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Easy RV-4 Makeover

Jul 25, 2012 4 Comments

Carl Layden wanted a plane that would stand out on the flightline, but he didn’t have the time to custom-build a model from scratch. His solution was to dress up an ARF and make it a unique flyer. Here’s his story. If you have been around the hobby for a long time, you’ve seen many [...]

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FIB: flying inflatable BOAT?

Jul 25, 2012 5 Comments

There’s a saying that even a barn door will fly if you strap a big enough engine to it, and this interesting vehicle helps to prove the maxim true. In this video, Polarismotor captures a nice takeoff, flyaround and even nicer landing of an FIB, or flying inflatable boat. How much would you pay to [...]

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Armed Quadrotors?

Jul 24, 2012 1 Comment

Check out this recent story by David Hambling that we found on the  Popular Mechanics website! A camouflage quadrotor armed with a machine gun zips around a test range, destroying targets and setting dummies ablaze. By now, most of the nearly 11 million people who’ve seen the YouTube video know it’s a fake. There’s no [...]

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Improvise, Adapt & Overcome: RC gives this pilot new wings

Jul 24, 2012 6 Comments

We featured Lad Doctor’s inspirational story in “Final Approach” in the October issue of Model Airplane News. Here is Lad’s complete article along with additional photos and his contact information. I have been very fortunate over a 32 plus year flying career, started as a Naval Aviator, to fly well over 80 types of aircraft. [...]

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202.6mph! World’s Fastest Electric Airplane w/Video

Jul 19, 2012 12 Comments

On July 18th, Chip Yates flew the all-electric Flight of the Century for the first time. The 16-minute flight allowed the pilot to get comfortable with the Long-EZ controls as well as the electric system. The Flight of the Century team took a Burt Rutan Long-EZ (N158TG) and converted it to an all-electric flying test bed aircraft [...]

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Exclusive first look: Hobby People’s Spy Hawk

Jul 16, 2012 12 Comments

With a name that sounds very much like a military UAV, the new FPV (First Person View) Spy Hawk RTF, distributed by Hobby People, is the first of its kind. The Spy Hawk is the first video-equipped RC airplane with a built-in airborne stabilization system. It is a complete package including battery pack, charger, and [...]

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Stall Recovery 101

Jul 16, 2012 11 Comments

One of the hardest things to learn when you see a stall starting on a straight-ahead landing is that you should push on the elevator stick. This is difficult because all your instincts tell you to pull up! But to save the plane, you need a lower angle of attack, and you can get that [...]

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Bird on your six!

Jul 16, 2012 27 Comments

The video camera onboard this RC aircraft captured some extremely unusual aerial interaction. We’re not sure whether this bird just wants to take a ride or whether he wants to take the plane OUT! Watch this clip and decide for yourself.  (Extra credit if you can tell us what type of bird is in the video!)  

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