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Degrees in RC: colleges offer drone pilot classes

Degrees in RC: colleges offer drone pilot classes

Randal Franzen was 53, unemployed and nearly broke when his brother, a tool designer at Boeing, mentioned that pilots for remotely piloted aircraft – more commonly known as drones – were in high demand.  Franzen, a former professional skier and trucking company owner who had flown planes as a hobby, started calling manufacturers and found […]

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ROCKY RIDES AGAIN! Bet you can’t watch this video without laughing out loud! Hilarity ensues when an unsuspecting squirrel gets into the cockpit of an RC plane! Thanks to YouTube’s Hobbywars for producing and posting this nicely done piece, complete with terrific “in-air” footage of Rocky in flight. INDOOR AIRLINER The biggest indoor flier we’ve […]
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Your Guide to FPV Antennas

Your Guide to FPV Antennas

Welcome to the wonderful world of antennas, its language and culture; to the aperture family (effective and scattering), the lobe family (main, side, back, and grating); to beam widths, directivity, and gain. Antennas are three-dimensional and live in a world of beam area, steradians, square degrees, and solid angle. Antennas have impedances (self and mutual). […]

Model Airplane News Trivia Contest Rules

OFFICIAL RULES. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ENTRANTS MUST BE 18 AND OLDER. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, ENTRANTS AGREE TO ACCEPT AND BE BOUND BY ALL TERMS OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES (“OFFICIAL RULES”). WINNERS THAT HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED MUST RESPOND […]
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Now these things are starting to look like RC planes

Now these things are starting to look like RC planes

Now that Drones look like RC planes, I guess the only area that can be improved is in the flying software.  This latest release is really cool and it is unbelievable (and scary) just how exact drones can be program to fly.   MAVinci will show new UAS Flight Planning Software features at INTERGEO MAVinci […]
Desert Aircraft engine powers new Raytheon UAV

Desert Aircraft engine powers new Raytheon UAV

Did you ever imagine that the DA engine that you use on your latest project is also being used by military drones? Check out this story from David Whichner for the Arizona Daily Star. The story doesn’t mention the power system, but our friends at Desert Aircraft have confirmed that the Pyros uses a DA […]
Micro Quadcopters: Killer Robots?

Micro Quadcopters: Killer Robots?

We liked this piece by Slate’s technology columnist, Farhad Manjoo. His article is subtitled, “Quadcopter drones are amazing and cute and will probably destroy us all.” Read on for Farhad’s interesting take as well as video of a micro quadcopter recital as well as a quadcopter “blooper” reel. It was way back in May 2010 that […]
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