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.
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. [...]
By Curtis Mattikow (See photos below) I keep a close eye on what comes out of the turbine jet factories nowadays, and I have to say, the bar keeps getting raised on the completeness, quality and prefabrication fronts each time I see a new one. FeiBao is not a new company, they have [...]
By Greg Tracey See photos below Temora is a small town that is about 300 miles southwest of Sydney in the state of New South Wales. Temora was once a WW II elementary flight training school and it is now home to a world-class collection of flying piston and jet warbirds. The collection [...]
By Chris Batcheller Why fiberglass landing gear? They’re tough, easy to make and won’t permanently deform as a result of a hard landing. The same technique can also be used to make high-tech, carbon-fiber landing gear, but you will have to experiment with the number of plys (layers of cloth) to use. The fiberglass [...]