Debra Cleghorn

Armed Quadrotors?

Jul 24, 2012 1 Comment

Check out this recent story by David Hambling that we found on the  Popular Mechanics website! A camouflage quadrotor armed with a machine gun zips around a test range, destroying targets and setting dummies ablaze. By now, most of the nearly 11 million people who’ve seen the YouTube video know it’s a fake. There’s no [...]

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Improvise, Adapt & Overcome: RC gives this pilot new wings

Jul 24, 2012 6 Comments

We featured Lad Doctor’s inspirational story in “Final Approach” in the October issue of Model Airplane News. Here is Lad’s complete article along with additional photos and his contact information. I have been very fortunate over a 32 plus year flying career, started as a Naval Aviator, to fly well over 80 types of aircraft. [...]

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202.6mph! World’s Fastest Electric Airplane w/Video

Jul 19, 2012 12 Comments

On July 18th, Chip Yates flew the all-electric Flight of the Century for the first time. The 16-minute flight allowed the pilot to get comfortable with the Long-EZ controls as well as the electric system. The Flight of the Century team took a Burt Rutan Long-EZ (N158TG) and converted it to an all-electric flying test bed aircraft [...]

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Bird on your six!

Jul 16, 2012 27 Comments

The video camera onboard this RC aircraft captured some extremely unusual aerial interaction. We’re not sure whether this bird just wants to take a ride or whether he wants to take the plane OUT! Watch this clip and decide for yourself.  (Extra credit if you can tell us what type of bird is in the video!)  

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Car of the future!

Jul 11, 2012 1 Comment

Dutch engineers have come up with an ingenious way to beat traffic — a car with helicopter genes! The vehicle can fly for up to 315 miles at speeds of 110mph. Add this to your wish list!

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UAV operators earn their wings

Jul 11, 2012 8 Comments

Remember learning how to fly RC? Maybe you used a buddy box or, like me, maybe you just had a very patient instructor (thanks, Gerry!). This article by Pamela Redford of the U.S. Army’s Public Affairs office in Fort Riley, Georgia, shows what it’s like for soldiers who are learning to operate and pilot Raven [...]

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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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