On display at this year’s Paris Air Show, the ultralight Sherpa by Belgian startup Sagita aims to make the helicopter simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more affordable. The helicopter’s contra-rotating rotors are directly driven by turbines that are themselves powered by hot air and fumes from the helicopter’s powerplant. Sagita claims that this makes [...]
Xi’an Feiao Model, home to the DLA engine series, released a new twin cylinder engine, answering the need for a 60cc class powerplant. When I learned of the twin, I had to have one. If it was anything like its predecessors, it has to be the prime ticket for the 90-110″ inch class machines. As [...]
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but compared to today’s modern, colorless fighters, classic jets had some panache. Take the English Electric Lightning, a supersonic interceptor of the ’60s and ’70s that reached double the speed of sound as the first British jet fighter. With twin stacked turbine engines, it even looked fast! In [...]
The 2013 Extreme Flight Championship is in the books. Taking place at the beautiful AMA headquarters in Muncie, Indiana and with great weather for most of the event, the best in the sport laid everything on the table to give the closest scoring competition in XFC history. In a true international event, organizer Frank Noll [...]
One of the highlights of RCX every year is the awards banquet, where Model Airplane News present their Editors’ Choice Awards. In this week’s Radio Control Show, get the scoop on who won plane, helicopter, innovation and radio of the year.
The date on Wylam’s art for the P-47D Thunderbolt is December 1944. At the time, Air Age Publishing was 15 years old, Model Airplane News was a relative upstart and William Wylam was producing his fantastic art for us. That makes us and our parent company 83 years old—one of the oldest family-owned publishing companies in history! [...]
Across the pond, RC models just keep getting bigger, like this 11.15-foot-span AT-6 Texan piloted by Adolf “Poldi” Leopold. Built from a Petrasuch kit, the fiberglass model is controlled by a Weatronics radio and has Wabo pneumatic landing gear, a fully detailed cockpit, functional lights and smoke. You’ll get chills when you listen to the Moki [...]