Paul Tradelius’s Blog

New RealFlight 6 Simulator

Nov 09, 2011 No Comments

Simulators do exactly what their name implies. They simulate. This means they are not true to life, but very close. At least has been the case until now. The Great Planes RealFlight 6 R/C Flight Simulator with Interlink Elite Controller and Heli Mega Pack with 47 Extra Helicopters is as close to real flying as [...]

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Back from vacation – LiPo care

Oct 28, 2011 No Comments

I spent the last few weeks in San Fran visiting my son and granddaughter – who just turned one yesterday. As you can imagine, she is the apple of my eye, and so close to walking. I was so hoping she would walk while I was there – but no such luck. But any day [...]

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Converting the Pantera P6 to a flybarless head

Sep 27, 2011 No Comments

The new Pantera P6 flies just great the way it is – with the standard flybar. However, flybarless operation does offer some distinct advantages, so after talking to John Beech at Audacity Models, I decided to convert the stock head to flybarless operation. The first problem was the short distance from the blade grip ball [...]

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Thunder Tiger Redline Hi-Flow 3D High Performance Muffler

Sep 20, 2011 No Comments

One of the latest offerings from Thunder Tiger is their new Redline 56H engine, which I have been using with Rotor Rage 30% Masters Blend fuel. One of the setup techniques I have been using is to break-in the engine with a slightly rich needle valve setting to give a head temperature of 150 – [...]

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New Futaba SBE-1 S.Bus PWM Adapter

Sep 12, 2011 No Comments

The new Futaba SBE-1 S.Bus PWM Adapter (FUTM4194) is now available, and can be used with virtually any receiver to experience S.Bus simplicity. This unit converts input from up to 10 channels into a single S.Bus output, making it instantly compatible with with S.Bus programmable servos and the new CGY750 Flybarless Control 3-Axis Gyro.  Also [...]

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Frenzy 90 Flight Tests

Aug 31, 2011 2 Comments

Initial flight testing of the Frenzy 90 was delayed because of my attending IRCHA, obtaining some support equipment and bad weather here in Florida. However, I was able to get out to the flying field yesterday for some initial flights, and I’m very impressed. I used RotorRage 30% Master’s Blend fuel in the OS 90 [...]

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Nitro tuning tips

Aug 27, 2011 1 Comment

I think this is a subject that comes up periodically, especially among helicopter pilots. This is because nitro engines on airplanes are much easier to adjust since the needle valves can be adjusted on the ground. However, in helicopters we have to make an initial adjustment to the needle valves and then see how the [...]

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IRCHA Friday – my last day

Aug 12, 2011 No Comments

It doesn’t seem as if I have been here for the better part of 3 days because there has been so much to see, and so many people to talk with. And, unfortunately, this has to be my last day, so I’ll be missing all the weekend fun and excitment of the The One and [...]

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About the author

A regular contributor to Model Airplane News, he is also the columnist for our “Rotor Speed” helicopter column. Paul has been flying RC helicopters since the early ‘80s and now enjoys all types of rotary machines, including scale and aerobatics, and he continues to experiment with modifications to improve performance.
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