Elster Jet: FC1 3D

Pilot-RC is very proud to announce a new collaboration with the undisputed pioneers of 3D jet flying and designers of that very first 3D J10, Ralph and Enrico from Elster Jet.

This new collaboration has led to Pilot-RC to produce their latest design, the FC1.

Designed to be both precise and highly capable in normal aerobatics and also extremely agile and light for 3D flying. Elster’s background in 3D jet flying has led to a number of innovative solutions that assure a light, strong and extremely capable and fun new aircraft to fly.


Wingspan:74.8″ (1,900mm)
Length:120″ (3,055mm)
Wing area: 1,734″2 (11,190cm2)
Weight:31.0lbs (14.1kg) with JetCat P220Rxi turbine and full UAT




  • German design, by Ralph and Enrico from Elster Jet, designers of the first J10’s
  • Extremely lightweight full composite construction especially designed for outstanding 3D performance
  • Painted outside the mold so no seam lines
  • Ultra strong and light weight landing gear mounts, with factory installed blind nuts so mounting is just plug and play
  • Split fuselage design is joined with 5 screws, with only batteries and nose gear installed in the front section, meaning very easy connections and quick assembly at the field
  • Specially designed easy access to turbine for speedy installation
  • Wings and elevator are secured from the top
  • Removable wing and elevator for easy transport

Included hardware:

  • Complete air frame (including carbon wing-tubes and preinstalled and painted fibreglass control horns)
  • Servo extension leads
  • Vector thrust pipe
  • 4.500ml fuel tank
  • 250ml UAT tank
  • Pre-prepared pushrods with ball links

Also available: Full retract combo.  Includes Pilot-RC electric retracts and electric brakes, specific for this model.

Also available: Turbine Ready version.  Includes all the above, plus x10 Pilot-RC servos, all pre-installed.  Just add your own turbine of choice.

Required hardware:

Turbine size:

  • 140-190N  for normal sport flying
  • 200-260N for 3D vector flight – Avoid high speed, high G flying

Servos: Total x10 (x9 standard size + x1 medium size)

x9 standard size high torque
x2 for ailerons (minimum 35kg)
x2 for flaps (minimum 20kg)
x1 for vector elevator (minimum 20kg)
x1 for vector rudder (minimum 20kg)
x2 for elevators (minimum 20kg)
x1 for rudder (minimum 20kg)

x1 medium size servo for steering (size: 35x15x30mm)

Also requires all the usual accessories such as transmitter, receiver, batteries, powerbox and possibly other small accessories.

Pilot-Rc recommended hardware:

  • Servos: Pilot-Rc PW38AH for elevator/rudder/flap
  • Servos: Pilot-Rc PW27AH for aileron and vector
  • Servos: Pilot-Rc PY10AH for steering
  • Servo arms: Pilot-Rc 1.6″, 1,2″ and 0,8″ Aluminium arms (included with Pilot-Rc servos)

Pilot-Rc recommended ACCESSORIES:

Colour schemes available:

Scheme 01 – Fluorescent Red:

Scheme 02 – Fluorescent Orange:

Scheme 03 – Fluorescent Green:

Scheme 04 – Fluorescent Yellow:

Scheme 05 – Star:


  • Flap: Maximum available
  • Aileron: 45mm up / 30mm down
  • Rudder: 50mm left / 50mm right
  • Elevator: 70mm up / 70mm down (measured from the front)

*Please note that the correct “center” position for the elevator not when it is level! Correct center position is when it is trimmed up 35mm from level. Measured from the leading edge of the elevator


18cm forward of the front of the wingtube
Once comfortable with the model and gyro turned on, slowly take back to 17cm

Measured with empty main tank, full UAT, landing gear down.


Even though this model can easily be flown as a conventional setup, the configuration used by Elster Jet for 3D flying is as follows:

Roll axis: Uses ailerons for roll and only 10% added Taileron movement

Full Flap: Uses approximately 2mm up elevator (measured from the front)


Elster Jet recommend the use of the gyro systems by Powerbox-Systems. These offer two banks, each with individually programmable settings.

AileronHeading Hold 15%Normal Gain 40%
ElevatorNormal Gain 15%Normal Gain 45%
Vector ElevatorOffNormal Gain 90%
Vector RudderOffNormal Gain 90%
These gains are approximate and WILL vary in your model, depending on your chosen servo’s speed, length of servo arm and other factors.

FULL Build manual: