From the Flightline


California Vacation from an Aerial View

California Vacation from an Aerial View

More and more, RC enthusiasts are posting great aerial videos taken with helicopters and quadcopters. Here’s an awesome video posted by “Carlocivicsi” who shot it with his DJI phantom 1 which uses a dual battery setup for 12 to 13 min flight times. For fpv he uses an Immersion RC Uno Reeiver with the 13dbi […]
Amazing first flight: 20-foot-span B-25!

Amazing first flight: 20-foot-span B-25!

Just when you think you’ve seen a really giant, giant-scale plane, here comes a 1/3.3-scale B-25 Mitchell! Weighing in at 326 pounds, with a wingspan of 20 feet, this behemoth is powered by two 400cc Moki 5-cylinder radials and 35×13 carbon-fiber propellers. The big bomber has wood construction with fiberglass reinforcements and uses handmade retracts and 30 servos. Three Emcotec […]

Can two 700-class RC helis lift a woman off the ground?

Can two 700-class RC helis lift a woman off the ground?

This video from HeliGraphix may blow your mind. In it, a very brave (and strong!) woman is lifted off the ground by two Gaui X7 Megatron helis, each of which is powered by a Scorpion/Powercroco system running on a 4000mAh, 16S LiPo pack. According to HeliGraphix, maximum flight time at full power is just over […]
Giant F-14 Swing-Wing’s First Flight

Giant F-14 Swing-Wing’s First Flight

From our friend across the pond Tbobborap1, this video of the maiden flight of Mick Burrell’s 1/7.5-scale Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a must-see. Tbob notes that there are only two of these models in the UK and that this one is the first to fly, adding, “It was a beautiful sunny day with a reasonable […]

America the Beautiful: A Drone’s Eye View

America the Beautiful: A Drone’s Eye View

Warning: this video will make you want to stop whatever you’re doing and immediately plan a vacation to Arches National Park and the Southwest. Filmed by DTX Media’s stable of multi-rotors, this clip captures some of the most beautiful places in the U.S. A big shout out Jonny Carroll for creating this great video and […]
60% Bucker Jungmeister

60% Bucker Jungmeister

Wolfgang Rossegger’s 60% scale “Liesel Bach” is a scratch-built project that’s powered by a Moki 400cc engine. The 13-foot-span model weighs around 138 pounds.  This great video combines a picture perfect flight with footage taken from the plane’s wing; thanks to RCGiantScalePlanes for posting this on YouTube. You may notice a “knocking” sound from the engine at […]

AirMule: Flying Tank of the Future?

AirMule: Flying Tank of the Future?

We’ve never seen an air vehicle that looks like this! Reminiscent of something from the Batman movies, AirMule is the creation of Israel’s Tactical Robotics Inc., and it can fly by remote control or using autonomous control. Internal rotor blades allow this unusual aircraft to land in small and uneven areas, so it can evacuate […]
Georgia Model Aviators featured on PBS

Georgia Model Aviators featured on PBS

This must-watch video about the Georgia Model Aviators includes Model Airplane News contributors Jerry Smith and Pedro Sanchez! Atlanta’s PBS station, PBA30,  did a wonderful job  of showcasing what RC airplanes are all about, from ARFs to scale scratch-building, flying and even new technology like multi-rotors, First Person View and flight simulators. The club members were […]

Tour a medieval wonder of the world

Tour a medieval wonder of the world

You’re busy, and stressed, and still haven’t checked off all the names on your Christmas list. And that’s exactly why you should spend the next 2 minutes watching this video. Filmed by Cambridge Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, it shows one of their UAVs at work filming the inside and outside of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, England, one of the medieval wonders […]
Ultralight DelFly Explorer

Ultralight DelFly Explorer

Taking its design cues from microlight indoor RC flyers, this flapping-wing micro air vehicle can fly with complete autonomy in unknown environments! That means this 20-gram aircraft can take off by itself, then use its onboard 4-gram onboard stereo vision system to keep itself at the same altitude and avoid obstacles! Its sensing and processing […]
Fly like a … jellyfish?

Fly like a … jellyfish?

Leif Ristroph, an applied mathematician a NYU, created this unique aircraft, which weighs just 2 grams and is 8 centimeters in diameter. The aircraft’s four wings flap 20 times a second to keep it aloft. Half its weight is the motor, and for now the flying jellyfish is tethered to a power cord. The most intriguing part, though, […]
The Future of Naval Aviation is here Today!

The Future of Naval Aviation is here Today!

When it comes to using drones in the military, the US Navy doesn’t fool around! Claiming to have the best pilots (Aviators) on the planet, the US Navy also has the most sophisticated Drones now in military service. Or, soon to be. Far from the old “Shadow” twin boom UAVs that were caught in nets, […]
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