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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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Sneak peek: BH Models Westland Wyvern

May 16, 2012 6 Comments

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 [...]

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Fly the Avalanche

May 16, 2012 4 Comments

        4 SIMPLE STEPS TO THIS IMPRESSIVE MOVE This month, we will discuss a competition maneuver called the “avalanche.” Even if you don’t aspire to be a competition pilot, you can learn from the fundamentals in this exciting move. For example, I’m sure a lot of you have performed a basic loop. [...]

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Helicopters welcome?

May 16, 2012 55 Comments

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 [...]

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