Incredible RC Dragonfly!

Mar 30, 2013 9 Comments

The engineers at Festo, the same folks who designed the amazing SmartBird, have now created a four-winged dragonfly they call “BionicOpter.” Here’s the scoop from their website and don’t miss the video of the dragonfly in flight below! With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like [...]

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Florida Jets with SKS Video Highlights

Mar 29, 2013 No Comments

Our buddy  ScottStauffer shares some of the action from the 2013 Florida Jets event held in Lakeland, Florida. Model Airplane News contributor Rich Uravitch was also on hand taking photos and shooting video interviews at this amazing all-jet aircraft extravaganza! We also have amazing action and close up photography from Ace Camera Guy David Hart. [...]

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Solar-powered quadcopter!

Mar 28, 2013 1 Comment

A team of masters students from the Queen Mary, University of London is hoping to develop the world’s first photovoltaic multi-copter. Dubbed “Solarcopter,” the team’s creation is a solar powered remote controlled helicopter-prototype designed for multipurpose applications. “The Solarcopter was inspired from the love of flight, and the urge to do something different for the [...]

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Jolly Green Giant Hawk at Florida Jets

Mar 28, 2013 No Comments

More Florida Jets video insight! This time Rich Uravitch interviews Joey Tamez with his inpressive giant BAe Hawk. Custom built by Shulman Aviation for Joey, the Jolly Green Giant Jet is built from a Tomahawk kit and is powered by a JetCat P200 turbine! Joey was also the 2nd place winner at the 2012 Top [...]

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MLB Super Bat UAV [VIDEO]

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

The MLB Super Bat is a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has mission capabilities found only in larger UAVs. The Super Bat is a complete UAV System that can operate autonomously, deliver high quality video imagery, and can be transported in a small SUV. The aircraft operates autonomously, has a 10-hour maximum duration, and [...]

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Andy Kane’s SIAI Marchetti SF-260

Mar 27, 2013 5 Comments

There are more than just pointy nose blow it out the back jets at the annual Florida Jets event. Rich Uravitch caught up with Andy Kane of CARF-Models who was flying his impressive Marchetti SF-260 turbo prop! With a wingspan of 112 inches and a length of 93 inches, the beautiful turbo prop powered aircraft [...]

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Turbine Powered Biplane at Florida Jets w/video

Mar 26, 2013 10 Comments

You just never know what you are going to find on the flightline at the annual Florida Jets event in Lakeland Florida. Hosted by Frank Tiano the father of the Top Gun Scale Invitational, Florida Jets brings together the cream of the crop from the Jet and turbine engine industries! Model Airplane News contributor Rich [...]

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New human-powered helicopter design

Mar 25, 2013 2 Comments

With a frame made of 6061 T6 aluminum, a 1:1 gear ratio and stacked rotors with a carbon0-fiber spar, this 15-pound “micro” helicopter is the latest design competing for the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize! Here’s the scoop from Gizmag:   Last September, the Gamera II team from the A. James Clark School of Engineering got so [...]

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