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RC A380
(Radio Control Airplanes Airbus A380)


RC A380 (Airbus A380 Radio Control Airplanes
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Specifications

    US$ Cost:
    Primary Function:
    Crew:
    Seats (typical):
    Engines:
    Thrust:
    Weight Empty:
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    Year Deployed:
$370 - 380 million
transport
two
525
Trent 900 or GP 7000
4 x 70,000 lbs. ea.
608,400 lbs.
1,235,000 lbs.
239 ft. 3 in.
261 ft. 8 in.
560 mph
587 mph
2,850 fpm (est.)
43,000 feet
8,000 miles
4/27/05
2007







pilot holding RC A380
RC A380

Pictured above is the RC A380 available from numerous Chinese manufacturers as a kit, ARF, or RTF. It is a popular model that you can easily find on line or at your local hobby shop.

It has a length of 56 in. and a 60 in. wingspan. Power comes from four 55 mm EDF's. Weight is around 3.5 lbs.


sent in this review of his Banana Hobby RC A380: "To build the airplane, its EDF units are first mounted on the wings. Next the aileron connecting rods are installed. After that the wing halves may be glued together.

The vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizer, and elevators are assembled and glued to the RC A380 fuselage next. Now you can complete the installation of the flight battery mount and flight controls.

This is a good time to install the landing gear and check the fit of the wing. It should not present any problems.

Although the center of gravity isn't shown in the instructions, you can use 1/3 from the leading edge of the wing root as a starting point.

Flying the airplane is a breeze! There is sufficient power to take off easily from a smooth runway. Climb out is very strong.

The stall characteristics of the RC A380, are very predictable and gentle, just like the real airliner. - Happy flying - Billy West"

Thank you very much for your review, Bill. We are sure it will be appreciated by our readers.



RC A380 from Peter Michel
RC A380

Shown just above is the huge, great looking, 18 foot wingspan RC A380 by Peter Michel. There are four jet turbine engines powering it. It has been reported that Michel paid 3,500 Euros each for the custom manufactured engines. Michael's airplane is said to reach speeds up to 75 mph. All up weight is about 155 lbs.

Although there are longer passenger airliners, the overall largest in wingspan and weight is the A380. Its maximum seating capacity is over 850. Airbus tells us that due to its high bipass engines and efficient aerodynamics, it is the most efficient giant airliner. The aircraft can take off and land in about the same runway length as other large aircraft but, some runways needed to be made wider to accommodate its extra wingspan.

RC A380: World Tech Toys has it RTF, with a 60 in. wingspan and 55 1/2 in. length. Included are four 2826/3200 kV motors, radio, flight battery, and charger.

The Rolls Royce Trent 900 and Engine Alliance GP 7200 turbofans make the A380 the most quiet transoceanic aircraft currently in service, according to the manufacturer. They claim that the aircraft is 50% quieter than their competition.


RC A380: RC Aerodyne advertises a 1.8 meter EDF or slope soarer. No specifications are given.

In order to keep training expenses down, Airbus made the cockpit of the A380 similar to its other aircraft.

Multi function displays are the centerpiece of the cockpit design. Navigation is as simple as point and click.

Pilots commented that flying the Airbus A380 is like operating a computer game.


RC A380: Startor's is a 60 in. ARF including motors, controllers and servos.

An optional HUD (Head Up Display) is available for the airplane. The display is specialized for passenger aircraft and is used primarily for take off and landing in low visibility situations



slope soaring RC A380
RC A380

This is a nice looking slope soarer RC A380 from Windrider, built by Glenn of RC Groups. It has a 6 foot wingspan. Construction is from EPS foam. The slope soaring airplane weighs about 50 oz. and has 3 channel radio control. For such a bulky airplane, the RC A380 from Windrider is surprisingly fast. And, it looks great in the air! It needs winds above around 8 mph to fly at its best. It also flies smooth and steady, just like a real one.


RC A380 EDF
RC A380

At eBay there is the RC A380, as seen above, with a 72 in. wingspan. Power comes from four EDF 55- 300H units.


RC A380 from Richard Oethken
RC A380

The RC A380, shown above, designed and built by Richard Oethken, has an extended fuselage. Wingspan is 216 in. and length is 241 in. Power comes from four jet turbine engines fed by about 5 1/2 gallons of fuel. All up weight is around 214 lbs.

Composites are used throughout the A380, including its central wing box, for light weight strength.

Additional savings in weight have been realized by using a weldable aluminum alloy. With welding, the use of rivets is reduced or eliminated, providing less drag on exterior aircraft surfaces.

Integrated Modular Avionics, similar to what is used on modern fighter aircraft, is used in the A380. Processors holding dedicated software have replaced multiple single purpose avionics reducing wiring, parts, weight and costs. A network and server system stores data, navigation charts, aircraft logs and more in the aircraft.


RC A380: RC Toys World has the 60 in. wingspan as a fuselage kit only.

The Airbus A380 is the first civilian aircraft to use power by wire flight controls, all powered by their own electronics and hydraulics. Aluminum power cables are used throughout the aircraft for weight savings. Previous aircraft used copper. There are no light bulbs in the airliner. All have been replaced with LED's for greater reliability. The aircraft only has thrust reversers on the inboard engines to reduce debris. To increase reliability and save weight, these are electrically actuated.


RC A380: Brett Jones, brett1984 of RC Groups made his own from Depron. It's wingspan is 41 1/2 in. It can take EDF's or be used for slope soaring.

RC A380: CarreraGTSCS of RC Groups posted plans for a foamy with a 35 in. wingspan and 29 in. length.

RC A380: Airbuzz of RC Groups started a build thread for one with a 3.5 meter wingspan.

RC A380: STR Hobby's 60 in. wingspan needs your Tx, Rx, and a 3,000 mAh flight battery.

RC A380: At Good Luck Buy you get the 60" wingspan fuselage and EDF units, without motors.

RC A380: Xtreme Hobby has the ARF with a 1520 mm wingspan and 56 mm EDF units. Included are motors, controllers, servos, and flight battery. It needs your radio and receiver.

RC A380: Trend Times advertises theirs with a five foot wingspan. It comes RTF including flight battery and charger.

RC A380: Toys Model Tech has a variety of parts for the 60 in. wingspan RC A380.

RC A380: Toy Sonics has the RTF with a 59.84 in. wingspan that is 55.51 in. long. Included are four 55 mm EDF units.

RC A380: We found one in RC Classifieds with pictures, but no specifications given.

RC A380: RC Bazaar's has a 1520 mm wingspan and includes 55 mm ducted fans without any electronics.

RC A380: Sanjyo Toys wingspan is 1520 mm with a 1430 mm fuselage. Motors are 2827L. A 3,300 mAh flight battery is included. All up weight is 1600g.

RC A380: On eBay we found a 60 in. wingspan fuselage kit that needs your servos, EDF units, motors, flight battery, charger, radio, and receiver.

RC A380: Find-Hobby has one with a 1.5 meter wingspan that is RTF.

RC A380: HobbyTron's has a 60 in. wingspan and is RTF including battery and charger.

A total of 132 Airbus 380 aircraft have been produced to date.



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