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Matt Chapman Eagle 580
Almost Ready-to-Fly .46-.81/EP Sport-Scale Aircraft
Matt Chapman Eagle 580 ARF
Brilliantly refined — and ready for anything!

  • Minimizes weight and assembly time.
  • Large, airfoiled control surfaces for aggressive 3D flying.
  • Mounting set-ups for glow or brushless electric power.
  • Licensed Embry-Riddle trim scheme.
Expertly covered with Top Flite MonoKote

Matt Chapman Commercial & Air Show Pilot


"I'm really thrilled with how accurately Great Planes reproduced the trim scheme of my Eagle 580 on their models. As an R/C pilot and IMAC competitor myself, I enjoy flying them almost as much as the full-size aircraft!"
Matt Chapman
Matt Chapman
Commercial & Air Show Pilot


World-famous looks and performance.

Eagle 580 in flight
Eagle 580 in flight
Eagle 580 in flight
Eagle 580 in flight
Eagle 580 in flight

Since learning to fly in 1979, Matt Chapman's career has covered plenty of ground – from flight instructor to airline officer to air show performer and world-renown competitive aerobatic champion.

He currently pilots the stunning Embry-Riddle Eagle 580, one of only six such aircraft flying today. Matt's Eagle spans 24 feet and uses a 330hp Lycoming IO-580 engine. It has a 240 mph top speed and 400° per second roll rate.

Officially licensed and available only from Great Planes, the Eagle 580 .46 sport-scale ARF brings the excitement of a Matt Chapman air show to your favorite flying site...with you at the controls. As these images demonstrate, it's as aggressive in action as the full-size plane – with the same brilliant trim scheme and graphics leaving a contrail of color behind.

Built and covered parts
Painted fiberglass parts and die-cut decals easily recreate the signature look of Matt Chapman's full-size Eagle 580. The large Embry-Riddle logo underneath the wing is part of the expertly factory-applied MonoKote film covering.   This Eagle showcases Great Planes' finest ARF construction. The main assemblies arrive built and covered, control surfaces (except rudder) are pre-hinged – and the cockpit comes complete with installed pilot bust!

Canopy / Hatch
Large control surfaces
You'll find plenty of room in the Eagle 580's fuselage to install your on-board equipment. Powerful magnets secure the hatch but allow easy removal and reattachment.   The tail control surfaces are airfoiled for crisp, clean flight performance. All control surfaces are large for 3D maneuvers.

Two-piece wing and stab
The foam-core, balsa-sheeted wing and stabilizer halves slide together onto carbon-fiber joiner tubes, aligning automatically. Assembly is easy and epoxy-free.

Engine or Brushless Motor configuration
Instructions and mounting parts are included for installing a 2-stroke or 4-stroke glow engine or a brushless electric power system. Use whichever you prefer – no modifications are necessary. Aluminum motor mount sold separately.

Product Recommendations

Please note: all recommendations were the best choices available at the time of product release. Please check with your hobby dealer for additional choices. For a complete list of required items, consult the instruction manual.

FUTL7627 Futaba® R617FS 7-Channel 2.4GHz FASST™ Receiver
FUTM0004 Futaba S3004 Standard Ball Bearing Servo (3 for glow, 2 for electric)
FUTM0222 Futaba S9252 High-Torque Digital Servo (2)
OSMG0548 O.S. Engine® 46AXII ABL Engine
OSMG0877 O.S. 72FS-a 4-Stroke Engine
OSMG0956 O.S. 56FS-a 4-Stroke Engine
OSMG0981 O.S. 81FS-a 4-Stroke Engine

or for brushless electric power
GPMG4740 ElectriFly™ RimFire™ .80 Outrunner Brushless Motor
GPMM1850 ElectriFly Silver Series 60A Brushless ESC

Stock Number: GPMA1281
Wingspan: 53 in (1350 mm)
Wing Area: 645 in² (41.6 dm²)
Weight: 6-7 lb (2.72-3.18 kg)
Wing Loading: 21-25 oz/ft² (64-76 g/dm²)
Length: 57.5 in (1460 mm)
Requires: 4-channel radio w/4-5 servos; 2-stroke .46-.61 or 4-stroke .52-.81 engine; OR RimFire™ .80 outrunner brushless motor; 60A brushless ESC & 6S 3200mAh LiPo battery
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