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Paul Tradelius


IRCHA Turbine

IRCHA Turbine

This is Bill Pirschel of Mt Sterling, KY wrenching on his 30 pound Odyssey Turbine. Although turbine helicopters are quite expensive we’re starting to see more of them because of their reliability and in flight performance. Bill custom-made the rotorhead, tail rotor and frame and is using a Jakadofsky turbine producing producing 6 ½ hp.
IRCHA Scale

IRCHA Scale

Look at the smile on that face. This is Wayne Mason of Radcliff, Ky with his ultra life-like AH-64 Apache in 1/7th scale. This helicopter is 7 1/2 feet long and weighs 32 pounds, and is more scale and tricked out than the real one. Each pilot salutes and moves his head in sync with […]
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MKS Metal Servos

MKS Metal Servos

Thomas  Cooke is the North American distributor for MKS servos, and was busy showing off his new line of high-performance servos. The HBL950 is their cyclic servo with 0.10 speed and a torque of 229 in-oz at 7.2v. Their HBL 980 is their tail rotor servo with a blazing speed of 0.036 seconds and a […]
Many New Products at IRCHA

Many New Products at IRCHA

Mike Jankowski and Lyle Jagger are from Nankin Hobbies out of Farmington, Mi and are the US distributors for Compass Model helicopters. Here they are showing off their new Warp 360, which is their 450 size entry helicopter. This is a shot inside the HeliProz tent. They carry a full line of helicopters and associated […]
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Justen Jee at IRCHA

Justen Jee at IRCHA

Justen Jee from Dumont, NJ is 10 years old and flies like a professional for Thunder Power batteries. His dad tells me when he was three years old he would be on the helicopter flight simulator for hours at a time. Justen started flying radio controlled airplanes at three, and helicopters when he was 3 […]
New KDA Innovo Helicopters

New KDA Innovo Helicopters

Henry Caldwell is a KDS company pilot and is showing off their new line of Innovo helicopters. Here he’s holding the new Innovo 550, but they have a complete line of helicopters from 450 always up to 700. Note the high quality carbon frames, easy access battery location and servos mounted directly under the swashplate […]
IRCHA Setup Clinics

IRCHA Setup Clinics

IRCHA is known for helping and encouraging pilots of all skill levels, and offers helicopter clinics throughout the day. Most of the major helicopter companies and distributors hold clinics to help pilots better understand and use their products, and all products in general. Here is a picture of the Thunder Tiger clinic explaning setup techniques, […]
Jim Ryan’s Self Designed Counter Rotating Helicopter

Jim Ryan’s Self Designed Counter Rotating Helicopter

Jim Ryan of Cincinnati, OH desided he wanted to try something different, so he designed and made a counter rotating helicopter, the with rotor blades intermeshing. Both heads use a 5 degree coning angle, and a Beast X coupled with a Digi’Mix 3 for stabilization. Jim has 4 test flights on this machine, and it […]
IRCHA Scale – Joe’s Agusta 109

IRCHA Scale – Joe’s Agusta 109

Joe Sauers Sr. is from Kingston, NY, and has been flying scale since 1978 with a Kavan Jet Ranger. He is his Agusta 109 using a Skookum 720 for control and 2 X 5000mah 6s battery packs. Joe loves scale, but admits it’s a labor of love for all the work involved. First he had […]
IRCHA Friday – Bill’s Odyssey Turbine

IRCHA Friday – Bill’s Odyssey Turbine

All the clouds and rain we had yesterday turned into a perfect Friday for flying helicopters. Clear blue skies with just a few clouds, a light wind and low humidity. It could not have been better. The day started off with Bill Pirschel of Mt Stering, KY, and his 30 pound Odyssey Turbine helicopter. Bill […]
IRCHA – JR NEX E8

IRCHA – JR NEX E8

This is Hiroki Ito (on the right) from Japan with his JR NEX E8 with new 3-blade rotor head. He is the 4 time World F3C Champion, and is experimenting with the 3D capabilities of multi blade rotors. And from I can see from the performance of the E8, we are going to see a […]
2012 IRCHA

2012 IRCHA

Last year I was fortunate enough to report on the 2011 IRCHA Jamboree for this magazine, and I started my article by saying “If it’s hot and the middle of August, it must be time for the annual AMA Helicopter Nationals and IRCHA (International Radio Control Helicopter Association) Jamboree, both of which are held at […]
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