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E-Flite Radian XL 2.6m RC Glider, BNF Basic

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Overview

Are you a thrill seeker? Well, you’re a Radian seeker. E-Flite’s Radian XL 2.6m glider is big, boisterous, and made for sport pilots.

Features
  • Jumbo 2.6-metre polyhedral wing, with spoilers
  • Efficient and easy to fly
  • Outstanding pitch control with horizontal stabiliser
  • Put it together and take it apart in minutes
  • Bolt-together wing makes it easy to transport
  • Agile brushless motor
  • Stay stable with AS3X technology
  • Lightweight Z-Foam construction
  • Just Bind with your radio and fly!

The motor glider of all motor gliders

E-Flite Radian XL

If heart-racing speed and thrill doesn’t come to mind when you think of soaring, then you haven’t flown the E-Flite Radian. The 2.6m Radian glider is big in size and even bigger in features. Staying true to its roots, the Radian XL brings Radian’s legendary features – simple elevator, rudder, throttle and spoiler controls – as well as a whole new level of soaring enthusiasm.

The Radian has always been the number one choice for sailplanes. They’re quick, daring, and easy to fly. But that doesn’t mean you can’t just cruise. Feel free to soar into relaxation, at the speed you desire, too!

And you don’t even need to be an experienced pilot to succeed at soaring. You’ll be riding thermals after just a few sessions.

2.6m polyhedral wing, with spoilers

2.6m RC Glider

The Radian XL’s 2.6-metre wing is constructed with unbeatable thermal-grabbing functions – while reducing drag for steady persistence. It’s retractable spoilers help you control your descent when you’re ready to be back on steady ground. Plus, you won’t need a big landing area either.

You’ll love the improved pitch control, too. Unlike a fixed-position horizontal stabiliser with a hinged elevator, the stabiliser on the Radian XL rotates. Up or down, you’re in control of the aerodynamic force. What this means is great pitch, no matter the speed.

Pack it up, and go!

While the E-Flite Radian XL is big in size, it’s easy to transport. The wing is bolted together, which comes in three pieces – two outer parts and the centre. The two-piece, flying elevator slides right into the tail – and there you have it!

This high power, lightweight plane will satisfy your need for thrill – everyday. It’s incredibly stable, incredibly fun, and incredibly easy to soar. Give it a try today… you won’t be sorry.

Order the E-Flite Radian XL 2.6m glider today.

What you Need
  • Radio. We recommend the Spektrum DXE 7Ch Transmitter (SPM10001).
  • 3S 3200 LiPo battery with an EC3™ connector. We recommend E-Flite 3S 3200mAh (EFLB32003S30)
  • Charger. We recommend the Ultra Power 680AC (UP680AC)
Wingspan
102.40 in (2.6m)
Overall Length
56.90in (1444mm)
Wing Area
946.45 sq in (61.05 sq dm)
Flying Weight
79.5 oz (2254g)
Motor Size
BL 10 1250Kv
Radio
5+ Channel
CG (center of gravity)
91mm behind the leading edge @ the root
Prop Size
12x4
Speed Control
40A
Recommended Battery
3200mAh 3S LiPo
Experience Level
Intermediate
Recommended Environment
Outdoor
Assembly Time
Less than 1 Hour
Is Assembly Required
Yes
Brand
E-Flite

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  • XL Radian Maiden

    Review by Geoff on 16/10/2017
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    Assembled the Radian went out for the first flight,launched into the wind , nice power climbed nice throttled back just glided nicely then i hit the throttle heard a noise and the canopy flew off ,it was a real hand full lucky i was not too high, came down very undignified like THUD in the grass.
    Walked over ,there was a white thing not far away this was the motor in the cowl . Scratching my head picked up the cowl with XL under my arm walked back ,wings and the rest of the fuse untouched. It hit me about 4am in my excitement to fly I remember brushing the throttle stick while on the bench, the prop just clipped the edge of the bench I would say she threw a blade in flight.
    Glued back together ,next flight was great hope to have plenty more.
  • XL Radian first flights

    Review by Tim on 9/05/2017
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    The Radian XL is a very pleasant model to fly. It is well engineered and by following the manual it went together easily and flew pretty much hands-off from the start.

    It's a glider, so racing around the sky flat out and doing aerobatics is not what it is for. It's gentle, well-mannered and relaxing, which is just what I wanted.

    Although easy to fly it is fairly big and heavy so it has plenty of energy even when flying slowly. Landings must be handled carefully, a good circuit is needed. The airbrakes are effective with a slight nose down moment when deployed.

    Probably not a model for the absolute beginner, but great for an intermediate flyer or someone who just likes to relax.

    I was a bit less happy with the recommended Spektrum DXe 7ch transmitter. It works OK, and was configured correctly for the Radian XL, but any change of configuration (eg, servo reversing) needs a programming cable which has to be bought separately. Also the trim levers are simple switches, so there is no way to see the trim position simply by looking at them, and no way to centre them.

    You get what you pay for of course, and this is an entry level item at a relatively low price. If intending to move to more complex models in the future, it would be worth looking at the next level up.

    Tim
  • Radian XL test flight

    Review by Vector on 22/01/2017
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    Test flight of Radian XL today in less than idea conditions, gusty breeze, handle it well. Had no issue launching it, plenty of power to climb to a good height, the spoilers worked a treat, making landing much easier, if you want a large floater type glider this will fit the bill, the model disassembled fitted in the car no problem. Battery used was a 3S, 3200mAh .
  • Assembly notes

    Review by vector on 20/01/2017
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    Just a few things that may make your assembly easier,buy some foam friendly CA,when you buy the model for rudder hinges,buy a 2.5mm Dubro tap,as I had one tailplane that the locating threads for the carbon rod screws were not formed correctly and last replace the Phillips screws with socket heads, makes life easier. Also I had to leave the rear section of the body in the sun and twist it to line up the tailplane to the wing, (suggested by Jason from Modelflight) it worked.
    As soon as the weather improves we will test fly it.
  • Big Beautiful Beast

    Review by mike 109 on 17/07/2016
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    Just flew my new Radian XL for the first time. I went shopping for a Radian (the old version) but came home with the Basic (plug and play) version of the bigger XL.

    First impressions of the plane in the box were good. Well packed, lots of instructions and the only things needed to complete were a Spektrum radio (I have an old DX&) and a battery.

    Things got off to a slightly sticky start. The model came with two sheets of advice on necessary mods. It seems that some of the early builds did not have enough strength in some areas. I managed to get some thin CA into the elevator pushrod. Some debonder and a pair of pliers solved the problem.

    I did not have a battery the right size - a 3 cell 3200 mAh LiPo is recommended - but I used a 2200 three cell and some removable weights.

    Assembly is straight forward but does involve quite a few small metric bolts which can be easy to drop. I made a small holder to keep them with the plane.

    First flight was no problem. I had set up low rates as recommended and a friend gave the Radian XL a shove into the wind and we were away. Things were a little exciting at first as I had a little too much UP trim and she almost stalled but soon we were climbing away.

    I tried full power for my first climb and this seems to be the most efficient way to climb. At the top of the climb I gently pulled the power back and she settled into a nice fast glide. A few clicks of up trim and she was gliding really well. It was not a thermal day here today but she stayed up well despite that.

    Landing was a non event. When I was at about 15 to 20 metres and about 100 metres from the strip I put the air brakes up 50% and she gently descended to a slightly short landing. Second flight I applied the brakes later on the final turn on to the strip and she stopped in front of me. Can't do better than that.

    I had two flights each of about 20 minutes with three powered climbs in each flight. Both flights left about 30% in the 2.2 Ah batteries. I will get some larger batteries.

    PROS. Flies beautifully, easy to assemble (apart from the advisories), air brakes work really well. Stability system will probably make windy days easier but today here was near calm. Generally high quality construction and materials. Good spares support. Packs up well.

    CONS. Not cheap - large - lots of small screws to loose - Needed "repairs" out of the box. I am sure this will be fixed in later production runs. Quite heavy at 2.25 kg and not easy to hold for launch. I will be putting some 80 grade wet and dry grip pads on mine. Like all Rudder - Elevator planes, MUST take off directly into the wind. But as long as you remember this she is a gentle giant.

    Am I glad I bought it? Sure am.

    Michael in Oz
  • Radian XL

    Review by ChuckT on 10/07/2016
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    Great glider from E-flite really like this one!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0-XfJE8U3I
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