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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
When it comes to warbirds, there are your usual suspects to choose from: Mustangs, Corsairs, Spitfires, etc. All of these are iconic and absolutely gorgeous, but it’s nice to see something new for a change. BH Models is no stranger to releasing new and unusual aircraft, and now you can add the Westland Wyvern to [...]
Some time ago, we asked fixed-wing pilots how they felt about flying with helicopters. Some were very accommodating while others wanted a total ban on helis at their flying fields. As a heli pilot, have you ever felt unwelcome at an AMA field? What’s your solution to flying with “plankers”? We want to hear the [...]