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May 16, 2017, 03:56 PM
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HobbyKing Aether 3700mm Electric ALES Glider V2 - FPV


There was a lot of buzz in 2015 when this glider first came out, a full house 3.7 meter e-glider for under $300! In 2016 Hobby King released the version 2 of this glider but had to raise the price to about $350. However I got a deal and was able to get an Aether kit for 30% off.

We're going to FPV this sucker up!

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The HobbyKing Aether is back and better than ever!

The fuselage is now fully fabricated from epoxy and where possible carbon fiber has been used for some parts providing exceptional strength without a weight penalty. The fiberglass firewall now comes pre-drilled ready to accept a motor of your choosing.

The large size and low cost make this a perfect entry level ALES model.

The Aether arrives as an almost ready to fly model, allowing you to customize it how you choose. Though it is a large model it disassembles easily. The wing breaks down into 4 pieces with a rugged carbon tube joiner for the center two wing panels and the tail assembly bolts to the fuselage and that means it will fit it all but the smallest of vehicles.

The large volume pod gives plenty of space for your battery and other equipment with access through the large carbon fiber canopy hatch being a breeze. The large wing, along with a generous amount of wing dihedral makes the Aether 3700 ultra stable. so its relaxing to fly and with large flaps to slow the model down, landings are feather light.

If you have never flown a large model, the Ather is confidence inspiring, a great way to enter large model flying. All up the Aether is a stunning piece of kit and we're sure you'll love flying it.

Features:
• Almost Ready to Fly - Complete final assembly, install electronics, and fly!
• Built up balsa wing and tail surfaces covered light weight iron on film
• Sheeted D-tube leading edge
• Fiberglass fuselage pod, with woven carbon fiber boom.
• 4 piece wing for easy transport
• Affordable entry level ALES model
• Bolt on tail surfaces
• Complete hardware pack
• Airfoil AG24

Specs:
Wingspan: 3700mm
Length: 1861mm
Flying Weight: 2300g w/o battery

Requires:
5 Channel Transmitter and Receiver
4~5S 14.8~18.5V 3300~5000mAh Lipoly Battery
60~80A Brushless ESC
6 x 22g Servos
35 size Brushless motor
50mm Spinner and Folding Prop
Parts List:
HobbyKing Aether 3700mm Electric ALES Glider V2 (ARF) (discontinued)
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/aether-3-7.html

Turnigy GliderDrive SK3 Competition Series - 3858 - 4.6 840kv
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...4-6-840kv.html

Jeti Advance 70 Pro SB Brushless ESC
https://www.espritmodel.com/jeti-adv...hless-esc.aspx

Jeti Programmer Card Advance Pro
https://www.espritmodel.com/jeti-pro...vance-pro.aspx

Turnigy Multistar Twin Output 5/10 Amp (6-50V) SBEC for Lipoly
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...or-lipoly.html

Pitlab OSD and Autopilot FPV kit
https://www.pitlab.com/pitlabshop/fp...it-detail.html

Digital I2C airspeed sensor with Pitot probe
https://www.pitlab.com/pitlabshop/fp...or-detail.html

BB Folding Turbo Spinner 50/5/8mm
http://www.espritmodel.com/bb-alumin...ropellers.aspx

Aeronaut CAM Folding Propeller 12x6.5
http://www.espritmodel.com/aeronaut-...denthaler.aspx

Turnigy™ TGY-777 Slim Wing DS/MG Alloy Case Servo 25T 5.5kg / 0.10sec / 23g (x4)
for ailerons and flaps
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigyt...10sec-23g.html

Hitec HS-85MG Servo (x2)
for elevator and rudder
https://www.servocity.com/hs-85mg

Hobbypower 26AWG 1000mm JR Male Female Plug Servo Receiver Extension Lead Wire Cable for RC Car Plane Helicopter(Pack of 10)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

RMRC - 1.3GHz 400mW Transmitter - US VERSION
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...roducts_id=915

RMRC - LC Power Filter - 1.7A
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...oducts_id=4081

Micro Receiver with Telemetry
http://fpvpro.com/micro-receiver

Dragonlink - Rx Antenna with 12" (30cm) Cable
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=3514

RunCam Split Mini
https://shop.runcam.com/runcam-split-mini/

FatShark Pan-Tilt-Roll Mechanism (No Camera) #1603
https://www.readymaderc.com/products...a-number-1603?

iExcell M3 x 6mm/8mm/10mm/12mm Hex Socket Head Cap Screws Kit
http://a.co/90fzWXs

Reference:

RCGroups FPV soaring thread
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ing&perpage=25

FPVLAB FPV soaring thread
https://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread...ips-and-Tricks!

RC-Aeromodeller review/build
http://rc-aeromodeller.blogspot.com/...ew-part-1.html

Aether V1 Thread
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...-(Aether-3700b)

Aether V2 Thread
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...rsion-(-335-40)

Hobby King Aether 3.7 v2 build log and discussion
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...and-discussion

Ommadawn's FPV Setup
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...&postcount=473

FPV Glider Resurrected
FPV Glider Resurrected (22 min 28 sec)


Aether FPV Maiden Flight
Aether FPV Maiden Flight (4 min 8 sec)


Hobby King Aether at Cape Jervis
(23 min 2 sec)


OpenTX / Taranis / Full House Sailplanes
http://forum.flitetest.com/showthrea...use-Sailplanes

Tape Hinges Installation
http://www.espritmodel.com/tape-hing...tallation.aspx

FPV for 7 hours thermal soaring
https://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread...hermal-soaring

Grafas MAXi 3.5E F5J | FPV Soaring | RVOSD | Dragon Link | RunCam | Glider | by teamXdream
GRAFAS Maxi F5J | FPV Soaring | teamXdream (4 min 43 sec)


Compare to:
Fascination 3.6E F5J Electric Sailplane (ARC/ARF)
http://www.espritmodel.com/fascinati...e-arc-arf.aspx
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May 16, 2017, 04:06 PM
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The Build


OK we've started!
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May 16, 2017, 04:07 PM
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The Maiden Flight


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May 16, 2017, 04:09 PM
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Apr 08, 2018, 06:55 PM
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leaving this here as I'm deciding whether to get the RunCam Split 2 or RunCam Split Mini based on which P&T I can have printed for it.

Runcam Split Mini Pan and Tilt (9 min 2 sec)
Apr 08, 2018, 06:59 PM
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https://www.fatshark.com/product/fsv...-camera-mount/

apparently this works too with the roll servo removed.
Apr 24, 2018, 04:45 PM
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just putting this here so I can find it again

https://arxiv.org/abs/1802.08215
May 17, 2018, 10:31 AM
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leaving this here in case I ever need a replacement wing spar:
http://www.bphobbies.com/view.asp?id...45&pid=CHT0213
Nov 18, 2018, 10:43 AM
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Also adding this link, this is the world record holder for FPV endurance, might be something worth going for next spring/summer:
https://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread...hermal-soaring
Feb 28, 2019, 07:34 AM
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Also adding this link, this is the world record holder for FPV endurance, might be something worth going for next spring/summer:
https://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread...hermal-soaring
Hi,

is there any update on Aether ? :-)

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Feb 28, 2019, 07:38 AM
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I had the last part I needed for it delivered about a week ago. Iím going to start on this build again when I get back from CFL FPV.
Mar 01, 2019, 02:22 AM
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I had the last part I needed for it delivered about a week ago. Iím going to start on this build again when I get back from CFL FPV.
Great... good luck ;-)

Jan


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