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XFC Bound!

Jun 01, 2011 No Comments

We are heading out to Muncie IN to cover the Extreme Flight championships (XFC).  This is a great event that features some of the top airplane and helicopter pilots from around the country and abroad.  This is three solid days of freestyle performances from the best pilots around.  Check back here all weekend long for our [...]

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Huck Fest, Aerobatics at its best

Jun 01, 2011 No Comments

Over the weekend I attended the first annual Huck Fest held at my local field, the Victor Valley Flyers.  This event was a gathering of guys that wanted to show off their abilities and just have a blast.  If you never been to one these, I would recommend making a trip for it. It is [...]

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Battery Tip, out at the field

May 31, 2011 No Comments

Here is an image of how the battery power plug is made. As you can see it is a rather simple set-up and easy construction with some wire and two female and one male Dean’s plug.  There is wire going across the pull plug to make the connection, but if you want less sticking out [...]

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SebArt WindS 110 is in the air!

May 30, 2011 No Comments

Well, this was a good weekend; I got to fly the SebArt WindS 110!  I have to say that it flies great, very smooth with good control throughout all the maneuvers I put it through. This is just a fun plane to fly.  Look for my complete review on this aircraft in the September issue [...]

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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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