Due to advancements in radio controlled jet engine technology in the recent years, radio controlled jets have become very practical and increasingly more affordable. With this in mind the dream of owning a private yet you can fly yourself is a reality.
So you would like to fly a rc jet or have dreamed of flying an rc jet? Well you will need to know some basics about rc jets and more importantly have some knowledge and experience in remote control aircraft flying. If you have never flown a rc model before it would be wise to start with a trainer plane and gain experience from there, and progress onto an rc jet. Popular amongst hobbyists are the EDF (Electric Ducted Fan) jets which are electric driven and are easier to fly and maintain and are not as pricy as a real jet turbine which runs on jet fuel A1.
Let’s talk about the EDF jets. RC electric jets are becoming more and more popular all the time, and are absolutely great for getting a taste of what it feels like to fly an RC jet without spending heaps of money on a turbine engine. EDF jets are powered by a propeller inside a tube. The tube is mounted in the fuselage itself, or be externally mounted. There are a wide variety of EDF’s available depending on your preference and they range from foam rc jets to more sophisticated composite material rc jets.
Turbine rc jets are probably for the more experienced pilots but are “the real deal”. A turbine jet looks and sounds just like a full-scale jet fighter, and listening to one of these bad boys fire up is enough to give you chills. These jets reach speeds in excess of 100mph and run on jet fuel. The exhaust temperature of the turbines reach 112F, so you can see that the flying and maintenance of a rc jet turbine is for a pilot who has had experience with radio control flying.