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Desert Aircraft engine powers new Raytheon UAV

Desert Aircraft engine powers new Raytheon UAV

Did you ever imagine that the DA engine that you use on your latest project is also being used by military drones? Check out this story from David Whichner for the Arizona Daily Star. The story doesn’t mention the power system, but our friends at Desert Aircraft have confirmed that the Pyros uses a DA […]
Fly better with flight modes

Fly better with flight modes

Flight modes are used in many different disciplines of flying, such as jets, pattern, IMAC and scale, just to name a few.   But what exactly are they and how do you use them?  In this video, our West Coast Senior Editor John Reid will explain what they are and how you can use flight modes […]
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The future of flight?

The future of flight?

On August 8, 2012, this aircraft flew for the first time at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California.  Called the “X-48C,” this is a scale model of of a heavy-lift, subsonic aircraft that has a blended-wing body. During its first flight, the remotely piloted plane flew for nine minutes […]
Love those warbirds!

Love those warbirds!

This video from Airailimages.com highlights 20 awesome warbird flights  from the recent EAA Airventure Fly-In. It’s only 2.5 minutes long (and you deserve a fun break!). Bonus points for identifying all of the aircraft in the video!
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“Fly” underwater in an aerobatic submarine!

“Fly” underwater in an aerobatic submarine!

The DeepFlight Super Falcon is a new breed of submarine that may be able to do underwater maneuvers like Immelmann tuns and barrel rolls to push the envelope in deep-sea exploration. And for just $5000, you can reserve a spot for a Lake Tahoe dive this October! Check out this article from DiscoveryNews.com. A new […]
Masterpiece in the Making: 35% Model D Bristol Scout

Masterpiece in the Making: 35% Model D Bristol Scout

During my recent trip to the Father’s Day Fun Fly in Kingston Ontario, I ran into my good friend Brian Perkins. One thing I have learned is that, whenever you see Brian on the flightline, chances are you’ll see an RC Bristol Scout in the air. Brian has been a scale modeler for most of […]
Recognition at the Warbirds over Delaware

Recognition at the Warbirds over Delaware

It goes without saying that a huge event like the WOD giant scale warbird fly in takes a lot of work. Contest Directors Pete and Dave Malcione have been tirelessly driving the WOD event and making it the event is is today. Working with the gang from the Delaware RC Club, the warbird event has […]
SKS Video of XFC Helicopters

SKS Video of XFC Helicopters

SKS Video Productions has just released their professional coverage of the 2012 Extreme Flight Championships, held at the Academy of Model Aeronautics headquarters in Muncie, Indiana, from 15-17 June. If you are into flying helicopters way beyond 3D, and deep into the Extreme, then this is the MUST SEE event of the season.  This year’s event […]
Martin Irvine and his Awesome Aviatik—with video!

Martin Irvine and his Awesome Aviatik—with video!

At a recent fun-fly event at the Kingston RC Club in Kingston, Ontario, I ran into my old flying buddy and Model Airplane News contributor, Martin Irvine, who had brought with him a recent project he had just finished. Now Martin is known for picking unusual designs and his latest efforts, a 1917 Aviatik D1 […]
Exclusive Test Flight: Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair ARF w/video

Exclusive Test Flight: Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair ARF w/video

    For the US Navy and Marine Corps aviators in the South Pacific during World War 2, the F4U Corsair was an impressive fighter that could get the job done! Though faster than the Grumman F6F Hellcat, it was to replace, the Corsair was more demanding to land on carriers. The fighter was made […]
IBM creates breathing, high-density, light-weight lithium-air battery

IBM creates breathing, high-density, light-weight lithium-air battery

IBM creates breathing, high-density, light-weight lithium-air battery By Sebastian Anthony As part of its Battery 500 project — an initiative started by IBM in 2009 to produce a battery capable of powering a car for 500 miles — Big Blue has successfully demonstrated a light-weight, ultra-high-density, lithium-air battery. In IBM’s lithium-air battery, oxygen is reacted with […]
Master the Three-turn Negative Spin

Master the Three-turn Negative Spin

In this video we examine the key control inputs in executing the three-turn negative spin. Because this is a negative spin you will bring the plane into the maneuver inverted at a fairly high altitude. You then decrease throttle and add enough elevator to maintain altitude so the plane stalls.  Although it looks hard, you will soon […]
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