Debra Cleghorn

Horizon Air Meet: Up close with Matt Chapman

Sep 12, 2012 4 Comments

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

Sep 12, 2012 20 Comments

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 [...]

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$65 million Raven contract

Sep 11, 2012 3 Comments

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

Sep 05, 2012 3 Comments

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. [...]

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Update! Human-powered heli breaks ground effect

Sep 05, 2012 12 Comments

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 [...]

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Fantastic F-84 ‘Flash

Aug 29, 2012 10 Comments

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 [...]

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Troubleshooting your fuel system

Aug 29, 2012 7 Comments

Properly installed, your fuel system will last a very long time and may never need to be changed. In a hard landing, however, some of its parts may be dislodged and stop working. Here are some common fuel-flow problems and fixes. If your engine begins to run lean, check for small pinholes in the fuel-supply [...]

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Marines add an “RC” class to Camp Lejeune

Aug 29, 2012 15 Comments

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. [...]

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