I teach in a Makerspace in MA and I have a student who is interested in creating his own RC plane from scratch. We have a number of electronic components available to us so we're trying to get this done as inexpensively as possible. Think proof of concept more than professional perfection.
Our biggest hurdle has been the receiver/transmitter and whether the controllers that we have (Drone and others) are compatible. Is there any wisdom you could share?