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WE WANT YOU!

* Do you love helicopters? * Do you want to share your helicopter knowledge? * Can you write and take digital photos? * Would you like to see your articles featured in an international hobby magazine?

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Talk about having the RC Helicopter Bug!!

Just when I thought I had the RC Heli Bug, I saw this:

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Generators: Portable Power

I was just at an event this weekend and I looked around and saw a ton of extension cords with people charging LiPo's everywhere. I asked where the power was coming from and was told generators.

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Working on the Fall Issue of Radio Control Heli Pilot Magazine

As we compile articles for our next issue of RC Heli Pilot, I am very excited at some of the articles that are coming together. We just got an awesome article on a gorgeous scale Turbine-powered Bell 430 with Vario mechanics.

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You Can Learn To Fly 3D

At its pinnacle, 3D flight is a series of complex maneuvers tied together in a well-choreographed sequence, flown with precision, fast action and moves that seem to defy gravity. For onlookers, watching a top-notch flight is captivating and thrilling. For pilots, developing the skills necessary to master 3D flight is not only exciting but also a rewarding experience as they progress along the learning curve.

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Futaba CGY750

I could sum up this product in one sentence. The new CGY750 3-Axis Gyro System coupled with the built-in engine governor is simply incredible; try it and you will love it.

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O.S. Engines 55HZ-R

The HZ-R shares the exact same specs as the popular 55HZ-H but adds the OS Demand Regulator System (DRS) at the fuel inlet to supply fuel based upon the engine RPM. The DRS uses crankcase pressure coupled with a check valve to pressurize the fuel supply creating a high-pressure system that provides constant supply of fuel, unlike like fuel systems that utilize muffler pressure that change as the tank drains.

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Skookum Robotics SK-720

There are many flybarless controllers on the market now, and most have evolved to the point where they all fly well for most pilots. In addition to flight performance, other differentiating qualities that separate the various flybarless controllers are the ease of setup and the features that are available. The SK-720, from Skookum Robotics, is a second generation flybarless controller and is one of the most feature packed controllers that I’ve seen, while still being relatively easy to program. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.

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Thunder Tiger Titan X50

I have been a fan of Thunder Tiger helicopters for almost 10 years, having owned several “Raptor” series helis. Opening the box of the Titan X50, I guess I was expecting some of the same style mechanics that have been synonymous with Thunder Tiger helis of the past. As I looked through the kit, I had to do a double take to make sure it was, in fact, a Thunder Tiger heli, as this machine bears no resemblance to the Raptors of the past. In fact, this might be what a Raptor would look like if you upgraded every part on the machine.

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Align T-Rex 500E

Align has become the behemoth of RC heli manufacturers, encompassing a full line of helicopters from the tiny Align 100, to the huge Align 700E. The Align 500E sits right in the middle of the size spectrum, sporting 425mm long blades, and having a weight that is roughly double that of a 450-size helicopter.

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Vario Helicopter’s Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama

Once in a while, a model comes across our desks that words cannot describe. Such was the case with Gonzalo Martinez’s ¼-scale Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama from Vario; when we saw the photos and the level of detail in the building process, we agreed that the photos spoke for themselves. So, feast your eyes on the next six pages and imagine what it was like to build this masterpiece.

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Thunder Tiger Mini Titan V2

When I first unboxed the kit, I figured I was going to be building yet another good 450 heli, same as usual. Well, this isn’t the typical 450 kit and I did find some interesting differences, some of which include a full CNC aluminum-alloy metal head and arm, a carbon fiber-encased tail, belt drive and motor, an ESC and a BEC. Don’t worry, there is a lot more coming.

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