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Servos: Is a high price tag worth it?

May 23, 2012 2 Comments

Since I’m certainly no expert on modern digital servos, I called Hitec RCD and talked to their servo expert – Mike Mayberry – to get the technical information for the rest of this article. And the first thing I asked Mike was what are we getting in these higher performance, and higher cost, servos? He [...]

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Getting to Know Your Servos

May 06, 2012 No Comments

Many years ago new radios came with four servos. These were not standard servos, or high speed servos, or high torque servos, but just plain ole servos. That’s all there were, and we were very happy to have them. Early radio manufacturers also used a specific color so their radios could be easily identified from [...]

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Training With A Flight Simulator – 2

Apr 26, 2012 No Comments

Flying a radio controlled airplane or helicopter is much like riding a bike. Someone can tell you all about riding a bike until they are blue in the face, but it does no good at all until you get on a bike and get a feel for the balance and control for yourself. And flying [...]

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The new Futaba 8JH Radio

Apr 25, 2012 No Comments

Futaba has recently released their new 8J radio, in both an airplane and helicopter version. Although at first glance it looks like most other radios in the Futaba line, it has some great new features, and at an extremely low price. This is the helicopter version which will default to helicopter settings when powered up [...]

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Training with a Flight Simulator

Apr 07, 2012 4 Comments

Although radio control airplanes and helicopters have been around for many years, it has only been since the early 1990s that simulators have been available to help us with the learning-to-fly process. For those of you who are too young to remember what computers were like back then, the personal computer (pc) was very limited [...]

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The New Skookum Robotics SK540 3-Axis Flybarless Control Computer

Apr 03, 2012 3 Comments

Skookum Robotics is ready to officially announce this coming Monday the addition of their new SK540 Flybarless Control Computer to compliment their very popular SK720.  The SK-720 is their “top of the line” unit that is designed for pilots from beginner to 3D expert. It replaces the tail gyro, mechanical flybar, and receiver on your R/C Helicopter, [...]

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Helicopter Flying Safety

Mar 23, 2012 4 Comments

Helicopter flying safety is a subject that is important to all of us, but is also a subject we rarely discuss either at the flying field or in magazine articles. Although helicopters have a large spinning rotor disk, this does not mean that helicopters are more dangerous than airplanes, or any other form of R/C, [...]

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Using the Pitch Gauge

Mar 07, 2012 No Comments

In my previous blog on the pitch gauge I said the accuracy of the gauge is less important than its ease of use and the repeatability of the results. The reason I say accuracy is less important is because one of the requirements to use a pitch gauge with a flybar helicopter is that the [...]

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