Editors Blogs

F-86 Sabre: SUPER-SIZED!

Jan 16, 2013 11 Comments

Flown by Henri Wild at the Icare-Airmeet in France, this 14-foot-span F-86 weighs in at 145 pounds and uses two JetCat 160 turbines for power. We’ve learned that the plane experienced an air leak in its retracts during this flight; at minute 2:59 the pilot starts to retract the gear but due to lack of [...]

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More Tail Rotor Stabilization

Jan 14, 2013 No Comments

How It All Works – This now results in two opposing forces acting on the tail rotor system. The aerodynamic force wants to streamline the blades to zero pitch while the centrifugal force wants to rotate the blades to their maximum pitch. These tail rotor weights produce a centrifugal restoring moment (CRM) because they act [...]

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AMA Expo Photo Highlights

Jan 14, 2013 2 Comments

The annual AMA Expo in Ontario, California, is always a great place to see the latest planes and products, meet up with flying friends and see some amazing scale aircraft on display. This photo essay shares highlights from this year’s event.  

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Secrets to Inverted Flight

Jan 11, 2013 12 Comments

Nearly all aerobatic maneuvers involve some segment(s) of inverted flight, so to keep progressing, you need to develop proficiency with inverted flight. To start, let’s do away with the often repeated reference to the elevator being reversed when the plane is upside-down. It is that kind of thinking that causes people to become confused and [...]

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Alaskan UAVs inspect BP pipeline [VIDEO]

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments

In Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, BP conducted pilot testing of a UAV to enhance pipeline inspection and safety. Equipped with high-resolution cameras, the Aeryon Scout VTOL UAV provides visual inspections of equipment, helping crews assess and respond to maintenance needs. The small rotor-wing aircraft is flown from a hand-held tablet computer. Check it out!

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Is it a UFO or RC?

Jan 08, 2013 2 Comments

Check out this aircraft! Made by UAV manufacturer Aesir and called “Vidar,” this portable craft is designed to provide surveillance and situational awareness inside buildings and in confined spaces. It’s LiPo batteries provide up to 15 minutes of flight time. It weighs 400g and is capable of carrying a 100g payload.

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Super Constellation: Biggest ARF ever?

Jan 08, 2013 18 Comments

It’s a new year; don’t you deserve a new plane? How about a giant-scale airliner ARF that’s guaranteed to wow the crowd? This 4-engine, 169-inch-span plane comes covered in Oracover and has a bolt-on, two-piece wing for easier transport and field setup. Don’t think you can fit the 157-inch-long fuselage in your trailer? No worries: it comes in [...]

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Build an RC Model Storage System — Do it yourself organization!

Jan 08, 2013 16 Comments

Airplanes on the workshop floor always seem to catch “Hangar Rash.” Organizations is a great way to keep the our of harm’s way. Aviation modelers are an eclectic group coming from all walks of life.  Once we conquer the basics of flight we tend to acquire a variety of aircraft varying in type or style as [...]

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