John Reid

Gizmag shows us the future of UAVs

Jun 09, 2011 No Comments

UAVs require a complex system of satellite link up to help them fly over enemy terrain.  But many of them start out as remote control prototypes.  A good example of this is this story that appeared on Gizmag showing the future of UAVs with this RC prototype produced by the engineer students of UC San [...]

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Superb Collection of U.K. Aviation Photos

Jun 07, 2011 No Comments

Superb Collection of U.K. Aviation Photos from 1930′s Photos courtesy of Julio Blake Flores, Santiago, Chile  An aerial view of Hatfield, September, 1931.  Aircraft like Handley Page HP.45 G-AAXE, ‘Hengist’, are icons of the land-based planes of Imperial Airways. This example was destroyed in a hangar fire in Karachi, 31 May 1937.  This Fairey Fox [...]

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XFC Bound!

Jun 01, 2011 No Comments

We are heading out to Muncie IN to cover the Extreme Flight championships (XFC).  This is a great event that features some of the top airplane and helicopter pilots from around the country and abroad.  This is three solid days of freestyle performances from the best pilots around.  Check back here all weekend long for our [...]

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Huck Fest, Aerobatics at its best

Jun 01, 2011 No Comments

Over the weekend I attended the first annual Huck Fest held at my local field, the Victor Valley Flyers.  This event was a gathering of guys that wanted to show off their abilities and just have a blast.  If you never been to one these, I would recommend making a trip for it. It is [...]

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Battery Tip, out at the field

May 31, 2011 No Comments

  Here is an image of how the battery power plug is made. As you can see it is a rather simple set-up and easy construction with some wire and two female and one male Dean’s plug.  There is wire going across the pull plug to make the connection, but if you want less sticking [...]

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SebArt WindS 110 is in the air!

May 30, 2011 No Comments

Well, this was a good weekend; I got to fly the SebArt WindS 110!  I have to say that it flies great, very smooth with good control throughout all the maneuvers I put it through. This is just a fun plane to fly.  Look for my complete review on this aircraft in the September issue [...]

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CHOOSING A MOTOR, SPEED CONTROL & BATTERY PACK: TAKING OUT THE MYSTERY

May 29, 2011 9 Comments

  A power system’s key components: brushless outrunner motor, ESC and battery pack. When matched and running efficiently, they produce a lot of power. For many, E-power is a sort of mystery, but we all know that it’s a clean, very quiet power source- attributes that appeal to many flying clubs whose members worry about [...]

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Fly The Blender

May 28, 2011 No Comments

Although the blender is one of the most dramatic 3D maneuvers, it actually predates 3D flight. I remember seeing variations of it done more than a dozen years ago, and it was even described in the manuals of some aerobatic-model kits that I designed for Midwest Products back in the mid-’90s. The basic maneuver existed [...]

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