Debra Cleghorn’s Blog

Red Bull Cobra Turbine Heli

Feb 20, 2013 1 Comment

Check out Josef Schmirl’s 81-pound Red Bull Cobra masterpiece! Billed as the world’s largest RC heli, this turbine-powered machine sports incredible scale detail, including moving pilot figures that drink Red Bull! Thanks to YTschim for posting a YouTube video of this magnificent machine.

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Multi-rotor with vectored thrust!

Feb 14, 2013 4 Comments

This unusual flying machine has two motor control: the upper motor pivots for pitch and the lower provides roll control. Pitch control is pendulum style, with the weight below the pivot point, and yaw is controlled by motor speed. Thanks to experimenter Matthew Wellington, who posted this video of his interesting creation on YouTube!

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Smartphone-controlled paper airplane!

Feb 14, 2013 7 Comments

PowerUp Toys takes the ubiquitous paper airplane to new heights! Last year, they introduced an electric conversion kit that can propel a paper airplane and this August they plan to offer a control system so that you can control it with any Bluetooth-equipped smartphone! Free airplane templates, inexpensive ($14) electric power systems and the upcoming [...]

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Degrees in RC: colleges offer drone pilot classes

Jan 30, 2013 4 Comments

Randal Franzen was 53, unemployed and nearly broke when his brother, a tool designer at Boeing, mentioned that pilots for remotely piloted aircraft – more commonly known as drones – were in high demand.  Franzen, a former professional skier and trucking company owner who had flown planes as a hobby, started calling manufacturers and found [...]

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$49 “personal” UAV with voice control

Jan 30, 2013 7 Comments

The UAV is built around an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, features 1 GB of built-in RAM, an SD card slot, and is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled. …The idea is that when users wanted to shoot videos of themselves, they could just launch the UAV by hand. It would then hover in front of them, streaming video to [...]

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Battle-ready Blackhawk

Jan 25, 2013 3 Comments

This gorgeous scale Blackhawk MH-60K Night Stalker is a custom build from Hajimefactory.com. It’s based on an Align T-Rex 500 chassis and a scale four-blade rotor head. Check out the video of this beauty in flight — it looks exactly like the real deal!

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NOVA’s “Rise of the Drones”

Jan 24, 2013 No Comments

If you missed the premiere showing of this TV documentary last night, you will definitely want to add this to your DVR’s to-do list so you can catch it the next time it airs! Here’s the scoop on the program direct from NOVA: “Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense, [...]

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eBee: a $12,000 Foamie (!)

Jan 23, 2013 11 Comments

Equipped with eMotion 2 software, this all-foam UAV from senseFLY can follow a preprogrammed flight path or switch over to live pilot navigation, and it can even land by itself thanks to its integrated ground sensor and the ability to run its motor in reverse. This 37.8-inch-span model sports detachable wings, so it and its gear will fit in a [...]

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