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Straight to the Field
There is no build time with Ready to Fly (RTF) airplanes. Within a few hours your aircraft will be ready for its "maiden voyage". If your interest is in flying and not building or if you need a new airplane but don't want to spend the last part of the flying season in your basement, you'll want an RTF.
RTF's are quite complete and can include every component to get you into the air except for the fuel and the supportive flight box equipment. This means that completely compatible components will be selected for you. The engine, the transmitter, the flight pack and, of course, the airplane are all included. About all you have to do is charge the transmitter and receiver batteries before you head to the field. Be sure to follow the engine manufacturer's recommendations for break-in. You'll even find some engines that have already been broken in and tuned at the factory. The Hanger 9 Alpha Trainer is one such RTF.
On larger RTF's you may find a minimal amount of assembly is required such as attaching the landing gear, and the tail assembly. In these cases, many times the correct adhesives are supplied right in the box.