Electric-powered R/C planes offer several advantages over traditional gas
- Electrics are not obtrusive and noisy like most gas-engined planes.
They can be flown almost anywhere and anytime while maintaining good
relations with the neighbors...
- Electrics are convenient and easy to maintain. No toxic fuels to spill
or get all over your hands/clothes. No need for electric starters,
glo-plugs, or fuel pumps, or needle valve wrenches. No perpetual fiddling
to get the engine running reliably. No engine failures at unexpected or
- And best of all, no grimy gooey greasy fuel exhaust to wipe off your
plane after a morning's flying :-).
Like all things in life, there's no free lunch. Electrics do carry one
- Electric power systems are generally heavier than gas setups for a
given power output. In order to achieve the same actual perceived power
when flying, it is necessary to build the aircraft structure much lighter
and use lighter radio components. This means that the building process is
more critical to the successful flight of an electric plane. For the
beginner, this is often the most difficult part...
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