AMA In DC Fighting For Pilot’s Rights

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Bob Brown and the gang at the AMA have been on Capitol Hill the past few days, educating legislators and gaining allies in our fight to keep restrictions on RC pilots as painless as possible. This is good news indeed. …

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Hitec X1 Mini Universal AC Input Balance Charger/Discharger

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With a small form factor and the ability to charge all battery chemistries, including the latest LiHV high voltage Lithium Polymer chemistry, the Hitec X1 Mini offers amazing grab and go portability and convenience. A six amp power supply delivers …

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Heli Blade-Balancing Tips

Heli Blade-Balancing Tips

Most heli blades that you can buy are really high-tech, and for the most part, they come balanced. No matter how much a manufacturer claims, I still like to check the balance of my blades! As a result, I trust certain manufacturers much more …

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JC Zankl: A young pilot gets his start with vintage models.

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These days most young pilots cut their teeth on simulators or ready-to-fly electric helis. Even fewer young pilots know anything about what really makes model helis tick or the challenging evolution that lead to what they are today. JC Zankl is a well respected pilot …

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Flying the Pirouetting Loop

Pirouetting Loop

In recent years the Pirouetting Loop has been a maneuver in the XFC and 3D Masters’ Known Maneuver sets. This is one of my favorite maneuvers because it looks very clean and precise and has many variations. Some variations include pirouetting globes, vertical pirouetting …

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Blade Micro AH-64 Apache RTF & BNF

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Pilots who love scale helicopters will do a double take when they see the newly announced Blade Micro AH-64 Apache gunship. Available in both BNF and RTF packages, this micro sized model uses AS3X technology to help keep flight maneuvers …

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Hitec X2 AC Pro 2 Port AC/DC Multi-Charger

HITEC X2 AC Pro 2 Port ACDC Multi-Charger

This latest member of the X2 AC Plus family of chargers from Hitec includes the same features that have made its predecessors popular with pilots the world over but adds the convenience of a built-in heavy duty 60 watt soldering …

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OS Motor 700 & 800 Sized Brushless Heli Motors

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Now available for 700-800 class helis, O.S. continues its line of brushless flight motors with the tradition of quality and performance pilots expect. The 5830-490kV motor is the perfect choice for FAI F3C competition, while the 5825-520kV option is designed …

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VIDEO: Ares RC Optim 300

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The Ares RC Optim 300 is an excellent machine with which newer heli pilots can carefully, progressively and strategically build their heli piloting proficiency. The engineers at Ares have equipped this 300 sized heli with a powerful brushless power system, …

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Futaba 6K Six Channel Telemetry Capable 2.4GHz S-FHSS/T-FHSS Air Radio System

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Helicopter pilots interested in a telemetry capable radio system will want to take a close look at the recently announced Futaba 6K six channel telemetry capable 2.4GHz transmitter. With a 30 model memory and a 128×64 DOT backlit LCD screen, …

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UAS4Stem Search and Rescue Challenge

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Academy of Model Aeronautics Launches UAS Competitive Education Program A small group of hikers has gone missing in a remote area. Although rescuers have determined a search area, they are unsure of the exact location and conditions of the hikers. …

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RC Heli Pilot Profile Andrew Merlino

Pilot: Andrew Merlino
Age: 20
Competitions Won: Placed 17th 2010 XFC, 9th 2011 XFC, 11th 2012th XFC

I got involved in this hobby through my dad, who has been flying radio control airplanes since the 80s. My dad has been a great mentor ever since I can remember. He used to take me to the field when I was little. When I started showing an interest.

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