Editors Blogs

Flying Upside-Down

Jul 24, 2013 No Comments

Learning new maneuvers is something that many pilots enjoy and is one of the reasons we like flying.  Perfecting our craft and getting that aerobatic move down can take some time and will have a rather high learning curve. To simplify that learning curve and speed things along we have solicited the help of Jason [...]

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Self-assembling Multi-Rotors!

Jul 22, 2013 No Comments

Researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated an amazing capability for small robots to self-assemble and take to the air as a multi-rotor helicopter. Maximilian Kriegleder and Raymond Oung worked with Professor Raffaello D’Andrea at his research lab to develop the small hexagonal pods that assemble into flying rafts. The true accomplishment of this research is [...]

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Take a ride in the electric eSpyder!

Jul 17, 2013 4 Comments

Electric power isn’t just for RC models and drones anymore! The German government just announced its certification of eSpyder, an all-electric ultralight that carries a single pilot, and this makes eSpyder the first certified, all-electric man-carrying plane!  Developed and soon to be produced by Yuneec International, based in Kunshan, China, a U.S.-based company called GreenWing Intl. will market, sell and support the line. The [...]

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FPV Heron Crash

Jul 17, 2013 6 Comments

  Even remotely piloted vehicles can have a bad day at the field. In this YouTube video posted by German tabloid The Bild, an Australian RQ 7 Heron offers a first person view of a 2010 taxi accident with a C-130 in Afghanistan.  According to Bild a junior officer put the Heron into auto start and then was unable [...]

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Valach 4-stroke 120cc gas engine

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments

An extremely popular giant scale engine line in Europe, Valach is now available from Vogelsang-Aeroscale the official U.S Dealer. Available now at http://vogelsang-aeroscale.com/valach.html the new 120cc twin-cylinder horizontally apposed gas engine is the perfect power plant for countless scale projects. Able to turn deep pitch 30- to 32-inch propellers, Valach engines are designed from the [...]

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X-47B carrier landing video!

Jul 11, 2013 4 Comments

Yesterday the U.S. Navy made history with the first UAV landing on an aircraft carrier, when the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator touched down on the USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia. Amazing video!

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Dry-Cleaning Delivery Drone

Jul 10, 2013 2 Comments

A freshly laundered shirt, covered in plastic, flaps in the wind as it takes flight from in front of Manayunk Cleaners. It wasn’t picked up by a breeze, though, rather a remote-controlled drone, which ferries the shirt across the sky on a delivery run to a nearby customer. “I’m all about technology and I see [...]

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Sneak peek: 47% Bristol Bulldog

Jul 10, 2013 2 Comments

After he bought a JPX 425cc twin engine from a friend, Ian Turney-White’s next step was to decide what airplane to build to accommodate the massive powerplant. A 50% Gloster Gamecock? Nope … it would be too large to fit in Ian’s van? He wrote, “I really liked the [Gamecock's] aluminum dope and gaudy squadron [...]

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