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Critical speeds for drone aircraft – interesting read!

Jan 19, 2012 No Comments

When I imagine a bird (or drone) flying, I envision it in the open sky, free of obstacles, power lines and the like. This latest news release from MIT shows how researchers studying bird flight speed in dense areas like forests and underbrush can apply that knowledge to drone aircraft, which would be flying through cities and [...]

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Cool video: flying robots build a tower

Jan 19, 2012 1 Comment

These robotic quadcopters reminded us of a swarm of bees, working together to build a giant tower out of prefabricated foam blocks. Bridget Borgobello of Gizmag explains, ”Each quadrocopter is fitted with custom electronics and onboard sensors to allow for precision vehicle control, whilst also providing the opportunity for pre-programmed flight paths, which could include arcs and [...]

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Sneak peek: Flying Twins

Jan 19, 2012 No Comments

 The most important thing when piloting a twin is to fly your airplane smoothly. Make your throttle adjustments gradually and never slam the controls or the throttle stick. As long as both engines are online, flying is no different than piloting a single engine aircraft. If one engine does go silent, throttle back just slightly [...]

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New For Members Only: Advanced Aerobatics Made Easy DVD

Jan 19, 2012 1 Comment

Now available on the Model Airplane News Membership Site, online chapters from this high-definition DVD include every maneuver you need to know to become an advanced airshow pilot! Plus, national Aerobatic champion John Glezellis demonstrates competition-level 3D moves that will floor you. Advanced maneuvers such as 8-point rolls, the shark’s tooth, inverted harriers and much more [...]

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Great Planes F-86 Micro Jet

Jan 17, 2012 4 Comments

Fully assembled and ready to fly, this little jet offers big performance! It’s equally at home flying in a large gymnasium as it is outside. It’s also available Tx-R (see the AnyLink press release a few posts down!). Here’s the official press release, and be sure to check out the cool video. There are a lot [...]

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Red Tails! Tuskegee Legends & Facts

Jan 17, 2012 26 Comments

The much anticipated movie about the  WW II Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails, is opening today! Is it true that the famed squadron never lost a bomber? That they shot down the first German jet? Before you head to the theater, test your Tuskegee knowledge with these legends and facts.   Since the 1970s, several widely [...]

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Spherical flying machine

Jan 11, 2012 4 Comments

Check out this flying RC sphere!  It takes off vertically and can land in any attitude. A propeller in the “front” and internal wings allow it to fly horizontally, and it can hover for 8 minutes. Now I want one!  

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Master the Outside Loop

Jan 11, 2012 No Comments

 Just as in the traditional inside loop, smoothness, precision and geometry are the keys to success in performing the outside loop. To fly in a graceful manner, you’ll need to take advantage of your computer radio and fully utilize both dual rates and exponential. A traditional aerobatic model uses 12 degrees of elevator deflection, 30 [...]

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