Debra Cleghorn

It’s a truck … it’s an octocopter … it’s the Black Knight Transformer!

Jan 14, 2014 1 Comment

Yes, this real, and yes, it has flown (using four of its eight motors). Advanced Tactics of El Segundo, California, has created this rolling, flying VTOL aircraft capable of unmanned, autonomous operations. They call it, “The world’s first roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft that’s capable of landing close to where it’s needed, then driving the [...]

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60% Bucker Jungmeister

Jan 08, 2014 20 Comments

Wolfgang Rossegger’s 60% scale “Liesel Bach” is a scratch-built project that’s powered by a Moki 400cc engine. The 13-foot-span model weighs around 138 pounds.  This great video combines a picture perfect flight with footage taken from the plane’s wing; thanks to RCGiantScalePlanes for posting this on YouTube. You may notice a “knocking” sound from the engine at [...]

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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 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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