Debra Cleghorn’s Blog

Amazon’s “Delivery by Drone” … What do you think?

Dec 02, 2013 63 Comments

Everyone’s talking about Amazon’s proposed Prime Air “delivery by drone,”  which would get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. Amazon notes, ”Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.” Check out their footage [...]

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Fly like a … jellyfish?

Nov 26, 2013 1 Comment

Leif Ristroph, an applied mathematician a NYU, created this unique aircraft, which weighs just 2 grams and is 8 centimeters in diameter. The aircraft’s four wings flap 20 times a second to keep it aloft. Half its weight is the motor, and for now the flying jellyfish is tethered to a power cord. The most intriguing part, though, [...]

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Let’s give thanks!

Nov 26, 2013 5 Comments

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, our thoughts naturally turn to those items we couldn’t live without. Here’s a top 10 list of things of what the editors and contributors of Model Airplane News and Electric Flight appreciate having. What RC/modeling innovations are you thankful for?   Almost-ready-to-fly planes. Building is fun, but you’ve got [...]

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African Lions Meet RC

Nov 25, 2013 No Comments

OK, so this post is NOT about aerial photography, but it’s so very cool I had to share. “Car L,” an RC 4×4 buggy equipped with a Nikon D800E, drives up to a pride of lions, and this video is the result. The curious cats seem to enjoy their new playmate! Our thanks to ChrisMcLennan for posting [...]

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FPV drone lets a paralyzed man stroll outdoors

Nov 24, 2013 3 Comments

Multi rotors perform a lot of useful tasks, but here’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. Henry Evans, who has been paralyzed by a type of stroke, uses a quadrotor to navigate space. The aircraft’s FPV view allows Henry to look around a garden or take a stroll across campus and gives him greater accessibility to the [...]

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Volocopter: Man-Carrying Multi Rotor

Nov 21, 2013 7 Comments

This emission-free, environmentally friendly helicopter may be the rotorcraft of the future! Designed by German company e-Volo, it has 18 electric motors and can carry two people. After its ground-breaking test flights, the e-Volo managing director commented,  “Rich and incredibly quiet sound, absolutely no noticeable vibrations in the flight, convincing structure with a great, new spring [...]

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Amazingly Awesome Airliner

Nov 19, 2013 9 Comments

Check out  this 15-foot-long,  17-foot-span A-380 Airbus! Powered by four Jetcat P120 turbines, this aircraft consumes a gallon of fuel every 3 minutes! The magnificent model was filmed at a Swiss airshow. Thanks to RCHeliJet for posting this on YouTube.

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Black Hornet: micro flyer has a big job

Nov 14, 2013 1 Comment

This is serious RC! The Black Hornet nano drone, which can be carried in a soldier’s pocket, has an onboard camera that gives troops video and still images of hard-to-access places. Weighing only 16 grams (0.56 ounces), the Black Hornet looks like a tiny toy helicopter but it’s really a nano-size piece of military hardware.

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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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