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Surf surveillance

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

  The new remote-control surveillance aircraft, a collaboration between Surf Life Saving Queensland and hi-tech firm V-TOL Aerospace, was set to take to the air at North Stradbroke Island today. A trial over Flinders Beach, between Adder Rock and Amity Point, was planned to test the unmanned aerial vehicle, which can be fitted with a [...]

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Idle Needle Valve Adjustment Techniques

Oct 24, 2012 1 Comment

Idle Needle Valve (NV) Adjustment – The photo shows the three needle valves on the OS 90 HZ engine. The main needle valve is on the bottom by the fuel tubing, with the mid-range needle valve on top.  The idle adjustment is the one in the center. Once the main NV is adjusted, it’s now [...]

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Amazing 4-minute Freestyle

Oct 24, 2012 8 Comments

When Gernot Bruckmann stepped up to fly at last weekend’s Tucson Aerobatic Shootout, the crowd knew they were going to watch something special. A native of Villach, Austria, this young man is only 20 years old and has been flying model airplanes since he was 14 years old. So far he has competed in about 160 contests in [...]

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Flight Tips and Setup Secrets for 3D Aerobatics

Oct 24, 2012 5 Comments

From the Air Age Archives—World Aerobatic Champion and the “Father of 3D Aerobatics” Quique Somenzini, offers his advice for you to get the most from your aerobatic machine. Although specific flying techniques are important in 3D aerobatics, setting up your airplane correctly will greatly help you to perform maneuvers better and more easily. Let’s take [...]

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Flying the Canadair CL 415 Super Scooper

Oct 24, 2012 9 Comments

This is outstanding! You just don’t hear much about aerial fire fighting in Europe but these Spaniards have gotten it down! Check out how low they fly over cars, roads and buildings on their way to pick-up water. The pilots are really yanking the controls around when they get close to the fire. This is [...]

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3D Printed Plane Takes Off

Oct 23, 2012 8 Comments

Here’s an interesting story out of the University of Virginia, where engineering students used 3D printing technology to create an RC aircraft: 3D printers are already being used to create machine parts and small toys, but engineers have now used the technology to build an entire vehicle: a plastic, unmanned airplane that actually flies. The plane, [...]

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Bird on a wire: Scan Eagle lands on USS Ponce

Oct 23, 2012 4 Comments

Here’s a great new video from PBS News of a Scan Eagle being caught in the wire, a deceptively simple way of recovering a UAS to a moving ship. It really is the benchmark UAS fixed wing system. ScanEagle launches autonomously and uses a patented no-nets recovery solution for recovery. The system recovers with its wing [...]

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Engine and Firewall Setups — Tips for Down and Side Thrust

Oct 23, 2012 15 Comments

A very important thing to consider whenever building a giant scale airplane is to set the engine’s down- and side-thrust according to the instructions. With my current project, a 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane that I am building from the new Balsa USA kit, the instructions state to include 2 degrees of down and two degrees of [...]

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