Top 10 Best Fixed Wing Drones

If you don’t know what a fixed wing drone is, we don’t blame you. Thanks to the media and the general public labeling practically every remote-controlled aircraft in existence a ‘drone’ of some kind, the long-standing hobbyists and pilots of the RC hobby have become saddled with some necessary naming conventions. Hence the term ‘fixed wing drone’ has become prevalent in hobbyist circles. The term was coined to differentiate the more classic model airplanes from the now common and ubiquitous quadcopter or ‘rotary wing’ drones that have proliferated on the market.

They are so ubiquitous in fact that many hobbyists are completely unaware that fixed wing drones are a thing, let alone that they even exist. With that said, whether you are in the market to purchase a fixed wing drone for the first time or are already an experienced hobbyist, this is the right list for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Drones

1. What Exactly Is a Fixed Wing Drone?

2. What Can You Use a Fixed Wing Drone For?

3. Where Can You Buy a Drone?

How We Reviewed

When we reviewed the products on this list, we were looking for a number of specific things, namely, build quality, range and battery life. We also checked out user reviews on Amazon and elsewhere, to get an understanding of what other users have said about each drone and to build a pros and cons list for each drone. This should help you as you make your decision about the best drone for your needs.

The Overall Price Range of the Drones on This List

Unsurprisingly, the price range of fixed wing drones, like many other things, is very wide, and depends largely on how much you’re willing to pay. On average, a basic drone will run you as little as 80-90 dollars or even less. However, the more expensive and pricier models are not only faster and more powerful but are often more feature-laden, meaning you quite literally get what you pay for.

What We Reviewed

  • Skywalker FPV Black X8 Flying Wing RC Plane
  • E-flite Opterra 2m Wing BNF Basic with AS3X
  • Parrot Disco FPV
  • Parrot Swing with Flypad Controller
  • KKmoon F949 2.4G 3Ch RC Airplane Fixed Wing Plane
  • Hubsan H301S Spy Hawk RC Airplane with FPV
  • Xcraft XPlusOne Quadcopter Drone
  • Parrot Swing + Flypad
  • VOVI Z51 RC Aircraft Plane
  • XK A1200 3D6G 5.8G FPV 2.4G 6CH S-FHSS EPO RC Airplane Glider RTF

Comparison Table

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Skywalker FPV Black X8 Flying Wing RC Plane

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Features

The FPV Black X Flying WIng, despite being on the more expensive side in terms of price is worth every penny. This drone has a solid and sturdy build and hard black plastic mountings for both the prop and motor, as well as the payload. However, it is worth mentioning that the drone is not ready to fly at purchase and requires additional parts that are sold separately.

Pros

  • 2-kilogram payload
  • Fuselage mounts for landing gear
  • Hard black plastic motor mounts

Cons

  • Kit does not include motor, prop or glue
  • Pricey

E-flite Opterra 2m Wing BNF Basic with AS3X

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Features

If you’re the kind of person that likes to use their own optics and cameras on a drone, then the E-fliteOpterra is your best bet. With three separate mounting stations (2 in the nose and 1 facing down in the belly) for various sorts of cameras, this drone is great for those hobbyists that like taking pictures or video. It also has a pretty decent range, meaning that you can safely fly it pretty much anywhere you need it to go.

Pros

  • 2 forward-facing camera bays
  • 1 downward-facing camera bay
  • Lightweight design
  • Pre-installed motor, servos, and ESC

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Does not include a power supply

Parrot Disco FPV

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Features

This drone is fast. According to its website, the Parrot Disco is one of the fastest fixed wing drones in the world, with a top speed of over 50 mph. Coming pre-assembled and ready-to-fly, this drone includes not just a controller but an FPV headset allowing you to fly the drone as if you were aboard it. And with a sleek design, it looks good flying too.

Pros

  • Comes fully assembled
  • Small and lightweight design
  • 45 minutes of battery life

Cons

  • A bit pricey

Parrot Swing with Flypad Controller

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Features

This entry on the list blurs the line between fixed wing and rotary drones; it is able to both land and take off vertically, as well as fly horizontally. It’s also both fast and very light. The kit includes a ‘fly-pad’ controller as well. However, it has a very short battery life.

Pros

  • Small and fast
  • Easy to control
  • Fly-pad included
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Short battery life

KKmoon F949 2.4G 3Ch RC Airplane Fixed Wing Plane

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Features

Modeled after a Cessna-182 Skylane, this entry-level RC plane handles fairly well and has a decent battery life for its price. It's also fairly small and lightweight, making it easy to carry or transport. And with a range of 200 meters, it’s a decent choice for beginners.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Short range
  • Cheap build

Hubsan H301S Spy Hawk RC Airplane with FPV

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Features

The Spy Hawk is a good all-around choice for an RC drone. It's made out of durable plastic and has a very solidly built construction. It comes with a plethora of safety features: a return-to-home mode, a position hold mode, and a built-in GPS stability system. The Spy Hawk also has pretty good battery life, with a solid 30 minutes of flight time as well as an incorporated forward-facing HD camera, allowing for flight with an HPV headset. All in all, this is a solid choice for both novices and the experienced.

Pros

  • Built-in GPS stability system
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • Built-in HD camera

Cons

  • Somewhat pricey

Xcraft XPlusOne Quadcopter Drone

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Features

A feature-laden offering from Xcraft, the XPlusOne is an impressive fixed wing drone. It’s a hybrid model, meaning it can take off and land vertically and fly horizontally. It can also hover in place like a conventional quadcopter, making it a solid all-around platform.

It has quite an array of features. An FPV view provided by a gimbal-mounted HD camera makes flying this drone a breeze, and the drone is also capable of operating autonomously using mission plans built with the drone’s accompanying software. There's a return-to-launch mode as well, enabling the drone to fly back to you at the press of a button or in the event of an emergency. Finally, a 20-minute battery life makes this drone a solid if expensive choice.

Pros

  • Hybrid flight mode
  • FPV capability
  • Autonomous flight plan mode
  • Return-to-home mode
  • 20-minute flight time

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Does not come with a camera

Parrot Swing + Flypad

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Features

This entry on the list blurs the line between fixed wing and rotary drones; it is able to both land and take off vertically and fly horizontally. It’s also both fast and very light. The kit includes a ‘fly-pad’ controller as well. However, it has a very short battery life.

Pros

  • Small and fast
  • Easy to control
  • Fly-pad included
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Short battery life

VOVI Z51 RC Aircraft Plane

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Features

Modeled after the Predator drone used by the U.S. Air Force, this RC plane is both a bargain and a good option for beginners. Its body is molded from lightweight EPP materials, making it fairly durable. It also has a surprisingly long battery life of 20 minutes, provided by its LiPo battery cell. A good choice for a beginner hobbyist.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight, durable build
  • 20-minute flight time

Cons

  • Short range

XK A1200 3D6G 5.8G FPV 2.4G 6CH S-FHSS EPO RC Airplane Glider RTF

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Features

A modest offering from XK, the A1200 is a ready-to-fly lightweight fixed wing drone offering plenty of bang for your buck. It comes with a built-in FPV camera, 45-minute battery life, and includes a flight controller with attached monitor screen.

Pros

  • Long battery life and flight time
  • Built-in FPV camera
  • Comes with controller and attached monitor screen

Cons

  • Pricey

The Verdict

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced drone pilot, a quadcopter pilot looking to try something different, or a veteran hobbyist that’s done it all, fixed wing drones can offer a lot to you. If and when you plan to choose a drone to purchase, we hope this list helps you come to a satisfactory decision.

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