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Engine out? Better know how to do an auto!

Apr 17, 2012 4 Comments

Every helicopter pilot should be proficient in performing autorotations to cope with engine or motor failure. They are demanding and should be practiced periodically. The model should have sufficient pitch range before you attempt this maneuver. A steady breeze of about 10mph will make initial attempts easier. The engine should be running at a fast [...]

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5 Steps to Fly the Knife-Edge Spin

Apr 10, 2012 No Comments

In my opinion, the knife-edge spin is one of the most impressive extreme aerobatic maneuvers. It’s very demanding for the pilot and the airframe. First, I’ll describe the maneuver. In traditional knife-edge, the aircraft is rolled approximately 90 degrees from upright level flight. Then altitude is sustained by using “top” rudder. When the maneuver is [...]

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Mild to wild! Align’s new Trex 600

Apr 03, 2012 1 Comment

I always look forward to Align’s new kit introductions and am excited to review their new flybarless T-Rex 600EFL Pro kit, which includes the brushless motor and 600 3G carbon-fiber rotor blades. It is also available in various combo packages. The aerodynamics of the new 600EFL is vastly improved over the flybar-equipped version, and this [...]

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Helicopter shakes itself apart

Apr 02, 2012 4 Comments

You’ve heard the old joke that a helicopter in flight is a “bunch of spare parts flying in close formation.” Well, this incredible video footage shows a rescue helicopter in Brazil literally shaking itself apart on landing. Thankfully no one was injured in this accident.

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Throttle Setup Secrets

Apr 02, 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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RC drones in the news

Apr 02, 2012 9 Comments

We’ve been talking about drones, first-person-view (FPV) aircraft and other UAVs a lot recently. These discussions aren’t just limited to the hobby arena; this AP story by Marcus Wohlsen has been getting a lot of attention this week. It’s interesting to look at drones from the perspective of non-modelers. What do you think? Does it help or [...]

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Flying Legends: must-see video!

Apr 02, 2012 21 Comments

Here’s a great reason to plan a trip to the UK this summer: the Duxford Flying Legends Air Show. Check out this video trailer for warbird overload — from biplanes to bombers! Don’t you think Model Airplane News needs to cover this event??

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World’s smallest man-carrying helicopter

Apr 02, 2012 7 Comments

In this video, 75-year-old Gennai Yanagisawa of Matsumoto, Japan, flies onboard his 165-pound aircraft, which set the world record for the smallest helicopter. Rumor has it that not long after this video was taken, the heli crashed into a building and Mr. Yanagisawa was in the hospital for 6 months.  How much would you pay for a [...]

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