I am the head of the DIY club at my school, for our next project we wanted to build a drone. I am looking for suggestions for a plane that is good for beginner flyers yet has the capability to hold large amounts of gear(fpv system, gopro, autopilot systems...). Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Our budget is $120 for the plane, servos, motors... but we can spend more money if needed.

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Justin

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Do you have any building construction experience?

Trent of MyGeekShow has some inexpensive airplane ideas on his website HERE with the plans HERE.

If you do want an ARF (almost ready to fly), the EasyStar/Bixler types are an option though small in area for equipment.

To be inexpensive, you are probably looking at building it.

-=Doug

yes i have experience in construction, i know of the bixler and was looking athttp://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__14465__EPP_FPV_1_8M_X_Large_EPP_Carbon_Fiber_R_C_Plane.html

do you know of any similar airplanes that are cheaper?

I know its a little outside your budget, but you can get a RTF EFlite Apprentice for $300. It has everything you need including a 5 channel 2.4 Ghz transmitter. 

i don't think this has enough room for my fpv equipment, but thank you for the suggestion

it comes with the FPV installed.

How much space do you need in this aircraft?

That information is vital to the project and deciding which aircraft to buy/build.

What hardware do you have now?

-=Doug

i need space for an fvp camera, autopilot and a gopro(optional)

Wayne G's Techpod project has the right stuff for an FPV UAV but the kit price on the website is $225 and it will not be available until March 2013...so far.

I would also recommend checking local hobby shops, let them know it is a school project. They probably have contacts in the local flying clubs and someone may have just what you need AND provide some assistance with the project.

It cannot hurt to ask around.

-=Doug

Thanks for the suggestions, that kit looks cool but i don't want to wait for it

A little more digging in one of my airplane folders and THIS post right here might work for you.

-=Doug

What is the best foam to use when building a plane?

My favourite is ELAPOR, but unfortunately it's not available other than in the form of an EasyStar from Multiplex.

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