Tech Notice Bird of Time Almost Ready-to-Fly 3-Meter EP Sailplane
Electric Version of the Soaring Icon

Introduced as a kit in 1981, the Bird of Time has proven to be timeless. The easy-to-assemble ARF version joined the original kit so that all sailplane enthusiasts could enjoy its relaxing, inspiring flight with less building time. Now this electric-powered Bird of Time EP ARF offers even more convenience, reaching soaring altitude in seconds — no hi-start, tow plane or large launch area needed.

  • Strong and convenient EP power.
  • Strong wood and fiberglass construction.
  • 3-piece wing for easy transportation and storage.
  • Removable full-flying stabilizer.
  • Superior thermal and duration soaring.
  • Beautiful, easy-to-see MonoKote trim scheme.



folding prop 3-stage (see larger view)
The Bird of Time EP ARF includes a low-drag folding prop, spinner and prop adapter. With the recommended motor, one full battery charge can power many aggressive climbs to altitude.
removable hatch (see larger view)
A removable hatch in the Bird of Time EP ARF fuselage allows quick LiPo battery pack changes between flights.
sailplane in flight
Compared to smaller sailplanes, the 3-meter Bird of Time EP ARF flies well in breezy conditions and remains easy to see at high altitudes.


SPECIFICATIONS

Stock Number
GPMA1053
Wingspan
118 in (2997 mm)
Wing Area
1050 in² (67.7 dm²)
Wing Loading
10 oz/ft² (31 g/dm²)
Weight
4.5-4.75 lb (2040-2150 g)
Fuselage Length
49 in (1245 mm)
Requires
3+ channel radio; standard receiver; (1) Futaba S9001 standard & (1) Futaba S3154 digital micro servo; 42-50-800 kV outrunner motor; 50-60A ESC with BEC; 4S 14.8V 3300-3600 mAh LiPo battery & compatible charger

Recommended Products

FUTK6000
Futaba 6J 6-Channel 2.4GHz S-FHSS Radio with R2006GS 6-Channel S-FHSS Receiver
FUTM0654
Futaba S3154 Digital Micro High-Torque Servo
FUTM0075
Futaba S9001 Coreless Ball Bearing Servo
GPMG4700
Great Planes RimFire .32 Motor
HRCM9049
Hitec Energy Sport 60A Programmable Brushless ESC
ONXP2346
Onyx 4S 14.8V 3300mAh 30C LiPo Battery with Star Plug

Recommended Options

TACJ2660
Tactic TTX660 6-Channel 2.4GHz SLT Radio (no receiver)
TACL0625
Tactic TR625 6-Channel Twin Antenna Receiver
ONXP3363
Onyx LiPo 4S 14.8V 3600mAh 50C Star Plug

Please note: All recommendations are the best choices available at the time of product release. For additional choices, please check with your dealer.


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