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Posted by dswitkin | Sep 22, 2009 @ 09:07 PM | 13,740 Views
Here's my best photos (with captions) of this year's NEAT Fair:


Posted by dswitkin | Aug 20, 2009 @ 04:44 PM | 13,821 Views
Just put up my IRCHA 2009 report, including the new Futaba radio, the prototype Curtis Youngblood flybarless system, lots of scale helis, and some great night flying shots:


Posted by dswitkin | Jul 26, 2009 @ 02:17 PM | 14,161 Views
Check out this HD video from Helis Over Delaware:

Helis Over Delaware 2009 (4 min 4 sec)

Photos and descriptions can be found here:


Posted by dswitkin | Jul 11, 2009 @ 04:05 PM | 14,041 Views
Looks live I've fallen behind a bit here. Check out some recent articles:

Maker Faire Report

Big Apple Jet Rally 2009 Report

Precision Aerobatics Katana MD Build Notes

Posted by dswitkin | May 03, 2009 @ 10:12 AM | 15,267 Views
I've put up our report of the 2009 ETOC indoor flying competition with over 100 photos from the show floor:


Posted by dswitkin | Apr 09, 2009 @ 08:01 PM | 14,209 Views
After 18 hours of driving, 16 hours on the show floor, and 842 photos, I've now posted our huge, two part coverage of the 2009 Toledo Show:



Our ETOC coverage will appear in a separate article within a week.

Comments welcome,
Posted by dswitkin | Feb 22, 2009 @ 08:33 PM | 14,948 Views
I've just put up our annual report and photos of the WRAM Show in White Plains, NY:


Posted by dswitkin | Jul 20, 2008 @ 09:00 PM | 15,592 Views
I had the chance to attend the SCCMAS show in northern California last weekend, featuring turbine jets, giant scale acrobats, and many other kinds of aircraft. Here's my show report with almost 100 photos:


Posted by dswitkin | May 14, 2008 @ 11:34 AM | 15,209 Views
Just finished building and getting my first T-Rex 450S in the air. I've put together an article about the good and the bad of the kit, as well as some tips from the process:


Feedback welcome,
Posted by dswitkin | Apr 13, 2008 @ 03:54 PM | 15,214 Views
I've posted a detailed review of the eLogger V3 with a variety of sensors:


Feedback welcome,
Posted by dswitkin | Feb 10, 2008 @ 09:37 AM | 15,213 Views
I've received an eLogger V3 from Eagle Tree Systems for review, and have done some bench tests and installed the sensors in the ElectriFly Reactor. Unfortunately the weather has been too lousy to fly - here's today's forecast:
A chance of snow showers, mainly before noon. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 18 mph increasing to between 23 and 26 mph. Winds could gust as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Looks like I will have to wait for next weekend, or get up very early one day this week to fly before work. I was able to compare the current draw between the 10x4.5SF prop Great Planes recommends and an 11x4.7SF, and on the ground it only increased from 17.5 to 19.2 amps. I'm going to try out the 11 inch prop and see how it feels in the air. Stay tuned for the complete eLogger review in a few weeks.
Posted by dswitkin | Jan 29, 2008 @ 07:51 PM | 15,935 Views
After several weeks of building, flying, and taking photos, my ElectriFly Reactor review is now up:


This is the longest, most detailed review I've written so far, with 45 photos, and I'm having a blast with the plane.

What motor/battery/propeller combination are other people using?
Posted by dswitkin | Jan 20, 2008 @ 07:12 PM | 17,465 Views
Just as I was finishing up the build on my Reactor 3D and about halfway through writing my review, I saw that Great Planes has come out with a biplane version:


I have to admit it's very pretty. With four ailerons and a shorter wingspan, rolls should be extremely quick. I love finding new planes which take the 11v 2100 mah packs I already have.
Posted by dswitkin | Jan 06, 2008 @ 12:04 PM | 15,441 Views
I've just posted a new article on propeller safety, specifically for electric pilots:


There are some good instructions there on how to program a kill switch on a Futaba radio for airplane use.
Posted by dswitkin | Jan 01, 2008 @ 04:02 PM | 15,298 Views
I forgot to post a link to a recent article I wrote:


This explains how to remove the ratchet from an airplane radio to get a smooth throttle stick, which is critical for helicopter pilots. I've found it's pretty nice for 3D airplane flying too.
Posted by dswitkin | Dec 28, 2007 @ 09:56 AM | 15,297 Views
I have just posted an interview with Just Plane Chris over at ZeroRC, which you can read here:


We got to talking about his podcast All Things That Fly, getting more people into the hobby, how to get started with helicopters, and more. Check it out!
Posted by dswitkin | Nov 27, 2007 @ 10:09 PM | 15,157 Views
Getting bored with your simulator? Want to try something new? Here's some ideas you can try:

Posted by dswitkin | Nov 24, 2007 @ 09:54 PM | 15,422 Views
I've just updated my review of the FlightFlex Yak 55 from ElectriFly with new links and photos:


Also check out my follow up article which describes how I converted it to brushless power:


Once this plane clicked it became such a blast to fly. Haven't gotten to try it indoors yet, but I'd like to.
Posted by dswitkin | Nov 17, 2007 @ 09:00 AM | 15,567 Views
I just wrote up an overview of some of the flight calculators out there:


These are a good way to try different prop sizes, motor replacements, etc. without spending a dime. They're also invaluable to heli flyers to determine head speed.
Posted by dswitkin | Nov 02, 2007 @ 09:57 PM | 19,711 Views
I've been having a blast flying the Lama V4 in my basement and at work. I wrote up a review of my experience with it:


Feedback welcome.