Best Fixed Wing Drones

Everyone knows about drones today. You probably either own a drone or you know someone who does. Most of us are aware of the multirotor or multicopter drones that have two propellers or more. The most popular rotorcraft of all is the quadcopter. There are also the fixed-wing drones and this piece looks at the pros and cons of these less common crafts.

Video and photography will never look the same again whether you fly a multirotor or fixed-wing drone. The way we record our precious moments has changed foreverthanks to advancing technology and lower prices. Not everyone wants a drone to record footage though. Some pilots love to race and others just enjoy the thrill of flying. The most important thing is to make the right informed choice.

NameFlight TimeFlight RangeRatingPrice
top-pick-RC Cars
TOPPICK

MyFlyDreamMFD Fixed Wing Nimbus

150 minutesNot specified

4.8



best-value-RC Cars
BESTVALUE

Parrot Disco FPV Fixed Wing Airplane

45 minutes1.2 miles

4.2



budget-RC Cars
BUDGET

E-flite U2980 UMX Radian BNF Airplane

10+ minutes300 feet

4.5



The chart below shows seven of the best amateur fixed wing drones in the order they appear on this page. I’ve ordered them by price with the least expensive at the top.

Make and ModelTypeFlight TimeFlight RangePrice Check
E-flite U2980 UMX Radian BNF Airplane10+ minutes300 feet
ZETA FX-79 Buffalo FPV Fixed Wing15+ minutesNot specified
Volantex Fixed Wing FPV Raptor60+ minutesNot specified
MyFlyDreamMFD Fixed Wing Nimbus150 minutesNot specified
SmartPlane Pro FPV Fixed Wing12 minutes330 feet
Hubsan H301S Fixed-Wing SPY HAWK30 minutes3,281 feet
Parrot Disco FPV Fixed Wing Airplane45 minutes1.2 miles
E-flite U2980 UMX Radian BNF Airplane

E-flite U2980 UMX Radian BNF Airplane

The Pros

  • Affordable entry-level glider
  • Lightweight, nice design
  • +4 more

The Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a controller
  • Advanced flying takes some patience and practice
  • +1 more

4.5

ZETA FX-79 Buffalo FPV Fixed Wing

ZETA FX-79 Buffalo FPV Fixed Wing

The Pros

  • Huge fixed wing drone
  • Easy to prepare out of the box
  • +5 more

The Cons

  • Big size intimidating for some
  • Need to invests in extras to get full experience (follow link below table for details)
  • +1 more

4.9

Volantex Fixed Wing FPV Raptor

Volantex Fixed Wing FPV Raptor

The Pros

  • Easy to fly powerful airplane
  • Easy to assemble (no glue necessary)
  • +6 more

The Cons

  • Long battery charging time
  • Not much user feedback to assess in detail

4.6

MyFlyDreamMFD Fixed Wing Nimbus

MyFlyDreamMFD Fixed Wing Nimbus

The Pros

  • Easy to assemble, simple to fly
  • Customizable RC airplane
  • +5 more

The Cons

  • No camera or gimbal included
  • Doesn’t include battery
  • +1 more

4.8

SmartPlane Pro FPV Fixed Wing

SmartPlane Pro FPV Fixed Wing

The Pros

  • Ready to Fly (RTF)
  • Easy to fly, Plug-n-Play
  • +6 more

The Cons

  • Not ideal in winds
  • Average quality camera

4.9

Hubsan H301S Fixed-Wing SPY HAWK

Hubsan H301S Fixed-Wing SPY HAWK

The Pros

  • Beautiful RC airplane
  • Easy to fly, smooth & stable
  • +6 more

The Cons

  • Hubsan video goggles optional with this purchase
  • Needs space to fly
  • + more

4.8

Parrot Disco FPV Fixed Wing Airplane

Parrot Disco FPV Fixed Wing Airplane

The Pros

  • Ready to Fly (RTF) out of the box
  • Easy to fly with automated take-off and landing
  • +8 more

The Cons

  • Need space to takeoff, fly, and land the RC plane
  • RC manual mode removes flight controller functions

4.2

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