Yann's Links to Electric Flight Websites
Generalist Stores (for electric and micro flight)
- Hobby Lobby: Lots of
stuff for electric airplanes there. Best source for Czech Brushless
motors such as PJS, AXI, Model Motors.
- Balsa Products: the best
source for GWS airplane products and parts. Excellent source for those
nice/cheap Chinese-made Feigao brushless motors.
- North-East Sailplanes:
brushless motors, particularly the Rotex and MicRotex, AXI, etc.
EPP airplane kits.
- Aeromicro: lots of
brushless motors (Feigao, Himax, AXI, Astro, E-Flight, Kontronic, Razor).
- Todd's Models: A nice
source for unusual and hard-to-find things, like contra-rotating
propeller pairs, LensRC and LittleScreamers micro outrunner motors.
- FMA Direct: a
manufacturer/store for receivers, servos, autopilots. Official
importers of Kokam Lipo batteries.
- Hobby People: A huge
on-line store, and one of the only places to carry the Cirrus
Micro-Joule super tiny R/C flightpack.
- E-Dogfight: nice little
store for electric planes. Himax motors.
- All-E-RC: lots of unusual
brushless motors (Mamba, Hyperion, R-CER), including parts for
do-it-yourself outrunner and CDROM-type motors. They also carry
carbon tubes and rods.
- Soaring USA: brushless
motors (Rotex, MicRotex, AXI, Himax, Aveox)
- Ikarus: An
international on-line store with sites in Germany, France, and the
USA. They carry the best European electric R/C equipment, like the
Gigatronic flight processor, and the Aerofly flight simulator.
- Esprit Models: Lipo
batteries (ThunderPower, Kokam, Multiplex), Brushless motors (AXI,
HiMaxx, Hacker, Razor), kits and ARF.
- Dymond Modelsport: they
have their own brand of servos and Lithium-Polymer batteries
(4.4g servo for $20), and a nice array of brushless motors.
- RC Direct: one of the few
in the US to carry the Schulze battery chargers (the world's best
- Horizon Hobby: They
used to be the best source for GWS products, but you can find that
stuff anywhere now. Carry ThunderPower Lipo batteries.
Models: lots of things on this rather disorganized website.
- Maxx Products: electric
plane equipment. I don't understand why they still insist on putting
their logo and using their own names on widely available GWS
- RC Specialties:
Depron, carbon tubes/rods.
- Hobbytron: Toy-oriented
on-line store that has R/C and hobby electronics stuff.
R/C Micro-flight Specialists
- Bob Selman Design:
magnetic actuators, Didel motors, JMP radio equipment, Blenderm tape.
The best source for the smallest of the smallest.
- Dynamics Unlimited: magnetic
actuators, RFFS micro radio system, Didel motors, 2 and 3mm Depron.
- Homefly: Lots of things that are
hard to find from other places: actuators, 2.0g
WES-Technik servos, Didel Motors, metric plastic gears, low-voltage
brushless ESC, bidirectional micro-ESC... (no credit card. PayPal
- E-Flight Design:
actuators, 3.9g Blue Arrow servos for $17, E-Tec Lipo batteries,
Didel motors, carbon tubes, Blenderm tape,...
- RoomFlight: Didel
pager motors and gear/drives, ultra-light props (including
- Air Dynamics: Gabe Baltaian's
great source for carbon fiber, Blenderm tape, Zepron, and more.
- Depron USA: good north-American
source for Depron sheets and carbon fiber tubes/rods.
- RC Foam: another good north-American
source for Depron, EPP, BlueCor, Arcel (EPP/ploystyrene mixture),
RCF (like Depron, but denser), CoroPlast (corrugated plastic)
and carbon fiber tubes/rods.
- Aerospace Composite
Products: carbon fiber and such.
- Small Parts Inc.: every
stock material and parts imaginable (screws, Delrin, Aluminium, Lexan,...).
- RTL Fasteners: good source
for small metric screws and such.
Design: depron and such.
Radio Equipment, Electronics, Batteries
- Castle Creations:
Makers of the most popular Phoenix series of programmable speed
controls for brushless motors, and the Pixie-7P speed controls
for small brushed motors.
best source for I-RATE Lipo cells and packs.
- Batteries America:
Platinum Polymer Lipo batteries.
primarily a Lipo battery vendor (Kokam, E-Tec, Poly-Quest, Thunder Power), but
also brushless motors (Feigao, Himax, Razor).
- Servo City: high-end servos, gear sets, torque-enhancing kits.
- HeliHobby: lots of electric micro-helis, with parts.
Some of those have on-line stores.
RC Micro Flight
- GWS: Grand
Wing Servo, the Taiwanese manufacturer that made indoor R/C flying
affordable. Motors/gears, propellers, ducted fans, cheap radios, small
- Didel: Swiss manufacturer of
micro RC and robotics equipment: tiny pager motors, props, infrared
remote control systems, actuators, gears and parts. Everything you
need for RC airplanes below 10 grams.
- Little Screamers:
They make a nice little outrunner motor that weighs 23 grams,
and can turn a 9x5 prop on 2 Lipo cells, or an 8x4.3 on 3 cells
with a max current draw of 10 Amps. You can order direct with PayPal,
or order from Todd's Models (see link above).
All the parts for "do-it-yourself" outrunner brushless motors.
Pavel Jelinek's Motors: the Czech manufacturer of the PJS series of
outrunner motors. From the 25g, 6.0Amps, 300g static thrust PJS-300 to
the 730g, 50Amps, 8Kg thrust PJS-8000.
Motors: Czech manufacturer of the AXI and MiniAC brushless
- Hacker: US site of
the German-designed Hacker brushless motors.
- Free Air: site of
the Czech maker of the HCS, Rotex, and Microtex outrunner motors.
They also sell CNC machines for hobbyists.
German makers of the Flyware outrunner motors.
- Torcman: German makers of high
performance outrunner motors.
- Medusa Products:
makers of the Afterburner brushless motors. The 12mm model can
replace the GWS IPS motor (like the Feigao).
- MotoCalc: not a motor
manufacturer, but a software company called Capable Computing Inc.
that produces a good performance prediction software for
- Soaring Circuits:
sell a 15gram, widget that records altitude for less than $100.
- U-NAV: very light-weight
automatic pilots with GPS waypoint navigation.
Elektronik Gmbh: German manufacturer of the world's best battery
- Zlog: a cheap
widget that records the altitude of your airplane.
- Black Widow
Audio/Video: nice set of wireless video equipment
for model airplanes (including separate components).
- See How It Flies: an
excellent book on the physics of flight by my old buddy John Denker.
This book was written for full-scale airplane pilots, but
it contains very valuable information about aerodynamics and
- Petter Muren's ProxyFlyer:
A website dedicated to Petter's passively stable helicopter.
In addition to all the R/C helis on his website, including
the incredible 2.7g Nanoflyer, Petter designed the amazing Bladerunner
home of Matt Keenon, developer of the Black Widow micro UAV.