On the Day in Aviation History — February 15

Feb 15, 2012 No Comments

2008 The USAF Air Combat Command (ACC) clears all its grounded F-15A/B/C/D fighters for flight pending inspections, engineering reviews and any needed repairs. ACC also recommended release of other U.S. F-15A/B/C/D aircraft. After a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C had come apart in flight and crashed on 2 November 2007, The USAF grounded all F-15 [...]

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Kit Plane Build-along — Florio Flyer 60 Continued

Feb 14, 2012 5 Comments

Well we now have a total of about 3 to 4 hours into the build and the wing and tail surfaces are all finished and ready for cover. As a roundup, I changed the wing to use 2 aileron servos, and replaced the solid wingtip blocks with built up ones. The wing came out really nice [...]

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Road to Top Gun Update: P.J. Ash’s Martin Baker MB.5

Feb 14, 2012 3 Comments

From Lexington, KY, P.J. Ash is entering a rather different plane this year.  It is called a Martin Baker MB.5 and it was the last aircraft the Martin Baker Company produced before building and introducing the ejection seat. P.J. built his impressive aircraft using from scale 3-views.  It spans 97 inches and the fuselage length is 102 [...]

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E-flite UMX MiG EDF

Feb 13, 2012 No Comments

Quique Somenzini shows us the E-flite UMX MiG micro EDF at the 2012 Nuremberg Toy Fair. It’s amazing flying capabilities and scale realism make this little EDF a winner! Watch the video in the player below.

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Budget Quadcopter: Blade mQX

Feb 12, 2012 2 Comments

The combination of highly efficient LiPo batteries and electric motors, together with improved micro electronics, have made the new “quad” line of helicopters a practical option for the average pilot, and the new Blade mQX from Horizon Hobby is the latest entry in this exciting field. The Blade mQX is fully assembled, with a 4-in-1 DSM2 [...]

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GIANT Electric Airbus A400M, with parachutists!

Feb 12, 2012 17 Comments

They don’t get much bigger than this! Check out this huge, 13.5-foot-span Airbus at a European airshow. The 92.5-pound RC model uses four Hacker motors producting 6000 watts and has two radio systems with 18 total servos. Build time was 6 years. Watch the entire video and you’ll see an in-flight view of the parachute release, and the landing [...]

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The Radio Control Show 145

Feb 10, 2012 No Comments

Check out this week’s episode of The Radio Control Show where we learn how to do the descending rolling harrier with world champion pilot John Glezellis. Don’t forget to like us on FACEBOOK!

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The Road to Top Gun 2012 — Scale RC Aviation at its Best! — Updated

Feb 10, 2012 3 Comments

Each year, Model Airplane News gives its readers and web visitors a sneak peek at some of the amazing airplanes that will be competing at the annual Top Gun Scale Invitational. Hosted each year by it creator, Frank Tiano, the 2012 Top Gun event will again be held at the Paradise Field near Lakeland Linder [...]

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