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Editor Picks: Best Biplanes

Nov 06, 2014 13 Comments

Back in the dawn of aviation, two wings were necessary to form a strong, wire-reinforced structure that was still light enough for the meager power systems used to propel them. Today, the latest biplane designs are simply amazing and are used for everything from crop dusting to unlimited aerobatics. For the RC bipe guys, it [...]

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Workshop Tip: Fuel Fitting Rebuild

Aug 18, 2014 1 Comment

The secret to a reliably running engine, is a reliable fuel system, installed and maintained correctly. For either Glow or Gasoline systems, this includes the proper use and up keep of the fueling valves used to fill and empty the tank. Prolonged use, and/or lack of use of your fueling valve can result in the valve [...]

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Sky Bandit! Inflight Video from a Bob Violett Models’ Sports Jet

Aug 14, 2014 5 Comments

Model Airplane News contributor and expert Scale and Jet pilot Sean McHale has been flying jets for a long time and he does a great job. Recently He strapped a GoPro Hero camera to his BVM Bandit turbine powered sports jet and produced a great onboard flight video with several camera angles! Check it out!  

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Perfecting the 3-turn Negative Spin

Aug 07, 2014 No Comments

In the early days of aviation, spins were often fatal because most pilots did not understand how to properly recover from a spin. While in an upright spin, the pilot would pull back on the elevator stick in an effort to save the airplane (and their life!) and only make the situation worse. Since the [...]

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Question of the Week — What’s your Favorite Radio Programming Feature?

Aug 04, 2014 33 Comments

Over the years, RC transmitters and radio systems have developed from basic escapement Galloping Ghost rigs and Reed systems, to 27 and 72Mhz systems, to today’s amazing 2.4Ghz programmable computer controlled radios. What’s your favorite new radio feature? Dual-rates? Mixing? Wing and tail configuration, Telemetry, or something else? Tell us what you think is the [...]

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Ground effect: is it real?

Jun 09, 2014 5 Comments

When a helicopter is hovering at a height that’s approximately less than the diameter of one rotor disc, it really does encounter “ground effect.” This is because the downwash velocity created by the rotor blades can’t be fully developed because the helicopter is so close to the ground, so the helicopter rests on a “bubble” [...]

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Question of the Week — What type of plane do you fly the most

Jan 10, 2014 25 Comments

Model Airplane News is always looking to improve our content to meet our reader’s interests. Whether you are a beginner or an old pro, once you earn your wings, there are certain types of planes that really push the RC flying button. Tell us what turns you on. What type of plane do you like [...]

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US to Send Drones to Iraq Forces to fight Terrorists

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments

WASHINGTON — The United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaeda-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and neighboring Syria. The move follows an appeal for help in battling the extremist group by [...]

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