Editors Blogs

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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New 12 foot Telemaster kit — the return of a classic!

Oct 18, 2012 8 Comments

The 12′ Telemaster kit is a total re-engineering of the classic 12′  Tele, but the only things that are the same is the Telemaster name and wingspan. Everything has been re-worked for ease of construction and assembly both in the build process and more importantly at the flying field. We are using a 2-piece wing [...]

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RIPPER OBL 44/49/50 Series Helicopter Brushless Motors

Oct 17, 2012 1 Comment

The ACE RC Ripper OBL outrunner brushless motors are the latest series of helicopter motors designed for electric conversions or stock e-powered models ranging from medium-size helis to 3D aircraft.  Configured with curved magnets, all OBL motors deliver high torque & high RPM at maximum efficiency for longer flight time and cool temperatures. Although this series of brushless motors do not require  any [...]

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