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Flite Test Explorer Speed Build Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)

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The FT Explorer carries all the simple lines, features, and characteristics that you will find with many of the most common and successful trainers, such as the Hitec Easy Star, the Sky Surfer, and of course, the Hobbyking Bixler series. The difference is that the motor, wings, tail section, and nose can all be swapped, reconfigured, or changed out to allow you to discover the performance changes of a new design. Our hope is that the community will design, learn, and share what they have created, so others can learn and grow. Just like the Mighty Mini Tiny Trainer, The FT Explorer comes with 2 wings– one for 3 channel flight and a sport wing for faster 4 channel operation. Both the B and C motor packs (c packs need 9x6 propeller) can be used on the FT Explorer to go from a light and slow trainer to a strong performing FPV platform or sport trainer.

Power Pack Compatibility:     
Flite Test Airplanes are all designed around the use of various "Power Packs" which include an inexpensive Motor, ESC, Servo, & accessory package to complete each aircraft!

Tech Notes:

Power Pack B - Offers a lighter set up, and is great for light weight building goals for trainer set up on the explorer.
Power Pack C - Increased power output, providing excellent thrust to carry the extra weight of FPV gear. Utilizes 9x6 prop.

Weight: 1.08 LBs (Fully assembled; without battery)
Wingspan: 57 Inches (1447mm)
Center of Gravity: 2.25 Inches (57mm) from leading edge of wing (Recommended)
Control Surface Throws: 12 Degrees
Expo Suggestions: 30%

Kit Includes:

  • Laser-cut Foam Airframe
  • Power Pod (Swappable)
  • Firewall
  • Push Rods
  • Control Horns
  • Bar-BQ Skewers
  • Velcro
  • Throw Gauge
  • Rubber Bands
  • Specification Sheet

Needed to Complete:

  • (1) Brushless Motor: Flite Test B or C Radial or Park 370 to Park 400; 1000kV Minimum
  • (1+) Propellers: 8x4.5 - 9x6
  • (1) ESC: 20-30 Amp
  • (1+) Battery: 3S 11.1V LiPo 2200mAh
  • (2-4) Servos: ~9 Gram Micro Servos
  • (1) 2.4GHZ Radio System (Radio & Receiver)
  • Misc. Building Supplies.

This product was added to our catalog on August 2, 2017

Verified Owner
Thursday, Nov 15 2018 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Explorer Speed Build Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)
This plane was purchased for my grandson and I to build together. He was amazed at how big this plane was, actually, I was too. The follow along build video was an excellent production and was easy to follow and understand. We did a simple elevator, rudder set up which will be perfect for our first flight...test. Thank you guys for making this easy and fun.
Saturday, Nov 24 2018 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Explorer Speed Build Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)
I have built several of these Explorer aircraft #FLT-1028 and they are one of the best flying (and cheapest in cost)planes anywhere. Please don not discontinue this model. I recommend this model to everyone!
Verified Owner
Saturday, Aug 24 2019 (5 months ago)
Flite Test Explorer Speed Build Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)
Great design with a lot of space for battery and electronics. There are lot of videos on youtube of people loosing a wing. For this reason we enforced the wings with carbon rods. Maiden flight today and I crashed my sons airplane in the first curve, after loosing one wing! Now we reinforced the center with two thin aluminium carrier sections. It is really a weakness of the design, that the center is glued with a thin center spar. The glue does not work well on the foam itself, only on the paper, thus cutting the paper and glue the center section does not add a lot of stability. The tesa tape did not last a full turn ;-)
Friday, Jan 18 2019 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Explorer Speed Build Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)
Good job I am intreated in aeroplanes
And flytest channel also
Monday, Oct 28 2019 (3 months ago)
Flite Test Explorer Speed Build Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)
The build was easy and fast; the instructions clear.
My wing is strong; has NOT folded even thru loops, steep dives and hard pull-outs.
It's an excellent trainer. Even thou I built mine with no dihedral to make it more maneuverable, it's still easy to fly.
It was nice to have an extra wing, but I'd rather have parts for an extra nose, and a cheaper kit instead.
Maybe you could make two kits: one with a 3 channel wing, one with a four channel wing AND included parts for an extra nose in each kit?
Verified Owner
Thursday, Sep 12 2019 (4 months ago)
Flite Test Explorer Speed Build Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)
Great plane.
Got this after smashing my simple scout into a tree because it was my first build and I made some mistakes.
Glides very well and is a relaxing flight experience.
Would recommend for a person who is new to the hobby.
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Jun 11 2019 (7 months ago)
Flite Test Explorer Speed Build Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)
Nice winter project but before you dive into this build I have some suggestions.
The kit I received was covered in craft brown paper. The video instructions on line have a kit covered in white paper. I had no idea of what paper was to be removed and what paper stayed so I think I removed paper that was supposed to be left. It would have been nice if the instruction was the same as what I received. Actually finished it and headed to the field, 1st flight and about 75ft up and the wing broke in 2 and down she went. One side of the wing was still held on by the rubber bands. Glued the wing back together but this time I put black gorilla tape on the bottom across the wing joining line about 2 feet long in 3 places. Then added tape going from the front to back around the wing. I then added a piece of corrugated plastic (coroplast) to the top of the wing 10" wide glued it and taped it.
This wing will never fail in the air again. This is the wing without the ailerons, I plan on reworking the aileron wing next. The flight after the repair was great!
Thursday, May 9 2019 (8 months ago)
Flite Test Explorer Speed Build Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)
Terrible. There is no way to adjust the angle of the motor mounts. I built mine and had one of our best pilots fly it, and it took max rudder trim to make it fly straight. First, I bought the smaller motor and it would barely make it over the trees at our flying field. This was listed as a good trainer. It should have been listed as a good plane to make people quit the hobby.