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MASTER THE CUBAN-8

MASTER THE CUBAN-8

Sometimes it’s good to get back to the classics. Whether its movies, music, dancing, or aerobatics, there’s a reason why certain genre-defining films, songs, steps, or maneuvers withstand the test of time and become classics. The Cuban-8 is one of those classic maneuvers that will always amaze and please. It is a mixture of symmetry, […]
My new racer

My new racer

Here is my latest Viper 500, ready for the next quickie race. In the March Issue of Electric Flight I will talk about how to use this spray on paint to create new designs over MonoKote and Ultra Coat. This is the first spray paint that I found that you can apply over covering material […]
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Tips & Tricks: Shine On! [November]

Tips & Tricks: Shine On! [November]

Shine On: To get rid of hazy, dull finishes on your covering, use a wash/wax-in-one spray.  I prefer Meguiars Ultimate Quick Detailer but Turtle Wax and others will work just as well.  The spray gets rid of fingerprints, removes haze from oils and cleaners, and removes bugs and grass stains.  Just spray it on and […]
Scale Bell 206L LongRanger

Scale Bell 206L LongRanger

This great-looking heli is the handiwork of Matthew Jenner, who flew it at the UK’s Enysford Scale Day earlier this month. Thanks to YouTube’s Ivansmith6 for this nice footage.
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Need to charge your phone? Call a quadcopter!

Need to charge your phone? Call a quadcopter!

This latest news from Extreme Tech comes from Sebastian Anthony and, if you’ve ever searched desperately for an empty wall socket at an airport, it’s the answer to your prayers! “The University of Nebraska’s NIMBUS Lab has developed unmanned quadcopters that can fly around and wirelessly transmit power to devices. Ostensibly these UAVs have the […]
Engine tech: the “pinch test”

Engine tech: the “pinch test”

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 […]
Horizon Air Meet: Up close with Matt Chapman

Horizon Air Meet: Up close with Matt Chapman

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 […]
Horizon Air Meet Video Highlights

Horizon Air Meet Video Highlights

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

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

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 […]
$65 million Raven contract

$65 million Raven contract

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 […]
Pilot Projects: PBM Martin Mariner [October 2012]

Pilot Projects: PBM Martin Mariner [October 2012]

PBM Martin Mariner: This was a six-month, built-from-scratch project from plans by Keith Sparks.  The fuselage and wings are foam construction and are covered with fiberglass.  The plane is powered by two 4-stroke Magnum .52 engines and weighs approximately 20 pounds.  Roger writes, “This is my second scratch-build, and I have been able to learn […]
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