Editors Blogs

My first kit: Spirit of “Ob”

Jun 05, 2012 7 Comments

During the summer of 1977 my Dad bought me my first ‘real’ R/C airplane kit.  It was a Midwest Das Little Stik.   It still needed a motor and radio system, however it was a beginning.  The parts & plans must have come out of the box and put back in a hundred times or more before [...]

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Helicopters welcome?

May 16, 2012 55 Comments

Some time ago, we asked fixed-wing pilots how they felt about flying with helicopters. Some were very accommodating while others wanted a total ban on helis at their flying fields. As a heli pilot, have you ever felt unwelcome at an AMA field? What’s your solution to flying with “plankers”? We want to hear the [...]

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Eagle Tree 2D/3D Guardian Stabilizer

Feb 23, 2012 4 Comments

Eagle Tree’s newest addition to their lineup of great Guardian electronics is the 2D/3D Stabilizer.  Engineered  as a small onboard addition, the stabilizer links your control inputs through the receiver and can provide flight coordination assistance for beginners through advance flyers.  Using a proven inertial technology, in 2D mode wings are leveled, but in 3D [...]

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MPI’s LiFe Charging Switch and LED

Feb 21, 2012 No Comments

If you fly LiFe battery packs, you will love the newest addition to the MPI’s lineup of charging switches.  These switches include an LED readout with green, amber and red lights to let you quickly know the condition of your flight pack.  Check out their complete lineup of charging switches for all types of batteries. [...]

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Hot Wire Foam Factory Styroplast

Feb 21, 2012 No Comments

Hot Wire Foam Factory recently introduced their new Styroplast two-part coating for all foams.  When mixed you have about 12-15 minutes of working time and when cured the coating becomes fire-proof, water-proof, and hardens to protect all foam surfaces without adding a lot of weight to the foam.  The possibilities for use are extensive and [...]

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Cool video of the week: Jet-Powered Ultralight

Jan 01, 2012 11 Comments

 Have you ever heard of a jet-powered ultralight? Dean Arnold recently uploaded this amazing footage of the maiden flight of the his Sirocket, the first twin engine jet-powered “microlight” in the UK. Filmed at the Damyn’s Hall Airfield, the Sirocket is a composite monoplane design normally powered by a 40hp gasoline engine and pusher propeller. [...]

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Traffic a pain? Buy a ’54 Aerocar One!

Dec 17, 2011 1 Comment

That’s right: you can own a unique piece of aviation history! This rare, fully standard, certified Aerocar One has folding wings that it can tow while it’s driving on the road, and it even has a horn and rear-view mirror! One of only five Aerocars that exist, it has a cruise speed of 100mph, takeoff [...]

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How Big is Your Fuel Tank?

Dec 15, 2011 1 Comment

I see this often and that is a kit with a fuel tank that is not labeled or identified in the instructions as to the size in ounces.  There is an easy way to resolve this simply by weighing the tank both empty and full.  Fuel (15%) is typically about 20 grams/ounce.  Be sure to [...]

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