How do you know what trainer plane to choose? Below are some proven optionsplanes that customers have told us gave them an excellent start in the hobby.
The best of the best—the Hobbico NexSTAR Select RTF!
Hobbico GUARANTEES your success when you learn to fly using the NexSTAR Select, and for good reason, this model includes an unprecedented assortment of high-tech extras that help you become a confident, skilled pilot. A CD-ROM flight simulator lets you practice flying the NexSTAR on your PC, day or night. Sophisticated electronics built into your model watch for any sign of instability during flight and take immediate, automatic corrective action. The supplied engine and radio come from the R/C hobby's most highly respected manufacturers. NexSTAR is the ultimate flight training machine! Click here for more details.
Flyzone Ready-to-Fly R/C Models
As explained in the R/C BasicsAirplanes section of Easy R/C, RTF (Ready-To-Fly) models are your easiest way to get airbornetheres almost no assembly, and the power and radio systems are both included and installed.
Slow, steady flight makes the Flyzone aircraft series a great introduction to R/C airplanes. Their prebuilt sections assemble easily in just a few minutes, with no glue required. All are electric-powered and include a "How-To" DVD that demonstrates successful flying techniques. Flyzone also includes a full-size radio! Note: The radios that come with these RTFs have factory-set radio frequencies. If you order more than one, be sure to ask for different frequencies if you plan to fly them at the same time.
RTF R/C Models
Tower Hobbies offers a variety of Ready-To-Fly Airplanes that include the plane plus essential finishing and field supplies. Check out some of these great time savers below.
Hobbico NexSTAR 46 Select RTF
The ultimate flight training system – includes a factory-installed Futaba 4YBF radio system, O.S. .46 FXi engine and a special NexSTAR edition of Great Planes RealFlight for Windows PC! Other highlights include AFS (Active Flight Stabilization), ‘wing droops’ to prevent stalls, CenterCore main rib with built-in aileron servo mount and SpeedBrakes that come off easily to give you more ‘zip’. Spans 68.8 in.
Flyzone Sensei EP Trainers
The 58" span Sensei is everything you could want in a trainer. Final assembly time is just a few minutes. The foam airframe is lightweight, durable and repairs easily. A brushless motor, ESC and servos are already installed, and it's available as a 2.4GHz RTF and a receiver-ready Rx-R!
Hobbico Hobbistar 60 Select RTF
Spanning 71”, the Hobbistar 60 Select RTF is easy to track, and flies well even at low speeds. It’s ideal for basic aerobatics, too! You’re just 20 minutes away from the flight line, and the included Futaba radio and O.S. engine are top-of-the-line.
Flyzone Switch EP Brushless 2.4GHz RTF
The Flyzone Switch EP Brushless 2.4GHz RTF is a 45” span trainer and a first low-wing all in one, as well as all-in-one complete! It comes as a high-wing trainer, but you can convert it to a low-wing aerobat whenever you’re ready. It’s not only loaded with a 2.4GHz radio, wireless trainer system, SuperTigre® brushless motor and battery, charger — it’s protected by the Flyzone Success Guarantee.