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Flight Club: James May sets records with a balsa plane

Dec 24, 2012 20 Comments

James May of “Top Gear” fame has a series of shows called Toy Stories, and the latest edition features an RC plane that breaks a UK distance record! Here’s what the BBC has to say about the show, which you can watch in the video below. “In this epic Toy Stories Christmas special, James gets [...]

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LEGO DRONE!

Dec 21, 2012 5 Comments

Ed Scott, along with his sons Nicholas and Christoper, get the credit for this unique flyer! Equipped with a Go Pro camera, FPV video transmitter and even a GPS system, this Lego quadcopter is definitely not in the ”toy” category. Ed writes: My son kept asking me to attach lego things that they made to my GAUI 330x [...]

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Today in aviation history [VIDEO]

Dec 20, 2012 No Comments

On December 20th, 1943, in the skies above war-torn Europe, two men – an American B-17 bomber pilot (Charlie) and a veteran German fighter ace (Franz) – met in what became one of World War II’s most unusual encounters. The American’s bomber was severely damaged and his crewmen were wounded. The German’s fighter was poised [...]

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Meet Hexapod, the walking, flying robot

Dec 19, 2012 6 Comments

No surprise that this insanely cool creation comes from a company called “Mad Lab Industries!” A cross between a quadcopter and a hexapod, this awesome robot can walk, fly, pick up items and even show off some slick dance moves. Get the inside story from the Mad Lab guys below, and don’t miss the videos, [...]

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A UAV equipped with an arm!

Dec 12, 2012 7 Comments

DARPA just announced that they’ve successfully flown a UAV that’s equipped with a functioning robotic “arm”! In its stock configuration, the MLB V-Bat can take off, fly horizontally and then hover, tail-down, at its destination. Now equipped with the “arm,” it can move objects while hovering! Here’s the scoop from Gizmag‘s Ben Coxworth: “The DARPA [...]

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Drones to catch rhino poachers!

Dec 07, 2012 2 Comments

Google just announced plans to help the World Wildlife Fund buy drones that will fly over the endangered animals to take photos of poachers that can be used to catch and prosecute them. RC helps conservation … what could be better?

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RC Plane Program Helps Troubled Youth

Dec 05, 2012 3 Comments

We love this story about how the Rotors and Props Hobby Club in Grovetown, Georgia is helping troubled youth to “fly right” — pun intended. Just in time for the holidays, this  story by Valerie Rowell at the Columbia County News-Times will warm your heart. [Note: we're tracking down this hobby club so we can [...]

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Crash-resistant robot can roll or fly! [VIDEO]

Nov 29, 2012 1 Comment

This hybrid flyer dubbed “HyTAQ” from the Robotics Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology can fly over obstacles as well as roll on the ground when it’s too windy or to save on power. The quadcopter inside the cylinder is attached via shafts to the outer “wheels,” so it can roll in any direction.  Darren Quick of Gizmag writes: “With the quadrotors providing [...]

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