Debra Cleghorn

Cat vs. helicopter

Jul 11, 2012 27 Comments

In this video pick of the week, a cat KOs a ‘copter (no animals or aircraft are harmed!). Watch it … it’s funny!  

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Flying a “heli bike”!

Jun 28, 2012 20 Comments

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 [...]

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The Marines’ new full-size, pilot-less helicopter

Jun 28, 2012 2 Comments

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 [...]

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X-37B Secret Space Plane Video

Jun 20, 2012 11 Comments

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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Win a Gorilla Glue Prize Package!

Jun 12, 2012 6 Comments

What are the last two things you glued together? Enter our Facebook contest and your innovative answer could win you this $50 Gorilla Glue prize package. Contest ends June 19, and winners will be chosen by the Model Airplane News editors. Good luck! www.Facebook.com/modelairplanenews [Please free to reply here, but remember that only responses on our [...]

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Half-Scale Masterpiece

Jun 07, 2012 18 Comments

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 [...]

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Joggobot: a quadcopter running companion

Jun 05, 2012 14 Comments

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 [...]

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Italian TOC Champion: Alexander Balzer

May 30, 2012 No Comments

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 [...]

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