Drone Search & Rescue

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments

Multi rotors aren’t just useful for spy missions and getting great photography. In this emergency drill, the Roswell Flight Test Crew works with the local fire department in Eugene, Oregon to help save lives. Their mission is to assist firefighters in conducting a Hasty River search in a training scenario: a man floating down the river [...]

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Monster Planes Sneak Peek — Snapshot from the Flightline

Oct 30, 2013 1 Comment

At the Paradise Field flying field in Lakeland, FL lweekend, the 12 O’clock High/Monster Planes RC event was an amazing success. MAN contributor Rich Uravitch was on had to cover the action and we’ll be featuring this great event in the next issue of Model Airplane News. Here are just a few pix from Rich’s [...]

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Remember reed radios?

Oct 30, 2013 32 Comments

Raise your hand if you remember the days of single-channel, escapement RC! According to the poster, “This model uses a 45-year-old radio control system (Futaba F-66) that only controls the rudder using a rubber band powered clockwork mechanism.  The radio has one button which you press in the correct sequence to get right, left , [...]

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Magnificent Waco YMF-5 Biplane — Video Interview

Oct 30, 2013 3 Comments

Mitch Epstien has been building and flying giant scale planes for many years and he has been a successful scale competitor competing at Top Gun for several years. One of Mitch’s favorite airplanes is his 1/3-scale Waco YMF-5 biplane built from the AMR laser-cut kit. Featured on the cover of Model Airplane News (December 2010), [...]

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Mastering Inverted Flight

Oct 30, 2013 1 Comment

Flying inverted can be tricky, but veteran pilot (and full-scale aerobatic instructor) Aaron Ham shows how it’s done in this video, which he made while reviewing the Aeroworks 30cc Ultimate Biplane. One of the most important tricks is to figure out how much forward stick pressure your particular aircraft requires to maintain forward level flight. Check it out! [...]

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Tora, Tora, Tora! — RC Japanese Zero you can Build

Oct 30, 2013 2 Comments

Expert scale designer,  builder and flyer, Mark Rittinger is a busy guy. Adding to his extensive series of electric powered RC WW2 warbirds is his newest creation, the infamous Japanese A6M3 Model-22 Zero. This construction article will be featured in a future issue of Model Airplane News complete with detailed photos and complete building plans. [...]

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Workshop Secrets — Scale Windshield Fairing Strips

Oct 30, 2013 3 Comments

When you install a clear plastic windshield or canopy, the way you attach it to the model, or the way you treat the attachment seams has a lot of affect on the model’s overall scale appearance. This technique can be used on with many scale models from racers and open cockpit biplanes, to J3 Piper [...]

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The future of drones

Oct 29, 2013 3 Comments

In this great TED talk, Patrick Egan of Skyborg UAV Aerial Photography shares his thoughts about the positive potential of drones, from improving agriculture to cell tower inspections and more. He notes that although drones have gotten a lot of bad press, especially for their use in surveillance and in war zones, we should re-examine this technology and how [...]

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