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OK Go’s new video — a one-take multirotor shot!

Oct 27, 2014 15 Comments

We love OK Go’s  new video, “I Won’t Let You Down,” shot in one take by a multirotor! Watch to the very end as the octocopter goes above the clouds for a panoramic view of the city.

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Air Age Media Partners with UAV Systems Association

Oct 21, 2014 No Comments

We’re proud to announce that Air Age Media, publisher of RotorDrone, is joining with the UAV Systems Association in mutual support of the rapidly emerging drone and quadcopter industry, and its potential to cause a tremendous shift in our everyday lives. First up is the Drone Expo being held December 13 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports [...]

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Fly a Negative Snap from an Inverted Climb

Oct 20, 2014 4 Comments

There is no doubt that many aerobatic enthusiasts are interested in performing extreme moves. It is important however, to build your aerobatic sequences on a solid foundation. Years ago, when I first became interested in aerobatics, 3D flying did not exist. Instead, we concentrated on precision aerobatics and honed our skills while competing at various [...]

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3D printed UAV with integrated motors!

Oct 16, 2014 1 Comment

3D printing technology can create some amazing things, but how about a UAV that includes integrated electric ducted fans? Designed and built by a Boeing-assisted team at the University of Sheffield, this aircraft weighs 7.7 pounds and can fly at 45mph using its integrated motor. It is made up of modules that are bolted together, [...]

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Synchronized Aerobatics Video

Oct 14, 2014 7 Comments

What’s more exciting than aerobatics, complete with wingtip smoke? Adding another aircraft, of course! Father and son team Andi and Tim Schaerer perform precision aerobatics with large Fox S1 Swift gliders in Red Bull colors. Tow pilot Thomas Hoffmann gets the gliders to altitude, and then the team puts on a fantastic show. Our thanks to RCScaleAirplanes [...]

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Video: Drone Racing, Star Wars Style!

Oct 10, 2014 5 Comments

Inspired by the air race scene in The Phantom Menace, 24 FPV drone pilots sped through a forest in the French Alps, weaving around trees and low-hanging branches to reach speeds of 31mph! The brainchild of the Airgonay drone club, the event pitted four pilots at a time, flying three laps of the nearly 500-foot [...]

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1/3-scale Stormbird Flies Again

Oct 01, 2014 18 Comments

Ali Machinchy recently took his Me 262 jet out of storage to fly at  the RAF Jets event at Abingdon field in the U.K., and we’re glad he did! Ali tells us, “The wing joiner is actually a steel section. The design and build of the model was done by a very experienced  engineer with [...]

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Bee-lieve it or Not: 13-foot Bulldog Racer!

Oct 01, 2014 6 Comments

We’ve always thought that Golden Age racers had a lot of personality, with their enormous radial engines and interesting wing designs, but Harald Jezek’s sport scale version of a Springfield Bulldog racer has personality plus! The 13.8-foot-span gull-wing flyer is powered by a Vallach 420cc gas engine and weighs in at 127 pounds. Thanks to RCScaleAirplanes [...]

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