Round the Pole (RTP) Flying

The RTP (Round The Pylon) flight system is a method of flying electric powered model aircraft in restricted spaces, both indoors and outdoors. The models, which are tethered to a central pylon, can be controlled by the "pilot" who has full control of the model at all times without the use of a radio.

A wide range of aircraft types can be safely flown using this system, Scale or non scale, single or multi motor as well as ducted fans. So even the very latest jet types can be successfully flown indoors such as in a sports hall. The tether lines which are also used to convey power to the model, can vary in length from 3 metres to 10 metres (10ft to 30ft) to suit the space available.

Most of the motors used for R.T.P models are rated 12 volts DC so that car or motorcycle batteries can be used as a power source, although the domestic AC mains supply can be used with a suitable DC transformer.

...from R.T.P. Electrix.

Round the Pole flying has also been done with planes powered by Jetex type rocket engines.

Notes from people




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Ducted Fan