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THROTTLE SERVO REQUIREMENTS

Oct 03, 2013 No Comments

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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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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Flight Safety: 8 Must-Know Tips

Jul 25, 2013 No Comments

Although helicopters have spinning rotor blades, they are no more dangerous than airplanes or any other form of RC. However, there are lessons to be learned that we can apply to our flying to improve safety in general. As an example, I heard about a pilot who was flying a helicopter in the backyard after [...]

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Improve Your Hovering – Continued

Jun 27, 2013 2 Comments

The final area to improve your hovering is to make corrections immediately when you see a need for them, which will require a control correction by you before the helicopter ever moves out of the desired hover position. As an example, to transition from a hover to forward flight the nose of the helicopter must [...]

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Improve Your Hovering – Continued

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

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 your customers [...]

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AR7200BX 7CH DSMX Flybarless Control System by Spektrum

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

Flybarless helicopters have become, and will continue to be, the wave of the future for our hobby. Combining lightweight, lower parts count, ease of setup and improved flight control are just a few of its benefits. And now Spectrum has combined their 7-channel DSMX® receiver with a BeastX, 3-axis MEMS stabilization system into a single [...]

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