"First flight tests of
stealth superdrone that can stay airborne for fifteen hours revealed and is launched
by catapult. Lockheed Martin is getting closer to unleashing Fury on the battlefield. The Maryland based
firm has announced that its unmanned aerial system, named Fury, has demonstrated a flight endurance
time of 15 hours, while operating with over 200 lbs. of payload and fuel at an altitude up to 15,000
feet. But what makes this craft the ultimate warfighter, is that it does not need a runway for takeoff,
The Semroc V-2
model rocket kit was modeled after the original Estes V-2. The V-2 is one of the Estes models that I
always planned on building as a kid, but for some reason - most likely budgetary - I never got around
to it. What I liked about the Semroc kit was that it kept with the original all balsa components rather
than substituting molded plastic parts for the nose cone and tail section. The building process was
pretty straight-forward. The Estes Fin Alignment Guide was used for attaching the fins. It was the first
time I ever used the jig. Because of the way the bottom of the Semroc V-2's body curved ...
Henry Ford began production of the
Model T (aka the "Tin
Lizzie") in 1908, and his introduction of the moving assembly line commenced in 1913, thereby reducing
the assembly time of an automobile from 12 hours to just 2.5 hours. Prices dropped to less than half
the original cost and profits soared as a growing number of people were able to afford a car. It is
always interesting when reading these reports on airplanes and automobiles which were published in the
middle of the last century to remember that at the time, the technology was less than 50 years ...
"With electric cars breaking their way onto our roads, it's only
a matter of time until commercialised electric airliners take to the skies. The world's fastest
battery-powered plane, which was created by Siemens, has hit a new speed record
for electric flight as it whipped through the air at over 210 mph (340 kmh). The Extra 330LE
plane's record is a big leap towards the eventual replacement of jet fuel and combustion engines in
aircraft. The record was completed at Dinslaken Schwarze Heide ..."
"Officially known as the XV-24A
Lightning Strike Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) XPlane, the 20% scale craft
completed its planned flight test program in early March at Webster Outlying Field in Southern Maryland.
Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the SVD successfully demonstrated key
technical features the full-scale XV-24A will perform, including outbound and inbound transition flight.
The SVD aircraft is a 325 pound, Lithium battery ..."
MG's Magnette was produced 1954 and 1958. It was a fairly large,
4-door family car with rather posh features like leather seats, electric windshield wipers, safety glass,
and rustproofing. The price tag of $2,675 in 1954, when this article appeared in Air Trails
magazine, is equivalent to $27,148 in 2017 dollars per the BLS Inflation Calculator. You cannot buy
a car in the same class today for that amount. Modern cars are loaded with many more creature comforts
and are heavily burdened with regulatory-mandated environmental and safety features that add ...
AMA president Rich Hanson published an editorial column in the
April 2017 issue of Model Aviation titled, "How high can I fly?) Ok, more correctly it should
have asked, "How high may I fly?" since it addresses the oft-asked question about what altitude limit
is imposed on model aircraft. Mr. Hanson does a great job explaining the situation, and points
out that the current
limit has been on the books with the FAA since at least 1972. He refers to a full-page notice to
model airmen on page 49 of the November 1972 issue of American Aircraft Molder, the AMA monthly
publication that preceded Model Aviation ...
tests have resumed on subscale aircraft that could one day observe the Martian atmosphere and a variant
that will improve collection of Earth's weather data. Work on the shape of the aircraft and the systems
it will need to fly autonomously and collect data are ongoing for the
Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-M aircraft.
Student interns with support from staff members at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California
are advancing the project ..."
Indoor airplane models covered with microfilm seem to have always
been for a very particular, dedicated group of modelers who possess the patience, steady hands, and
eyesight to build and maintain very delicate structures. A directed sneeze can literally blow them to
pieces. It is an aspect of aeromodeling into which I have never ventured.
Mr. Joseph Bilgri,
AMA #4393, was a contest-winning pioneer of the craft. The
AMA History Project
has a biography of Joe that is worth reading if you have an interest in indoor modeling. Of course
today, with the advent of nano-size ...
O.S. Digitron DP-3, 3-Channel Radio
Control System was my first radio control system. After watching eBay for an affordable set, I finally
found one in January of 2017 for a little over $100. It is in pretty good physical condition, but I
have not tried to power it up to to see whether it works. My plan is to buy a modern spread spectrum
2.4 GHz radio and swap out the electronics in the O.S. Digitron DP-3 transmitter. I will have to
rig the trim tabs to be spring centered with switch contact on each side of center since analog (potentiometer)
trims are no longer used. The 2.4 GHz antenna will ...
its latest engineering flight tests using a 'flying cell site' aboard a drone, and while it didn’t share specific results, it's
another indication that the carrier is progressing with the prospect of using drones to supply an LTE
network if severe weather knocks out more traditional cellular network components. The 17-foot-long
drone was piloted by American Aerospace Technologies Inc. (AATI) during the trial run at Woodbine
Municipal Airport in Woodbine, New Jersey, on April 5. The test was designed to simulate ..."
This back-page advertisement by
Model Rectifier Corporation
(aka MRC) appeared in the January 1972 issue of American Aircraft
Modeler magazine. Note the cool collection of [now] vintage test
equipment shown in support of testing the R/C system. The advertisement shows a rhombic antenna, the
Dana 8015 RF frequency counter, Tektronix 7904 oscilloscope, HP spectrum analyzer, RF communications
synthesizer RF generator, and an Anritsu precision field strength meter. I was 13 years old at the time,
and anxiously watched for it in the mailbox each ...
any kind of straight LC tank circuit to be high stability is a bit of a stretch when compared to the
Q available simply by adding a crystal, even in 1958. Tone modulation was an early method for achieving
remote control of model airplanes, boats, and cars. The number of channels with these
tone modulation systems is two times the number of modern proportional systems in that moving the
rudder left took one channel and moving it right took another. Up and down elevator likewise took two
channels. Therefore, this four channel system is only two channels by today's terminology. Technology
evolved into fully proportional ...
Force weapons developers expect to operate hypersonic intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance
drones by the 2040s, once scientific progress with autonomy and propulsion technology matures to a new
level. The advent of using a
drone platform able to travel at high altitudes, faster than Mach 5, will follow the emergence of
hypersonic weapons likely to be operational in the mid-2020s, according to the Air Force Chief ..."
Models of Frank Smith's Miniplane have been built and flown by
scores of modelers over the decades. Homebuilt planes are popular scale projects partially because the
level of detail necessary to faithfully reproduce the full-size airplane is less that with a production
plane. Sig Manufacturing introduced a radio controlled kit model of the
Smith Miniplane back
in the 1970 that is still available for purchase on their website today. This article from a 1961 issue
of American Modeler includes plans ...
"Supersonic planes without the Earth-shaking sonic boom could arrive by 2023. When
the Concorde first hit the skies in the 1970s, it could fly from London to New York in just under three
hours. But despite being able to travel at twice the speed of sound, the futuristic supersonic jet failed
to attract passengers and was sent into decommission in 2003. Now researchers claim that Concorde-style
jets could be making a comeback, and are working ..."
"The FAA has approved a new airworthiness certificate for the
Boeing B-29 Superfortress Doc that will allow the historic warbird to tour the airshow
circuit. The restoration effort undertaken by Doc's Friends Inc. reached an important milestone in March,
the organization announced, with successful completion of 'phase one' flight tests. Restoration Program
Manager Jim Murphy said officials from the FAA office in Wichita, Kansas, and agency officials ..."
Cash Awards Offered After
Drones Disrupt Flights in China
in Battery Charging Technology
Canada Imposes Strict New Rules for Recreational Drone Use
NASA Selects >100 Small Business Projects to Advance Space Innovation
Walmart to Use Drones in Store to Assist Shoppers
NASA Selects Over 100 Small Business Projects to Advance Space Innovation
Women of AOPA Offer Advice to Future Female Pilots
Reaction Strong to President Trump's ATC Budget Language
Man Jailed for Hitting Woman with Drone
The "Golden Age of Flight"
is unofficially the period of time between World War I and World War II; i.e., the 1920s and
1930s. The Wright Brothers and their immediate followers had worked out the basics of flight control
and engine building, and the race was on to design airplanes for commercial passenger and freight transportation,
recreational pursuits, and military applications. Part of that process was the setting of records for
closed course and long distance speed, time to climb, altitude, and high-G ...
G. Harry Stine was (and in some places still is)
a household word (ok, a letter and three words) amongst people who engage
in model rocketry. As
a degreed physicist, he spent his professional years working in both civilian and government aerospace
projects. In his spare time, Mr. Stine contributed mightily to the science, industry, and sport
of model rocketry. His monthly columns in American Aircraft Modeler were read and appreciated by enthusiasts
hungry for a regular helping of the technical side of the craft, served in layman's terms. A typical
article written by him reports on some ...
"This week's video comes from the U.S. where Aurora Flight
Sciences and Stratasys have teamed up to build the world's first
jet-powered, 3D printed aircraft. Using 80% 3D printed parts, the UAV is composed
of Stratasys' ULTEM 9085 lightweight material to help achieve flight speeds of over 150mph. The high-speed
system boasts an impressive 9 ft wingspan and weighs in at only 33 lbs. In the following video,
Dan Campbell, aerospace research engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences, explains how the UAV project met
a number of goals using Stratasys ..."
"Anyone who's ever flown a
drone of any sort will tell you that sooner or later, you're going to crash it.
The question is how exactly you will go about doing this, and how much of the drone will be functional
after it's happened. Most flying animals somewhat frustratingly don't have this problem: Birds and insects
run into things occasionally, and just shrug it off and keep on going, thanks to their biological
design, which includes both stiffness ..."
"Delivery drones still face an uncertain future, but there's at least one
scenario where they make a lot of sense: Flying robots can be ideal for bringing small, high value,
time-sensitive goods to people in low-infrastructure areas. As specific a situation as that sounds like,
it’s an enormous opportunity, and has the potential to make a huge difference in rural areas and disaster
relief missions with deliveries of food and medical supplies, for example. One challenge with that,
however, is that while drones are cheap to operate, the up-front investment ..."
If you have a vintage
Cox .010 Pee Wee engine
sitting on the display shelf and you've been itching to get it in the air again, Ken Willard's Flying
Bandanna could be just the thing to get you there. Ken claims it only takes about 10 minutes to assemble,
and as he says of the bandanna 'parachute,' it is "...a built-in wiping rag for your hands after each
flight!" I remember as a kid when my .049-powered plastic Cox control line models had finally be demolished
beyond repair (no glue at the time would hold the styrene plastic together for long) ...
level (p/n 3311990) was bought sometime back in the early to mid 1980s,
not long after Melanie and I were married in May of 1983, at the Sears store in Annapolis, Maryland.
After living in while restoring four or five houses in the span of twenty years, it was really showing
signs of use and abuse, especially the plastic windows protecting the fluid vials. There wasn't much
protection going on with half of them either cracked or missing. A replacement 24" Johnson level was
bought, but I kept ...