Debra Cleghorn’s Blog

Bird on your six!

Jul 16, 2012 27 Comments

The video camera onboard this RC aircraft captured some extremely unusual aerial interaction. We’re not sure whether this bird just wants to take a ride or whether he wants to take the plane OUT! Watch this clip and decide for yourself.  (Extra credit if you can tell us what type of bird is in the video!)  

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Car of the future!

Jul 11, 2012 1 Comment

Dutch engineers have come up with an ingenious way to beat traffic — a car with helicopter genes! The vehicle can fly for up to 315 miles at speeds of 110mph. Add this to your wish list!

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UAV operators earn their wings

Jul 11, 2012 8 Comments

Remember learning how to fly RC? Maybe you used a buddy box or, like me, maybe you just had a very patient instructor (thanks, Gerry!). This article by Pamela Redford of the U.S. Army’s Public Affairs office in Fort Riley, Georgia, shows what it’s like for soldiers who are learning to operate and pilot Raven [...]

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Cat vs. helicopter

Jul 11, 2012 27 Comments

In this video pick of the week, a cat KOs a ‘copter (no animals or aircraft are harmed!). Watch it … it’s funny!  

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Flying a “heli bike”!

Jun 28, 2012 20 Comments

Here’s an amazing video of students at the University of Maryland and their human-powered helicopter.  This guy is really pedaling hard … guess that’s a natural “safety limiter”!   “Gammera II” currently holds the world record of 50 seconds for human-powered heli flight. The students designed and built it in an effort to capture the Sikorsky [...]

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The Marines’ new full-size, pilot-less helicopter

Jun 28, 2012 2 Comments

In this news story, Alex Healey of Flight International shares news of a new unmanned helicopter that will be used for delivery operations: Perhaps because purpose-built unmanned air vehicles have become a fact of life in the skies over Afghanistan, the introduction last December of a full-size helicopter, converted into an “optionally piloted” airborne delivery [...]

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X-37B Secret Space Plane Video

Jun 20, 2012 11 Comments

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned space plane returned to Earth last week after 15 months in orbit on a mystery mission! The Air Force released a video (below) that was partially shot in infrared. The X-37B landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base.      

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Win a Gorilla Glue Prize Package!

Jun 12, 2012 6 Comments

What are the last two things you glued together? Enter our Facebook contest and your innovative answer could win you this $50 Gorilla Glue prize package. Contest ends June 19, and winners will be chosen by the Model Airplane News editors. Good luck! www.Facebook.com/modelairplanenews [Please free to reply here, but remember that only responses on our [...]

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