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Posted by Brainstorm | Apr 04, 2017 @ 09:21 AM | 24,911 Views
Open your mind, and broaden your horizons! Explore new (old) forms of flight!

While I spend most of my time in the multi-rotor section of RCG, I enjoy exploring different facets of model aviation. Fixed wing is also where I started out, when I built a Graupner "RC UHU" sailplane as a teenager. Here are a few RCG sub-forums that I like to read, which have inspired me to try out new and old aspects of our hobby.

Free Flight -- Free flight (FF) is where model aviation started, long before any kind of remote control. Incredible craftsmanship makes FF models light as a feather. Whether you launch them by hand, catapult (like a slingshot), or harness the power of a rubber band to spin a prop, FF is mesmerizing and a ton of fun.

Scratchbuilt Indoor and Micro Models -- Long before the current micro quad craze, intrepid modelers were building incredible micro RC planes from scratch and in all kinds of shapes. Fascinating and hugely inspiring!

Love the idea of converting a FF model to indoor RC, as user glider90 did with his Hyper-Lite Bipe below:

Micro Ready-to-Fly -- It doesn't get any easier than picking up a ready-to-fly (RTF) micro foam plane, even more so now that we have electronic stabilization. If you haven't tried fixed wing RC "out of the box," I highly recommend it!

Hand Launch Sailplanes -- Flying the winds without a motor is the closest we can get to soaring like the birds. Launching straight up from flat ground, i.e. without the help of a hill or cliff or winch, just seems special and surreal. While I only have a Whipit for now, Discus Launch Gliders (DLG) got me hooked and are just plain cool.

Electric Sailplanes -- Motorized gliders offer an easy entry into the world of gliders and sailplanes. Can't find a thermal to carry you aloft? Just crank up the throttle! And once you have enough altitude to feel comfortable, cut your engine and the prop will fold flat against the fuselage.

There you have it! Endless ways of enjoying flight and finding new recreational and educational pursuits.
Posted by Brainstorm | Mar 21, 2014 @ 02:49 PM | 4,926 Views
As of March 2014, I have changed my username to Brainstorm.

My previous username, EarthCopter, was chosen for a remote-sensing startup that a good friend and I launched in 2012. While we wait for the FAA to come up with its rules for commercial UAV operations, the business has remained on the back burner. My business partner also relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where EarthCopter is now based.

Since I've come to leverage RCG for my personal building and flying, rather than our commercial endeavor, I wanted to reflect that in my username. Brainstorm is meant to capture the way I like to think, build, and fly -- in bursts of creative energy!

Thanks for your understanding with this "personal rebranding."