Super-Size Bipes!

Jul 02, 2015 32 Comments by

This pair of impressive biplanes put on quite a show at the North Weald Airfield in Essex last weekend! The 55% Stearman is powered by a Valach 800cc 7-cylinder radial, and the 85% Pitts is powered by a Hirth gas engine turning a 69-inch, 3-blade prop. This must-watch video is an incredible show (although our nerves could [...]

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Fourth of July: The Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Jul 02, 2015 1 Comment by

Eleven score and nineteen years ago, our great, great, great, great, great, great. great grandfathers put their butts on the line to create a new nation and, to follow Abe’s words more precisely, the new nation was “…conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Although he was dedicating [...]

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Fancy landings: Inverted Approach with a 1/2 Roll

Jul 01, 2015 1 Comment by

For the extreme aerobatic enthusiast, there is nothing like performing hotshot maneuvers inches off the ground. One unexpected way to take the crowd by surprise is to add aerobatic moves to your landing. During a normal landing approach, the airplane is in upright level flight and flies downwind parallel to the runway, turns 90 degrees to [...]

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Workshop Tip – How To Rebuild a Du-Bro Fueling Valve Fitting

Jun 30, 2015 No Comments by

Over time, fueling valve fitting like those from Du-Bro can become contaminated with debris even if you use an inline fuel filter. Internally, the fueling valves’ O-rings can dry rot and begin to fail over time. Du-Bro even sells a rebuild kit to make the job of restoring your fueling valve to top working condition. Here is a [...]

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Sopwith Camel Update — Build-Along Part 31

Jun 29, 2015 No Comments by

So, after an exciting, yet informative test flight, I found that we had a very nose-heavy condition, even though from the plans, I had the model balanced at the 25% MAC position. So much for the theory. With the Camel back safe and sound in the workshop, I have since moved the CG back to the [...]

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Just in! Blade Chroma Flying Camera Quadcopter

Jun 25, 2015 No Comments by

Wow! We just received our review sample of the new, top of the Blade line of quadcopters the Chroma. Including the ST 10+ radio/controller with Android table and operating system, the Chroma breaks through the “quadcopter with a camera attached” category and enables you to actually concentrate on the photos and videos you shoot and [...]

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Really BIG Bücker Jungmeister

Jun 25, 2015 22 Comments

Who wants to take a ride? Helmut Müller’s 85% scratch-built Bücker looks like it could carry a small person, and it flies well enough that some of us might be willing to take it for a spin! The 17.5-foot-span aircraft weighs in at 286 pounds and is powered by a Hirth 521cc 2-stroke (intended for an ultralight) turning a Fiala 60 x 20 [...]

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Secrets to Inverted Flight

Jun 24, 2015 4 Comments

Nearly all aerobatic maneuvers involve some segment(s) of inverted flight, so to keep progressing, you need to develop proficiency with inverted flight. To start, let’s do away with the often repeated reference to the elevator being reversed when the plane is upside-down. It is that kind of thinking that causes people to become confused and [...]

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