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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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Amazon’s “Delivery by Drone” … What do you think?

Dec 02, 2013 63 Comments

Everyone’s talking about Amazon’s proposed Prime Air “delivery by drone,”  which would get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. Amazon notes, ”Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.” Check out their footage [...]

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Fly like a … jellyfish?

Nov 26, 2013 1 Comment

Leif Ristroph, an applied mathematician a NYU, created this unique aircraft, which weighs just 2 grams and is 8 centimeters in diameter. The aircraft’s four wings flap 20 times a second to keep it aloft. Half its weight is the motor, and for now the flying jellyfish is tethered to a power cord. The most intriguing part, though, [...]

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Let’s give thanks!

Nov 26, 2013 5 Comments

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, our thoughts naturally turn to those items we couldn’t live without. Here’s a top 10 list of things of what the editors and contributors of Model Airplane News and Electric Flight appreciate having. What RC/modeling innovations are you thankful for?   Almost-ready-to-fly planes. Building is fun, but you’ve got [...]

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8 Great Shop Tips

Nov 25, 2013 6 Comments

We have a better idea than fighting the crowd at the mall this holiday weekend … spend some time in your workshop! With the cold weather officially here (at least for most of the country), it’s time to get back to building and repairing. To help with that, here are eight workshop tips that we hope [...]

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African Lions Meet RC

Nov 25, 2013 No Comments

OK, so this post is NOT about aerial photography, but it’s so very cool I had to share. “Car L,” an RC 4×4 buggy equipped with a Nikon D800E, drives up to a pride of lions, and this video is the result. The curious cats seem to enjoy their new playmate! Our thanks to ChrisMcLennan for posting [...]

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FPV drone lets a paralyzed man stroll outdoors

Nov 24, 2013 3 Comments

Multi rotors perform a lot of useful tasks, but here’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. Henry Evans, who has been paralyzed by a type of stroke, uses a quadrotor to navigate space. The aircraft’s FPV view allows Henry to look around a garden or take a stroll across campus and gives him greater accessibility to the [...]

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