1994 - 2016
That's right, BTE shipped its very first kit (a Venture 60) in September 1994. Since that time we have proudly shipped thousands of kits all over the world. Modelers are nearly universal in their praise for the quality of our designs, parts, packaging, instructions, and customer service. Over the years we have also built and delivered UAV airframes to numerous universities and government entities, and most of those airframes are still in service today. BTE fully intendes to maintain this level of excellence for the next 22 years and beyond. To all of our happy and loyal customers, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your business, and a very sincere THANK YOU!

- Okay, okay... we're pretty late to the party! But we're here now and hope to have some fun on social media. If you are a facebook user, please visit our page and click the LIKE button to follow us. Not a facebook user? You can check it out anyway for the latest news from BTE and our friends.
- This vid will give you a good idea of what the Venture 60 is all about, which is smooth aerobatics and outstanding low-speed handling. As you're watching, keep in mind that our specialty is making kits, not videos!
- Exciting news from BTE! We are proud to introduce our first official Electric Power Conversion Package. Engineered specifically for the Flyin' King, it features upper-tier components at mid-range prices (no cheap junk!). The Cobra brand motor and ESC are from Innov8tive Designs, a long-time leader in the electric power community. Included in the package is a prop, a motor standoff, an installation kit, and a full-size plan. VIDEO!

The Flyin' King is a natural for electric conversion, and lots of our builders have done it on their own over the years. The BTE package takes all the guesswork out of the process. It's all figured out! Click here for more info.
- We are extra proud to announce the return of our most ambitious kit, the Reaction 54. Designed to be an entry-level turbine trainer, we have come to find that experienced turbine pilots also love it as a low-stress alternative to their super fast/expensive jets. And since it is a build-it-yourself kit, the R54 provides a level of pride and satasfaction that no ARF can touch. Click here for all the juicy details on the kit, the new electric retracts from Robart, accessories, and turbine combo deals.
- Bruce's main hobby interest for the past couple of years has been vintage R/C models - models that were designed at least 35 years ago. Finding info and plans for those old designs took a lot of research, so he decided to compile all of those resources into a single list. Looking for a vintage R/C project? This would be a good place to start! Click here for the list with links to all of the resources.

VRCS has a rolling cuoff date of 35 years. That means that any model designs from 1981 or earlier are considered eligible for VRCS fly-ins. Here's a list of nearly all the American kits that were available in 1981.
- We have been quietly selling these 1/6-scale Blue Box Elite Force Pilots for a few years now. Jet modelers appreciate these poseable figures for their amazing attention to detail, their uniforms, and the intricate accessories that are included. All are 1/6 scale, and many are fashioned after famous aviators, like George W. Bush shown here. They are perfect for the Reaction X and many other jets on the market.
- Just got an update from the Armstrong (formerly Dryden) Flight Research Center where they have just tested an twin-fuselage glider system towed aloft by a DROID. This particular DROID (modified Super Flyin' King built at BTE) was upgraded to a DA-170 for extra towing power. Scroll down for links to earlier DROID projects.
LINK Towed Glider Launch System Test Flight
- The Super Flyin' Kings that Bruce built for NASA have a new name - DROID. It stands for Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drone. Beats the original acronym which was GUT (Gordon's Utility Trainer). They are being used in a variety of ways, both in research and educational outreach programs.

LINK NASA Dryden's DROID Mini-UAV Reaches New Heights
LINK Auto-GCAS Flight Tests on DROID UAV Declared a Success
LINK Are These the DROIDS You're Looking For?

- In 2009, BTE contributed to one of the coolest projects ever. This Super Hauler was flown in front of oncoming tornados and dropped sensor probes. In our humble opinion, it was the single most eye-catching piece of equipment used in the entire third season of Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers show. Congrats to the crew from Radiance Technologies who operated the Super Hauler in a safe and professional manner despite the extreme conditions. Kudos also to Reed Timmer and the TVN crew who pulled the trigger on this risky project. BTE is very proud to be involved with dedicated and passionate people like this.
- Bruce spent much of 2008 building three big UAVs for the University of North Dakota. It is a stretched version of the Super Flyin' King, optimized for heavy lifting. We consider it a new design, and have named it the BTE Super Hauler. There are no plans to offer the Super Hauler as a kit, but click here for an inside look at the project.
- These four modified Super Flyin' King airframes were built at BTE for NASA. They are now being used at the Dryden Research Center, located on Edwards Air Force Base, for a variety of missions. The folks there call them DROIDs, which stands for Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drone. Click here for more info.

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