Paul Tradelius’s Blog

Dual Eyewear Sunglasses

Sep 27, 2012 No Comments

Dual Eyewear (dualeyewear.com) has a complete line of sunglasses for those of us who also have a need for reading glasses. Their Dual X12 with white rim is a nice sport pair, while their Dual FP-2 Polarized has extended side and brow area. This is especially nice while flying because now I can turn my [...]

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SKS IRCHA Heli Jamboree Video

Sep 27, 2012 No Comments

The 2012 IRCHA Heli Jamboree is now available on video from SKS Video Productions. Recently held at the AMA National Flying site in Muncie, IN this is the largest helicopter gathering in the world, with over 1,000 registered pilots. If you are into helicopters, this is the place to be to see not only the [...]

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Getting To Know Your Engine – Part 3

Sep 24, 2012 No Comments

Basic Carburetor Operation – The engine uses a carburetor to mix the incoming air with fuel to obtain the proper mixture to support combustion. Although there are many different carburetor designs, the most common is the TN (two-needle) type that uses both a main and idle needle valve (NV) to adjust the fuel mixture, together [...]

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Exclusive! Align T-Rex 700E

Sep 19, 2012 2 Comments

In this economy we are all looking for a helicopter that is the best combination of quality, performance and value. Enter the T-Rex 700E DFC Super Combo by Align. This new T-Rex 700 E is the culmination of everything Align has learned about helicopters, and incorporates new design features to improve performance, reduce parts count [...]

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DuelEyewear Sunglasses

Aug 28, 2012 1 Comment

When I would go to the flying field I would always have to bring two pair of glasses. Sunglasses were needed to fly in the bright sunlight, but I also needed reading glasses for close-up work on my helicopter. However, I could never find my reading glasses when I needed them. It seems they were [...]

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Getting to Know Your Engine – Part 2

Aug 28, 2012 No Comments

Throttle Adjustments – The throttle pushrod connects the throttle servo to throttle lever on the carburetor, and its adjustment is critical to the proper performance of the engine. The following steps will provide full power at full throttle, a reliable idle with the throttle sick at idle and the idle trim in its mid-range position, [...]

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KBDD International

Aug 23, 2012 No Comments

Laura and Dick Cook of KDD International are showing off their line of tail rotor blades and landing gear. The new 130 main blades are available in six different colors and the new 112 mm tail rotor blades have a metal reinforced grip and are designed for lower tail speeds on 700 size helicopters. They [...]

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Bergen R/C Helicopters for Commercial Camera Operation

Aug 23, 2012 No Comments

This is Chris Bergen, of Bergen R/C Helicopters, proudly displaying his Twin Observer camera ship. This is powered by two Zenoah G-26 engines that Chris redesigned and engineered into a single twin cylinder engine. With plenty of power to lift almost any commercial size camera or video equipment, it has a flight time of three [...]

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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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