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CHOOSING A MOTOR, SPEED CONTROL & BATTERY PACK: TAKING OUT THE MYSTERY

May 29, 2011 9 Comments

  A power system’s key components: brushless outrunner motor, ESC and battery pack. When matched and running efficiently, they produce a lot of power. For many, E-power is a sort of mystery, but we all know that it’s a clean, very quiet power source- attributes that appeal to many flying clubs whose members worry about [...]

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Fly The Blender

May 28, 2011 No Comments

Although the blender is one of the most dramatic 3D maneuvers, it actually predates 3D flight. I remember seeing variations of it done more than a dozen years ago, and it was even described in the manuals of some aerobatic-model kits that I designed for Midwest Products back in the mid-’90s. The basic maneuver existed [...]

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Charging at 2 or 3C, great electric tip

May 27, 2011 No Comments

Here is another good tip that comes from my friend Albert Tejera who own www.TMEnet.com. Albert is an enthusiastic flyer and just an all-around good guy. This tip for all you guys who fly electrics which is a lot of people. Remember never go more than 1C unless the battery manufacturer recommends it. How do [...]

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Slowest Blackbird flight

May 26, 2011 No Comments

This is a great story. “What was the slowest you ever flew the Blackbird?” Brian Shul, Retired SR-71 Pilot, via Plane and Pilot Magazine As a former SR-71 pilot, and a professional keynote speaker, the question I’m most often asked is “How fast would that SR-71 fly?”  I can be assured of hearing that question [...]

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SebArt WindS 110e is almost ready

May 23, 2011 No Comments

My SebArt WindS 110e is on the bench just waiting to fly.  This kit was a very quick build and the part fit was the best of any plane I have done before.  We are planning to take it out this week for photos and flight videos.   Stay tune for some flight shots and [...]

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You will soon see the Rhapsody in Electric Flight

May 20, 2011 No Comments

This review will soon be in the new issue of Electric Flgiht, going to newsstands soon. SPECIFICATIONS Name of plane:  E-flite Rhapsody 25 Manufacturer:  E-flite (e-fliterc.com) Distributor: Horizon Hobby Type: Sport Biplane Length: 39 in. Wingspan: 47 in. Wing area: 530 Sq. In. Weight: 4lbs 13.5 oz. Wing loading: 21 oz. sq./ft. Motor req’d: Power [...]

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Video Outtakes, sometimes it is hard to keep a straight face

May 19, 2011 3 Comments

Sometimes when you are shooting a video the unexpected giggles happens, I’m not saying it is pretty, it just happens.  When your crew is cracking up behind the cameras, it is very hard to keep a straight face. A brief history on the subject: <iframe width=”425″ height=”349″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/D1xqrdtJs8w” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

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The new AeroWorks Edge 30cc

May 19, 2011 No Comments

You will see this beauty in the next issue of Model Airplane News, but now you can get a glimpse of it.  Here are some Specs on it. Name of plane: Edge 540 Distributor: Aeroworks Type: 30cc Aerobatic plane Length: 70 in. Wingspan: 74 in. Wing area: 980 sq. in. Weight: 177 oz. Wing loading: [...]

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