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$65 million Raven contract

Sep 11, 2012 3 Comments

If you have stock in AeroVironment, you’ll be happy to hear this news: the company  just announced that it received $16.4 million in funding from the U.S. Army for a projected $65.8 million contract to include RQ-11B Raven systems, new miniature gimballed payloads and spare parts packages. The  Raven is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor [...]

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Unbelievable Quadcopter Light Show

Sep 05, 2012 3 Comments

A world-record swarm of 50 quadcopters put on this nighttime air show in Linz, Austria as part of an open-air, multi-media concert, and you really have to see it to believe it! Gizmag‘s Darren Quick writes, “The aerial display was put together by a team from Austria’s Ars Electronica Futurelab and Germany’s Ascending Technologies GmbH. [...]

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HOW DO YOU MAKE WING-TO-FUSELAGE FILLETS?

Sep 05, 2012 2 Comments

Expert scale designer and builder Nick Ziroli answers: Instead of adding the fillet after the wing and fuselage are built, I make the shape of the fillet areas as part of the fuselage formers themselves. This requires having at least the wing center section built and attached to the fuselage, but to make sure the [...]

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Update! Human-powered heli breaks ground effect

Sep 05, 2012 12 Comments

When we last reported on the University of Maryland students and their impressive Gamera II machine, they had only managed to get few feet off the ground. In this latest video, Gamera II gains 8 feet in altitude using just its pedaling passenger for power! Here’s the scoop, as reported by Claudine Zap of Yahoo’s [...]

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Fantastic F-84 ‘Flash

Aug 29, 2012 10 Comments

This 9-foot-long F-84F Thunderflash is Brian O’Meara’s latest creation, and it’s the only RC model F-84F flying in the world! Brian spent two years building the jet from a made-to-order Phantasy in Blue kit from the Netherlands and modeled it after Foto Fanny, a photo-reconn aircraft that had six cameras in its nose. The model is powered by [...]

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Marines add an “RC” class to Camp Lejeune

Aug 29, 2012 15 Comments

Camp Lejeune, NC, is adding a new class to its roster: learning to launch, pilot and recover Group 1 assets, which are aircraft that weigh less than 20 pounds, typically fly below 1,200 feet and have missions that last from 45 minutes to 2 hours. They include  RQ-11B Raven, Wasp, RQ-20A Puma and RQ-16B T-Hawk. [...]

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Really BIG RC planes, part 2

Aug 29, 2012 16 Comments

My post on Greg Hayfield’s 87% Pitts Python generated nearly 100 comments last week, from admiration to disbelief that someone would build and fly such a huge RC plane. Dave’s father Greg added to the discussion and shared that in the UK, large-scale RC aircraft  (over 20kg, or 44 pounds) are subject to stringent inspections during the build [...]

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Master the Elevator Flip

Aug 22, 2012 1 Comment

Although flips seem easy, doing them correctly and smoothly can be quite challenging. Flips and tumbles are a critical element of many 3D maneuvers. Start by very slowly flying the heli forward. Push forward or backward on the elevator as you smoothly and slowly reduce pitch. As the heli goes thorugh vertical (nose straight up [...]

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