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The Flight for Freedom … and Souvenirs

Feb 05, 2013 1 Comment

By Budd Davisson, Photo courtesy of Jack Cook Is it a strictly American trait? Or is it the same for fighting men worldwide: when the fighting is over, or even in a lull, they start looking for souvenirs. And sometimes do so to amazing extremes. Most of the time, this souvenir addiction only comes to light [...]

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Tech Tip: Easy servo lead ID

Jan 25, 2013 4 Comments

Looking for an easy way to identify the tangle of servo leads in your plane’s wing or fuselage? Check out this video tech tip from John Reid.

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Motor Efficiency: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Jan 24, 2013 No Comments

While winding resistance (Rm) is an important consideration in calculating losses, an equally important factor is motor efficiency. Real world efficiencies for electric motors – as measured on a dynamometer – can be all over the map. Some high-quality brushless motors can hit efficiencies in the 90% range, while others may be under 60%. This [...]

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DIY Balsa Rack

Jan 16, 2013 4 Comments

Wayne McNab writes, “I am an organizing kind of guy. I hate messes even though I seem to be very good at generating them. Up until four years ago, I had been out of model aircraft for about 20 years. My memory was of a time when if you wanted to fly, you had to [...]

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Finwing Penguin

Jan 16, 2013 1 Comment

I’ll start with a simple question: can penguins fly? Finwing thinks they may have the perfect answer to that question.  The Penguin is an EPO foam mid-wing pusher aircraft.  The ARF contains two molded wings, vertical and horizontal stabilizers and fuselage with wooden rib reinforcements.  Also included is all of the hardware needed to finish [...]

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Secrets to Inverted Flight

Jan 11, 2013 12 Comments

Nearly all aerobatic maneuvers involve some segment(s) of inverted flight, so to keep progressing, you need to develop proficiency with inverted flight. To start, let’s do away with the often repeated reference to the elevator being reversed when the plane is upside-down. It is that kind of thinking that causes people to become confused and [...]

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Next Level 650mm Quadcopter

Jan 04, 2013 No Comments

When we first looked at the Next Level 650mm Quadcopter from Innov8tive Designs, we knew we had to have one. This aircraft would be the perfect platform to shoot some great low-level aerial photos and videos during event coverage. Now I am not a helicopter pilot, I only fly aircraft with wings, but I was [...]

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World’s Fastest UAV: 248mph!

Jan 03, 2013 3 Comments

South Korea unveiled its latest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is the world’s fastest and also the world’s first remote-controlled aircraft capable of taking off and landing vertically. The aircraft has “tilt rotors,” meaning its rotary wings tilt, giving it a helicopter-like capability to vertically take off and land when its wings are facing upward, and [...]

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