EAA, AMA Sign Collaborative Agreement

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Articles | No Comments

  May 27, 2010 — EAA and the Academy of Modeling Aeronautics (AMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Oshkosh Monday pledging to work collaboratively on programs and initiatives to expand participation in aviation. The MOU, signed by EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny and AMA President Dave Mathewson, calls on the two organizations to collaborate […]

Remote Control Planes to Study Tornados

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in Articles | One Comment
Remote Control Planes to Study Tornados

As part of the VORTEX 2 studies in the Midwest, rc airplanes will now begin to intercept and collect data in the vicinity of an active tornado.

The basics of how to solder for rc

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010 in How-To | 2 Comments

Editors Note: Always wear the proper eye protection when soldering. As you become more involved with rc airplanes, its likely that you’ll need to solder some type of electrical or mechanical component at some time. This skill becomes even more important as you progress further into the world of electric rc airplanes. Selecting your equipment […]

Selecting your first rc airplane

Posted by on Jan 27, 2010 in Beginner | No Comments

Searching for and purchasing your first radio control airplane is exciting, however, at times it can be a bit overwhelming, frustrating, and leave you with questions like: Where do I begin? What should I be looking for? Is this the right rc airplane? Often times beginners overlook important aspects of the hobby when they’re entrenched […]

Radio Control (rc) Trainer Airplanes

Posted by on Jan 15, 2010 in Beginner | 5 Comments

Researching your first radio control (rc) trainer airplane is exciting however, it can sometimes be hard to find a starting point from which to begin your search. Below is a continually updated list of rc trainer aircraft for both glow and electric. We’ve included wood rc kits, almost-ready-to-fly rc kits, and ready-to-fly rc kits. This […]

Weathering The Model

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in How-To | No Comments

While many of us don’t have time to scale a cockpit interior or lay down rivets, we would like to do a little extra to make our model more personalized. Award winning scale rc modeler, Lyle Vasser, lets us in on the secrets to simple and easy weathering techniques that can make your aircraft come […]

The Basics of Weathering

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in How-To | No Comments

While many of us don’t have time to scale a cockpit interior or lay down rivets, we would like to do a little extra to make our model more personalized. Award winning scale rc modeler, Lyle Vasser, lets us in on the secrets to simple and easy weathering techniques that can make your aircraft come […]

Panel Lines and Wing Walks

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in How-To | No Comments

While many of us don’t have time to scale a cockpit interior or lay down rivets, we would like to do a little extra to make our model more personalized. Award winning scale rc modeler, Lyle Vasser, lets us in on the secrets to simple and easy weathering techniques that can make your aircraft come […]

Getting Started: The Base Coat

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in How-To | No Comments

While many of us don’t have time to scale a cockpit interior or lay down rivets, we would like to do a little extra to make our model more personalized. Award winning scale rc modeler, Lyle Vasser, lets us in on the secrets to simple and easy weathering techniques that can make your aircraft come […]

Quick Epoxy Mixing

Posted by on Oct 21, 2009 in How-To | One Comment

Most rc airplane pilots develop a special bond when it comes to using Epoxy resins for building and repairs. And if you know Epoxy, you know it usually requires a mixing dish in order to equally measure the resin and the hardener. But what if the amount of Epoxy you need is small? Tired of […]

Starting An RC Engine

Posted by on Oct 15, 2009 in Beginner | 3 Comments

Editors Note: The following article is not a step-by-step guide for engine break-in procedures. Instead it is an article discussing safe techniques for the starting of an rc airplane engine. For proper break-in procedures of any rc airplane engine please refer to the engines manual. Safety should be paramount when it involves radio control airplanes, […]

Airplane Tie Down

Posted by on Sep 14, 2009 in How-To | No Comments

The simplest precautionary measure can have the greatest benefits. One of these measures is an airplane tie down. Too often we see pilots in the pits starting up their airplanes with one hand on the aircraft and in the other hand their starter and nothing securing the airplane in place in the event of something […]

Hangar 9 Piper J3 Cub

Posted by on Aug 20, 2009 in Reviews | No Comments

Pilot Skill: Intermediate Manufacturer: Hangar 9 Power: Evolution .46NX 2-stroke (OR) Saito .62 4-stroke glow engine Wingspan: 80 in. Kit Includes: Covered kit, fuel tank, wheels & landing gear, Hardware Overview Hangar 9 has done a great job in detailing the Piper J3 Cub to match the real thing, especially given the price tag of […]

E-flight Ascent Brushless PNP

Posted by on Aug 19, 2009 in Reviews | 3 Comments

Pilot Skill: Manufacturer: E-Flite Power: E-flite Brushless 450 Wingspan: 54 in. Kit Includes: Covered aircraft, installed electronics, speed control, 11×6 folding propeller Photographer: Anand Gona Overview E-flight’s Ascent BL is a powered park glider that requires minimal work to construct and has gentle handling characteristics which make it a suitable aircraft for the advancing flyer. […]

AirVenture 2009

Posted by on Aug 14, 2009 in Articles | No Comments
AirVenture 2009

Having spent the entire week at Oshkosh, Wisconsin Control Chat listened, learned, and experienced The Worlds Greatest Aviation Celebration.

One Six Right – The Romance Of Flying

Posted by on Jun 17, 2009 in Reviews | No Comments

“One Six Right captures the spirit, joy, and beauty of flight. One of the finest aviation films ever made.” – Harrison Ford Very rarely does a film come along, creating such an impact on your life, that you feel the need…no, rather a passion to spread the word and encourage others to experience what you […]

Physics of Flight: The Stall

Posted by on Mar 6, 2009 in Beginner | 5 Comments

One of the more deadly physics of flying for the radio control aircraft pilot is the stall. While some pilots don’t even realize such a thing exists, others do not fully understand how or when a stall occurs. Contrary to what you may think, a stall does not necessarily mean that the engine(s) of your […]

GWS Foam Floats

Posted by on Jan 14, 2009 in How-To | No Comments

With winter in abundance, especially in the midwest of America, it’s time to take the landing gear off and slap some floats on your birds to prevent them from disappearing into the snow on landing. And while ski’s are nice, Control Chat finds they don’t work well when the snow is 6″ and fluffy. Unfortunately, […]

Anand Gona – Photographer

Posted by on Jan 8, 2009 in Articles, Uncategorized | No Comments

Our relentless aerial photographer and resident ‘Cookin’ with Spice!’ man; Anand Gona!

Physics of Flight: Lift

Posted by on Nov 13, 2008 in Beginner | 2 Comments

When a beginner decides to embark into the world of rc airplanes their typical steps are: Find a trainer aircraft Choose electric or glow Get flying And while these steps are not entirely incorrect in getting started it does create a large gap in your understanding why an airplane even behaves the way it does. […]

Hobbyzone Super Cub

Posted by on Nov 10, 2008 in Reviews | One Comment

Pilot Skill: Beginner Manufacturer: Hobbyzone Power: E-flite Brushless 450 Wingspan: 47 in. Kit Includes: Foam kit, installed electronics, speed control, NiMH battery Overview Can the Hobbyzone Super Cub kit really teach you how to fly? Has an indestructible rc trainer been produced? Unfortunately the answer to both these questions is no. While the Super Cub […]

Prop’r Propellers

Posted by on Oct 31, 2008 in Articles | 4 Comments

Speaking in very broad terms, a propeller is an airplane wing traveling in a circle. If you were to slice a propeller’s blade in half, you would find that it looks like the cross-section of an airplane wing. Taking that same wing and twisting it as it extends farther from a center point, gives the wing […]

Velcro Batteries

Posted by on Oct 22, 2008 in How-To | 2 Comments

Keeping things in place when your aircraft is flying is critical. It’s especially important when one of those items is not only a major source of weight in the aircraft, but also the only source of power. For many electric park fliers that power & weight combination is usually the battery. But how do you […]

Parkzone T-28 Trojan

Posted by on Oct 15, 2008 in Reviews | No Comments

Pilot Skill: Intermediate Manufacturer: Parkzone Power: E-flite 480-size 960Kv brushless outrunner Wingspan: 44 in. Kit Includes: Foam kit, installed electronics, speed control, LiPo battery Overview After successfully completing numerous solo flights, many aspiring rc pilots begin looking for another aircraft that has more to offer then what they currently own. But not something so aerobatic […]