A Day to Remember and to Honor

May 27, 2016 No Comments by

This Memorial Day essay comes to us from Flight Journal editor-in-chief Budd Davisson. This is going to sound trite, because it IS trite. It is me, representing the old fashioned, hardcore America, once again reminding the Nation that Memorial Day is not about hot dogs, baseball games, or making cannonball splashes in the pool. Memorial [...]

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Workshop Video Tip — E/Z Bender Wire Forming Tool

May 25, 2016 No Comments by

When it comes to building RC airplanes, you have to learn how to bend wire. Z-bends, L-bends and other wire angles come in handy for connecting control horns and throttle linkages for model of any size. The E/Z Bender Wire Forming Tool makes this precise bending and forming of pushrods easy. You can produce  perfect [...]

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5 Unique Uses for Clothespins

May 24, 2016 6 Comments by

The ordinary clothespin can do a lot more than hold sheets on a dryer line! Here are five of our favorite RC uses for them. CLIP TIP For electric RC pilots, keeping track of battery status at the field can be a challenge. It is easy to lose track of which packs have been discharged [...]

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Super-Scale STOL

May 24, 2016 No Comments by

This 1/3-scale Wilga can really put on an airshow, and we especially love its one-wheel touch-and-go’s! Built from the Frisch Modellbau kit by Matt Harrowven, it has a 145.6-inch wingspan and is powered by a DLE 170cc flat twin gas engine. The 57-pound plane uses a Spektrum DX9 radio and a PowerBox with telemetry. Thanks to [...]

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Let’s Talk Fuel Lines!

May 24, 2016 3 Comments by

On all of my nitro and gasoline-powered airplanes, I use zip ties to secure my fuel lines going from the fuel tank to both the carburetor and the muffler. When routing lines within your airplane, make sure that they can move freely and are not bent in any odd fashion. After all, you need to [...]

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Fly a reverse Cuban-8 with half rolls

May 23, 2016 3 Comments by

  When I first started aerobatic competition, symmetrical maneuvers that combined various elements were of the most complex to perform both precisely and consistently. Let’s take the loop, for example. While it may be fairly straightforward to perform a single loop, try flying a vertical 8, which is an inside loop followed by an outside [...]

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Debut Flight of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s Spirit of St. Louis — with video

May 23, 2016 4 Comments

May 21, 2016, at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Rhinebeck, NY, the most accurate replica of the 1927 Spirit of St. Louis flying today, took off in front of hundreds of well wishers, many dressed in period garb. Piloted by Ken Cassens, the aircraft has been under construction for decades and is a tribute to [...]

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Flight Tech: Rudder Turns

May 23, 2016 1 Comment

A rudder turn is performed using the rudder to yaw the nose of the airplane in the direction that you want to turn, and while space does not permit going into all the details, most airplanes will also inherently bank in the direction that the rudder is applied.   There are basically two different techniques [...]

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