In Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, BP conducted pilot testing of a UAV to enhance pipeline inspection and safety. Equipped with high-resolution cameras, the Aeryon Scout VTOL UAV provides visual inspections of equipment, helping crews assess and respond to maintenance needs. The small rotor-wing aircraft is flown from a hand-held tablet computer. Check it out!
It’s a new year; don’t you deserve a new plane? How about a giant-scale airliner ARF that’s guaranteed to wow the crowd? This 4-engine, 169-inch-span plane comes covered in Oracover and has a bolt-on, two-piece wing for easier transport and field setup. Don’t think you can fit the 157-inch-long fuselage in your trailer? No worries: it comes in [...]
Airplanes on the workshop floor always seem to catch “Hangar Rash.” Organizations is a great way to keep the our of harm’s way. Aviation modelers are an eclectic group coming from all walks of life. Once we conquer the basics of flight we tend to acquire a variety of aircraft varying in type or style as [...]
It had been a while since I updated you all with my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane project so here we go. This 1/3-scale project really is an easy build, when you break everything down to it basic assembly tasks. I started roughly in October and I began the project by building the tail surfaces including [...]
A very handy device to keep in your field box, the ProTek R/C Prodigy “Takecharge” USB charging adaptor allows you to power up or charge a variety of USB powered products using a 2S to 4S LiPo/LiFe/LiIon battery, regardless of whether or not you have access to AC power! The TakeCharge accepts 2S, 3S or 4S [...]
After an idea came up late 2008 a small group of Multiplex funs came together in Hungary for a small contest. Rules were simple and clear: same planes (Easy Star, Easy Glider) were allowed to compete in two simple events: time gliding and gate race. The uniformity of the planes assured the contestants having the [...]
South Korea unveiled its latest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is the world’s fastest and also the world’s first remote-controlled aircraft capable of taking off and landing vertically. The aircraft has “tilt rotors,” meaning its rotary wings tilt, giving it a helicopter-like capability to vertically take off and land when its wings are facing upward, and [...]