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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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Project Zero: World’s First Electric Tilt-Rotor

Mar 08, 2013 2 Comments

AgustaWestland just unveiled a top-secret project: a man-carrying, electric tilt-rotor aircraft! Dubbed “Project Zero,” the aircraft’s two tilt rotors can take off and land vertically, hover like a helicopter and fly forward as fast and efficiently as a fixed-wing plane. Each rotor has its own electric motor that uses rechargeable batteries. Even cooler is that [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Douglas SBD Dauntless

Mar 07, 2013 15 Comments

Paul “Limey” Rice is planning to compete in the Expert class at Top Gun with his beautifully detailed Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber. Starting with Nick Ziroli 1/5-scale plans, Paul scratch built the model using basic balsa, lite-ply and A/C plywood construction. He plane has a 100 inch span, and weighs 39 pounds. It has a Zenaoh [...]

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Planes: preview a new Disney film

Mar 07, 2013 No Comments

Here’s another reason to be excited for summer! Mark your calendars, because “Planes” will be coming to a theater near you this August. Check out the trailer here:

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A Day with Dave Platt [VIDEO]

Mar 06, 2013 1 Comment

As Scott Copeland wrote in “Final Approach” in June MAN, “Anyone who has seen models built by Dave Platt can’t help but admire the craftsmanship and attention to detail. Calling them ‘models’  belies their true character, as they are literally miniaturized airplanes with every rivet, panel line, landing light and oil stain faithfully replicated in [...]

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