AMA Files Petition for Review of FAA’s Interpretive Rule

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Articles | No Comments

Muncie, IN—Today the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) filed a Petition for Review in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the FAA’s Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, published in the Federal Register on June 25, 2014. The AMA believes that the FAA’s Interpretive Rule is contrary to […]

iPhone 5 Aerial View

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Articles | 3 Comments

On a whim I decided to tape my iPhone 5 to the side of my converted Air Hogs foam glider one summer afternoon. Surprisingly, the airplane flew great even under twice the normal payload weight of  previous tests. As for the the iPhone 5, it turns out they’re super durable (landing impact) and apparently quite […]

How a micro heli restored my faith

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Articles | No Comments
How a micro heli restored my faith

Sometimes the road is paved with potholes. Here’s a story of how a micro-heli restored my faith in rc helicopters.

Hand-Toss Foam Glider Conversion Fail

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Articles | 3 Comments

The Preamble This article covers my conversion of a hand toss foam glider to a radio control (rc) powered airplane. Unfortunately, due to a severe oversight in understanding the concept of torque, the laws of physics prohibited my craft from taking to the skies (i.e., crash). All things considered, the build approach in this article […]

Torque Matters

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Articles | 2 Comments

Like many aviation hobbyists I enjoy a challenge. Particularly I enjoy a challenge that makes me want to learn more about aerodynamics and building techniques. So when I came across a small foam glider at a craft store I thought, “I’ve converted two of these before, why not this small 24″ glider?” So without hesitation […]

RC Fuel Tank Inspection & Replacement

Posted by on Mar 31, 2012 in Articles | No Comments

A common cause of engine problems in rc aircraft is improper inspection and care of the aircraft fuel tank and fuel lines. As pilots, we take great care to ensure that our fuel is correct and that we have a fuel filter in place for dirt and grime but, sometimes we overlook that fuel & […]

FAA Bill Issues Protection for Radio Control Model Aviation

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Articles | One Comment

MUNCIE, ILL. – Recently congress passed the first FAA Reauthorization bill in more than four years. President Obama signed into law the legislation that includes a special provision for model aircraft protecting it from FAA regulations. “The law recognizes community-based safety programming as an effective means of managing the modeling activity,” said Bob Brown, AMA […]

Pending regulations on radio control (rc)

Posted by on Mar 6, 2011 in Articles | 2 Comments

UPDATE: March, 2012 – FAA Bill Issues Protection for Radio Control Model Aviation News of pending regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the hobby of radio-controlled (rc) modeling may leave you with questions about exactly what is happening as well as where you could find more information. While we won’t know the details […]

Castor Oil vs. Synthetic Oil

Posted by on Jan 25, 2011 in Articles | 6 Comments

Editors Note: Mechanical Engineer, TimBle (his RCUniverse.com handle) has worked in Product Engineering for both Lubricants and Fuels for 2 major petroleum companies over the past 11 years. Prior to his petroleum career he worked 4 years in the Aerospace industry. What is the difference between castor and synthetic rc fuels? Does it matter which […]

Electric RC – Brushed vs. Brushless

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Articles, Beginner | No Comments

With technology continuing to develop light-weight and more efficient power supplies, it’s not surprising to see an increase in the number of electric powered rc airplanes, helicopters and gliders. Combine demand with continuing drops in cost, and you soon realize that electrics are a great way to get into the world of rc. Additionally, take […]

Electric RC – Electronic Speed Control

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Articles | No Comments

With technology continuing to develop light-weight and efficient power supplies, it’s not surprising to see an increase in popularity of the number of electric powered rc airplanes, helicopters and gliders. Combined the demand with continuing drops in cost you soon realize that electrics are a great way to get into the world of rc. Electronic […]

Electric RC – Outrunner vs. Inrunner

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Articles | No Comments

With technology continuing to develop light-weight and efficient power supplies, it’s not surprising to see an increase in popularity of the number of electric powered rc airplanes, helicopters and gliders. Combined the demand with continuing drops in cost you soon realize that electrics are a great way to get into the world of rc. Inrunner […]

Midair collision with rc airplane

Posted by on Oct 22, 2010 in Articles | No Comments
Midair collision with rc airplane

A full scale Shpakow SA 750 bi-plane was substantially damaged when it collided with a large scale radio controlled airplane

K-MAX heli successfully delivers cargo

Posted by on Oct 21, 2010 in Articles | No Comments
K-MAX heli successfully delivers cargo

Under a contract with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Lockheed Martin and Kaman spent three days this past January flying the at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.

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.

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.

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!

Prop’r Propellers

Posted by on Oct 31, 2008 in Articles | No 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 […]