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Why RTF is not always ready to fly

In our store when we talk about RTF (Ready to Fly), ARF (Almost Ready to Fly), PNF (Plug and Fly), BNF (Bind and Fly) this refers to the amount of equipment you will receive with your drone.  And due to the wire range of brands and products we sell this can sometimes differ between them.  So this page is created to make this clear for anyone looking to buy a drone from us.

You frequently need to do some configuration, even with RTF drones

Almost all the time you will also be expected to perform some initial setup/configuration of your drone before you fly.  This is particularly true for FPV racing drones where you will often need to connect it up to your PC and setup flight modes, and fine tune the PID's to suit your flying style.  We provide guides on how to do this for most of our quadcopters, but if none are available please ask before buying one so we can let you know where you can find more info.

RTF - Ready To Fly

This means that when you buy a RTF quadcopter, you will receive all the things you are required to fly.  So this means you will get the actual drone, a flight battery, and also a R/C radio control.  Most situations you will also get a battery charger.  You will still usually need to buy some AA batteries for your R/C controller.

Also in the case of FPV quadcopters, you will also be expected to add your own FPV headset to view the live video feed.  Although there are a few combo packs that we sell that include everything, see the product description for more details.

RTF kits are best at newcomers to the field as these products include most parts to get started and you do not need to build/solder anything, many of these parts can also later be used with future drones you buy.

ARF - Almost Ready to Fly

This definition is often interchangeable with PNF, and means that your drone still needs a few extra parts before it can fly.   Most often you will need to add your own R/C receiver and battery.  ARF/PNF kits are ideal for people who already have their own radio equipment and batteries

PNF - Plug and Fly

Just as ARF, these kits still require you to add your own receiver and battery.  ARF is typically a looser definition of this, in the world of traditional R/C aircraft, ARF means that you need to add various equipment (Like motors, servos etc..) and PNF, means you only need to add a battery and receiver.

BND - Bind and Fly

These kits are like RTF in the sense that they are pre-built, but do not include a R/C radio.   These quadcopters are sold with specific receivers connected already so all you need to do it pair it with a R/C radio you already have.  BNF kits also often require you to add your own batteries.

Included FPV gear

With FPV racing drones, they already include the onboard FPV equipment you need, so you will get a FPV camera, and video transmitter.  To receive the video signal you will need to use a FPV monitor or headset which is sold separately

 

 

 

 

In our store when we talk about RTF (Ready to Fly), ARF (Almost Ready to Fly), PNF (Plug and Fly), BNF (Bind and Fly) this refers to the amount of equipment you will receive with your drone.  And due to the wire range of brands and products we sell this can sometimes differ between them.  So this page is created to make this clear for anyone looking to buy a drone from us.

 

You frequently need to do some configuration, even with RTF drones

Almost all the time you will also be expected to perform some initial setup/configuration of your drone before you fly.  This is particularly true for FPV racing drones where you will often need to connect it up to your PC and setup flight modes, and fine tune the PID's to suit your flying style.  We provide guides on how to do this for most of our quadcopters, but if none are available please ask before buying one so we can let you know where you can find more info.

 

RTF - Ready To Fly

This means that when you buy a RTF quadcopter, you will receive all the things you are required to fly.  So this means you will get the actual drone, a flight battery, and also a R/C radio control.  Most situations you will also get a battery charger.  You will still usually need to buy some AA batteries for your R/C controller.

 

Also in the case of FPV quadcopters, you will also be expected to add your own FPV headset to view the live video feed.  Although there are a few combo packs that we sell that include everything, see the product description for more details.

 

RTF kits are best at newcomers to the field as these products include most parts to get started and you do not need to build/solder anything, many of these parts can also later be used with future drones you buy.

 

ARF - Almost Ready to Fly

This definition is often interchangeable with PNF, and means that your drone still needs a few extra parts before it can fly.   Most often you will need to add your own R/C receiver and battery.  ARF/PNF kits are ideal for people who already have their own radio equipment and batteries

 

PNF - Plug and Fly

Just as ARF, these kits still require you to add your own receiver and battery.  ARF is typically a looser definition of this, in the world of traditional R/C aircraft, ARF means that you need to add various equipment (Like motors, servos etc..) and PNF, means you only need to add a battery and receiver.

 

BND - Bind and Fly

These kits are like RTF in the sense that they are pre-built, but do not include a R/C radio.   These quadcopters are sold with specific receivers connected already so all you need to do it pair it with a R/C radio you already have.  BNF kits also often require you to add your own batteries.

 

Included FPV gear

With FPV racing drones, they already include the onboard FPV equipment you need, so you will get a FPV camera, and video transmitter.  To receive the video signal you will need to use a FPV monitor or headset which is sold separately