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Model Airplane Screwdrivers Are Not All the Same!

Nov 15, 2017 15 Comments

If you have ever put together a European or Asian model you have probably experienced the need to have access to a “Phillips” head screw driver.  I do a lot of mechanic work on my farm and I am a big fan of Craftsman tools.  But even if you do use quality tools these American […]

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Weight and Balance: Find the CG the old fashioned way

Jun 14, 2017 4 Comments

Setting up a plane for your first flight is a critical step. Most of us fiddle with stuffing all the electronics into the fuselage and then placing it on the center of gravity (CG) stand.  If we are wrong, we move some things around and try it again hopefully getting it right through trial and […]

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Hitec’s New HS-8360TH, HS8370TH and HS-8380TH

Jun 29, 2012 Comments Off on Hitec’s New HS-8360TH, HS8370TH and HS-8380TH

Just got this press release from Hitec and wanted to pass it along. HS-8360TH, HS-8370TH and HS-8380TH The high resolution and response of our new HS-83XX series of servos brings the “wow” factor to your plane, heli and car. Designed with an efficient coreless motor, the industry’s leading titanium gear train and 7.4 volt capability, […]

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Beat the heat: remember your density altitude!

Jun 28, 2012 Comments Off on Beat the heat: remember your density altitude!

I have discussed this before, but as the summer heats up, let me refresh or provide you some information on Density Altitude.  When we fly in high temperature and humidity conditions we effectively increase the altitude of runway elevations and with that our stall speeds increase.  All of a sudden that ever so difficult to […]

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Servo City and the Hitec HTS-Voice

Jun 21, 2012 Comments Off on Servo City and the Hitec HTS-Voice

Thought I would pass along something from the newest Servo City flyer.  What got my attention was the Hitec’s HTS-Voice is on sale. Designed to fit on the handle of all Hitec radios, this system audibly provides telemetry data via speakers or earphones. The HTS-Voice takes Hitec’s telemetry accessories to the next level of convenience […]

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Sullivan offers Marcy Jones’s Wheel Chocks

Jun 21, 2012 1 Comment

Avid NortheasternRC enthusiast Marcy Jones invented the chocks in 2003 and has been testing and perfecting them ever since.  Sullivan Products had the smarts to recognize a good product when they saw them.  These are designed to provide maximum safety and security for your plane during transportation, conserve space in trailers, trucks and vans, enhance storage efficiency, […]

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Paralight’s Powered Paraglider Lineup

Jun 16, 2012 1 Comment

If you are like me, you love flying lots of different planes and configurations.  I got my first chance to fly a powered paraglider doing some infrared biomass photography from a large paraglider.  That plane was all electric with nearly five pounds of battery necessary to power cameras, downlinks and motor. Paralight Aviation The Paralight […]

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Booma RC’s Microprocessor 3-Stage Fail-Safe Ignition Switch

Jun 13, 2012 Comments Off on Booma RC’s Microprocessor 3-Stage Fail-Safe Ignition Switch

The Australian Booma RC has designed and now made available a 3-stage fail-safe ignition switch for gas powered models.  Referred to as Iggy, a microprocessor controlled optically isolated switch with 3 stage ignition protection. Iggy features a high intensity blue LED to give exact feedback to the user. Here is how the 3 stage safety system […]

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Booma RC’s Intelliswitch V2

Jun 13, 2012 Comments Off on Booma RC’s Intelliswitch V2

Booma RC’s innovations for high performance and demanding giant scale pilot configurations includes the Intelliswitch V2. This extensively designed switch includes: Dual Bat (Battery redundancy), Dual Battery Voltage Monitor, Dual Battery mA Usage Monitor, Flight Timer, Flight Counter and Temperature monitor. Intelliswitch Features: – Microprocessor control – of 2 x independent high powered digital switching […]

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Booma RC’s Wallaby Switch with Battery Voltage Monitoring

Jun 13, 2012 Comments Off on Booma RC’s Wallaby Switch with Battery Voltage Monitoring

Booma RC is an Australian company offering a broad range of products for the RC community. Check them out at: http://www.boomarc.com/ Among their many offerings is the Wallaby Switch.  This unique product is capable of controlling and monitoring the power from your receiver battery through a digital microprocessor.  It is produced in both a single […]

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RedconRC’s 9 Channel 2.4 GHz. Receiver in DSM2/DSMX Compatibility

Jun 08, 2012 1 Comment

Redcon has produced a DSM2/DSMX compatible receiver with satellite.  The nine channel receiver provides maximum configuration of dual servo applications were necessary.  Included in the package is a wireless interface cable that allows one to fly several simulators with  your own transmitter through the receiver and into the simulator.  Power is provided to the receiver […]

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Corona’s Digital High Voltage Servos

Jun 08, 2012 Comments Off on Corona’s Digital High Voltage Servos

Corona has released a line up of high voltage servos to meet the demands of LiPo, LiFe and LiIon batteries.  Those high voltage output batteries extend flight time and better meet the demands of discriminating modelers, but do not work well with normal 4.8v – 6.0v servos.  While voltage regulation does work well, allowing onboard […]

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A frequent contributor to Model Airplane News and Electric Flight, Dr. Dave is a true RC enthusiast with over 40 years of flying experiences as well as a private pilot license. He flies and writes about everything from ornithopters to giant-scale aircraft, building and flying an average of 20 planes a year.

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