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Edge 540 v3

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Wingspan 1187 mm

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As a tribute to great Red Bull Air Race pilot Hannes Arch we decided to make a replica of his top-notch racing tool, the Zivko Edge 540 v3. This fast, sporty aerobatic plane is the most agile 3DHobbies plane ever.

My Airplane Configuration
Main Color (Used Most)
Add-In Color (Used Less)

The Edge 540, manufactured by Zivko Aeronautics, is as precise and controllable as it is aggressive. The small, one-seater aircraft is a favourite amongst Red Bull Air Race pilots, largely due to its fuselage. The computer optimised, steel tube frame makes the Edge 540 an extremely light, very durable and easily repairable race plane.

Using an unconventional straight-edged wing, the Edge 540 sparked much interest in flying circles around the world, particularly after Kirby Chambliss began using it for aerobatic competitions. The aircraft has since evolved into the highly refined and technologically advanced version of the original prototype, with the radical wing now acknowledged as a pioneering feat of design.

Hannes Arch  (Origional Edge 540 designer)

Hannes Arch was one of the most successful pilots in the history of the Red Bull Air Race. Up until the 2015 season Arch finished first or second overall in the last four World Championships. The first European to win the title in 2008, Arch was a creative force who pushed the world’s fastest motorsport forward with innovative tactics and technology. Fiercely competitive, he was an accomplished adventurer who had climbed most of the world’s highest mountains and thrown himself off many cliffs as a BASE jumper.

The Austrian’s fighting spirit made the last four Red Bull Air Race Championships thrilling battles to the final and with 11 victories he was second on the all-time race wins list. He won the 2008 title in only his second season with a determined and fearless style of flying that shook up his rivals and forever changed the dynamic of the sport. Arch began flying at 16 after obtaining a Special Pilot’s Licence in his native Austria. He first focused on hang gliding and at 19 became a state-approved mountain and ski guide. At one point, Arch was also ranked as one of the world’s best mountaineers and climbers.

He studied Sports Science and worked as a lecturer on sport climbing at Graz University but left just before finishing to focus on his flying passion. He became an accomplished paragliding test pilot and is credited with being one of the world’s first “aerobatic paragliders.” He began experimenting with aerobatics in 1998 after making the crossover from free flying to motorised flying and joined the Swiss National Aerobatic Team. Arch made an indelible mark on the paragliding scene by organising a gruelling international competition that has become the popular Red Bull X-Alps event.

He also made some of the most spectacular BASE jumps ever. He and Ueli Gegenschatz became the first to jump off the imposing 1800 metre north face of the Eiger, one of the most daunting Alpine peaks. In 2003 they became the first BASE jumpers to conquer the north face of the Matterhorn. Arch began performing in air shows across Europe in 2003. His raw talent, determination and skill propelled him to become the European Aerobatic Champion in 2006 and he joined the Red Bull Air Race a year later in 2007, where he promptly became rookie of the year. Arch was born in Trofaiach, Austria and lived in Salzburg.

Data sheet

1048 mm
1187 mm
368 mm
Wing Area
23 dm2
Wing Loading
50.8 g/dm2
Printed Weight
780 g
Empty Weight (w/o batt)
990 g
Takeoff Weight (with batt)
1170 g
Max Takeoff Weight
1300 g
Never Exceed Speed (VNE)
205 km/h
Design Maneuvere Speed (VA)
165 km/h
Stall Speed VS (full flaps)
30 km/h
APC 11x5.5
AX-4008Q 620 KV or similar
40 Amp
6S 1300 Mah
Max Speed VH (level flight)
105 km/h
Rate of Climb
20 m/s