Paul Tradelius’s Blog

Skookum’s New GPS Unit

Aug 21, 2012 No Comments

Here is Branden Taylor, Robert Ramsey and Art Vanden Berg of Skookum Robotics with their new SK-GPS, which is an addition to their flybarless flight control systems. This GPS system will allow your helicopter to autonomously hold a specific position and altitude, which is adjustable while flying. Also, should you get disoriented while flying it [...]

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A Nice Lineup of Helicopters

Aug 21, 2012 No Comments

When I saw this lineup of helicopters outside one tent I knew there was a group of real helicopter enthusiasts inside. Here is Ron Hughes, Mike Hamilton, Don Opplinger and Darren Berkey, and “friend”, all from the Wellsvillem KS area who belong to the Eagles Associates Kansas City Club and Franklin County Fliers. They wanted [...]

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IRCHA Setup Clinics

Aug 21, 2012 No Comments

One of the main IRCHA attractions is being able to talk with company representatives and pilots about their products, helicopter setup and flying techniques. This is the Thunder Tiger and Futaba Setup Clinic, which is one of the many clinics that were held throughout the Jamboree, where they welcomed pilots using any brand of helicopter [...]

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Scratch-built Counter-Rotating Helicopter

Aug 21, 2012 2 Comments

IRCHA also brings some interesting self-designed projects to marvel over. This is Jim Ryan from Cincinnati, OH with his counter rotating and inter meshing prototype helicopter. Jim not only designed this helicopter, but also made all the CNC parts, including the gears. He’s using a Spektrum receiver with Beast X and Digi-Mix 3 for control [...]

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IRCHA Turbine

Aug 21, 2012 No Comments

This is Bill Pirschel of Mt Sterling, KY wrenching on his 30 pound Odyssey Turbine. Although turbine helicopters are quite expensive we’re starting to see more of them because of their reliability and in flight performance. Bill custom-made the rotorhead, tail rotor and frame and is using a Jakadofsky turbine producing producing 6 ½ hp.

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IRCHA Scale

Aug 20, 2012 1 Comment

Look at the smile on that face. This is Wayne Mason of Radcliff, Ky with his ultra life-like AH-64 Apache in 1/7th scale. This helicopter is 7 1/2 feet long and weighs 32 pounds, and is more scale and tricked out than the real one. Each pilot salutes and moves his head in sync with [...]

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MKS Metal Servos

Aug 20, 2012 No Comments

Thomas  Cooke is the North American distributor for MKS servos, and was busy showing off his new line of high-performance servos. The HBL950 is their cyclic servo with 0.10 speed and a torque of 229 in-oz at 7.2v. Their HBL 980 is their tail rotor servo with a blazing speed of 0.036 seconds and a [...]

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Many New Products at IRCHA

Aug 20, 2012 No Comments

Mike Jankowski and Lyle Jagger are from Nankin Hobbies out of Farmington, Mi and are the US distributors for Compass Model helicopters. Here they are showing off their new Warp 360, which is their 450 size entry helicopter. This is a shot inside the HeliProz tent. They carry a full line of helicopters and associated [...]

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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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