Transmitters & Recievers for Radio Controller Model Airplanes

Many radio controlled airplanes are available in Ready-to-Fly (RTF) packages. They usually come with a cheap 2.4 Ghz radio transmitter. While they can be perfectly fine to use on beginner training airplanes, they can be problematic and even dangerous to use on faster RC planes. Bundled RTF transmitters often have poor range and can even drop communication with the plane's receiver. They also lack dual rates and exponential settings, and these are often important when controlling highly responsive planes.

While there is nothing wrong with FM transmitters, we recommend 2.4 Ghz for all new pilots. The 2.4 Ghz band is more resilient to interference and can actually allow more pilots in the air simultaneously. The newest 2.4 Ghz transmitters offer frequency hopping (FHSS), and this feature makes them even more effective when maintaining communication.

Its important to note that you need to make sure your receiver and transmitter will work together before you buy them. It may seem counter-intuitive, but almost all of these devices are proprietary and will only communicate with specific transmitters & receivers..

Radio transmitter for RC airplanes

Turnigy 9x

The Turnigy 9x is extremely cheap, but offers an incredible amount of functionality for $85 (w/ shipping). It operates on 2.4 Ghz with 8 channels and has an effective range of close to a mile. The only drawback to this transmitter is that you often have poor quality control on these units. Its not unheard of to get a damaged or non-working unit from the factory. If you get one that works, however, it works out to be quite an impressive deal

RC receiver for 2.4 Ghz electric planes

HobbyKing 2.4Ghz 6CH receiver

This is the receiver we recommend for the Turnigy 9x. The reciever that comes with Turnigy 9x is on the large side, but this one is pretty small. They work reasonably well with the Turnigy 9x (2.4 Ghz) up to a mile away.

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Spektrum DX6i

The Spektrum DX6i is a good 2.4 Ghz radio transmitter made by an American company. It has 6 channels, and is pretty much the standard recommendation most people give to new pilots. They are usually very reliable, but they have been a little unlucky recently with a few recalls. Compared to the Turnigy 9x, the big drawback is the price. It is $200 for a Tx and Rx combo.

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Orange Rx 6CH receiver

This is a receiver meant for use with all 2.4 Ghz DSM2 Spektrum transmitters, like the DX6i. While this is not a Spektrum brand receiver, it will do the same thing for a small fraction of the price. They are relatively reliable, and will match the range performance of many Spektrum brand receivers.

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