Fly better with flight modes

Aug 09, 2012 15 Comments

Flight modes are used in many different disciplines of flying, such as jets, pattern, IMAC and scale, just to name a few.   But what exactly are they and how do you use them?  In this video, our West Coast Senior Editor John Reid will explain what they are and how you can use flight modes [...]

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The future of flight?

Aug 08, 2012 23 Comments

On August 8, 2012, this aircraft flew for the first time at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California.  Called the “X-48C,” this is a scale model of of a heavy-lift, subsonic aircraft that has a blended-wing body. During its first flight, the remotely piloted plane flew for nine minutes [...]

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12 Aerobatic Setup Tips You Need to Know

Aug 08, 2012 2 Comments

Once you master basic RC flight and start progressing to bigger, faster and more maneuverable airplanes, aerobatics start to enter your aviation mindset. Sure, anyone can pull back on the stick to perform a loop, but what’s really needed to become a skilled pilot is understanding how to execute maneuvers properly and how to fly [...]

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Love those warbirds!

Aug 08, 2012 11 Comments

This video from Airailimages.com highlights 20 awesome warbird flights  from the recent EAA Airventure Fly-In. It’s only 2.5 minutes long (and you deserve a fun break!). Bonus points for identifying all of the aircraft in the video!

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Martin Irvine and his Awesome Aviatik—with video!

Aug 07, 2012 7 Comments

At a recent fun-fly event at the Kingston RC Club in Kingston, Ontario, I ran into my old flying buddy and Model Airplane News contributor, Martin Irvine, who had brought with him a recent project he had just finished. Now Martin is known for picking unusual designs and his latest efforts, a 1917 Aviatik D1 [...]

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Q&A – Battery Voltage & Performance [VIDEO]

Aug 06, 2012 No Comments

This week’s question comes from Tom in Big Bear Lake, CA. He writes: “I understand that the more Milliamps I have in my battery will give me more flying time. But will the voltage on the battery make any difference in how the plane flies?”

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The Radio Control Show 170

Aug 03, 2012 1 Comment

It’s time for another episode of The Radio Control Show! This week, we answer a question on voltage vs. flight performance, take a look at the world’s fastest electric plane, and much more. See the full video in the player below.

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Master the Three-turn Negative Spin

Aug 02, 2012 3 Comments

In this video we examine the key control inputs in executing the three-turn negative spin. Because this is a negative spin you will bring the plane into the maneuver inverted at a fairly high altitude. You then decrease throttle and add enough elevator to maintain altitude so the plane stalls.  Although it looks hard, you will soon [...]

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