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Debra Cleghorn

A new perspective on FPV

A new perspective on FPV

This video promises something different from all those FPV shots that show the foreground or background as the plane flies by. YouTube’s Secretspy711 writes that he was inspired by the “RotoR” continuous camera rotation mount that was developed for motorcyclists and skiers and decided to add it to his SkyHunter aircraft. The result is amazing!  (Fair warning: you may want […]
It rolls! It floats! It flies! It’s MUWA!

It rolls! It floats! It flies! It’s MUWA!

File this under “why didn’t I think of that?”! The University of Tokyo’s Multi-field Universal Wheel for Air-land vehicle (MUWA)  uses a foam wheel to balance sideways like a wheel and roll along the ground as well as land on water. Its four, independently controlled variable pitch props can direct thrust in two different directions, forcing […]
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“Risque” nose art

“Risque” nose art

Believe it or not, whenever any of our magazines show a scale model or full-size plane with even slightly “risque” nose art, I can practically guarantee that I’ll get a few letters from concerned parents who are upset that they have to censor our publication before giving it to their young sons. Modelers will know […]
New Blackbird: on the boards

New Blackbird: on the boards

In 1998, the last SR-71 Blackbird landed for the last time, but there’s reason for celebration: Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works is planning a more advanced version, Blackbird 2.0 if you will. The SR-72 will use a hypersonic engine that combines turbines and ramjets, and Lockheed says it will be TWICE as fast as the original SR-71 […]
Swiss “Gimball” takes collisions in stride

Swiss “Gimball” takes collisions in stride

Ever see fly buzz a room, bouncing off windows and walls and somehow continuing on its insect mission? Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have created Gimball to borrow from the insect world. It uses sensors to navigate and its elastic cage and gyroscopically stabilized to bounce back from impacts, stay oriented and continue on […]
Drone Search & Rescue

Drone Search & Rescue

Multi rotors aren’t just useful for spy missions and getting great photography. In this emergency drill, the Roswell Flight Test Crew works with the local fire department in Eugene, Oregon to help save lives. Their mission is to assist firefighters in conducting a Hasty River search in a training scenario: a man floating down the river […]
How to Hang an Airplane

How to Hang an Airplane

This story about Lucky Lindy’s Monocoupe comes to us from our sister publication, Flight Journal. The video is great! Charles Lindbergh’s plane, which had previously hung in Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport since 1979, has returned to its place of welcoming passengers to the St. Louis airport. The famous aviator’s 1934 Model D–127 Monocoupe, an […]
Remember reed radios?

Remember reed radios?

Raise your hand if you remember the days of single-channel, escapement RC! According to the poster, “This model uses a 45-year-old radio control system (Futaba F-66) that only controls the rudder using a rubber band powered clockwork mechanism.  The radio has one button which you press in the correct sequence to get right, left , […]
The future of drones

The future of drones

In this great TED talk, Patrick Egan of Skyborg UAV Aerial Photography shares his thoughts about the positive potential of drones, from improving agriculture to cell tower inspections and more. He notes that although drones have gotten a lot of bad press, especially for their use in surveillance and in war zones, we should re-examine this technology and how […]
Cold Weather Engine Starts — in 10 Easy Steps

Cold Weather Engine Starts — in 10 Easy Steps

While it may not yet be as frigid as it seems in the photo above, the frost is definitely on the pumpkin! As the weather turns colder, it’s a good time to revisit some cold-engine starting techniques. Have some tips for flying in colder conditions? Leave them in the comments section! 1. Turn on your transmitter and receiver. […]
Historical Accuracy — Scale Planes & Correct Insignia

Historical Accuracy — Scale Planes & Correct Insignia

One of the things I like best about our readers is that they’re sticklers for accuracy: if we publish a photo of a plane that has incorrect markings, the letters pour in! A few years ago, a reviewer followed the box art and placed the stars and bars insignia upside-down and reversed the upper and lower […]
Grab your jetpack and go!

Grab your jetpack and go!

This video clip highlights what might be the personal transportation vehicle of the future! Here’s the scoop from the Smithsonian: Martin Jetpack has unveiled their latest jetpack prototype, a model that could be available next year. Called “P12,” the machine will cost something between $150,000 to $250,000 when it  becomes available, and pilots will have to […]
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