Register with the FAA by January 21st to Save $5

Jan 19, 2016 No Comments

AMA members are now required by regulation to register their aircraft with the FAA to avoid federal enforcement and potential penalties. All Radio Control modelers must register aircraft weighing greater than 0.55 pounds online no later than February 19, 2016. The registration fee is $5. However, FAA is offering free registration when registering on or [...]

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Supersonic Scale Starfighter

Jan 14, 2016 12 Comments

Flown at the Jet World Masters competition, this 1/5-scale F-104N was built and piloted by Christophe Regnier. The 52.6-inch-span jet is built from a Skymaster kit, is powered by a Merlin 200 turbine and uses a Futaba radio for control. We especially like the touch-and-go and the drag chute that deployed on landing! Thanks to [...]

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News from the AMA Expo

Jan 11, 2016 7 Comments

We are back from attending the AMA Expo this weekend and we can say that we had a great time. Here are some snapshots we made over the weekend of some of the products that we thought were rather cool. If you didn’t attend this year, make plans for 2017 to be there.  

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Top Gun Free Flight Scale — A new competition category!

Jan 11, 2016 1 Comment

Well, we all have come to expect surprises from Frank Tiano, AKA the Father of the Top Gun Scale Invitational held each year at Lakeland, FL, and this year is no exception. For the 2016 event, Frank has added a serious Free Flight competition for anyone attending the event. These aren’t your every day Free [...]

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The newest 360-Degree Video Camera from Nikon.

Jan 08, 2016 No Comments

Fresh from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the new KeyMission 360 from Nikon is the first action camera that shoots 360 degree video in 4K. The 360 captures video from two lenses, (one on each side of the tiny camera case), with the image sensors facing both directions placed in between. The setup [...]

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Oops! Crash Compilation Video

Jan 06, 2016 12 Comments

It happens to the best airplanes, and these cringe-worthy crashes (and near-miraculous saves!) are a reminder to all pilots and spectators that there are no guarantees at the flying field. Thanks to RCScalePlanes for this compilation video.

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Master Modeler Workshop: Masking & Spraying

Jan 06, 2016 9 Comments

Join one of the UK’s master modelers, Phil Noel of Pinnacle Aviation, as he preps, masks, and spray-paints a 1/4-scale MiG-15. Thanks to Pete and Dean Coxon for filming Phil as he explains his techniques so we can all pick up a few tips! Stay tuned for a video of Phil adding the silver coat [...]

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Land Like a Pro

Dec 31, 2015 5 Comments

We’ve all heard the old adage, Takeoffs are optional; landings are mandatory. Bringing a plane back to the ground safely is a pilot’s top goal. Unfortunately, one of the hardest maneuvers for an RC airplane to perform is the landing, and it is the first one that we pilots must learn to perfect to keep [...]

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