Editors Blogs

Jim Ryan’s Self Designed Counter Rotating Helicopter

Aug 17, 2012 No Comments

Jim Ryan of Cincinnati, OH desided he wanted to try something different, so he designed and made a counter rotating helicopter, the with rotor blades intermeshing. Both heads use a 5 degree coning angle, and a Beast X coupled with a Digi’Mix 3 for stabilization. Jim has 4 test flights on this machine, and it [...]

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IRCHA Scale – Joe’s Agusta 109

Aug 17, 2012 No Comments

Joe Sauers Sr. is from Kingston, NY, and has been flying scale since 1978 with a Kavan Jet Ranger. He is his Agusta 109 using a Skookum 720 for control and 2 X 5000mah 6s battery packs. Joe loves scale, but admits it’s a labor of love for all the work involved. First he had [...]

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IRCHA Friday – Bill’s Odyssey Turbine

Aug 17, 2012 No Comments

All the clouds and rain we had yesterday turned into a perfect Friday for flying helicopters. Clear blue skies with just a few clouds, a light wind and low humidity. It could not have been better. The day started off with Bill Pirschel of Mt Stering, KY, and his 30 pound Odyssey Turbine helicopter. Bill [...]

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IRCHA – JR NEX E8

Aug 17, 2012 No Comments

This is Hiroki Ito (on the right) from Japan with his JR NEX E8 with new 3-blade rotor head. He is the 4 time World F3C Champion, and is experimenting with the 3D capabilities of multi blade rotors. And from I can see from the performance of the E8, we are going to see a [...]

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2012 IRCHA

Aug 16, 2012 No Comments

Last year I was fortunate enough to report on the 2011 IRCHA Jamboree for this magazine, and I started my article by saying “If it’s hot and the middle of August, it must be time for the annual AMA Helicopter Nationals and IRCHA (International Radio Control Helicopter Association) Jamboree, both of which are held at [...]

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X-51A crashes

Aug 16, 2012 1 Comment

This one is kinda close to home. cool looking aircraft: (Reuters) – A U.S. military test flight of the experimental hypersonic “Waverider” ended prematurely when the aircraft broke apart in the air over the Pacific Ocean due to a failure with its cruiser control fin, the U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday. The problem with [...]

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Getting to Know Your Engine

Aug 14, 2012 No Comments

Before you can effectively use your engine without destroying it, it’s important to know it key features, their purpose and how to adjust them. Needle Valves are tapered rods that are used to adjust the fuel mixture by restricting the fuel entering the carburetor. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and are [...]

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World War 1 Action over Long Island

Aug 13, 2012 5 Comments

If you like the sight and sounds of vintage WW1 biplanes, triplanes, spot landings and bomb drops, then the guys of the Long Island Skyhawks have an event for you. The “Skyhawks over the Front” is reminencient of the old mission days of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s WW1 Jamboree in that, this is a fun [...]

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