RTP setup

The set-up consists of a power supply, a method of controlling the power, a central pole, tether wires and a model aeroplane. It all connects together as follows.

The model to be flown is fitted with a 12 volt D.C. electric motor which is connected through finely insulated electrically conductive flying wire to the pole mounted contacts.

A pole equipped with a series of freely revolving electric contacts. The contacts are in turn connected to a low voltage D.C. power source through a hand held controller.

The controller allows power to the motor to be varied over a wide range and it is by carefully timed and gauged power alterations that the model can be made to take-off and perform airborne manoeuvres under complete control.

The power supply of 12 – 18volts is suitable for the 2 metre flying wires. Longer line lengths will require higher voltage power supply due to the voltage drop over the flying lines. Four metre flying lines will require between 22 – 30 volts. The power supply current output must be at least the same as the motor being used.