Friday, May 24, 2019

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E-Flite Blade MCP x

Learn to Hover

A few years ago when micro electric helicopters such as the Blade mCX, PiccoZ and many others were introduced, we were all impressed that such tiny machines weighing under two ounces could actually fly well indoors. Then we had a dream: when might we one day fly 3D aerobatics indoors with micro electric helicopters? That day has arrived sooner than expected.

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Beastx Microbeast 3 Axis Gyro System

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that flybarless helicopters using 3-axis stabilization have exploded in popularity. In the past, flybarless ‘controller’ choices were very limited and costly, but technology has advanced bringing prices down and features up. The Microbeast, manufactured by BeastX in Germany, is a 3-axis gyro system, utilizing MEMS technology that allows RC helicopters to enjoy fully stabilized flybarless flight.

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Align 700E F3C

Every sport has its pinnacle; for most international athletes, the glory lies in Olympic Gold. For radio control helicopter pilots, the equivalent is a win in F3C competition, which is governed by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Success at this level requires the same dedication, commitment and years of practice that are common among Olympic athletes, coupled with lots of talent and top-notch equipment.

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VIDEO on Trakpower Soldering Station

From RC Heli Pilot Magazine: TrakPower Speed Equipment has just released their TK-950 Soldering Station, a high-end setup at an extremely reasonable cost!… The RC Heli Pilot Team reviewed the Trakpower Soldering Station for our November 2011 Issue. For the full review, expert tips, detailed shots …

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Horizon Hobby Blade 120 SR

I love to fly larger glow-power helicopters but being very busy I cannot always get to a flying field. I used to shy away from the smaller “micro” electric helis because the flying characteristics were very different from their larger-scale counterparts, especially with fixed-pitch models. Blade however, has done an amazing job producing a series of helicopters that perform like larger glow models and the 120 SR is no exception.

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Thunder Tiger Titan X50

Is the Titan X50 the ultimate 50-class nitro engine powered 3D helicopter that you have been waiting for? The new X50 from Thunder Tiger certainly delivers the performance punch, product quality, and value. Thunder Tiger has dominated the RC helicopter market since the original Raptor 30 came out in 1998.

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Parrot AR.Drone

Apple iPhone users may not have flash support to take care of our desires for animated video games, but thanks to a company called Parrot, we now have the AR.Drone. The AR.Drone is a stealthy 4-rotor electric quadricopter which you control with your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. It features a wide-angle forward facing video camera, and a high-speed downward facing camera.

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Gaui 330X

As with most modern technological developments, the seeds for today’s accomplishments were sown by thinkers of antiquity and rotorcraft are no different. The Chinese experimented with toy helicopters almost 2000 years ago and Italian genius, Leonardo da Vinci, explored the concept of human flight using rotorcraft in the 15th century. Practical experimentation in rotorcraft flight didn’t have its start until the 18th century and the first quadrotors didn’t appear until the early 20th century. Since the concept hit the hobby RC market, development has been feverish and innovation constant.

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Setting Up The Align 3G Flybarless Controller

Learn to Hover

Flybarless helicopters are all the rage these days. There are several benefits to going flybarless, such as reduced drag resulting in longer flights, few mechanical parts, and more stability coupled with more agility. However, for the longtime helicopter junkie like myself, going without a flybar and having to setup a flybarless controller seemed completely foreign. Recently, I had the opportunity to program my first flybarless helicopter, the T-Rex 700E along with Align’s 3G flybarless controller. I got the 700E from HeliWholesaler and after going through the steps, it now seems totally logical and methodical to me. Let’s take a look at what’s involved in setting it up!

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Parkflyers Hughes 300

originally produced in 1963 and grew to become one of the most versatile helicopters of all time. It was not uncommon to see the 300 with floats hovering over a wreck site in the ocean or on a lake, or outfitted with agricultural spraying equipment flying over farms. Later editions of the 300 were used as law enforcement helicopters and beginning in 1964 the US Army contracted a version of the Hughes 300, designated TH-55A and officially named Osage, to be used as a single rotor training helicopter.

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