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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Justen Jee from Dumont, NJ is 10 years old and flies like a professional for Thunder Power batteries. His dad tells me when he was three years old he would be on the helicopter flight simulator for hours at a time. Justen started flying radio controlled airplanes at three, and helicopters when he was 3 [...]