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Best of 2013: Top 13 Stories

Dec 17, 2013 2 Comments

It’s time for the top posts of the year! Here, in descending order, are the top newsletter stories from 2013, according to number of views each had. Missed one? Just click on the photo or title to go to the original post.  And as we send the last newsletter of 2013, we want to thank [...]

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Tour a medieval wonder of the world

Dec 17, 2013 1 Comment

You’re busy, and stressed, and still haven’t checked off all the names on your Christmas list. And that’s exactly why you should spend the next 2 minutes watching this video. Filmed by Cambridge Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, it shows one of their UAVs at work filming the inside and outside of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, England, one of the medieval wonders [...]

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Colossal Cub! 26-foot-span RC aircraft

Dec 17, 2013 2 Comments

Hold on to your hats: this truly giant-scale RC Cub will blow your mind! Weighing in at 345 pounds without fuel, this model has a gross weight of 560 pounds and is more than 16 feet long. Built by Eddie Hewett, it belongs to and is flown by Vince Blasky of Walled Lake, Michigan, and [...]

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Ultralight DelFly Explorer

Dec 17, 2013 1 Comment

Taking its design cues from microlight indoor RC flyers, this flapping-wing micro air vehicle can fly with complete autonomy in unknown environments! That means this 20-gram aircraft can take off by itself, then use its onboard 4-gram onboard stereo vision system to keep itself at the same altitude and avoid obstacles! Its sensing and processing [...]

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Master the Jack Knife

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments

What is the jack knife? Well, it’s a maneuver that looks like a helicopter flying knife-edge on a horizontal plane and doing a sliding half-circle turn inverted while going backward. I’ll break down this simplified description into key steps to help you learn the basics of performing the jack knife.     To perform this [...]

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Dec 07, 2013 No Comments

War was coming to the ocean called “Pacific.” Imperial Japan, in need of oil to feed its growing ambition, squirmed under the stricture of an American embargo (implemented because of Japan’s aggression toward China). Japan would not be denied its self-proclaimed destiny, so Tokyo’s warlords cast covetous eyes southward to the petroleum-rich Dutch East Indies, [...]

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Easy Scratch-built Skis (Get ready for snow!)

Dec 03, 2013 3 Comments

With winter just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get prepared for winter flying, and this classic how-to from our good friend Roy Vaillancourt provides a great project that will not only use up some of those leftover pieces of wood in your workshop and but also let you enjoy the coming snowfall. [...]

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A different kind of drone delivery

Dec 02, 2013 3 Comments

In other news this weekend, four people were arrested in Morgan, Georgia, for trying to deliver contraband material to inmates at the Calhoun State Prison.  Police commented, “After we gained consent to search the car, we found the helicopter and I don’t know exactly how much it was but probably about one or two pounds of [...]

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