Here is Branden Taylor, Robert Ramsey and Art Vanden Berg of Skookum Robotics with their new SK-GPS, which is an addition to their flybarless flight control systems. This GPS system will allow your helicopter to autonomously hold a specific position and altitude, which is adjustable while flying. Also, should you get disoriented while flying it [...]
When I saw this lineup of helicopters outside one tent I knew there was a group of real helicopter enthusiasts inside. Here is Ron Hughes, Mike Hamilton, Don Opplinger and Darren Berkey, and “friend”, all from the Wellsvillem KS area who belong to the Eagles Associates Kansas City Club and Franklin County Fliers. They wanted [...]
One of the main IRCHA attractions is being able to talk with company representatives and pilots about their products, helicopter setup and flying techniques. This is the Thunder Tiger and Futaba Setup Clinic, which is one of the many clinics that were held throughout the Jamboree, where they welcomed pilots using any brand of helicopter [...]
IRCHA also brings some interesting self-designed projects to marvel over. This is Jim Ryan from Cincinnati, OH with his counter rotating and inter meshing prototype helicopter. Jim not only designed this helicopter, but also made all the CNC parts, including the gears. He’s using a Spektrum receiver with Beast X and Digi-Mix 3 for control [...]
This is Bill Pirschel of Mt Sterling, KY wrenching on his 30 pound Odyssey Turbine. Although turbine helicopters are quite expensive we’re starting to see more of them because of their reliability and in flight performance. Bill custom-made the rotorhead, tail rotor and frame and is using a Jakadofsky turbine producing producing 6 ½ hp.
Those over 40 probably know who Paul Harvey is and the significance of “The Rest of the Story”. Bringing this project to conclusion and completing that first test flight reminded me of those wonderful stories on radio. I did it, completed the build in time to have the first test flight on Father’s Day. The [...]