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Best in the West Jet Rally

Oct 23, 2014 2 Comments by

Over this last weekend the Best in the West Jet Rally had its 25th event in Buttonwillow, CA.  This event drew in over 130 Pilots from all over the country and the world.  One of the many outstanding jets at this event was Barry Hou’s (Pasadena, CA) outstanding Skymaster F-14.  This great looking warbird had [...]

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Easy Custom Pushrods

Oct 01, 2014 7 Comments by

Many kits are made to precise standards, and this includes the pushrods. They are perfect for the recommend servos, but when using servos that have the output arms in a different location, those included pushrods may not work as well. This happened to me, and it meant that I needed to make up my own [...]

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What telemetry can do for you

Sep 02, 2014 No Comments by

Receiving real-time information about the state and functioning of your airplane during flight enables the RC pilot to make informed decisions therefore contributing to overall safety and peace of mind. The current generations of radios provide various sorts of telemetry information such as speed, RF Quality, battery capacity, RPM altitude and much more depending on [...]

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Where should you put a smoke tank?

Jul 25, 2014 No Comments by

This tip comes from my friend Albert Tejera who owns TME. Albert is an enthusiastic flyer and just an all-around good guy. Many new RC smoke users wonder if they should balance their airplane with the oil tank filled or empty? Generally we recommend that the tank be placed as close as possible to the [...]

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Go Discover, looking at the world from above

Jun 19, 2014 2 Comments by

We got the chance to test out the new Go Discover airplane wing from Hobby king.  This wing already has a GoPro mount in the front nose ready for your GoPro camera. If you ever wanted to get a different view of the world, this is the plane that will do it for you. check [...]

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Pop Your Top with this great move

Jun 05, 2014 2 Comments by

We are very fortunate to have Jason Benson explain this rather cool move, the  Pop Top. This maneuver just requires some stick timing and the willingness of the pilot to repeat it until it becomes second nature. Jason offers up some tips that make learning this move a little easier.  This is a great turnaround [...]

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Fly the Blender

May 13, 2014 1 Comment

Although I enjoy all aspects of RC aircraft, I truly enjoy aerobatics. Often, people who are just getting into aerobatics ask me how to perform some of the most difficult maneuvers out there and become discouraged when they can’t succeed. I tell them that one aerobatic maneuver builds on another. For example, you can’t build [...]

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Mastering the Hover – Pro Tips

May 07, 2014 No Comments

Everyone enjoys either hovering or watching somebody hover their aircraft, it’s one of those moves that is done close to the ground and is impressive to watch.  But if you never hovered a plane before it can be quite intimidating to figure out how to do it.  But fear not, we have our ace pilot, [...]

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