By David Gladwin (See Photo Slideshow below) In the past few years, the emergence of ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) models has had a huge effect on the model aircraft scene, in some cases, virtually eliminating building (and associated necessary skills), as well as simple trainers. This is where the ARF trend really started and [...]
After his “Best of Show” win at RCX 2009, we got a chance to sit down with builder Les Espolt and ask him some questions about his great-looking Ryan STA Special. MAN: Les, this plane started out as a kit, is that correct? Les: yes, it started out as a Sig Ryan STA special Craftsman [...]
Modifying a Flying Styro Me-262A by Rob Caso (see photos below) The “262” is way up there on the list of my “85 favorite airplanes”. Aside from its “means business” shark-like looks, the 262 embodied a number of technical achievements and at least one significant first: it was the first operational [...]
(more photos below) By Ronald Pope I am always on the hunt for a model airplane that looks different. I like something that stands out from other models and is a design that will attract attention at my club flying field. The fact that it has to fly well is equally important to [...]
By Jason Benson (see images below) If you are new to gliders, there are a few very enjoyable aspects you may want to try. Of course, the Radian is a lot of fun for just using the motor to climb up to altitude and cruise around the sky at a leisurely pace. You may even [...]
Recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot, Matt Chapman thrills millions of airshow fans each summer. He began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, he won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic [...]
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KEEPIN’ AN EYE ON THE “BAD BOYS!”
If you’ve ever watched the popular reality TV program “Cops,” then you know as soon as that “eye-in-the-sky” police helicopter spots the bad guys, its all over but the crying! With their super-high-intensity spotlights and electronic night-vision surveillance systems, police helicopters have revolutionized law enforcement’s ability to find and apprehend bad boys on the run. Several police departments across the country are now using the turbine-powered MD 520N for their flying squad cars. It’s a fast, agile and lightweight all-purpose helicopter. Equipped with a fully articulated, five-bladed main rotor and a NOTAR (no tail-rotor), anti-torque control system, the MD 520N boosts both increased ground safety and improved flight performance. With its 450hp 250-C20R Rolls-Royce engine and high payload-to-empty-weight ratio, it’s an ideal choice for airborne law enforcement. When you need to rapidly deploy S.W.A.T. units, the MD 520N excels at the task.