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Flying a “heli bike”!

Jun 28, 2012 20 Comments

Here’s an amazing video of students at the University of Maryland and their human-powered helicopter.  This guy is really pedaling hard … guess that’s a natural “safety limiter”!   “Gammera II” currently holds the world record of 50 seconds for human-powered heli flight. The students designed and built it in an effort to capture the Sikorsky [...]

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The Marines’ new full-size, pilot-less helicopter

Jun 28, 2012 2 Comments

In this news story, Alex Healey of Flight International shares news of a new unmanned helicopter that will be used for delivery operations: Perhaps because purpose-built unmanned air vehicles have become a fact of life in the skies over Afghanistan, the introduction last December of a full-size helicopter, converted into an “optionally piloted” airborne delivery [...]

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Interview with a UAV Pilot

Jun 27, 2012 11 Comments

Model Airplane News contributor and full-scale pilot Kyle Matthew has an interesting job as a department head for the Navy’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Directorate. We caught up with him to ask him what it’s like to fly UAVs, from the small Shadow he’s standing in front of to the big Predator. What types of [...]

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Create a perfect fiberglass finish

Jun 27, 2012 13 Comments

Here’s another how-to from veteran builder Rick Michelena. Enjoy! Do you have the desire to build a warbird or other scale project but desire something more than an iron-on finish? Are you unsure of the steps required in the process of finishing a radio-controlled airplane in fiberglass and paint? This article will give you the knowledge required [...]

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X-37B Secret Space Plane Video

Jun 20, 2012 11 Comments

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned space plane returned to Earth last week after 15 months in orbit on a mystery mission! The Air Force released a video (below) that was partially shot in infrared. The X-37B landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base.      

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Fly a Negative Snap from an Inverted Climb

Jun 20, 2012 3 Comments

There is no doubt that many aerobatic enthusiasts are interested in performing extreme moves. It is important however, to build your aerobatic sequences on a solid foundation. Years ago, when I first became interested in aerobatics, 3D flying did not exist. Instead, we concentrated on precision aerobatics and honed our skills while competing at various [...]

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New Aerobatic Champions Crowned at XFC!

Jun 18, 2012 2 Comments

The dust has cleared at the Futaba Extreme Flight Championships, and six plane and heli pilots have earned the title of aerobatic champion! At XFC, competitors fly freestyle sequences choreographed to music and incorporate known and unknown aerobatic maneuvers. Contributor Mark Fadely was on hand and took these photos and videos for Model Airplane News. [...]

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Win a Gorilla Glue Prize Package!

Jun 12, 2012 6 Comments

What are the last two things you glued together? Enter our Facebook contest and your innovative answer could win you this $50 Gorilla Glue prize package. Contest ends June 19, and winners will be chosen by the Model Airplane News editors. Good luck! www.Facebook.com/modelairplanenews [Please free to reply here, but remember that only responses on our [...]

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