RC Gliders | Discus Launch Gliders

UltraLight RC Airplanes and Glider kits designed for maximum lift

RC Gliders sailplanes or Discus Launch Gliders ( DLG ) are typically small to large sized radio controlled airplanes that are propelled using a discus launch method by holding the wing tip of the DLG glider. Bungee launch or hi-start is an alternative method of launching your glider. RC gliders also have the ability to ridge lift or slope soarslope gliding with a little help from mother nature. Gain altitude without the use of a motor is a feeling hard to describe. Mother nature provides us with all the tools from thermal lift to wind power granting us hours of relaxation in nature.

What is the purpose of lift? It is to hold an airplane up in the air by countering the effects of weight (gravity). The simple fundamentals of weight (W = mg) for officiant flight has been lost and overlooked in today’s model RC gliders and RC airplanes. The weight of an airplane plays a crucial role not only when it comes to the thrill factor of soaring but something as basic as fight time and thermal lift. Most models are manufactured using molded EPO foam, which is extremely durable but at a cost, its mass.

A glider with the least amount of weight has the potential to gain altitude with ease.

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Mechanics of flight

Learning the art of catching thermals and understanding wind flow/direction, the use of rudder to control yaw, air speed,  increasing lift increases drag, fundamentals of flight.
The difference in pressure between the top and bottom surface of an airplane wing results in the force we call lift. Aerodynamics divide the force produced by a glider's wings into two parts.  They call these “Lift” and “Drag”.
Lift: The aerodynamic force produced by the wings perpendicular (at right angles) to the on coming airflow.
Drag: The aerodynamic force exerted on the wings parallel (in line) with the oncoming airflow.

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Every single human being has a level deep inside their mind that will bring total calmness. Meditation gives you that space between you and your body, between you and your mind.

Flying RC Gliders has been proven to bring forth tangible benefits, in particular a more restful and focused mind. I have found myself able to concentrate deeply on the task at hand, to better adjust the volume on distracting background noise of ever growing stressful lifestyle we all encounter day by day.

If you are new to this wonderful RC hobby, here you can find some helpful information on building a hand launch glider or DLG. Find out what the best DLG glider is for beginners.

With RC gliders, the fun factor starts with the knowledge to utilize  environmental forces of mother nature such as wind, thermals, altitude, the heat and the cold. Being mindful of your surrounding, taking in a deep breath of fresh air and dancing with nature.  This might take years of practice for some, but the experience is quite meditative and breathtaking.

RC Thermal Soaring – Thermal lift is when warm air rises from the earths surface due to the suns warmth. Similar to hot air balloons as hot air is less dense than cool air, the heated air causes the balloon to rise. Buoyancy is an upward force that the air exerts helping in the lift factor.  As long as warm air rises on a continues rate, your rc glider will be able to sustain continuous lift.

RC Slope Soaring –  Slope Soaring or Ridge Lift is when wind hits the face of a cliff side or the side of a hilltop.  When wind hits a slope surface, the direction of the wind is forced upward generating lift. 

Customer Reviews

Feather Squared

I share MicroBirds’ ethos and enthusiasm for small, light weight model gliders. I am typically a scratch builder; however, I really enjoyed watching the Feather Squared development process on You Tube and I wanted to support MicroBirds continuing efforts by purchasing the kit. I found the materials provided in the kit to be complete and of high quality. I also appreciated the comprehensive build video. This kit can be built per the plans by a builder of almost any skill level; however, it can also serve advanced builders who may want to add their own touches. I was able to build the kit within the specified weight budget and have had great experiences with the initial, and continuing, flights.

Feather Squared

Presently working on completing my kit. I’m based outside the US and had no problems ordering and getting my order shipped to my country. It was a smooth, trouble free transaction. My kit arrived well packed to ensure it would survive international travel from the US and the rough handling of my local country’s package delivery service. It’s everything I want to find in a kit - it contained all of the necessary materials to assemble and cover the plane excluding of course the receiver, battery and servos. The kit seller is great to deal with, easy to communicate with and promptly responds to all inquiries. I’m looking forward to completing and flying my Feather.

Great fun!

Feather2 was fun to build and is even more fun to fly! The kit is really nicely packaged and the video instructions make for a pleasant build. I have two Feather 2s and I couldn't be more happy with these purchases. They are a joy to fly and Micro Birds has been very responsive to my inquiries about various aspects of flying gliders, 3 thumbs up!!!! Keep up the good work!

Feather

Although I have not yet been able to start the build of my Feather I am completely satisfied with the provided kit, it's completeness and the available video instructions. I hope to complete this build soon.

Great little glider kit.

I did carry out some modifications.

I made a fuselage pod from foam and balsa and fitted everything inside including the servos.The control rods now run down inside the carbon fibre boom.

Covered wing with Oracover - Oralite. Worked very well and all up weight only a few grams over quoted figures.

Overall very pleased with result, now waiting for the right weather to fly !!

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