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Engine tech: the “pinch test”

Sep 19, 2012 2 Comments

After you’ve set your main needle valve, idle your engine. It should slow down to a smooth idle and then accelerate quickly as the throttle is advanced. If the idle mixture needs adjusting, use the following “pinch test.” With the engine at idle and one hand holding the rotor head, pinch the fuel line and [...]

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Horizon Air Meet: Up close with Matt Chapman

Sep 12, 2012 No Comments

The first ever Horizon Air Meet was held last weekend at the Sanford, Maine regional airport and in addition to nonstop RC jet and heli flying and an off-road RC car race, spectators were treated to a spectacular noontime air show featuring professional airshow pilot Matt Chapman! Matt took some time out before the show to tell us about his [...]

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Horizon Air Meet Video Highlights

Sep 12, 2012 No Comments

The first ever Horizon U.S. Air Meet may be over, but we’re already looking forward to next year! The Air Meet had it all: jets, helicopters. off-road racing, onsite hobby store, great food and an incredible midday demo show that featured professional airshow pilot Matt Chapman. Check out this highlights video and you’ll understand why [...]

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Pearl Harbor’s Historic Runway to be Covered with Solar Panels

Sep 12, 2012 20 Comments

We recently learned of the U.S. Navy’s plan to cover Ford Runway with solar panels and surround it with a 7-foot-high-fence. Please read the position paper from the indepently operated Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor and, if you agree with us, I hope you’ll add your voice to the outcry by signing the petition here. Ford Island [...]

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$65 million Raven contract

Sep 11, 2012 3 Comments

If you have stock in AeroVironment, you’ll be happy to hear this news: the company  just announced that it received $16.4 million in funding from the U.S. Army for a projected $65.8 million contract to include RQ-11B Raven systems, new miniature gimballed payloads and spare parts packages. The  Raven is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor [...]

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Horizon Hobby Air Show video coverage

Sep 05, 2012 No Comments

Check out the action at the Horizon Hobby Air Show

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HOW DO YOU MAKE WING-TO-FUSELAGE FILLETS?

Sep 05, 2012 2 Comments

Expert scale designer and builder Nick Ziroli answers: Instead of adding the fillet after the wing and fuselage are built, I make the shape of the fillet areas as part of the fuselage formers themselves. This requires having at least the wing center section built and attached to the fuselage, but to make sure the [...]

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Master the Elevator Flip

Aug 22, 2012 1 Comment

Although flips seem easy, doing them correctly and smoothly can be quite challenging. Flips and tumbles are a critical element of many 3D maneuvers. Start by very slowly flying the heli forward. Push forward or backward on the elevator as you smoothly and slowly reduce pitch. As the heli goes thorugh vertical (nose straight up [...]

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