Editors Blogs

Unmanned Flight

Oct 27, 2011 No Comments

Last year I had the opportunity to fly a really cool plane in the Terracam Hawkeye.  This was a project designed to measure agricultural crop moisture through infrared photography.  The Hawkeye is designed with an onboard IR camera plus it had another camera that beamed a signal to the ground so my co-piolot could see [...]

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Glow, Gas or Electric?

Oct 26, 2011 15 Comments

As we plan our 2012 issues, we want to know what types of reviews and features you’re the most interested in reading about. Are you a dyed-in-the-wool glow pilot? Or maybe you made the switch to electrics and swear you’ll never touch a fuel-powered aircraft again! Maybe you’re the guy at the field who swears [...]

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ParkZone SE5a Scout! From the cockpit view

Oct 26, 2011 1 Comment

Here’s a little fun in-the-cockpit video I shot with the new ParkZone SE5a. This is really a great flying and very rugged, nicely sized WW1 airplane. It’s big wheels make flying off of not perfectly cut grass a piece of cake! Enjoy! (yes it was a rather windy day! so I hope you don’t get [...]

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Can you feel what you fly without a full-scale flight lesson?

Oct 26, 2011 No Comments

I have been fortunate to fly 100′s of RC airplanes and a few full scale planes as well.  I know from experience when I flew full-scale airplanes that on some good days I felt like the plane and I were one.  I could hear, feel, smell and see what was right and maintained a heightened [...]

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My First MAN Article

Oct 26, 2011 No Comments

A few years ago I submitted this article to MAN.  It was selected and published in the first issues of On The Flight Line. Density Altitude We all have visions that our planes will fly wonderfully simply because we took the time to carefully build them.  We may also believe our new ARF or RTF [...]

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John Worth – A sad farewell

Oct 25, 2011 6 Comments

 I am sad to report that John Worth, dedicated AMA pioneer and microflight promoter, passed away Sunday evening. I was privileged to work with John in early 2000 on Air Age’s RC MicroFlight newsletter and recall his infectious enthusiasm for RC aviation and his warm, generous personality. John’s life was deeply entrenched with model aviation, and many [...]

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Using mufflers during break-in

Oct 25, 2011 No Comments

 Clarence, Is it safe to use a muffler when breaking in a lapped piston engine? I have some nostalgia-legal K&B Greenheads and Johnsons (.15 to .32) that I plan to use in NOS free flight. A couple of them (the Johnsons) are still a little tight and may need additional running with castor-based fuel before mounting but [...]

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Canadian Content Turnbuckle Kit Review – Soon

Oct 20, 2011 No Comments

Colin Geisel finished in the top 3 at this years Kingston Fathers Day Fun/Fly Sportsman Comp.  So its only fitting he was asked to do a kit review on the Turnbuckle model he built from the laser cut kit produced by Rolly Siemonson.  The Turnbuckle is like a TIMEX Watch it takes a licking and [...]

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