Debra Cleghorn’s Blog

World’s smallest man-carrying helicopter

Apr 02, 2012 7 Comments

In this video, 75-year-old Gennai Yanagisawa of Matsumoto, Japan, flies onboard his 165-pound aircraft, which set the world record for the smallest helicopter. Rumor has it that not long after this video was taken, the heli crashed into a building and Mr. Yanagisawa was in the hospital for 6 months.  How much would you pay for a [...]

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Must see video: man flies by flapping his arms/wings?

Mar 21, 2012 31 Comments

Full disclosure: after we put the newsletter together, the man who created this video announced that it was a hoax. It’s still a great video, though, and we hope this won’t stop other aspiring “bird men” from taking to the sky with flapping wings! Original post: You’ve probably heard of Jet Man, the guy who [...]

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Crazy Slope Aerobatics

Mar 07, 2012 12 Comments

Think gliders are, well, boring & technical? You’ll change your mind after watching this amazing YouTube video created by Jean-Marc Zuliani (jmzuliani on YouTube). This glider is equipped with a GoPro camera for a “from the cockpit” view and the aerobatics it does will blow your mind! The scenery alone was enough to make me want to head [...]

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Keeping RC Planes Airborne

Mar 01, 2012 No Comments

Model Airplane News reader Paul Rogers recently sent me a note with some commonsense suggestions on ensuring that the FAA maintains its support of RC aircraft. I agree with all of his suggestions and thought it would be worthwhile to share his letter with you: It’s just an opinion, but the FAA people are in [...]

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RC aircraft carrier–in flight!

Feb 28, 2012 50 Comments

This year’s E-Fest indoor event had dozens of unique planes and helicopters, but this flying, sheet-foam RC aircraft carrier takes the cake! Powered by four downward-thrust electric motors, the carrier allowed micro helicopters and planes to take off mid-air. This great video was shot by Peter McKay.  

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Scenic flight or dangerous stunt?

Feb 23, 2012 88 Comments

One pilot’s creativity and innovation is another’s idea of a accident waiting to happen. Do you think this video is entertaining and fun, or a terrible idea that will eventually get RC airplanes banned? Watch it and then join the discussion!  

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GIANT Electric Airbus A400M, with parachutists!

Feb 12, 2012 17 Comments

They don’t get much bigger than this! Check out this huge, 13.5-foot-span Airbus at a European airshow. The 92.5-pound RC model uses four Hacker motors producting 6000 watts and has two radio systems with 18 total servos. Build time was 6 years. Watch the entire video and you’ll see an in-flight view of the parachute release, and the landing [...]

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A squadron of tiny quadcopters: must-see video!

Feb 06, 2012 5 Comments

Picture this: a nano quadcopter that’s fast and agile. Then multiply it by 20, and imagine this tiny squadron flying in formation, performing tasks and doing aerobatic maneuvers–together. In a video from the GRASP Lab of the University of Pennsylvania, air vehicles developed by KMel Robotics put on an amazing show. I promise that this [...]

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