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Helicopters

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Review: DJI S800 Spreading Wings Hexacopter

Review: DJI S800 Spreading Wings Hexacopter

Are you interested in aerial photography?  Do you seek out the latest and greatest in technology?  Does the idea of soaring effortless through the sky like a bird intrigue you?  If the answer to these questions is yes then look no further than the DJI S800.  DJI’s Spreading Wings S800 is a hexacopter aircraft developed […]
Giant-Scale Bundeswher Heli

Giant-Scale Bundeswher Heli

Check out this turbine-powered model of a German Army CH 53 Heer heavy-lift transport helicopter — would  love a closer look at this amazing scale machine!  Thanks to Altespharrhaus for posting this flight video on YouTube.
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Evolve 300 CX RTF Review

Avoid collisions with this impressive coaxial heli There are two things that stand out about the new Evolve 300 CX coaxial helicopter from Innovative Flight Technologies (IFT) — its size and innovative on-board Collision Avoidance Technology (CAT). Well, actually, there are other impressive features, but these two really grab your attention. Loosely styled after the […]
Light up the night!

Light up the night!

Installing heli lights is easier than on fixed wing aircraft as there is complete access to the wire leads and the heli’s framework. The heli light package comes with two additional LEDs that should be installed in the nose of the helicopter’s canopy. These look like search lights or a pair of high-intensity landing lights. […]
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Electric Power & Performance Advice

Electric Power & Performance Advice

For power-hungry 3D applications and heavier scale machines, is it better to generate the required watts with more amps or with higher volts? Let’s look at some real-world examples and see what’s going on behind the curtain. JOULE’S LAW The crux of the problem for high-current power systems is that power losses increase with the […]
Blue Thunder Returns!

Blue Thunder Returns!

“He’s out there … flying the most lethal weapon ever made: the Blue Thunder Special.” Remember this early ’80s movie that starred Roy Scheider flying a highly modified Aerospatiale Gazelle? This RC 1/4-scale version is the handiwork of French builder Eric Meaux, who created it from a Heli Factory kit. The 24kg heli is powered […]
Fighting Fires with UAVs

Fighting Fires with UAVs

Here’s a nice twist on the video-equipped quad copter: Chris Geiger and his UAV are helping firefighters in Fresno avoid danger! Here’s the scoop from CBS 47, and be sure to watch the video below. Hovering above the Scottsmen Apartments the dangers become clear. Charred beams and collapsed rooftops provide a maze of obstacles that […]
A Swiss Masterpiece

A Swiss Masterpiece

While the IRCHA Jamboree is best known for incredible 3D flying, there are also some outstanding scale models to be seen in the dedicated scale area.  This year there were some big and impressive scale models on display, but my personal favorite was a truly amazing Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King that was the handiwork of […]
Mind-control Helicopter?

Mind-control Helicopter?

With technology that brings the stuff of science fiction movies to life, scientists have been able to fly an RC quadcopter through an obstacle course using thought control! Check out the news and amazing video from the BBC: Researchers have harnessed the power of thought to guide a remote-control helicopter through an obstacle course. The demonstration joins […]
Fly Helis in 10 Easy Steps

Fly Helis in 10 Easy Steps

Flying model helicopters is exciting and fun and looks very easy, that is, until you try it. Unlike model airplanes, helicopters lack stability and must constantly be controlled in all the flight axis. The pilot must develop the reflexes to control it, and this takes practice and commitment. By following these 10 steps, you will be up in the air in no time.

Spektrum Radio Development [video]

Matt Micarri shares news about Spektrum’s new 7200BX heli receiver as well as the latest on Spektrum radios. [kaltura-widget uiconfid=”1727911″ entryid=”0_5irm1apw” width=”640″ height=”390″ addpermission=”” editpermission=”” /]
Throttle Setup Secrets

Throttle Setup Secrets

Starting with the throttle, let’s first take a look at the servo. There are those pilots who believe the throttle servo should be just as fast and powerful as those used on the swashplate so rapid throttle changes can be made for 3D flying. However, I am not of this belief for the following reasons. […]
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