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May 27, 2014 No Comments by

Starting with the throttle, let’s first take a look at the servo. There are those pilots who believe the throttle servo should be just as fast and powerful as those used on the swashplate so rapid throttle changes can be made for 3D flying. However, I am not of this belief for the following reasons. [...]

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Futaba T10J Radio

May 12, 2014 1 Comment by

The T10J radio is the latest from Futaba and features a full 10 channels with 30 model memory, and is fully programmable and updateable by the user. Real time telemetry data for transmitter and onboard voltage, temperature, RPM and GPS location can be viewed on the backlit LCD screen, and audibly reported through headphones when [...]

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The Nine Eagles Solo Pro 290 Lama Helicopter

May 09, 2014 2 Comments by

The Nine Eagles Solo Pro 290 Lama from Tower Hobbies is a highly detailed, and ready to fly, replica of the Aérospatiale SA-315 Lama, a French utility helicopter for both civilian and military uses. Available in both a ready-to-fly and TR (Transmitter-Ready) version, great care was taken to recreate many of the full-scale features, such [...]

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Gas O.S. Engine Revisited

Apr 23, 2014 1 Comment by

Until now, gas engines have not been designed for RC helicopter use, and have therefore they have been almost impossible to mount in a helicopter. And they have not come with the needed muffler system to extract maximum power, and they produced a lot of vibration because they were unbalanced. The folks at O.S. have [...]

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Gyro mounting tips

Apr 02, 2014 No Comments by

A common way to secure the gyro is with servo-mounting tape a padded tape that has adhesive on both sides. The tape not only keeps the gyro in position, but it also protects it against vibration. The tape will stick well only to clean, dry, smooth surfaces, and it does have two disadvantages: 1. If [...]

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First-Flight Checklist

Apr 01, 2014 No Comments by

• Initial test flights should be limited to hovering and very mild maneuvering. During this time check for proper blade tracking and any signs of vibration. Minor changes to the control linkages will bring the blades in track. Foam in the fuel tank could be an indication of an engine misalignment, while vibration in the [...]

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Become a better pilot today!

Mar 18, 2014 1 Comment

 It may seem the expert pilots are so good because of all their practice, and that level of proficiency can only be reached after many months, if not years, of practice. Part of this is true in that good hovering does require practice, but it’s also important to understand how to practice. Certainly you have [...]

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Pro Hovering Tips & Tricks

Feb 05, 2014 2 Comments

One of the problems very common in hovering (as well as when learning to fly formation in full-scale airplanes) is that the pilot does not notice the need for a correction until the helicopter has moved, and then an over-correction is required. As an example, let’s compare two identical helicopters in a hover: one flown [...]

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