The FT Sparrow is super and fun to build and makes a great RC fun flyer, throw glider or FPV-equipped plane!
We designed the FT Sparrow to be built as a glider in less than 45 minutes using only one sheet of foam board. The FT Sparrow also teaches core principles of flight, design theory and every technique needed to build all FT designs.
We introduced the FT Sparrow a few weeks ago at the Flite Test family Make and Take build event during the AMA Expo.
The experience was made possible by an amazing group of Flite Test volunteers who gave their time and knowledge to help build the new FT Sparrow plane.
- Adam Avalos
- Albert Kim
- Alex Walsh
- Barbra Difrenza
- Bill Clifton
- Brooke Tarver
- Dave Fishman
- David Trepanier
- Jake Wells
- Jason McNees
- Jonathan Hyman
- Ken Moore
- Luke Chitwood
- Maxim Lisitsyn
- Michael Berry
- Peter Rodens
- Robert Meleka
- Santos Vasquez
- Victor Shlyakhtenko
- Zeke Archuleta
- ...and anyone else we may have missed!
By the end of the AMA Expo, 200 FT Sparrows were built! Special thanks to Wayne and Garth Bolton for giving their build spots to others so they could make a memory.
Peter designed a mechanism that would launch the Sparrows at a higher altitude. We partnered with Carangi Airships to create a great interactive family build experience. They used an airship to carry Peter's launching mechanism so the kids could see an HD downlink and remote launch their gliders. Look for the plans and kits for this launcher in the future!
We hope the design will become a great tool for people to use in educational environments such as FT STEM, group build nights and introducing others to scratch building!
Alex and Josh recently met up with Skitzo, Frebott and Stinger Swarm in Georgia to fly, get input and test the new Versacopter V2.
We also spent an evening building FT Sparrows in preparation for a fun day of flight! The next day we found a great location to put the Sparrow to the test.
Frebott flew his FT Sparrow with an Emax 2204 2300 KV motor, a Gemfan 50 50 triblade and an Emax ESC.
Stinger Swarm flew an Emax motor with an HQ 5 4 triblade and a 3S battery.
Even after a full day of flight and plenty of crashes, the FT Sparrow held up really well!
Although we flew line of sight, the FT Sparrow is a great platform for flying FPV. The additional camera weight in the nose will balance the Sparrow perfectly on an 800mAh 3S battery.
We truly hope the FT Sparrow design becomes a great tool to connect, inspire and educate others.
The free flight bulk version and R/C version of the Sparrow are available in the Flite Test Store, and the free plans will be available in the build article later this week!