Editors Blogs

Micro UAV that plays “catch”!

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

Researchers at UPenn’s GRASP Lab have created a micro UAV that can grab objects while in flight! Using the same physics as a bird of prey, the UAV has a 128-gram grasping claw that replicates a sweeping motion to catch and release an object while maintaining its flight path. Check out the video!

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Formation Flying without an Airplane?

Mar 18, 2013 2 Comments

Wow! Check out these intrepid Base Jumpers that stretch low-level and formation flight to the very limit! Amazing! Phoenix-Fly – The Need 4 Speed – Mountain Trails from Phoenix Fly on Vimeo.

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Members Only Workshop Build-Along Sneak Peek!

Mar 14, 2013 No Comments

Here’s a little sneak peek at the Workbench Build-Along I have been doing on the www.modelairplanenews.com/members site. If you would like to see the entire Build-Along project as well as many other Exclusive online articles, subscribe at: www.airagestore.com under “Memberships”. Topping off at just under 400 hours now, the kit built Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker [...]

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On a wing and a prayer …

Mar 13, 2013 13 Comments

Yes, you’re seeing that right. This inventor has strapped on a wooden, built-up wing and turbine jet and is taking a little test-flight to check things out. He appears to be using  an RC surface radio for control. You can see his wing and power pack in the taxi test video, and then the first [...]

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Navigation by “crash”

Mar 13, 2013 1 Comment

This UAV shows that there’s more than one way to get from point “A” to point “B”: it flies into objects and recovers until it finds a clear route! This actually makes sense when you hear that the AirBurr UAV is designed specifically to navigate close and dark spaces, like a collapsed mine or a [...]

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Hover Collective Pitch Settings

Mar 12, 2013 1 Comment

In my previous blog I presented some pitch angles that are a good place to start for doing autorotations. However, if you are in the process of learning to hover it’s important to reduce the collective pitch range to keep the helicopter from being too sensitive. Many helicopter setup instructions recommend 5 to 10° of [...]

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RC Aerial Photography: Stephen Born Combines two of His Passions

Mar 11, 2013 5 Comments

In recent years with the continued development of high performance electric motors and batteries, using RC aircraft for professional aerial photography has become extremely popular. From the drones used by the US Government to local RC hobbyist, the applications seem to be unlimited. Stephen Born is the owner, operator and pilot of AerialSkyCam, (aerialskycam.com) a [...]

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Assembling a (real!) P-47

Mar 08, 2013 No Comments

In this 1944 training film, a ground support crew assembles a P-47 in a field using nothing more than muscle, hand tools and the shipping crate the pieces arrive in. One of my favorite parts is in the beginning: a warning to “read all instructions before unpacking!”  Enjoy! Many thanks to Zenoswarbirdvideos for posting this [...]

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