John Reid

MAN at the AMA Expo

Jan 13, 2014 2 Comments

This past weekend some of  the Model Airplane News crew was lucky enough to attend the AMA expo in Ontario, California. The AMA show is typically the first RC show of the year and it starts the show season off for all of those who are in the model industry. We had a great time [...]

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Shotgun vs Drone

Jan 09, 2014 No Comments

UAV Torture Test by Game of Drones I have to say that I am impressed with the durability of this quad copter, but I’m equally impressed with the durability of the GoPro.  This is one of those videos that once you start watching you have to keep watching, while I am doing that I just [...]

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Fly the figure-6 with a half-roll down

Jan 08, 2014 1 Comment

For many, watching a precise aerobatic routine is almost like watching an aerial ballet, and to the aerobatic pilot, there is no feeling that is more gratifying than executing the perfect flight. However, flying a rather flawless routine boils down to not only having a properly tuned aircraft, but also having a firm understanding of [...]

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Multi-rotor Aerial photography

Jan 08, 2014 3 Comments

Getting an aerial view of the world has always been a desire for most photographers and videographers. Getting that eye-in-the-sky look will always add much to the video story or give a unique view in still photography. The latest popularity with multi-rotor aircraft provides a great  platform for any type of ariel video or photography. [...]

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The Inverted Circle

Dec 30, 2013 No Comments

Most aerobatic figures contain multiple combinations of various individual maneuvers. Becoming an expert aerobatic pilot requires that you practice these individual elements before trying to conquer a more complex stunt, and one great individual maneuver to become proficient at is the “inverted circle.” Flying an aircraft upside down can be challenging at times. Typically, this [...]

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The Big Snap

Dec 17, 2013 2 Comments

Ask pilots about their favorite maneuvers, and you’ll most likely get a different response from each one.  We wanted to know more about these big 3D throwdown maneuvers and how to perform them, so we solicited the help of Jason Shulman . This ace pilot helped us out by offering tips for performing this stunt [...]

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Taming the Stall

Nov 25, 2013 5 Comments

There are many misconceptions, especially among non-fliers about stalls. The first is that a stall is related to engine failure. An aerodynamic stall has nothing to do with engine power, and the plane will not fall out of the sky if an engine quits. Another misconception, as often seen in Hollywood movies, is that the [...]

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Fly the Avalanche

Nov 19, 2013 1 Comment

With the 3D aerobatics craze in full swing, we decided to share a maneuver that is one of the best-looking 3D moves. The Avalanche will  cause spectators to gasp, especially when performed close to the ground. The surprise is that both maneuvers date back to a time long before 3D was even an aerobatic style. We enlisted the [...]

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