NEW RELEASE: Blade 230 S Heli RTF and BNF with SAFE Technology

Blade® 230 S RTF 01

Innovative  SAFE® technology and its progressive system of flight modes makes flying a collective pitch heli easy, even if you’re a beginner. And that just may make the new Blade 230 S helicopter the ideal platform for getting started in aerobatic helicopters! A series of progressive flight modes and safety features help minimize “oh no” moments and the crashes that ... Read More »

HOW TO: Tail-Rotor Setup

Tail-Rotor Setup

For your gyro to work properly, sound mechanical setup is essential. Only then can you focus on fine-tuning your electronics. Solving your mechanical errors with the gyro’s electronic features is a recipe for failure. The techniques shown are general and apply to most helicopters. I use an AlignRC T-Rex 600 in this example... Read More »

TRAINING: Master the Tic Toc

Master the Tic-Toc

Playing a musical instrument, beating a video game and flying a model helicopter take time and practice. These and many other tasks all have steps that you must follow to learn to play the right keys or chords, learn when to push the right buttons, or how to move the sticks in the right direction to get the result you want. It’s hard at the beginning, but success starts with knowing what to do... Read More »

HOW TO: RC System Performance: Latency & Resolution

RC System Performance Latency & Resolution

There are many factors that contribute to system performance. But this discussion is going to address the two mentioned in the introduction – ‘Latency’ and ‘Resolution’. In simple terms these are how quickly a system will propagate your commands to the model and how precisely it can represent those commands. Read More »

An Interview With Eric Weber

An Interview With Eric Weber

This month, let’s meet Eric Weber, the 2013 World Champion in F3N. Eric has also been the 2012 European Champion in F3N, and a six-time national winner of the German F3N competition. Read More »

HOW TO: Building Your Custom Flight Arena (Part 4)

Building Your Custom Flight Arena Part 4

When the plastering and contouring of the landscape and rock areas of a mountain feature are completed I paint the entire mountain in a base coat, usually white on the upper parts that are snow-covered, and grey and brown on the lower parts without snow. This base coat helps reveal mistakes that are very difficult to see in the confusion of papier-mâché and plaster. It also begins a layering of colors that give the mountain a natural look... Read More »

RANDOMNESS: An Interview With Dunkan Bossion

An Interview With Dunkan Bossion

This month, let’s meet Dunkan “Dadou” Bossion, the 2014 Heli Masters World Champion. Dunkan is 18 years old, and he has been flying since he was 3 years old. He is from Marseilles, France, and he is currently recognized as one of the best of the best hardcore, smackdown 3D helicopter pilots in the world... Read More »

GAS POWERED THOUGHTS: Power Systems — Using Performance Graphs

Power Systems - Using Performance Graphs

Picking out a power system for a multirotor aircraft can be a bit overwhelming for pilots that are new to this segment of the hobby. Trying to figure out what motor, prop, ESCs and battery to use can be a difficult task without the proper documentation... Read More »

RANDOMNESS: An Interview with Bert Kammerer

An Interview With Bert Kammerer

At the age of 43 Bert Kammerer may be one of the “old guys” in our hobby but if you’ve ever seen him fly you know he can still throw down with the best of them. He won top 10 XFC 2007-2010, first place XFC synchro 2008 & 2009 and first place synchro 3D Masters 2011... Read More »