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Debra Cleghorn

Draganflyer to the Rescue!

Draganflyer to the Rescue!

Add search-and-rescue to the list of the Draganflyer’s capabilities! A Saskatchewan man, lost, alone and hypothermic, was found by an RC quadcopter that spotted him from the sky using an infrared camera.  The 25-year-old had wandered away from where his car rolled on Highway 5 near St. Denis, about 40 kilometres east of Saskatoon, early […]
Win Big at RCX: Battle of the Builders

Win Big at RCX: Battle of the Builders

If you love scale modeling, bring your plane to RCX, show off your modeling skills, and enjoy the show! RCX with the help of the Scale Squadron of Southern California is hosting the Battle of the Builders, a static RC scale model aircraft contest at this year’s RCX RC Expo in Long Beach California.  The Battle […]
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Meet Robo-Fly, the world’s smallest flying robot

Meet Robo-Fly, the world’s smallest flying robot

This teensy flyer just moved to the top of our “must have” list! Built from carbon-fiber, this robo-fly developed by Harvard researchers weighs a fraction of a gram and is quite agile in flight. Tiny robots like these could eventually be used in rescue operations in collapsed buildings and other tight spaces. Check out the video! […]
Top Gun Highlights

Top Gun Highlights

These great shots come to us courtesy of David Hart, who has been on the flightline since this event started on Wednesday. Despite the clouds, he was able to capture some great action footage. enjoy!    
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Amazing 1/3-scale LAMA

Amazing 1/3-scale LAMA

Harald Endisch and Gerhard Muller only spent six months building this incredible scale machine! Powered by a Jakubowsky 5.1 KW turbine engine spinning 134-inch rotor blades, this flybarless RC LAMA SA 315B looks just like the full-scale machine in flight. Thanks to RCScaleAirplanes for posting this video on YouTube.
New development in VTOL design

New development in VTOL design

Combining the hovering capability of a helicopter with the high-speed, long-range flight capabilities of a fixed-wing aircraft has intrigued engineers for decades. The Australian company StopRotor Technology has a new approach: their Hybrid RotorWing design concept has a main rotor that switches from fixed rotor to fixed wing in mid air. According to Gizmag’s Jan Bellezina, “The Hybrid […]
Rare B-17 Gun Turret on eBay

Rare B-17 Gun Turret on eBay

We’ve heard of a lot of interesting items for sale on eBay, but this one’s a first: a piece of a WW II B-17, in its original paint! If you’ve got the space for it, what a great conversation piece this would make! With a reserve set at $6,100, the auction is ending Sunday; click here to go to the […]
F-104 motorcycle?

F-104 motorcycle?

An  interesting motorcycle was spotted in Indianapolis. He has chocks for it too.  His hat suggests he was an F-86 driver although the bike says it’s an F-104. Very cool.  
Incredible RC Dragonfly!

Incredible RC Dragonfly!

The engineers at Festo, the same folks who designed the amazing SmartBird, have now created a four-winged dragonfly they call “BionicOpter.” Here’s the scoop from their website and don’t miss the video of the dragonfly in flight below! With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like […]
MLB Super Bat UAV [VIDEO]

MLB Super Bat UAV [VIDEO]

The MLB Super Bat is a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has mission capabilities found only in larger UAVs. The Super Bat is a complete UAV System that can operate autonomously, deliver high quality video imagery, and can be transported in a small SUV. The aircraft operates autonomously, has a 10-hour maximum duration, and […]
New human-powered helicopter design

New human-powered helicopter design

With a frame made of 6061 T6 aluminum, a 1:1 gear ratio and stacked rotors with a carbon0-fiber spar, this 15-pound “micro” helicopter is the latest design competing for the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize! Here’s the scoop from Gizmag:   Last September, the Gamera II team from the A. James Clark School of Engineering got so […]
Project Zero Update!

Project Zero Update!

More photos and information has been released on this full-size, electric-powered tilt rotor aircraft. The entire aircraft uses no hydraulics; the retractable landing gear, nacelle tilting mechanism, and elevons are controlled by EMA. ORAL Engineering developed an efficient diesel engine for the alternative electric-hybrid propulsion solution and provided rapid CNC machining for the rotor and […]
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