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Posted by 747Pilot | Dec 16, 2014 @ 01:03 PM | 1,100 Views
How to fly an RC airplane at you - Tutorial

Video meant for those at the very beginning stages of learning how to fly rc airplanes. I've been flying rc for 30 years and I know that one of the toughest aspects of learning how to fly an rc plane is proper control when the airplane is heading at you.

I've used this "method" since day one and it is awesome because it removes having to think about "left and right" during flight and having to ask yourself "which way to I move the stick".

This also works when the plane is upside down coming at you.

How to fly an RC airplane at you - Tutorial (4 min 13 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Dec 08, 2014 @ 11:10 PM | 2,359 Views
To my fpv and rcgroups family,

I am BEGGING you for your assistance. Some of you may know that I'm a full scale pilot. This evening I got news that a friend and fellow pilot I've flown with at a previous company, passed away. His name is Jonathan Hill. He leaves behind a wife, Heather, also someone I've worked with in the past (flight attendant) and 3 children.

It's gut wrenching for me. I myself have three kids. He was only 43. He was away on a trip and didn't show up for his flight the next day. He worked at JetBlue. It's Christmas and there now a family of 4 in need that won't be waking up with their father on Christmas morning to open presents..........ever.

Heather is now left holding the reigns to support three children and raise them on her own. I've cried openly a few times tonight already over this. The mothers and fathers out there will fully understand.

So as it now stands I am completely not below begging at this point when I humbly ask you to send SOMETHING to them. I doesn't matter if it's only $5. It's $5 they wouldn't else have. Something......please. If you can't donate please share the web link to this post. Facebook, Twitter, email, etc..anywhere.

If you can donate, please sign the comment card with, "Our deepest condolences from Rcgroups - friends of Tyler Darby."

Thank you.
Happy Holidays
God bless.



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Posted by 747Pilot | Nov 24, 2014 @ 07:28 PM | 1,508 Views
Blunt Section for PopWing/TekSumo by Hangar Cats

After building my own DIY Monkey Blunt for my PopWing 900, (which I love!) I just found this new Blunt section in a thread, made Hangar Cats. My own made kit for just $5 but I would have paid for this in a second. Looks well designed. I only paid $7 plus $3 s&h. A DEAL! Gotta order up another PopWing to so I can get working on this kit.

Rcg thread

Hangar Cats

Blunt Section for PopWing/TekSumo by Hangar Cats (1 min 28 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:36 AM | 1,223 Views
Dji Thanks for contributing to the end of the party.
Disco Demolition Night Comiskey Park July 12, 1979 (Fall Out Boy) (3 min 12 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Nov 11, 2014 @ 10:11 AM | 1,786 Views
Posted by 747Pilot | Oct 23, 2014 @ 10:29 AM | 1,621 Views
New toy arrived today.
Phantom FX-61 (0 min 20 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Oct 13, 2014 @ 08:23 PM | 1,587 Views
Since I have no builds on the bench but two kids about to go trick oR treating, I had an idea to spruce up their Transformer Halloween Masks. They are gonna be the coolest kids in the neighborhood!

9v battery
9v battery connector
Small switch - optional
12v LEDs. Various colors
Led controller
Servo wire
Soldering iron
Hot glue gun.

About $10 in parts.

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Posted by 747Pilot | Sep 15, 2014 @ 09:29 AM | 2,206 Views
Rcgroup users - I need your help in finding two rc pilots.....SERIOUSLY.

As I approach my mid 40s, I now have 30+ years behind me in Rc & I've often thought about my beginnings in the hobby that would lead me into a career as a full scale pilot. In particular, I've been wondering what ever happend to the two guys that helped me when I couldn't even get a glow engine to start, let alone successfully fly an Rc plane without crashing it. I would very much like to find them.

The back story.

I grew up in Holmdel Nj across the street from what used to be called Bell Laboratories which happens to sit on a few hundred acres of prime real estate. It would later be called AT&T and also Lucent. Who knows what it's called these days. In 83' I was 13 and had already been building static models for years, some stick & tissue and some plastic, when my father took me to the Hobby Shop in Red Bank and bought me my first rc plane.

It was a styrofoam 3ch Cessna with an Enya .15 and a Futaba controller. I literally stayed awake at night thinking I owned the coolest toy ever designed by man, to the point I think it led to my partial insomnia today. As cool as I thought it was, that quickly faded when I realized they weren't so easy to get running and keep running. At least it seemed that way without anyone to help me out. I was on my own and in my vast wisdom decided that Enya's just sucked..period and I was gonna go with the more expensive OS engines.
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Posted by 747Pilot | Sep 14, 2014 @ 09:12 AM | 2,038 Views
SpecUAV (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Sep 06, 2014 @ 10:34 AM | 1,958 Views
Nitroplanes PopWing 1200 Build Series - DIY Cargo Bay

Video playlist - build series:

Ongoing build - photo album:

Posted by 747Pilot | Aug 21, 2014 @ 10:59 PM | 3,659 Views
If you really want to personalize that special radio of yours, I would highly recommend them. I've swapped four of these cases for myself and friends. It puts an already awesome radio onto a whole new level of cool. Contact Kim for a quote. http://www.lonestarhg.com/

You may see some home dip kits on the market however I can point out many reasons why not to use them and to go with a professional dip company like Lonestar.

1. Dip kits are not that much less money.
2. Dip kits have a limited number of stock patterns available to choose from.
3. You only get enough material for one dip. If you mess it up, even the slightest, you'll have to buy more material and start over.
4. Lonestar offers a free clear coat where dip kits don't.
5. Piece of mind knowing it's gonna be done great and done right.

In addition, you may see that Aloft Hobbies is now offering dipped cases. However, only the front half of the case is dipped. The look of a half dipped radio would look awkward at best. Go big or go home. Lonestar dips both sides.

TBRC Frysky Taranis X9D - Owned by "Tracks" (0 min 52 sec)

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Posted by 747Pilot | Aug 20, 2014 @ 02:21 AM | 2,418 Views
Super fun day. This thing is dialed in! Like it's riding on rails. Just above half throttle cruises at 58km/hr.

Home made Monkey Blunt. See previous post.
NTM 2826/1200
Apc 8x6
25amp plush esc
Cyclops Breeze Osd
Frysky Taranis radio.
ImmersionRc 600mw.
Spec Uav DLS 5800 - testing.
Pz 0420 cam
Corona metal gear servos.
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Posted by 747Pilot | Aug 14, 2014 @ 08:29 AM | 2,545 Views
Posted by 747Pilot | Aug 11, 2014 @ 11:17 PM | 2,695 Views
Pop Wing 900 & a DIY Monkey Blunt- which is really now a Pop Wing 1000

Decided to build myself my own "cargo bay" on my new Pop Wing 900mm after seeing the Monkey Blunt mod. I did this DIY for two reasonS, 1 - the Monkey is sold out and 2 - it's a little pricey to begin with. ($29). I did this mod with $4 worth of 1/8" birch plywood from Michaels. 4" by 12" sheets. Needed three of them.

I just maidened it yesterday and flew it 5 times. It was such a beauty to fly. A little underpowered but held 50-55km well at 3/4 throttle. Just cruising around she burns an avg 1200 mah on 10 min flights.

Any questions please comment.

Popwing 900mm 36" (40" now)
Lotus DLS 5800 Antenna 5.8ghz - http://www.specuav.com
Taranis/Frsky 2.4 control - www.alofthobbies.com/
Immersion 250mw 5.8 ghz Vtx - http://www.readymaderc.com
Turnigy 2822 / 1450 kv - Hobbyking
Turnigy 2200 mah 3S - Hobbyking
PZ0420 fpv cam - http://www.eastcoastfpv.com/
Cyclops Breeze - http://www.foxtechfpv.com
Videos of it:
Seen at 1:55 on video #1.
Killer day of Rc flying. (3 min 18 sec)

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Posted by 747Pilot | Aug 08, 2014 @ 10:44 PM | 3,167 Views

Way to go Jake!

East Coast FPV is now open for business (Allentown Pa) and is offering a free PZ0420 with camera case for 2nd place prize in the Fpv Scavenger Hunt.

I especially like the feature of a servo lead already soldered to the camera lead. This eliminates all of work cutting & soldering your own connector. ECFPV is offering free shipping for the entire month of August so I would hurry.

He's also become the 3rd official vendor of Spec UAV and his carrying the new Lotus 2400 for 2.4 ghz. Link here.

Visit www.eastcoastfpv.com to check out his site.

EastCoastFPV Webstore // New USA FPV Gear Supplier! (2 min 37 sec)