How do you know what sailplane to choose? Below are some proven optionsmodels that customers have told us gave them an excellent start in the hobby.
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Tower Hobbies Vista ARF
The Vista's all-wood wing halves and fuselage are covered; the hardware is included and complete and the control surfaces are prehinged. Join the wing halves, glue the tail in place, install radio gear and — you're done. You can probably have it up and ready in just 2-3 hours…even if you're a low-time builder and pilot. The Vista is easy to build and a blast to fly! The flat-bottom polyhedral generates loads of lift and comforting stability. It also ensures plenty of reaction time for first-time pilots and extended, slow-mo flights for veteran pilots. A high-viz trim scheme makes the Vista very easy to track even ‘way up high — and an adjustable tow hook ensures max altitude however the wind's blowing.
DynaFlite by Great Planes Butterfly Kit
Large and lightweight, the all-balsa, 99” span Butterfly Kit flies so gently that first-timers will soon be soloing successfully. This easy-to-assemble trainer includes machine-sanded ribs and preshaped fuselage sides. Getting it to and from the field is easy too, because the wing disassembles into two easy-to-handle pieces.
Great Planes Fling ARF Sailplane
Simply put, the Fling ARF is one of life's small pleasures. It’s so modestly priced that almost any pilot can afford it, yet offers extras that many larger and more expensive gliders lack. Plus, it’s so light and compact that a hand launch and a football field supply all the lift and room needed for lazy afternoons of relaxed thermal riding. By contrast, assembly speeds by in just a few hours, leaving all the more for the fun part of flying.
Great Planes Spirit 2-Meter Kit
Great Planes’ classic interlocking construction, top-quality, machine-cut balsa parts, full-size plans and photo-illustrated instructions make building easy. The Spirit is the perfect entry-level sailplane. Easy to build and easy to fly, it’s docile enough for beginners, yet can still achieve the high speeds needed for competition.