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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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Car of the future!

Jul 11, 2012 1 Comment

Dutch engineers have come up with an ingenious way to beat traffic — a car with helicopter genes! The vehicle can fly for up to 315 miles at speeds of 110mph. Add this to your wish list!

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ArmSafe: now with a white (or black) base

Jul 11, 2012 No Comments

The ArmSafe® Arming Base includes the parts for installing the Base into one RC model. The user supplies the wire and shrink tubing as required. The base is very compact, it measures only 1.0″ diameter x 0.55″ deep, making it very easy to install into most RC models. The ArmSafe® System was created to improve [...]

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UAV operators earn their wings

Jul 11, 2012 8 Comments

Remember learning how to fly RC? Maybe you used a buddy box or, like me, maybe you just had a very patient instructor (thanks, Gerry!). This article by Pamela Redford of the U.S. Army’s Public Affairs office in Fort Riley, Georgia, shows what it’s like for soldiers who are learning to operate and pilot Raven [...]

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