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Debra Cleghorn

Q&A with Peter Goldsmith

Q&A with Peter Goldsmith

At the Horizon U.S. Air Meet earlier this month, we had a chance to talk to Peter Goldsmith, Horizon’s field marketing manager and the man in charge of the Air Meet’s spectacular midday show. He attends over 20 events every year and is a well-known and welcome sight at flying fields across the country. Don’t miss his […]
Horizon Air Meet: Up close with Matt Chapman

Horizon Air Meet: Up close with Matt Chapman

The first ever Horizon Air Meet was held last weekend at the Sanford, Maine regional airport and in addition to nonstop RC jet and heli flying and an off-road RC car race, spectators were treated to a spectacular noontime air show featuring professional airshow pilot Matt Chapman! Matt took some time out before the show […]
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Pearl Harbor’s Historic Runway to be Covered with Solar Panels

Pearl Harbor’s Historic Runway to be Covered with Solar Panels

We recently learned of the U.S. Navy’s plan to cover Ford Runway with solar panels and surround it with a 7-foot-high-fence. Please read the position paper from the indepently operated Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor and, if you agree with us, I hope you’ll add your voice to the outcry by signing the petition here. Ford Island […]
$65 million Raven contract

$65 million Raven contract

If you have stock in AeroVironment, you’ll be happy to hear this news: the company  just announced that it received $16.4 million in funding from the U.S. Army for a projected $65.8 million contract to include RQ-11B Raven systems, new miniature gimballed payloads and spare parts packages. The  Raven is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor […]
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Unbelievable Quadcopter Light Show

Unbelievable Quadcopter Light Show

A world-record swarm of 50 quadcopters put on this nighttime air show in Linz, Austria as part of an open-air, multi-media concert, and you really have to see it to believe it! Gizmag‘s Darren Quick writes, “The aerial display was put together by a team from Austria’s Ars Electronica Futurelab and Germany’s Ascending Technologies GmbH. […]
Update! Human-powered heli breaks ground effect

Update! Human-powered heli breaks ground effect

When we last reported on the University of Maryland students and their impressive Gamera II machine, they had only managed to get few feet off the ground. In this latest video, Gamera II gains 8 feet in altitude using just its pedaling passenger for power! Here’s the scoop, as reported by Claudine Zap of Yahoo’s […]
Fantastic F-84 ‘Flash

Fantastic F-84 ‘Flash

This 9-foot-long F-84F Thunderflash is Brian O’Meara’s latest creation, and it’s the only RC model F-84F flying in the world! Brian spent two years building the jet from a made-to-order Phantasy in Blue kit from the Netherlands and modeled it after Foto Fanny, a photo-reconn aircraft that had six cameras in its nose. The model is powered by […]
Marines add an “RC” class to Camp Lejeune

Marines add an “RC” class to Camp Lejeune

Camp Lejeune, NC, is adding a new class to its roster: learning to launch, pilot and recover Group 1 assets, which are aircraft that weigh less than 20 pounds, typically fly below 1,200 feet and have missions that last from 45 minutes to 2 hours. They include  RQ-11B Raven, Wasp, RQ-20A Puma and RQ-16B T-Hawk. […]
Really BIG RC planes, part 2

Really BIG RC planes, part 2

My post on Greg Hayfield’s 87% Pitts Python generated nearly 100 comments last week, from admiration to disbelief that someone would build and fly such a huge RC plane. Dave’s father Greg added to the discussion and shared that in the UK, large-scale RC aircraft  (over 20kg, or 44 pounds) are subject to stringent inspections during the build […]
RC to the rescue!

RC to the rescue!

Meet EMILY, an RC lifeguard! It looks like a buoy but is actually a small watercraft fitted with a flotation device. It can travel at speeds of up to 22mph and reach swimmers in distress more quickly, and sometimes more safely, than a human lifeguard. Check out the video!  
Monster Scale: 87% Pitts Python

Monster Scale: 87% Pitts Python

Get out of the way, ’cause that plane wants to FLY! The handiwork of father-and-son team Dave and Greg Hayfield, this monster 300+ (!) pound aircraft is powered by a 650cc Hirth engine spinning a 68-inch, 3-blade carbon-fiber prop. Hitec 805BB, 25kg servos are used throughout: 8 on the ailerons, 4 on the elevators, 2 […]
Watch this RC plane fly by itself!

Watch this RC plane fly by itself!

Robotics engineers at MIT were able to program this plane to fly by itself in a parking garage, at speeds of up to 22mph, for almost 3 miles while it came within centimeters of obstacles! Anyone who’s ever flown in a tight space indoors will appreciate this amazing video. From the MIT news office: For decades, academic […]
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