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Unbelievable Quadcopter Light Show

Sep 05, 2012 3 Comments

A world-record swarm of 50 quadcopters put on this nighttime air show in Linz, Austria as part of an open-air, multi-media concert, and you really have to see it to believe it! Gizmag‘s Darren Quick writes, “The aerial display was put together by a team from Austria’s Ars Electronica Futurelab and Germany’s Ascending Technologies GmbH. [...]

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Update! Human-powered heli breaks ground effect

Sep 05, 2012 12 Comments

When we last reported on the University of Maryland students and their impressive Gamera II machine, they had only managed to get few feet off the ground. In this latest video, Gamera II gains 8 feet in altitude using just its pedaling passenger for power! Here’s the scoop, as reported by Claudine Zap of Yahoo’s [...]

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Fantastic F-84 ‘Flash

Aug 29, 2012 10 Comments

This 9-foot-long F-84F Thunderflash is Brian O’Meara’s latest creation, and it’s the only RC model F-84F flying in the world! Brian spent two years building the jet from a made-to-order Phantasy in Blue kit from the Netherlands and modeled it after Foto Fanny, a photo-reconn aircraft that had six cameras in its nose. The model is powered by [...]

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Marines add an “RC” class to Camp Lejeune

Aug 29, 2012 15 Comments

Camp Lejeune, NC, is adding a new class to its roster: learning to launch, pilot and recover Group 1 assets, which are aircraft that weigh less than 20 pounds, typically fly below 1,200 feet and have missions that last from 45 minutes to 2 hours. They include  RQ-11B Raven, Wasp, RQ-20A Puma and RQ-16B T-Hawk. [...]

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Really BIG RC planes, part 2

Aug 29, 2012 16 Comments

My post on Greg Hayfield’s 87% Pitts Python generated nearly 100 comments last week, from admiration to disbelief that someone would build and fly such a huge RC plane. Dave’s father Greg added to the discussion and shared that in the UK, large-scale RC aircraft  (over 20kg, or 44 pounds) are subject to stringent inspections during the build [...]

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RC to the rescue!

Aug 22, 2012 7 Comments

Meet EMILY, an RC lifeguard! It looks like a buoy but is actually a small watercraft fitted with a flotation device. It can travel at speeds of up to 22mph and reach swimmers in distress more quickly, and sometimes more safely, than a human lifeguard. Check out the video!  

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Monster Scale: 87% Pitts Python

Aug 21, 2012 109 Comments

Get out of the way, ’cause that plane wants to FLY! The handiwork of father-and-son team Dave and Greg Hayfield, this monster 300+ (!) pound aircraft is powered by a 650cc Hirth engine spinning a 68-inch, 3-blade carbon-fiber prop. Hitec 805BB, 25kg servos are used throughout: 8 on the ailerons, 4 on the elevators, 2 [...]

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Watch this RC plane fly by itself!

Aug 09, 2012 2 Comments

Robotics engineers at MIT were able to program this plane to fly by itself in a parking garage, at speeds of up to 22mph, for almost 3 miles while it came within centimeters of obstacles! Anyone who’s ever flown in a tight space indoors will appreciate this amazing video. From the MIT news office: For decades, academic [...]

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Model Airplane News 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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