Here’s an amazing video of students at the University of Maryland and their human-powered helicopter. This guy is really pedaling hard … guess that’s a natural “safety limiter”! “Gammera II” currently holds the world record of 50 seconds for human-powered heli flight. The students designed and built it in an effort to capture the Sikorsky […]
In this news story, Alex Healey of Flight International shares news of a new unmanned helicopter that will be used for delivery operations: Perhaps because purpose-built unmanned air vehicles have become a fact of life in the skies over Afghanistan, the introduction last December of a full-size helicopter, converted into an “optionally piloted” airborne delivery […]
The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned space plane returned to Earth last week after 15 months in orbit on a mystery mission! The Air Force released a video (below) that was partially shot in infrared. The X-37B landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
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Would you believe that Dean Copeland designed and built this beauty in just 4 months? A masters class entry this year’s Top Gun, the 50%-scale Cri-Cri Columban MC-15 is a work of art, with a fully detailed cockpit and moving controls. Dean powers it with twin Axi 4120-18 motors. It won Outstanding Craftsmanship and Best Civilian runner […]
Just when you think you’ve heard the strangest stories about quadcopters, there comes another one. Case in point: the Joggobot is a smart quadcopter that orients itself using images on a runner’s t-shirt and can help the runner to keep pace, challenge him or her to run faster and even dance with the runner. No […]
Flying a Hangar 3.1m Sukhoi SU-26MM powered by a Desert Aircraft DA200 and using a Futaba T14MZ transmitter, Austrian Alexander Balzer has won the Italian Tournament of Champions. Roger Forgues writes, “The Italian TOC took place in the superb Argentario Polo Club’s field. The flying area is a huge lawn. The club house has all […]
You won’t believe the aerobatic stunts this full-size helicopter can do! Red Bull pilot Chuck Aaron also talks about the technology in the heli, which is surprisingly similar to that of an RC model helicopter. Check it out!
This video offers a first-hand look at some interesting UAVs, including the Border Control’s Reaper and a University of Arizona drone that’s being developed by students who program it to fly maneuvers with computers. It’s part of the larger discussion about integrating UAVs into U.S. airspace and upcoming FAA licensing and regulations.
Some time ago, we asked fixed-wing pilots how they felt about flying with helicopters. Some were very accommodating while others wanted a total ban on helis at their flying fields. As a heli pilot, have you ever felt unwelcome at an AMA field? What’s your solution to flying with “plankers”? We want to hear the […]