Top 10 Plane Posts of 2015

Dec 30, 2015 6 Comments

It’s time for the top posts of the year! Here, in descending order, are the top stories from 2015, ranked by their number of views. Missed one? Just click on the photo or title to go to the original post.  And as we send the last newsletter of 2015, we want to thank the folks [...]

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5 Simple Shop Tips

Dec 30, 2015 13 Comments

Simple tricks are the best, don’t you think? These tips may not change your life, but they will make your time in the shop easier and more enjoyable. Send your tip to and you could win an assortment of Bob Smith Industries glue (plus worldwide accolades &  fame, of course!).   SMOOTH THAT OLD IRON Have [...]

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How to take great photos and video with your rotordrone

Dec 29, 2015 2 Comments

With the ever increasing popularity of drones and multi-rotors, aerial photography has gotten a big shot in the arm. Serious camera drones now outnumber your typical RC airplanes equipped with sport cameras to get that bird’s eye view. I have been flying several of the larger GPS equipped quadcopters and one of the newest is [...]

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How to: Get the Stars-and-Bars right

Dec 23, 2015 4 Comments

If you are one of many modelers who acquired an ARF-type model of an American airplane, the chance that its star-and-bar markings is correct is about one in 10. It’s sad but true. Among models built by usually careful modelers and displayed at meets, like the Toledo Show and Joe Nall, the situation is somewhat [...]

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British Bomber Formation Flight

Dec 23, 2015 3 Comments

You don’t often see an RC Vickers Wellington at a fly-in, let alone five giant-scale versions of the twin bomber flying in formation! At a recent RC airshow at the East Kirby Airfield in Lincolnshire, in the UK, Pete and Dean Coxon captured the RC aircraft on video, noting that the gusting 25mph winds made [...]

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Drone Nearly Hits World Cup Skier

Dec 23, 2015 17 Comments

At the World Cup in Italy last night, a camera drone crashed just behind skier Marcel Hirscher during a slalom. Race director Markus Waldner told The Associated Press that drones will be prohibited “as long as I am responsible …. because they are a bad thing for safety.” The unmanned flying object carrying a TV camera [...]

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Traxxas Aton Camera Quad

Dec 22, 2015 No Comments

From Traxxas: Aton is your personal video assistant that captures stunning aerial footage in a way that is easy and fun, without the need for any specialized skill or experience. Aton is sporty and smart, practically flying itself with auto take off and simple, intuitive directional control. You simply direct Aton towards your subject and [...]

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AMA Update to FAA Registration

Dec 18, 2015 5 Comments

Hold Off On Registering Model Aircraft On Wednesday, December 16 the AMA Executive Council unanimously approved an action plan to relieve and further protect our members from unnecessary and burdensome regulations. This plan addresses the recently announced interim rule requiring federal registration of all model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing between 0.55 and [...]

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