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Posted by crash-man | Jul 23, 2014 @ 09:53 PM | 870 Views
A Really Short Show

In this, our 270th show, we shoot the breeze for a while on the eve of my departure for WATTS Over Owatonna. Not a whole lot of info, but we had fun, as always.

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Posted by crash-man | Jul 17, 2014 @ 11:38 AM | 952 Views
Balancing Acts

In this week's show we are missing KarlK and IFLYOS, but we pick up some dude named "Cathead" to help fill in. We talk about our usual bunch of stuff - both on- and off-topic, including news items, and such. We also get into a little discussion on finding and setting the Center Of Gravity ('CG') on kits, ARFs, and Scratch-built designs. Also, we have an opportunity to visit with Vintauri about WATTS Over Owatonna, which is coming up very soon!


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Posted by crash-man | Jul 10, 2014 @ 01:01 PM | 972 Views
Events and 'Thee-Ay'

In our 268th installment we talk about some upcoming events that you'll want to add to your schedule, and our buddy Eric Kendall comes on to talk about Wings For Wishes Montana!

We also cover a little news regarding the FAA's new 'Interpretation' of what constitutes Model Aviation.


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Posted by crash-man | Jul 03, 2014 @ 11:35 AM | 1,385 Views
Squirrel!

This week we continue with the fight to persuade all of you to unite and let the FAA know that we disapprove their new "Interpretation" of the Special Rule For Model Aviation. As well, we have a special guest on the show that brings a unique perspective to this issue, in that he is a full-scale pilot AND one of the early adopters of the FPV game.

We here at TheCrashCast urge all of you, whether you're FPV'ers or not, to help us in this fight by signing the online petition and voicing a pro-AMA stance against the FAA's ruling. My concern is that if they can take FPV away from us (FPV in the SAFE way that AMA has layed out), then how long will it be before they take away ALL of our model aviation rights?


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Posted by crash-man | Jun 26, 2014 @ 12:39 PM | 1,429 Views
FAA BANS FPV!

Okay, so our Academy Of Model Aeronautics has been working diligently with the FAA to ensure that our flying hobby is protected. The AMA has set up Safety Guidelines for us to follow, both with regular RC Flight and FPV Flight, and with those guidelines in place, there have been no reported issues. This proves that model aviation, under the self policing practices of our membership, and through the guidance of the AMA, is a safe activity.

That is, until yesterday. The FAA has decided to 're-interpret' what consitutes the Special Rule For Model Aircraft, a rule that was originally written in to pretty much allow us to continue to govern ourselves by the guidelines established by the AMA, thus exempting our hobby from FAA scrutinization. As it stands now, the FAA has pretty much put the screws to us, banning FPV!

This is the main focus of this show. Compared to everyone in the United States, those of us that are affected by this fiasco are an extreme minority. Therefore, now is the time to back the AMA and look to their guidance as to how we should collectively respond. If you are NOT an AMA member, or have let that membership lapse, NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN!! The only chance we have to defeat this thing is to do it by being a unified, uniform, collective group. While we're are waiting for AMA's plan to be revealed, I urge ALL OF YOU to become aware of your State's Senators and Representatives and be prepared to let them all know how you feel about our hobby being taken away from us, those that have followed the rules, by those few bad examples promoted by even worse media!


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Posted by crash-man | Jun 19, 2014 @ 12:52 PM | 1,591 Views
Random Topic Night

In this 265th installment of our show we talk about all kinds of stuff, and some of it is even RC-related! Thanks go out to our buddy Shadow102 for popping on to share his experiences at the 4th Annual Pecan Patch FPV Meet!

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Posted by crash-man | Jun 12, 2014 @ 11:18 AM | 1,655 Views
It All Started With A Zagi

It would probably be easier to write here about what we DIDN'T talk about in this show, rather than what we did talk about. LoL We cover all kinds of fun stuff in this 264th show. Good luck with keeping up with this one!

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Posted by crash-man | Jun 05, 2014 @ 09:54 AM | 1,422 Views
Liquid Expo

In this 263rd installment, we get to hear all about Karl's trip to the Wings For Wishes Washington event last weekend, and how one person can can destroy a young man's dreams by simply adding an extra cell to his battery. LoL

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Posted by crash-man | May 29, 2014 @ 10:04 AM | 2,989 Views
Throw Out That Math Crap

In this week's show, we dip into the mail bag and do our best to answer some listener emails that have been lingering for a while. There's some discussion on safely parallel charging your LiPos, some Taranis info, and even some advice on getting a listener started in Multi-Rotor FPV.



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Posted by crash-man | May 22, 2014 @ 10:08 AM | 1,884 Views
A Purpose-Built UAV

This week we get a chance to help someone out with an interesting project aimed at satisfying his collegiate requirements. Our friend Willmsy decided to take on the task of building his first Multi-Rotor aircraft and set it up with his first FPV system. The end result is to have a UAV that can be used as a tool for Search And Rescue applications. Join us as we do our best to offer up options and considerations to Willmsy on the interesting project!



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Posted by crash-man | May 15, 2014 @ 10:38 AM | 2,373 Views
Flying The Soapbox

In this 260th installment of the show, we step up on our soapbox for a bit regarding all that is going on today between modelers and the FAA. Now is the time for us to pull together and inform people what our hobby is all about, rather than letting the misleading mainstream media do it in their most sensationalistic way possible (Ewww! Scary Drones!).


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Posted by crash-man | May 08, 2014 @ 11:05 AM | 2,009 Views
Faltan Dos Amigos

In this 259th installment of our little show, we are without KarlK and IFYOS - they said they were busy with other things, but I'm betting they were still hungover from their Cinco De Mayo festivities. LoL Nonetheless, Laine, Nav, and I carry the show this week with some news of some interesting new items, events, and where we are with the Help A Vet program (note that we still need a few items!).



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Posted by crash-man | May 01, 2014 @ 11:37 AM | 2,446 Views
Open Source And RC

We thought about naming this 258th installment something like "Let's Hum Along With Laine", but decided that was just too long of a title. LoL In this show, we get to share some really interesting listener pictures (available at link below), a couple of interesting videos, and the fact that one of our favorite kit-makers is now selling a couple of our favorite kits! We also visit with our buddy, Mark Harrison from Eastbay-RC, for an interesting discussion relative to last week's OpenSource discussion, and then we get into some Taranis talk. Yep, we're still diggin' on this great radio!

Please don't forget about our Help A Vet program! In this episode we share a few things we are still looking for and would enjoy any help you maybe able to offer.


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Posted by crash-man | Apr 24, 2014 @ 11:32 AM | 1,735 Views
More Than A Little Info

We are all back in the workshop for this 257th installment of our show and in this one, we share some news items, dip into the mail bag, and even talk a little about Open Source projects. There's a LOT of info in this show and it's way too much to try to write a description for here.

Please pay special attention to the announcement where we are looking to gather up some equipment for a friend in the hobby. If you think you may be able to lend a hand, just send me an email with the subject line "HELP A VET"!

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Posted by crash-man | Apr 17, 2014 @ 10:38 AM | 1,698 Views
SEFF 2014 Recap

This 256th installment of our show finds us all back in our respective workshops after a great week at the mecca that is Hodges Field. Though SEFF 2014 had a little bit of a different 'feel' this year, it was still an outstanding event! The rains at the beginning of a week slowed us down for a bit, but the rest of the week offered up some fantastic weather! Join us as we do our best to summarize what we took away from this year's annual reunion.

I'd like to also offer up our special THANKS! to Kuan and GWS USA for their sponsorship of this year's new and somewhat 'unofficial' event - the 2014SEFFFATCCCGWSUCNRC (or the 'GWS Acronym Challenge' as we started calling it). These kind folks sent us their Funny Park, P38, and P40 kits along with some very nice shirts to give away. Though some of their product line may seem a bit outdated, these things all fly VERY WELL and are quite easy to convert to today's brushless systems. Don't overlook these kits, as they offer up some great value and bang for the buck! My Formosa flew wonderfully and I'm certain to get many great flights from it!



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Posted by crash-man | Apr 14, 2014 @ 01:57 PM | 2,544 Views
The Renegades

Yours truly here got so wrapped up in the SEFF magic this year that I did NOT do a show from Hodges Field. Fortunately, a band of 'Renegades' got together and put together a really cool show for the one I failed to record. At this point, I cannot tell you with any real certainty exactly who all is on this show (I'm actually listening to the recording as I type this LoL), but I thank all of you for your help with this!

Join us for next week's show, as we should all be back in our respective workshops and will be streaming our recording session LIVE again!


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Posted by crash-man | Apr 03, 2014 @ 09:13 AM | 1,707 Views
Event Prep - SEFF 2014

This 254th installment of our show finds half of your co-hosts preparing for one of the biggest events on the calender here in North America - SEFF 2014. In this rather 'loose' episode, we discuss some of the things you may want to prepare for to enjoy an event like this to it's full potential.

There will be no LIVE show next week planned, but you may want to watch our Facebook Show Page and Facebook Listeners Discussion Page for a surprise announcement! It looks as though KarlK and IFLYOS may throw in a 'pirate show' while Crash, NavionFlyer, and Laine are at SEFF!

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Posted by crash-man | Mar 27, 2014 @ 09:58 AM | 1,828 Views
Multi-Rotor Questions Answered

In this 253rd installment of our show, we dive into the mailbag to answer some of your questions with the help of our special gues, Witespy from ReadyToFlyQuads! Also, during our 'personal updates' portion of the show, I give a short review of a new product I've been able to try out recently and share my impression of a really nice new Quadcopter frame that I just received!

Will you be in the LA area and are interested in attending the RCX on May 17-18th? You can score one of 8 free tickets being given away by SDParkFlyers by liking their Facebook page, and commenting and sharing the post there regarding the giveaway!

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Posted by crash-man | Mar 20, 2014 @ 10:23 AM | 1,981 Views
A Pretty Decent Show

In this 252nd offering of our show, we share what we've been up to as of late. I got to attend the Austin Multi-Rotor Fest and met up with some old friends, and made some new ones, too! I saw some great new technology and walked away with a great experience, thoug the weather was less than desirable.

We dig into the mailbag this week and try to answer some questions, mainly regarding how we light up our aircraft for night-flying. This is some pretty good information, since SEFF is coming up in just a few weeks and night-flying is one of the most popular events for this gathering!

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Posted by crash-man | Mar 20, 2014 @ 10:19 AM | 1,959 Views
And Even More Workshop

This 251st installment of our show has the whole gang present and we try to build on last week's segment where we continue discussing the items every workshop should have. We also talk about how GWS has sponsored our 2014SEFFFATCCCGWSUCNRC 'thing' we are planning to do at SEFF this year with three cool prizes. Furthermore, they are discounting their kits to make it even cheaper for you to get YOUR airframe to participate in this unofficial event! In addition, we try our best to answer a couple of listener questions that you may find informative, as well.

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