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More on Power and Performance

Apr 30, 2009 No Comments

Click here to download the extended text from the Power and Performance article from Model Airplane News’ July 2009 issue. Dave Gierke discusses what you need to know about mathanol and glow fuel.

Click here to listen to Dave Gierke’s fuel series podcast.

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E-Jet Upgrades

Apr 21, 2009 No Comments

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 [...]

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Kyosho Ki-61 “Tony” 50 EP

Apr 20, 2009 1 Comment

(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 [...]

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More Fun With Gliders!

Apr 20, 2009 No Comments

 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 [...]

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Matt Chapman and his Eagle Aerobatic Plane

Apr 15, 2009 No Comments

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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MD 520N

Mar 30, 2009 No Comments

Click here to download a scale drawing of the MD 520N.

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.

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Great Planes E-Fest

Mar 27, 2009 No Comments

PODCASTS click on the links below to listen to interviews from the the Great Planes E-Fest Interview with Frank Noll Interview with John Redman

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Design and Evolution of a Sport Airplane

Mar 24, 2009 No Comments

By Gary Droppo   (see photos below)   Over approximately 15 years, I have periodically re-visited a design I started back in the days when virtually all “sport” or “fun-fly” planes were kit-built .40 glow-engined planes, such as the famous Florio 40. My undertaking was unimaginatively called MOD-1, 2 …up to my current MOD-7.                                                                             [...]

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