TALES Electric Sailplane Contest

Article By Jason Cole
After completing my review of the Alpha 2M sailplane which you can see here, it felt like a good time to highlight the TALES event format.
What the Heck Wednesday - Aerotow Fail

What the Heck Wednesday - Aerotow Fail

Article By Jason Cole
This week on What the Heck Wednesday we have a couple of nice looking planes taking off for an aerotow.
Paritech 8.8M DG-1000 Overhaul Video

Paritech 8.8M DG-1000 Overhaul Video

Article By Jason Cole
Sometimes you just need to highlight a cool video when you see one, like this huge DG-1000.
Bordertown Aerotow 2020

Bordertown Aerotow 2020

News By Jason Cole
Great news for southern Australians, Bordertown 2020 will happen! Make plans to attend now.
Alpha 2M RCGroups Review

Alpha 2M RCGroups Review

Review By Jason Cole
Jason Cole puts the Alpha in the air and finds out what this 2M composite thermal duration plane has in store for pilots.
Portachiavi CNC Foldable CG Scale

Portachiavi CNC Foldable CG Scale

News By Jason Cole
Getting your CG just right empty and with ballast is important for our F5J models and CG scales make it super easy.
F5J Video Explanation with FPV Footage

F5J Video Explanation with FPV Footage

Article By Jason Cole
Here's a fun video from YouTuber RC-flying & more with some F5J footage from the 2020 Samba Cup.
GliderKeeper F5J Timing Device Review

GliderKeeper F5J Timing Device Review

Review By Jason Cole
Jason Cole tests out the GliderKeeper and plays with all the cool features available.
Ecirtech Stellar F5J Kit

Ecirtech Stellar F5J Kit

News By Jason Cole
If you want to give F5J a try, but don't feel like dropping $3-4K on a new 4M composite sailplane, you might be interested in building the Stellar.
Windy Hill Hobbies Swift S-1 Slope Glider

Windy Hill Hobbies Swift S-1 Slope Glider

News By Jason Cole
Windy Hill Hobbies now has a nice looking 60" Swift S-1 model in EPP foam that is perfect for the slope.
Carbon Repair Kits by CCM

Carbon Repair Kits by CCM

Article By Jason Cole
As pretty and nice as modern F5J planes are, it's pretty rare for them to remain in pristine shape. Between hangar rash, rough landings, obstacles and midairs, there are plenty of ways to damage your
Jason Cole Wins the F3K National Championships!

Jason Cole Wins the F3K National Championships!

Article By Jim T. Graham
Jason has competed all over the country but the big win has always alluded him...until now!
NATS 2020 Unlimited Results and Photos

NATS 2020 Unlimited Results and Photos

Article By Jason Cole
I'd love to be able to tell what an awesome day it was for soaring, but sadly the weather put a damper on the flying for today. After a short delay in the morning we managed to get through one full
NATS 2020 F3K Results and Photos

NATS 2020 F3K Results and Photos

Article By Jason Cole
It was an absolutely beautiful day in Muncie today and just about perfect for having a soaring competition.
NATS 2020 F5J Results and Photos

NATS 2020 F5J Results and Photos

News By Jason Cole
Today kicked off the 2020 NATS F5J two day contest and it was a great day for soaring. The weather was just about perfect with fairly light winds that picked up in the afternoon, puffy clouds, good
New Firmware for Altis Nano and Altis V4+

New Firmware for Altis Nano and Altis V4+

News By Jason Cole
The Aerobtec Altis Nano and V4+ are great tools for flying F5J and other limited motor run style events. They are feature rich and reliable.
Preparing for the AMA Nationals

Preparing for the AMA Nationals

Article By Jason Cole
Glider camp is less than a week away now and I am very excited to be heading up to Muncie, IN for the AMA National Soaring contests.
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.
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
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