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Old-School Flying Boat

This terrific video features legendary designer/builder Ivan Pettigrew flying one of his very popular float planes, the Short Solent 400. Powered by four GWS Speed 400 geared motors (remember those?!), it can fly for over 15 minutes on eight 3,000mAh NiMH cells. Videographer TripleThreatRC writes, “I was invited to visit the Chilliwack Electric Flyers Club to check […]
Paraglider Wing Power 2.7/3.67m

Paraglider Wing Power 2.7/3.67m

From Esprit Tech: You are looking for an accurate wing that reacts to the smallest input? This wing will exceed your expectations. After the huge success of its little sister the Power 1.1, our customers were eager to possess a bigger wing similar features to the Power 1.1/2.36m. As the Opale Paramodels team has always […]
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How to: Keep Your Power System Cool

How to: Keep Your Power System Cool

The art of temperature management Airplane engines and power systems have needed cooling since the beginning of powered flight, and our electric-powered RC planes are no different. Electric motors generate heat through wire resistance and other types of losses. A battery’s internal resistance, while small, can generate damaging heat as the battery supplies current to […]
Bat-Safe — Double-wall LiPo Charging Container

Bat-Safe — Double-wall LiPo Charging Container

I know from personal experience how much smoke, fumes and fire can be produced when your charger malfunctions and over charges your LiPo battery pack. It is just too easy to become complacent and take LiPo packs for granted. I was lucky and nothing was damaged and no one was hurt by my little surprise, […]
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LiPo Battery Packs — Understanding the Numbers

LiPo Battery Packs — Understanding the Numbers

Often while flying giant scale electric aircraft at the RC flying field, a common question is asked by someone: “How many milliamps is that battery?” The first time I heard that, I didn’t know how to respond because the question didn’t make sense to me. So my “What do you mean?” response resulted in another […]
Top Chargers

Top Chargers

Every RC pilot needs a charger, so we set out to test out some of the most popular chargers available so that you can see which one is perfect for your needs. We found that the menu structures of many of these machines are similar in design, so once you learn one you can operate just […]
Battery Talk: What the Numbers Mean

Battery Talk: What the Numbers Mean

Every now and then I get a question from someone at an RC field, and it’s nearly always the same question: “How many milliamps is that battery?” The first time I heard that, I didn’t know how to respond because the question didn’t make sense to me. So my “What do you mean?” response resulted […]
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