Debra Cleghorn’s Blog

Secrets to Inverted Flight

Jan 11, 2013 12 Comments

Nearly all aerobatic maneuvers involve some segment(s) of inverted flight, so to keep progressing, you need to develop proficiency with inverted flight. To start, let’s do away with the often repeated reference to the elevator being reversed when the plane is upside-down. It is that kind of thinking that causes people to become confused and [...]

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Alaskan UAVs inspect BP pipeline [VIDEO]

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments

In Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, BP conducted pilot testing of a UAV to enhance pipeline inspection and safety. Equipped with high-resolution cameras, the Aeryon Scout VTOL UAV provides visual inspections of equipment, helping crews assess and respond to maintenance needs. The small rotor-wing aircraft is flown from a hand-held tablet computer. Check it out!

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Is it a UFO or RC?

Jan 08, 2013 2 Comments

Check out this aircraft! Made by UAV manufacturer Aesir and called “Vidar,” this portable craft is designed to provide surveillance and situational awareness inside buildings and in confined spaces. It’s LiPo batteries provide up to 15 minutes of flight time. It weighs 400g and is capable of carrying a 100g payload.

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Super Constellation: Biggest ARF ever?

Jan 08, 2013 18 Comments

It’s a new year; don’t you deserve a new plane? How about a giant-scale airliner ARF that’s guaranteed to wow the crowd? This 4-engine, 169-inch-span plane comes covered in Oracover and has a bolt-on, two-piece wing for easier transport and field setup. Don’t think you can fit the 157-inch-long fuselage in your trailer? No worries: it comes in [...]

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Supersonic Scale: RC Concorde

Jan 03, 2013 16 Comments

The full-size Concorde set world speed records, flying from New York to Paris in less than half the time of conventional airliners. This huge twin-turbine version was recently flown at Panoramaflugtag 2012 in Ohlsdorf, Germany, where it impressed onlookers with its speed and performance. Thanks to YouTube’s Klaus Enser for posting this video!

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World’s Fastest UAV: 248mph!

Jan 03, 2013 3 Comments

South Korea unveiled its latest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is the world’s fastest and also the world’s first remote-controlled aircraft capable of taking off and landing vertically. The aircraft has “tilt rotors,” meaning its rotary wings tilt, giving it a helicopter-like capability to vertically take off and land when its wings are facing upward, and [...]

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Coolest hand-launch EVER!

Dec 27, 2012 10 Comments

So you think gliders aren’t cool? This video will change your mind! Love that hand-launch technique & “inverted J-flip”!! This was posted by PGTS on Vimeo and sent to me by Dave Garwood. PGTS comments, “Enjoying Laurac and its great landscapes on this early morning, I tryed the new way of taking-off initiated by Steve Lange… [...]

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“Burrito Bomber” UAV delivers dinner!

Dec 25, 2012 3 Comments

Hungry? This drone is ready to deliver dinner to your doorstep.  A team of designers at Darwin Aerospace recently built the “Burrito Bomber,” a UAV outfitted with a release mechanism and autopilot controls, so it can take food orders and air drop them at a person’s location within minutes. Here’s the scoop from Gizmag: Using [...]

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