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Gas Power Tips & Tricks

Jan 08, 2014 1 Comment

  The new O.S. GT15HZ gas engine is specifically designed for our helicopters to replace a 91 size glow engine. Until now gas engines have not been designed for our use, and have therefore been almost impossible to mount to our helicopters, did not come with the needed muffler system to extract maximum power, and [...]

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Curtis Youngblood’s Aerobatic Stingray

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Quad copters have always been known for their stability as an in-flight camera platform, but have lacked aerobatic capabilities because of their fixed pitch rotor system. However, Curtis Youngblood has changed all that with his new Stingray fully aerobatic Quad Copter with collective pitch. I was fortunate to see this fly at the Orlando Heli [...]

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The Heli-Max Digital Pitch Gauge

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

The Digital Pitch Gauge by Heli-Max is designed to measure the pitch angle of both the main and tail rotor blades. In fact I don’t know of any other pitch gauge on the market that can be used on the tail rotor blades. This is a first. And, as you can see in the photo, [...]

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Fall maintenance tips & tricks

Oct 11, 2013 No Comments

In many areas of the country, the fall flying season is here and soon it will be time to put up your helicopters for next year. These next few weeks, however, when you have nothing better to do on a bad weather day, is a good time to inspect your helicopters and get them ready for [...]

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Installing a Rubber Canopy Grommet

Oct 09, 2013 1 Comment

Almost every helicopter uses rubber grommets to soft mount the canopy to the helicopter structure. Installing these rubber grommets to the canopy seems like a very straightforward task, but some techniques just work better than others. Over the years this is the technique that I have developed, and I hope it’s of help to you. [...]

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The Nozarossi REX 57 Heli Engine

Sep 16, 2013 No Comments

Novarossi engines were developed in Italy in the early 60’s and are the leaders in almost all speed categories for airplanes, boats and cars. Although designed for max performance, their 3-needle carburetors provide an excellent idle and transition to a mid-range for hovering and normal flight. Shown here is their 57 Novarossi REX Helicopter Engine [...]

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Flying Safety Is No Accident

Sep 14, 2013 2 Comments

Every helicopter comes with a warning that this is not a toy. That it can cause serious injury, or even death. Unfortunately this is exactly what happened a few months ago when a helicopter went out of control and struck the pilot. I don’t know the exact circumstances of this tragic accident,. but helicopter design [...]

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Mastering Autos

Sep 01, 2013 No Comments

Helicopters and their electronics have improved in both design and performance, allowing us to perform 3D maneuvers never before thought possible. Although I’m continually amazed at the new pilots and their innovative maneuvers, one of my favorites is still the old-fashioned autorotation landing. I like this maneuver for several reasons. First, each and every one [...]

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