Debra Cleghorn

RC drones in the news

Apr 02, 2012 9 Comments

We’ve been talking about drones, first-person-view (FPV) aircraft and other UAVs a lot recently. These discussions aren’t just limited to the hobby arena; this AP story by Marcus Wohlsen has been getting a lot of attention this week. It’s interesting to look at drones from the perspective of non-modelers. What do you think? Does it help or [...]

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Flying Legends: must-see video!

Apr 02, 2012 21 Comments

Here’s a great reason to plan a trip to the UK this summer: the Duxford Flying Legends Air Show. Check out this video trailer for warbird overload — from biplanes to bombers! Don’t you think Model Airplane News needs to cover this event??

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World’s smallest man-carrying helicopter

Apr 02, 2012 7 Comments

In this video, 75-year-old Gennai Yanagisawa of Matsumoto, Japan, flies onboard his 165-pound aircraft, which set the world record for the smallest helicopter. Rumor has it that not long after this video was taken, the heli crashed into a building and Mr. Yanagisawa was in the hospital for 6 months.  How much would you pay for a [...]

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Must see video: man flies by flapping his arms/wings?

Mar 21, 2012 31 Comments

Full disclosure: after we put the newsletter together, the man who created this video announced that it was a hoax. It’s still a great video, though, and we hope this won’t stop other aspiring “bird men” from taking to the sky with flapping wings! Original post: You’ve probably heard of Jet Man, the guy who [...]

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Crazy Slope Aerobatics

Mar 07, 2012 12 Comments

Think gliders are, well, boring & technical? You’ll change your mind after watching this amazing YouTube video created by Jean-Marc Zuliani (jmzuliani on YouTube). This glider is equipped with a GoPro camera for a “from the cockpit” view and the aerobatics it does will blow your mind! The scenery alone was enough to make me want to head [...]

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Keeping RC Planes Airborne

Mar 01, 2012 No Comments

Model Airplane News reader Paul Rogers recently sent me a note with some commonsense suggestions on ensuring that the FAA maintains its support of RC aircraft. I agree with all of his suggestions and thought it would be worthwhile to share his letter with you: It’s just an opinion, but the FAA people are in [...]

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RC aircraft carrier–in flight!

Feb 28, 2012 50 Comments

This year’s E-Fest indoor event had dozens of unique planes and helicopters, but this flying, sheet-foam RC aircraft carrier takes the cake! Powered by four downward-thrust electric motors, the carrier allowed micro helicopters and planes to take off mid-air. This great video was shot by Peter McKay.  

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Scenic flight or dangerous stunt?

Feb 23, 2012 88 Comments

One pilot’s creativity and innovation is another’s idea of a accident waiting to happen. Do you think this video is entertaining and fun, or a terrible idea that will eventually get RC airplanes banned? Watch it and then join the discussion!  

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