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Degrees in RC: colleges offer drone pilot classes

Degrees in RC: colleges offer drone pilot classes

Randal Franzen was 53, unemployed and nearly broke when his brother, a tool designer at Boeing, mentioned that pilots for remotely piloted aircraft – more commonly known as drones – were in high demand.  Franzen, a former professional skier and trucking company owner who had flown planes as a hobby, started calling manufacturers and found […]
$49 “personal” UAV with voice control

$49 “personal” UAV with voice control

The UAV is built around an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, features 1 GB of built-in RAM, an SD card slot, and is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled. …The idea is that when users wanted to shoot videos of themselves, they could just launch the UAV by hand. It would then hover in front of them, streaming video to […]
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Battle-ready Blackhawk

Battle-ready Blackhawk

This gorgeous scale Blackhawk MH-60K Night Stalker is a custom build from Hajimefactory.com. It’s based on an Align T-Rex 500 chassis and a scale four-blade rotor head. Check out the video of this beauty in flight — it looks exactly like the real deal!
NOVA’s “Rise of the Drones”

NOVA’s “Rise of the Drones”

If you missed the premiere showing of this TV documentary last night, you will definitely want to add this to your DVR’s to-do list so you can catch it the next time it airs! Here’s the scoop on the program direct from NOVA: “Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense, […]
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eBee: a $12,000 Foamie (!)

eBee: a $12,000 Foamie (!)

Equipped with eMotion 2 software, this all-foam UAV from senseFLY can follow a preprogrammed flight path or switch over to live pilot navigation, and it can even land by itself thanks to its integrated ground sensor and the ability to run its motor in reverse. This 37.8-inch-span model sports detachable wings, so it and its gear will fit in a […]
Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project

Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project

As Kilo Foxtrot Films writes, “WW II veteran, prisoner of war, accomplished test pilot, pace plane for the Unlimited Reno races, air show pilot … Bob Hoover is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of modern aerobatics. Jimmy Doolittle called him ‘…the greatest stick and rudder man who ever lived.’ Flying […]
F-86 Sabre: SUPER-SIZED!

F-86 Sabre: SUPER-SIZED!

Flown by Henri Wild at the Icare-Airmeet in France, this 14-foot-span F-86 weighs in at 145 pounds and uses two JetCat 160 turbines for power. We’ve learned that the plane experienced an air leak in its retracts during this flight; at minute 2:59 the pilot starts to retract the gear but due to lack of […]
AMA Expo Photo Highlights

AMA Expo Photo Highlights

The annual AMA Expo in Ontario, California, is always a great place to see the latest planes and products, meet up with flying friends and see some amazing scale aircraft on display. This photo essay shares highlights from this year’s event.  
Alaskan UAVs inspect BP pipeline [VIDEO]

Alaskan UAVs inspect BP pipeline [VIDEO]

In Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, BP conducted pilot testing of a UAV to enhance pipeline inspection and safety. Equipped with high-resolution cameras, the Aeryon Scout VTOL UAV provides visual inspections of equipment, helping crews assess and respond to maintenance needs. The small rotor-wing aircraft is flown from a hand-held tablet computer. Check it out!
Is it a UFO or RC?

Is it a UFO or RC?

Check out this aircraft! Made by UAV manufacturer Aesir and called “Vidar,” this portable craft is designed to provide surveillance and situational awareness inside buildings and in confined spaces. It’s LiPo batteries provide up to 15 minutes of flight time. It weighs 400g and is capable of carrying a 100g payload.
Super Constellation: Biggest ARF ever?

Super Constellation: Biggest ARF ever?

It’s a new year; don’t you deserve a new plane? How about a giant-scale airliner ARF that’s guaranteed to wow the crowd? This 4-engine, 169-inch-span plane comes covered in Oracover and has a bolt-on, two-piece wing for easier transport and field setup. Don’t think you can fit the 157-inch-long fuselage in your trailer? No worries: it comes in […]
Supersonic Scale: RC Concorde

Supersonic Scale: RC Concorde

The full-size Concorde set world speed records, flying from New York to Paris in less than half the time of conventional airliners. This huge twin-turbine version was recently flown at Panoramaflugtag 2012 in Ohlsdorf, Germany, where it impressed onlookers with its speed and performance. Thanks to YouTube’s Klaus Enser for posting this video!
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