Editors Blogs

Looking for Bigfoot?

Oct 16, 2012 2 Comments

You’re on the hunt for an reclusive,  nocturnal creature that lives deep in undeveloped forest and has eluded capture (or definitive proof of its existence) throughout human history. What tool can you use to find the hairy beast? An RC airship, of course! Whether you’re a believer or not, you’ll be impressed by the ingenuity of the [...]

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Another human-powered heli

Oct 16, 2012 5 Comments

There’s another contender for the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for the first human-powered helicopter! Enter Atlas, from AeroVelo. This machine has successfully flown and seems to be giving the University of Maryland team’s Gamera II a run for the money. Gizmag’s James Holloway writes, “Fundamentally, Atlas is designed upon a very similar principle to Gamera II [...]

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Spektrum Radio Development [video]

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

Matt Micarri shares news about Spektrum’s new 7200BX heli receiver as well as the latest on Spektrum radios.

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Horizon Hobby at IRCHA

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

Steve Petrotto shares the latest on Revolution blades, E-flite motors and recent Blade heli offerings!

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Bad Vibes — Loose Servo Output Arms

Oct 15, 2012 10 Comments

Often RC Modelers find that their servo output arms are coming looseduring flight and for various reasons, this is not a good thing. Actually servo arms coming loose is a symptom of something else that’s troubling their giant scale airplane and that’s Vibration. The majority of vibration comes from the engine and it can affect other parts of your airframe. Here are [...]

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Futaba GY430 Gyro

Oct 14, 2012 No Comments

The new Futaba GY430 single axis helicopter gyro is one of the smallest and lightest (3.5g) gyros available.  It uses a trimmer that limits servo travel or gain adjustment, although gain can be adjusted from the transmitter using the remote gain function.  Dip switches select gyro direction and mode (heading hold or normal), while information [...]

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Two Global Hawks Fly in Formation

Oct 10, 2012 3 Comments

Here is a story pulled off the sUAS news site … cool stuff! Northrop Grumman Corporation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center have successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations, moving DARPA’s Autonomous High-Altitude Refueling (AHR) program closer to demonstrating the first autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, [...]

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Engine Tuning Tricks

Oct 09, 2012 No Comments

Once the engine is started, don’t be concerned with the idle mixture as long as the engine will run close to idle. This is because the main needle valve does exactly what its name implies – it is the primary adjustment by which fuel enters the engine, and all other adjustments are a subset to [...]

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