The Table and its analyses


The Table Below rates each criteria from 1 to 10. 1 being the worse. We also added the average and the Deviation, as well as later, Correlations. The Global Average is for now 7.42/10 and with on going updates with new planes entering the table, all this will be pretty dynamic.

We want to remind that the grades given are related to the use of the plane, by a beginner and for the purpose of being a 1st plane. Any hovering capabilities and all related sorts of advanced behavior was ignored as not relevant here.


The planes below here are the ones we tried to get enough data and feedback, on time for this article, but it did not happen. As soon as we will get more feedback on them, we will add them to this chart, and they will compete for the TOP 5 update and there should be also others which will add to this list.

Parkzone SlowV jkaerotech T-52 GWS TigerMoth GWS Beaver AeroBird Challenger ReadytoFly T Hawk T-IFO



DATA Analyses

It is important to note that all the analyses below is based on the data input, in the table. More planes would therefore impact the results.
So if you can think of counter examples, which contradict some of the findings, it is highly possible, especially if they are not in the table. Also, examples are not too interesting, what matters in stats is the general path, not the exceptions.

  • General Analyses

We can see from the table that we don't have any terrible planes. Most planes behaved quite well, and no plane is actually below average.
The Winner, the Multiplex EasyStar, is an Electro-Glider and is the only one with such high scores in most categories. It comforts the fact that an Electro-Glider has many positive assets to seduce as a beginner plane, and if escorted with high quality design and structure can actually win in front of all the other designs.
We can also see that a good plane for a beginner should be globally good in all criteria. Planes with extreme positive and negative points are not to recommend, even if their overall results are good


  • Planes Correlation Analyses

Please, note that this is a direct indication from the correlated Data. In other words, this is just a clinical statement, out of the correlated data.

In this particular case, we will try below to understand what the results provided by the different correlation could indicate. This will be suggestions as it is not always trivial to link the statistical results to the actual reality. Also, different interpretations are sometimes possible.

  1. We can note few families of planes, with some having distant relations with the others, and some being totally on a different branch.

Table does not include the EasyGlider nor the MagPie yet

  Indicates Positive Correlation/Relations
  Indicates Negative Correlation/Relations


  • Criteria Correlation Analyses

  Indicates Positive Correlation/Relations
  Indicates Negative Correlation/Relations

Some comments on this

  1. Good look with Easy to spot in the Air. Many plane designers say that a good looking plane flies well.

  2. Lot's of relationship shown, between the Flying performance criteria and Easy to Spot in the Air, which is itself related to the Look. Could be that the remark seen in 1 is showing again ?

  3. Seems that the time to assemble the plane at the field and switch the battery is related very much to the smartness of the design as well as completeness of the Kit, Manual, and related factors. In other words, this is saying that if a manufacturer already invested in making a complete, smart, well designed and easy to build kit, chances are that at the field, it will remain easy to assemble and switch batteries. Sounds possible.

  4. Material and easy Take-off and negatively correlated but there is a relation given. Light planes having difficulties on take-off, with relation to the wind ?

  5. Clearly, the link between wind and RC learning is there. If a plane can handle the wind, chances are that he will provide a wider range of things to learn.

  6. Regarding the negative correlation between the look and the Assemble/Switch battery at the field, we could not think of any relation.

  7. Generally, we noticed that the Plane strength material impacts the Flying characteristics in a negative relationship. could it say that light, small planes would be easier to fly than heavy, big ones ?

There is certainly much more to read into these relationships. We also took only correlations strictly above 0.7 or below -0.7, which lower the risks of mistakes.