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planes Aerial Drone Gift Guide

ArduPlane $53.99 – $69.99

Want to glide through the air with the greatest of ease? Take the ArduPilot above and try adding an ArduPlane based on the SkyFun or the Hobbyking Bixler 2, pictured below.


  • SkyFun: $53.99
  • Bixler 2: $69.99

What they Do

The SkyFun is a delta wing flyer made from high-pressure Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), the Skyfun is extremely stiff, has a gloss like surface. It’s easy to fly for beginners and fun for more experienced pilots.

The Bixler 2 is made from tough Expanded Polyolefin (EPO) foam, this model plane has a large wing span for longer flight times and/or bigger payloads. Like the SkyFun, it is pretty easy to fly but fun for an advanced pilot too.

Why they’re Cool

The SkyFun design is pretty crash resistant, which makes it especially good for a novice, but it is good enough that a pilot won’t get bored as they become a more advanced flyer. It’s actually pretty fast.

The Bixler 2 is fast to assemble and easy to fly. It has plug-in wings to make it easy to transport too. This bird also has good payload capacity and room for add-in equipment like a camera for First Person Viewing (FPV).

Andrew Terranova

Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and an electronics and robotics hobbyist. He is an active member of the Let’s Make Robots community, and handles public relations for the site.
Andrew has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children’s Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Learning Center in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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