Debra Cleghorn

AirMule: Flying Tank of the Future?

Jan 01, 2014 4 Comments

We’ve never seen an air vehicle that looks like this! Reminiscent of something from the Batman movies, AirMule is the creation of Israel’s Tactical Robotics Inc., and it can fly by remote control or using autonomous control. Internal rotor blades allow this unusual aircraft to land in small and uneven areas, so it can evacuate [...]

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Rocky flies again!

Dec 30, 2013 9 Comments

Need a good laugh? Watch what happens when an unsuspecting squirrel gets into the cockpit of an RC plane! Thanks to YouTube’s Hobbywars for producing and posting this nicely done piece, complete with in-air footage of Rocky in flight.                            

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Doctor Who’s “TARDIS” takes flight

Dec 18, 2013 3 Comments

Check out this life-size Doctor Who flying TARDIS, build, flown and filmed by Flyonix.com to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. (A Tardis is a ”Time and Relative Dimension In Space” time machine and spacecraft piloted by the show’s hero.) Videotaped on its maiden, transition to forward flight is interesting to say the least, but this creative flyer gets two [...]

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Georgia Model Aviators featured on PBS

Dec 18, 2013 5 Comments

This must-watch video about the Georgia Model Aviators includes Model Airplane News contributors Jerry Smith and Pedro Sanchez! Atlanta’s PBS station, PBA30,  did a wonderful job  of showcasing what RC airplanes are all about, from ARFs to scale scratch-building, flying and even new technology like multi-rotors, First Person View and flight simulators. The club members were [...]

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Best of 2013: Top 13 Stories

Dec 17, 2013 2 Comments

It’s time for the top posts of the year! Here, in descending order, are the top newsletter stories from 2013, according to number of views each had. Missed one? Just click on the photo or title to go to the original post.  And as we send the last newsletter of 2013, we want to thank [...]

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Tour a medieval wonder of the world

Dec 17, 2013 1 Comment

You’re busy, and stressed, and still haven’t checked off all the names on your Christmas list. And that’s exactly why you should spend the next 2 minutes watching this video. Filmed by Cambridge Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, it shows one of their UAVs at work filming the inside and outside of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, England, one of the medieval wonders [...]

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Colossal Cub! 26-foot-span RC aircraft

Dec 17, 2013 2 Comments

Hold on to your hats: this truly giant-scale RC Cub will blow your mind! Weighing in at 345 pounds without fuel, this model has a gross weight of 560 pounds and is more than 16 feet long. Built by Eddie Hewett, it belongs to and is flown by Vince Blasky of Walled Lake, Michigan, and [...]

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Ultralight DelFly Explorer

Dec 17, 2013 1 Comment

Taking its design cues from microlight indoor RC flyers, this flapping-wing micro air vehicle can fly with complete autonomy in unknown environments! That means this 20-gram aircraft can take off by itself, then use its onboard 4-gram onboard stereo vision system to keep itself at the same altitude and avoid obstacles! Its sensing and processing [...]

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