Debra Cleghorn’s Blog

Editor pick: WW II Scale Aircraft Drawings

Nov 21, 2012 No Comments

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Whether it’s for the flightline caller who always has your back or your club’s engine expert who fixed your finicky 2-stroke, WW II Scale Aircraft Drawings is an ideal present. With 37 aircraft 3-views, accurate color and markings and cross-sections, airfoils and engine and landing gear details, this book [...]

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Drone pilots: how to combat boredom

Nov 19, 2012 2 Comments

How do drone pilots stay alert during 12-hour missions, especially considering that they’re in a control room while the UAV they’re piloting can be hundreds of miles away? This Gizmag article by David Szondy shares how MIT researchers are looking into ways to combat pilot boredom during long drone flights: The saying that “war is [...]

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Sukhoi enters the UAV industry

Nov 19, 2012 No Comments

News from Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi, famous for their aerobats and jets: Sukhoi, which has historically designed fighter and ground attack aircraft but now also builds some civil aircraft, is part of UAC, a holding covering most of Russia’s aircraft industry. “UAVs are a strategic avenue for development for UAC, and Sukhoi is focused on [...]

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News update on the human-powered heli [VIDEO]

Nov 16, 2012 3 Comments

If you’ve enjoyed the short clips I’ve shared on the University of Maryland students and their Gamera II human-powered helicopter, you’ll appreciate this news story and interview that gives more details on the heli’s construction as well as how they recruited their “meat motor” pilots (their term!).

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RC Dragonfly Spycraft [VIDEO]

Nov 14, 2012 8 Comments

This micro UAV can fly and hover using its four-wing design. The brainchild of engineers at Georgia Tech, the TechJect Dragonfly is 6 inches long, weighs around 25 g (0.88 oz) and is powered by a 250mAh lithium polymer battery that provides hover times of 8-10 minutes and a hybrid (hover/flight) time of 25 to [...]

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Veteran’s Day: Thank You

Nov 09, 2012 2 Comments

Our sincere thanks to all military veterans, whether they’re active duty, retired, reservists, National Guard, National Air Guard and more. You are the backbone of these United States, and we appreciate all that you have sacrificed for God and country. Happy Veterans Day.  

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See the Space Station without a telescope

Nov 05, 2012 12 Comments

How cool is this?  To celebrate the 12th anniversary of astronauts living and working on the International Space Station, NASA is launching a new service to alert people when they can see the orbiting lab from their backyard! Sign up at Spot the Station and they will email or text you with a few hours’ [...]

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Full-size heli saves RC plane

Nov 05, 2012 22 Comments

Not only is this video fun to watch, it will make you feel good about humanity as well. In it, a pilot in a full-size helicopter saves an Hangar 9 P-51. Thanks to Failz4fun for posting it and to contributor Rich Uravitch for bringing it to our attention. (Note: this video contains language inappropriate for children.)

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Executive editor About me: I’m a publishing professional who has a passion for aviation and RC, and I love creating issues, books and a website that help RC pilots to enjoy this sport even more. I admire scale aircraft and enjoy the convenience of flying smaller electrics.
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