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Paul Tradelius


Flight Safety: 8 Must-Know Tips

Flight Safety: 8 Must-Know Tips

Although helicopters have spinning rotor blades, they are no more dangerous than airplanes or any other form of RC. However, there are lessons to be learned that we can apply to our flying to improve safety in general. As an example, I heard about a pilot who was flying a helicopter in the backyard after […]
Improve Your Hovering – Continued

Improve Your Hovering – Continued

The final area to improve your hovering is to make corrections immediately when you see a need for them, which will require a control correction by you before the helicopter ever moves out of the desired hover position. As an example, to transition from a hover to forward flight the nose of the helicopter must […]
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Improve Your Hovering – Continued

Improve Your Hovering – Continued

It may seem the expert pilots are so good because of all their practice, and that level of proficiency can only be reached after many months, if not years, of practice. Part of this is true in that good hovering does require practice, but it’s also important to understand how to practice. Certainly your customers […]
AR7200BX 7CH DSMX Flybarless Control System by Spektrum

AR7200BX 7CH DSMX Flybarless Control System by Spektrum

Flybarless helicopters have become, and will continue to be, the wave of the future for our hobby. Combining lightweight, lower parts count, ease of setup and improved flight control are just a few of its benefits. And now Spectrum has combined their 7-channel DSMX® receiver with a BeastX, 3-axis MEMS stabilization system into a single […]
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Improve Your Hovering

Improve Your Hovering

    One of the problems very common in hovering (as well as when learning to fly formation in full scale airplanes) is that the pilot does not notice the need for a correction until the helicopter has moved, and then an overcorrection is required. As an example, let’s compare two identical helicopters in a hover, […]
Improve Your Hovering

Improve Your Hovering

Having the helicopter properly maintained and setup is a vital part to any phase of helicopter flight, and I assume this has already been accomplished.  What remains are some of the advanced techniques to use when hovering. But before we get into actual hands-on hovering techniques, I think it’s important to discuss the basic principals, […]
Color-code your transmitter

Color-code your transmitter

Sometimes it’s difficult to remember which switch controls which function–especially when you have more than one brand or model of transmitter. Try placing fuel tubing of different colors on the switches to designate their function. I use “green for go” for idle-up, “red for stop”  for engine cut, purple for throttle hold and blue for […]
The ProTek R/C True Glow

The ProTek R/C True Glow

With the ProTek R/C ”TruGlow” Remote Glow Igniter System you can leave your old glow plug battery in the field box because the “TruGlow” uses your receiver battery to power the glow plug in your airplane or helicopter. This not only makes it easier to start your engine, but can also be setup to help […]
The ProTek RC Transmitter Case

The ProTek RC Transmitter Case

Everybody loves getting a new radio system, but unfortunately that could also mean the additional cost of a new radio case to protect that fancy new radio. Enter the ProTek R/C Universal Radio Case where the minds behind ProTek R/C have developed an all in one solution that will allow you to use a single radio case […]
O.S. GT15HZ: New Gas Engine

O.S. GT15HZ: New Gas Engine

Many years ago we tried using Zenoah gas engines in our helicopters, but there were several problems we could not overcome. First, they were not designed to be used in helicopters. Rather, they were designed for some type of commercial operation, such as powering a small blower. This meant they were unbalanced, so they had […]
The TACTIC TTX650 Radio

The TACTIC TTX650 Radio

You may be familiar with the TACTIC  “Any Link” module that allowed you to turn your transmitter into a 2.4 GHz radio to operate any Tx-R model. Now they have come out with their TTX650 full function 6-channel transmitter that is also compatible with all SLT receivers and Tx-R aircraft. This economical transmitter is powered […]
Getting Ready to Hover

Getting Ready to Hover

Using the pitch angles I presented in my previous blog, it’s now time to practice hovering, and this is what all the building and planning have been for – to see a little light under those skids. However, this is also the time you will have to be very careful, and patient, because there is […]
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