Airplanes and flying wings
Flying wings are cool, but sometimes a more traditional airplane is just a better option. Especially with a pusher propeller and long tail for extra pitch stability even at high speeds. Sonicmodell Mini Skyhunter gives you that and as a bonus adds plenty of space inside the fuselage for all the things you might need.
Ritewing Mini Drak
Rightwing Mini Drak is probably my favorite FPV airplane. Looks great, flies even better. Very stable in the air and thanks to negative swept wings, very hard to stall. You really have to want to stall it for it to happen! Plenty of space for all the equipment you might even need. Easily detachable wings are a huge advantage!
If you want to know more about Mini Drak, visit this page.
Flying wings are cool and all, but traditional airplanes with a tail and 2 motors can be even cooler! Why? More pitch authority, yaw control, differential thrust and smoother flight in general. Sonicmodell Binary is one of the examples of twin-motor RC airplanes that down not ruin your wallet and still functions great. I could only wish for a better FPV integration. Transparent canopy is not the best option in my opinion...
ZOHD Dart 250g
Upcoming, very restrictive, drone regulations are not making RC hobbyist life any simpler. This is why sub 250g designs will be getting more and more popular. Like this ZOHD Dart 250g. Super small, super light, yet with decent flight capabilities! Watch out, this thing is very touchy on the stick and needs very little servo travel! Works best with INAV inside!
If C1 Chaser looks familiar to you, there is a reason for that! It indeed looks like a scaled-up version of the famous Z-84 Wing Wing. C1 Chaser offers much more space and lift for all the things you might want to put inside the airplane. Now, fitting all the FPV gear and a decent flight controller should not be a problem, right?
Mini AR Wing
Another flying wing? Yes. Mini AR Wing is small, flies great and for the size, only 600mm wingspan, has surprisingly a lot of space inside the fuselage to fit flight controller, relatively big battery, GPS, and FPV setup. Probably one of the most interesting small flying wings on the market.
Is Matek F405-WING too weak and you need something with STM32 F7 series CPU? Connect telemetry or SBUS to any serial port you want! F722-WING can have any serial inverted! On top of that, integrated camera switcher, "power on a switch" and 4 ADC inputs so you can connect Vbat, Current, RSSI, and analog Pitot meter at the same time!
This is the flight controller that made the whole WING series. Created for INAV and Ardupilot shines in terms of the number of UARTs, built-in BECs, and overall build quality. The only thing you need extra is a radio receiver, camera, and video transmitter. BEC, OSD, PDB, FC, everything else is just there.
FuriousFPV F35 is definitely one of the most interesting all-in-one solutions for the airplane INAV environment. It comes with a lot of accessories, everything is plugged with a connector (Pixhawk approach) and hell, it just works! If you do not want to look for separate parts for everything, F35 is for you!
Servos, pushrods, horns, clevises
TowerPro MG90S is probably the cheapest servo I consider worth buying. Everything else is just crap. MG90S have metal gears (if low weight is not the prime factor, metal gears are the thing!) and is precise enough for most airplanes. Not great, not terrible: 3.5.
EMAX ES9051 micro servo
Need smaller servo than standard 9g? EMAX ES9051 weights only around 4.1g, has nylon gears as is small enough to perfectly fit all models that need to be light and small.
In theory, pushrod clevises are only an option. But they help to make servo linkages lighter, tighter and more secure comparing to other methods. And you know the pilot knows his stuff when you see nice and tidy servo-horn connectors!
EMAX ES08MD are noticeably better, smoother and more reliable servos that cheap MG90S. Sometimes it's worth investing in better servos, after all, servo failure usually results in a kinetic disassembly known as a common crash. On the flying wing, servo failure always results in a crash!
The usage of a servo pushrod connector is quite self-descriptive, right? Very useful things!
Other pushrod clevises
Screw-mounted clevis too complicated and expensive? Maybe clenched clevises suit your needs better. Not as good as machined and secured with crews, but still good enough!
Sunnysky X2216-7 1400KV
This is my motor of choice for 1000-1300g (roughly 2-3 pound) general-purpose flying wings. The price does not kill, with an 8060 propeller on 4S allows going as fast as 120-130km/h (75mph). This is the motor I use on my Ritewing Mini Drak and it's great!
Sunnysky X2814 has more oomph that X2216 and you can not deny it. Put it together with 9060 propeller in 1250KV on 4S or even 12" prop in lower KV and oh boy... If you do not have any special speed requirements, it should fit all up to 2kg flying wings.
Sensors and all the rest
Analog Pitot tube / airspeed sensor
Airspeed sensors aka Pitot tubes based on MPXV7002 differential pressure sensors are the simplest way to bring airspeed to your model airplane. Supported by APM, Pixhawk, and INAV. All you need is a flight controller with at least one free analog input and done. If you want to know how to connect a pitot tube to INAV, you can use this guide.
Beitian BN-180 GPS
If BN-880 is too big, BN-180 comes to the rescue! Airplanes do not require magnetometers, so BN-180 meets all the requirements! It's hard to find something smaller than BN-180.
Vifly Finder V2
Finding a downed drone or airplane can be a major pain in the ass. Especially when the main battery disconnected and a buzzer is not working. ViFly Finder partially solves the problem: it has own battery and starts to emit a loud noise and LED flashes when it detects disconnected main battery. Of course, it can act as a standard buzzer too! And yes, it's bloody loud!