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E-flite Radian XL BNF Basic 2.6m (102.4") Wingspan - BNF

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102.4" Wingspan E-flite Radian XL - Bind-N-Fly (BNF) - EFL5550

Ask any of the thousands of pilots who have flown one. Radian® motor gliders are the sailplanes of choice if you want a quick and easy way to experience the thrill of RC soaring or relax with a quick flight. They are so easy to fly, even pilots with no soaring experience have been able to master the art of riding thermals after just a few flights.

The giant E-Flite® Radian XL 2.6m motor glider adds a whole new dimension of soaring excitement to the Radian line while staying true to its heritage with simple elevator/rudder/throttle/spoiler controls.

Features:

  • Efficient 2.6-Meter Polyhedral Wing with Spoilers -The wing, which spans just over 8 1/2 feet (102 inches) tip to tip, has been designed to provide superb thermal-grabbing capabilities while minimizing drag for maximum endurance. When it's time to return to Earth, its fully-proportional, retractable spoilers will allow you to precisely manage your descent and use less area to land.
  • Full-Flying Horizontal Stabilizer -  The E-flite team designed the Radian XL motor glider with a flying horizontal stabilizer for better pitch control. Unlike a fixed-position horizontal stabilizer with a hinged elevator, the entire stabilizer rotates up or down to provide extra aerodynamic force. The result is a big glider with superb pitch response at every speed.
  • Easy Assembly, Transport and Storage - Putting this massive flying machine together couldn't be easier. All you need is a few minutes and a Phillips-head screwdriver. The bolt-together wing comes in three pieces-a center section with spoilers and two outer sections. The 2-piece, full-flying elevator slides into the tail and bolts together.
  • Brushless Power and Lightweight Construction with Z-Foam Material - This combination gives the model an impressive power-to-weight ratio that translates into exhilarating launch performance. The lightweight airframe also makes the motor remarkably efficient at altitude so you can spend more time hunting for thermals.
  • The Precision and Stability of AS3X® Technology - The AS3X technology built into the Spektrum™ AR636A receiver helps give the model an incredibly stable, locked-in feel in the air. This smooth, precise response makes for much more enjoyable flying experience, especially on windy days.

    Includes:

    • 102.4" E-flite Radian XL - (BNF)
    • Spektrum™ AR636A receiver

    Requires:

    • 5 Channel Spektrum Compatible Radio - Select a minimum 5 channel Spektrum compatible radio from our Radio Collection
    • 3 Cell 11.1V 3200mAh LiPo battery with EC3 Connector - EPR33003
    • 3 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 3 cell (3S) charger from our Charger Collection

    Product Specifications:

    AGE LEVEL : 14 and up
    SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate
    BUILD TIME : 1 Hour

    Wingspan

    102.4in / 2.6m

    Length

    56.9in / 1444mm

    Flying Weight

    79.5oz / 2254g

    CG (Center of Gravity)91mm from the leading edge of the wing at the root

    Power System

    Brushless motor (installed)

    Electronic Speed Control

    40 Amp

    Propeller / EDF

    Folding, two-blade propeller

    Servos

    micro servos (installed)

    Landing GearNone

    Required Battery

    3 Cell 11.1V 3200mAh LiPo with EC3 connector (required)

    Required Radio

    5+ channel DSMX transmitter (required)

    AileronsNo

    Elevator

    Yes

    RudderYes

    Flaps

    No

    Lights

    No

    Hinge Type

    Foam

    MaterialCarbon-Z®
    Skill LevelIntermediate
    Build Time1 Hour
    Recommended EnvironmentOutdoor

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    06/03/2018
    Vaughn D.
    United States
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    Check everything...

    Possibly a good flying aircraft no thanks to poor motor mount. The motor came unscrewed on maiden flight. Learned a great lesson about Bind and Fly aircraft. Check everything!!!

    JY
    03/17/2018
    John Y.
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    Radian XL

    Great service as always.

    CS
    07/23/2017
    Colvin S.

    Caught in a bind...

    Plane arrived in excellent shape and timing...(Motion remains the best here) ..Quick build, as it took more time to add the under wing stripping pieces than it took to put it together....Then came the binding...Took all the correct steps, checked movements; elevator good, motor good, wait a minute, spoilers came up but would not go down, rudder was wrong direction but reversing should be no big deal on DX6i transmitter, but no, reversing did not work...after about 2 hrs found spoilers needed to be plugged in "gear" slot and rudder plug had to be move to aileron slot...oh and did I mention...best glider I ever had, hands down...it's a monster, but once in the air an angel....looks great at "400 feet"

    FT
    04/21/2017
    Frank T.

    LOOKS GOOD WAITING FOR SNOW

    LOOKS GOOD WAITING FOR SNOW TO GET THE HECK 0FF THE FEILD

    BW
    03/26/2017
    Bob W.

    BEST GLIDER I'VE EVER FLOWN...

    It's so easy to fly, and does slow down when the spoilers are activated... So awesome looking in the sky... I keep my wings together cuz I have a truck they fit inside... I keep a screwdriver and the screws inside the hatch... Buy it, you'll love it...

    AM
    08/07/2016
    Andrew M.

    Great plane after the modifications

    The plane was well packaged and constructed. After the posted service modifications were done per the manufacturers instructions, the plane was then very flight worthy and a joy to fly. I even added a carbon fiber strip to the vertical stab for extra stability and rigidity.

    M
    08/01/2016
    Marc

    A really excellent glider. Six stars.

    I don't feel like repeating everything that everyone else has already said about shipping, quality, etc... but thought I'd add: The Radian XL seems heavy when you pick it up, but it certainly is a terrific performer in the air. It will slow down and glide extremely well, and find lift without any problem. It flies like a feather! I am really pleased with the way the plane flies, and just about everything is perfect as far as how the controls are set up. Flying stab, large rudder... I think the spoilers are just too small and not particularly effective - but they do work and they do help **** the lift to some degree. When deployed at slow speed, the nose drops but the model has so much lift that if you compensate with elevator the plane just keeps gliding along and ignores them completely! Spoliers? Meh! We don't care about no steenkin spoilers! (I'd like to add a second set of spoilers (two on each side) but the units aren't offered as spare parts.) The other thing is that I tried using a 4-cell 3300 battery after my first few flights with the recommended 3-cell 3300 battery. The 4-cell works perfectly and really provides a nice jump in performance. I found the climb with the 3-cell pack to be pretty sedate. With the 4-cell I can climb much faster, so I end up with shorter motor runs. So I recommend that. The wing is too long to fit in my pickup (6.5 foot bed) - so I take off just one wingtip.

    K
    07/22/2016
    Konrad

    Not a light hearted experience!

    Gotta chance to fly a Radian XL. It is aimed at the chaise longue crowd sipping a Mai Tai. Glad I didn't buy one. For a RESm glider this model has a huge burden to carry, that is 80oz! If looking for the RESm experience this isn't the model! Because of this mass it has a lot on inertia requiring a lot of rudder skidding (yaw) to induce the roll (turn). It also results in a lot of back and forth pendulum action coming out of a turn. All of this causes loss of energy making it difficult to find and read the thermals. While the motor is properly sized for the 2.6 meter ship (65 to 70 oz), it is wholly inadequate for this 80 oz ship. The climb is painfully slow. It appears that the motor, ESC and hub are NOT large enough to use larger after market props. The motor cooling duct is in the right place for cooling but it likes to scoop up a lot of dirt and weeds on landing. The spoilers are way too small (they come from the light Parkzone Ka-8) One might want to try to gang 2 together to get the proper effect. The wings are too flexible, as the wings are far too easily brought to flutter. Any moderate speed moving between thermals is flirting with disaster. The weight and lack of control options make the Radian XL difficult to land well. If you want a large foam glider, look at what the Multiplex Heron has to offer. It is what the Radian XL is not, a great soaring foam glider. If wanting a great foam REM glider, the Radian 2 meter actually is much more enjoyable than its larger brother the Radian XL. This weight is what kills any enjoyment one might find flying (RES gliders) the Radian XL. I gave her 3 stars as the Radian XL is a nice entry level plane. But as a RES glider (or even ALES) and soarer she is more like a 2+ star glider. For more details look here. http://www.hobbysquawk.com/forum/rc-airplanes/gliders/44193-2-6-meter-class-foamy-gliders

    TC
    07/03/2016
    Tom C.

    ALES WINNER

    Just received the plane this week. Arrived undamaged as is the norm for this company. Screws were separated into individual bags...nice touch. BE CAREFUL....very small screws for holding the horizontal stab in place. I found that you don't need to remove them completely, just screw them all the way in when stab not installed, then back them out enough to pass the rod, then tighten them up. Do not over tighten or you may fracture the carbon rod. A metal rod might have been better at the slight cost of weight? Just my opinion . Make sure you have a long Phillips #1 screw driver in your flight bag. If you choose to assemble all the parts at the field, it requires 15 screws. This is not a complaint. I like the feeling of all the parts being held together securely. There are metal threaded inserts that give a nice snug fit. I used some Rustolem Florescent paint with clear coat over that gave the tips some great visibility . Will try to post a photo if possible. NOW FOR THE FLYING !!! If you liked the original Radian (and who didn't) you will LOVE this new larger version. I went ahead and put my ALES Limiter in and took it up today. Not the best weather. Northern California is having a bit of wind for the 4th of July. Started flying in about 5 to 6 mph wind. No problem. I set the CG at 91mm as recommended and it was spot on. No adjustment needed for the stabilization receiver. Just plugged it in and it was perfect. After a 30 second motor run per the limiter, I was off hunting thermals. Easily had 4 ten minute flights as one does in ALES. The plane easily spots lift and thermals like a dream. Of note, I was using the high rates as listed for the rudder and elevator and will leave that setting. The AS3X receiver smooths out any porpoiseing (sp) that may happen. Just a dream to fly. Landing was very easy. Making your approach just put up the spoilers (slow the servo speed to 1.8 sec if radio allows) and the plane just comes down with out any pitch change. This plane is ideal for anyone wanting to get into ALES or just wants a fun, leisurely flying plane. As with the original Radian, this is a great first plane for introducing someone to the excitement of gliding. PS - that's how I got my wife interested in flying!

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