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RC planes as terror weapons? Share your thoughts

Sep 29, 2011 75 Comments

This week, a 26-year-old man from Framingham, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with plotting terror attacks on Washington, apparently planning to use a $6,000 RC turbine jet and other RC planes to deliver explosives. The authorities note that this man was never a real threat because undercover FBI operatives were keeping tabs on him, but when many [...]

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Flying a P-51 Mustang

Sep 19, 2011 1 Comment

After the tragic incident at the Reno Air Races, many have voiced concerns about flying vintage warbirds. What’s it like to be in the cockpit of a WW II aircaft that’s designed for speed and maneuverability in combat? In this podcast, Flight Journal editor-in-chief Budd Davisson shares his experiences during his check out in a [...]

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RC Scale Cheaters?

Aug 31, 2011 4 Comments

Each year at about this time, we start hearing more gossip than you’d believe possible. Maybe it has to do with the nearing end of the flying season, though there are still many good weeks left for serious scale flyers. The latest topic involves modelers apparently cheating at scale RC events, such as the AMA [...]

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Member Site Review: JR Vibe 50 NEX

Aug 30, 2011 No Comments

We just posted Paul Tradelius’s review of the JR Vibe 50 NEX helicopter on the Model Airplane News Member Site. This next-generation Vibe has been completely redesigned, with dual stacked and CNC-machined carbon side frames, an all-metal swashplate and highly tuneable head design. It’s an enjoyable build that takes 15-20 hours to complete. Get all the details [...]

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New FPV setup

Aug 23, 2011 3 Comments

Hi Everyone! I was on the way back from the field today after being chased out by an approaching storm and I got to thinking about the FPV (First Person View) setup on my LT-40. If you go back in the archives of this blog, you’ll find a few of my amateur looking videos taken [...]

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DaVinci Machining Model Aircraft Tires and Wheels

Aug 10, 2011 1 Comment

by Frank Tiano  What does Spaghetti Sauce have to do with Model Airplane parts? Well, nothing really, but, that question does allow me to make a great analogy, and offers a fabulous way to get your attention! Almost everyone thinks the sauce they grew up on is the very best, regardless of whether it was [...]

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2.4GHz: is it all it’s cracked up to be? Join the discussion

May 30, 2011 12 Comments

We recently received this intruiging article from Dave Horvath and invite you to read it and then join in the discussion.   A substantial number of unexplained crashes of radio control model airplanes on 2.4GHz frequency prompted me to write this article on the so-called “interference free” radio control systems on the 2.4GHz band.             [...]

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Memorial Day Tribute: Hometown America Goes to War

May 27, 2011 No Comments

 Some photos speak to you in ways that others don’t, and for me, this is one of those. In fact, it haunts me. For whatever reason, the sight of so many fresh young faces smiling into the camera, every one of them knowing they were about to experience the horrors of war, seemed to drive [...]

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