Editors Blogs

Degrees in RC: colleges offer drone pilot classes

Jan 30, 2013 4 Comments

Randal Franzen was 53, unemployed and nearly broke when his brother, a tool designer at Boeing, mentioned that pilots for remotely piloted aircraft – more commonly known as drones – were in high demand.  Franzen, a former professional skier and trucking company owner who had flown planes as a hobby, started calling manufacturers and found [...]

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$49 “personal” UAV with voice control

Jan 30, 2013 7 Comments

The UAV is built around an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, features 1 GB of built-in RAM, an SD card slot, and is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled. …The idea is that when users wanted to shoot videos of themselves, they could just launch the UAV by hand. It would then hover in front of them, streaming video to [...]

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Battle-ready Blackhawk

Jan 25, 2013 3 Comments

This gorgeous scale Blackhawk MH-60K Night Stalker is a custom build from Hajimefactory.com. It’s based on an Align T-Rex 500 chassis and a scale four-blade rotor head. Check out the video of this beauty in flight — it looks exactly like the real deal!

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Belly landing of an Australian F-111

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

This is a cool video, but first a little history: The Australians flew the F-111 a lot longer than our Air Force. The airplane was originally designed to land on a carrier deck so the gear structure is very strong. Even landing on a long runway you just maintain 10 degrees angle of attack until [...]

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Quadcopter and my Dog

Jan 24, 2013 2 Comments

just a fun video, video platform video management video solutions video player

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NOVA’s “Rise of the Drones”

Jan 24, 2013 No Comments

If you missed the premiere showing of this TV documentary last night, you will definitely want to add this to your DVR’s to-do list so you can catch it the next time it airs! Here’s the scoop on the program direct from NOVA: “Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense, [...]

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Debra — IN THE HOUSE!

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

We’re having a great week here at the office! My boss Executive Editor Debra Cleghorn, along with my buddy, Sr. West Coast Editor, John Reid are in the MAN office. We don’t often get together here at the home office so it is great to see everyone and chat without email or phones! Fun times! [...]

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eBee: a $12,000 Foamie (!)

Jan 23, 2013 9 Comments

Equipped with eMotion 2 software, this all-foam UAV from senseFLY can follow a preprogrammed flight path or switch over to live pilot navigation, and it can even land by itself thanks to its integrated ground sensor and the ability to run its motor in reverse. This 37.8-inch-span model sports detachable wings, so it and its gear will fit in a [...]

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