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Paul Tradelius

New Futaba SBE-1 S.Bus PWM Adapter

New Futaba SBE-1 S.Bus PWM Adapter

The new Futaba SBE-1 S.Bus PWM Adapter (FUTM4194) is now available, and can be used with virtually any receiver to experience S.Bus simplicity. This unit converts input from up to 10 channels into a single S.Bus output, making it instantly compatible with with S.Bus programmable servos and the new CGY750 Flybarless Control 3-Axis Gyro.  Also […]
Frenzy 90 Flight Tests

Frenzy 90 Flight Tests

Initial flight testing of the Frenzy 90 was delayed because of my attending IRCHA, obtaining some support equipment and bad weather here in Florida. However, I was able to get out to the flying field yesterday for some initial flights, and I’m very impressed. I used RotorRage 30% Master’s Blend fuel in the OS 90 […]
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Nitro tuning tips

Nitro tuning tips

I think this is a subject that comes up periodically, especially among helicopter pilots. This is because nitro engines on airplanes are much easier to adjust since the needle valves can be adjusted on the ground. However, in helicopters we have to make an initial adjustment to the needle valves and then see how the […]
IRCHA Friday – my last day

IRCHA Friday – my last day

It doesn’t seem as if I have been here for the better part of 3 days because there has been so much to see, and so many people to talk with. And, unfortunately, this has to be my last day, so I’ll be missing all the weekend fun and excitment of the The One and […]
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IRCHA Thursday

IRCHA Thursday

I thought yesterday was a pretty good day for flying, but today was even better. Sunny skies, 80 degrees and only a light wind made for a great day. This was the last day of NATS scale, but they were out in force. Joel Rosenzweig from Marlborouch, MA had his Hirobo CH-46 tandem rotor out for […]
The Heli Nats and IRCHA

The Heli Nats and IRCHA

I arrived at the Heli NATS late today to find the usual, which is that Curtis Youngblood was in first place of  F3C with Nick Maxwell not far behind. I only got to see them get in one flight each, but they were impressive to say the least. I talked to them afterward, and Nick […]

2011 AMA NATS and IRCHA Jamboree

If it’s hot and the middle of August, it must be time for the AMA Nationals and the IRCHA Jamboree in Muncie, IN. The AMA NATS has flying events for all types of aircraft and helicopters, and brings together some of the best pilots and their equipment in friendly competition. The helicopter events are also […]
The Thunder Tiger Redline 56H Engine is here

The Thunder Tiger Redline 56H Engine is here

High performance and extreme power are the main features of the Thunder Tiger Redline series of engines. The Redline 53H helicopter engine was the first engine in this series, and has now been superseded by the new RL-56H with increased displacement and awesome power, making the Redline 53H/56H the best nitro power plant choice for […]
Building the Frenzy 90 3D

Building the Frenzy 90 3D

This is the TZ-V2 “3D Frenzy Competition” .90 class Nitro powered helicopter from JS Models. The 3D Frenzy Competition 90 is undoubtedly the best value in a .90 class helicopter available! Featuring strong and lightweight G-10 main frames, 120 or 140 degree swash-plate, full metal main blade grips, an improved metal tail case and other […]
The Vibe 50 NEX is complete

The Vibe 50 NEX is complete

Evaluating the performance of a helicopter in flight goes beyond the design characteristics of the helicopter, and must also include the performance of the engine, rotor blades and electronics. The push-pull cyclic controls, combined with the speed and precision of the JR 8917HV (High Voltage) Digital Heli Servos enabled the NEX to respond to my […]
Building the Vibe 50 NEX Cont.

Building the Vibe 50 NEX Cont.

The Vibe 50 NEX is a true kit taking 15 – 20 hours to build. And not only did I get to know this fine helicopter, the build was a fun time because everything is CNC machined to a perfect fit. Assembling each part gave me an appreciation for the quality and overall design features […]
ModelAvionics Link Maker 9000

ModelAvionics Link Maker 9000

Although I certainly enjoy building helicopters, I have to admit that installing ball links on threaded rods is not my idea of having a good time. After both ball links are started on the rod they get harder and harder to turn as I try to get to the desired length. However, Model Avionics has […]
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