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Joggobot: a quadcopter running companion

Jun 05, 2012 14 Comments

Just when you think you’ve heard the strangest stories about quadcopters, there comes another one. Case in point: the Joggobot is a smart quadcopter that orients itself using images on a runner’s t-shirt and can help the runner to keep pace, challenge him or her to run faster and even dance with the runner. No [...]

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Airopult: Just Plane Safe

May 30, 2012 6 Comments

Contributor Frank Tiano shares some news about a new plane-restraint device that makes starting your engine a safer and more relaxed experience. “Back in September 2010 Stuart Baker called me to discuss a new gizmo/tool, for RC model airplanes he was developing, and encouraged my opinion. After viewing some original concepts I told him I [...]

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Italian TOC Champion: Alexander Balzer

May 30, 2012 No Comments

Flying a Hangar 3.1m  Sukhoi SU-26MM powered by a Desert Aircraft DA200 and using a Futaba T14MZ transmitter, Austrian Alexander Balzer has won the Italian Tournament of Champions. Roger Forgues writes, “The Italian TOC took place in the superb Argentario Polo Club’s field. The flying area is a huge lawn. The club house has all [...]

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THROTTLE SETUP TIPS

May 30, 2012 1 Comment

Proper mechanical setup is a very important factor in how well an RC helicopter will perform. With all the low-cost and very capable computer transmitters available it’s easy to lose sight of the basics of mechanical setup and rely on programming to overcome issues that should have been addressed mechanically. Many heli pilots I know [...]

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Wild Ride! Red Bull Heli Aerobat

May 30, 2012 No Comments

You won’t believe the aerobatic stunts this full-size helicopter can do! Red Bull pilot Chuck Aaron also talks about the technology in the heli, which is surprisingly similar to that of an RC model helicopter. Check it out!

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Wild ride! Kirby Chambliss in-flight video

May 30, 2012 3 Comments

Take a trip on the wild side with this video of Kirby Chambliss flying his Edge 540 over the Arizona desert. Wow!  

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6 Must-Know Setup Tips

May 24, 2012 No Comments

Always make sure that the controls are set up correctly and move in the right direction. The swashplate should tilt right when the right stick is applied and it should tilt forward when the stick is moved forward. Check that the tail rotor responds in the correct direction and the gyro responds when swinging the [...]

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Eyes in the Sky: News Video

May 23, 2012 6 Comments

This video offers a first-hand look at some interesting UAVs, including the Border Control’s Reaper and a University of Arizona drone that’s being developed by students who program it to fly maneuvers with computers. It’s part of the larger discussion about integrating UAVs into U.S. airspace and upcoming FAA licensing and regulations.

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