Farewell to Ric Vaughn

Sep 14, 2012 1 Comment

The aeromodeling world lost one of its best September 1 when Ric Vaughn, longtime E Nats CD and driving force behind the SEFF electric fly, succumbed to cancer.  Internet modeling forums were quickly swamped with tributes and farewells to one of the best-liked guys at any flying event.   I got to know Ric in [...]

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Horizon Air Meet: Up close with Matt Chapman

Sep 12, 2012 4 Comments

The first ever Horizon Air Meet was held last weekend at the Sanford, Maine regional airport and in addition to nonstop RC jet and heli flying and an off-road RC car race, spectators were treated to a spectacular noontime air show featuring professional airshow pilot Matt Chapman! Matt took some time out before the show [...]

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Chatting with Mike McConville at the US Air Meet

Sep 12, 2012 No Comments

While covering all the great action at this event, we ran into Mike McConville on the flightline. Mike was prepping his new turbine powered jet for another flight so we asked him to give a quick report about this Horizon Hobby centric event, the special demos and his impressive BAe Hawk.  

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Pearl Harbor’s Historic Runway to be Covered with Solar Panels

Sep 12, 2012 20 Comments

We recently learned of the U.S. Navy’s plan to cover Ford Runway with solar panels and surround it with a 7-foot-high-fence. Please read the position paper from the indepently operated Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor and, if you agree with us, I hope you’ll add your voice to the outcry by signing the petition here. Ford Island [...]

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Ali Machinchy at the Horizon US Air Meet

Sep 11, 2012 3 Comments

Ali Machinchy is always one of those pilots you can count on for flying something intersting, exciting and entertaining! Ali is most often seen and better known in the hobby industry as an accomplished demo Pilot. A true showman through and through, Ali performed at flightline central at the US Air Meet with an impressive T-tailed all composite [...]

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$65 million Raven contract

Sep 11, 2012 3 Comments

If you have stock in AeroVironment, you’ll be happy to hear this news: the company  just announced that it received $16.4 million in funding from the U.S. Army for a projected $65.8 million contract to include RQ-11B Raven systems, new miniature gimballed payloads and spare parts packages. The  Raven is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor [...]

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Flightline Highlights at the Horizon US Air Meet

Sep 11, 2012 No Comments

Well, it’s true. A picture is worth a thousand words and at the Horizon US Air Meet in Sanford, ME, many of the planes would leave you speechless. Here’s just a small sampling of the eye-candy that was on display! Enjoy! No lack of smiles on the flightline! Say Cheeze!!!

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Three times the Action at US Air Meet

Sep 10, 2012 No Comments

When you have a great pilot, you have a great flight, but when you have three awesome showmen then you have an airborne party!!! Part of the demo flights was a triple formation presentation by Horizon pilots, Quique Somenzini, John Glezellis and Seth Arnold. Quique, the lead pilot flew his impressive giant scale Beast biplane [...]

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