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Jack's Ride

Air TaxiRange anxiety, the bugaboo of all-electric driving, is even more frightening for all-electric flying, where running out of power has worse consequences than having to pull over to the side of the road.

A solution now comes from Workhorse, an Ohio-based firm. It has a passenger-carrying air taxi, called the SureFly, which combines the company’s expertise in partially automated operation, from its drone business, and in hybrid-electric propulsion, from its truck business.

The craft’s eight counter-rotating motors each drive a carbon-fiber rotor, and the power comes from a generator cranked by an internal-combustion engine. You can fly 110 kilometers (70 miles) on a tank, then refill in minutes. There’s also a small lithium-ion battery, as a backup.

Now that’s my kind of taxi. When it becomes self-driving, I can take Fran along.
 
Submitted by Jack Nellist, June, 2017.

The Spruce Goose

Check out this video for the RC version of Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose.

Nice If you have water and a lot of it available!

Submitted by Mike Hooper, June, 2017.

Rubber Free Flight Scale

Take a look at this site "Welcome to Mike's flying scale model pages".

Submitted by Steve Hughes, February, 2015.

Landing an A380 in San Francisco

This is an incredible video of a German Airbus landing at SFO. The approach shows wonderful and memorable views of the GG Bridge, the Presidio, the Bay Bridge, and the approach to SFO. 800 PLUS PASSENGERS - Airbus A-380 First Landing at SFO. The pilots sit away from everything, no yoke, etc. Captain pulls up a keyboard once in a while to enter info but the plane does most of the work.....

For best results go "full screen" on your monitor. It will seem like you are in the cockpit.

See the video here

Submitted by Jack Nellist, July, 2014.

Flying Quad Athletes

If you like technology and you like flying, you won't want to miss this TED Talks presentation.

Submitted by Al Seper, June, 2013.

Fully Functioning Scale Model Airport

So you think you know "scale" ? This is a model airport where everything seems to work--including takeoffs and landings as well as taxi/docking to loading ramps. It seems to be a full day/night/day in 16 minutes. Take the time to watch it -- always something happening.

Submitted by BRIAN (aka  RUSTY), May, 2013

World R/C Speed Record -468 mph - with no engine!

Using a technique called dynamic soaring that was copied by watching the actions of Turkey Vultures, you can obtain very high speeds. I found a couple of videos on the web, one of which shows the world record speed of 468 mph being set. However, it isn't a very good video in that you can't see the glider very well. This video is very good and show how the technique works.

Take a look at this YouTube video here.

Submitted by Ian Smith, May, 2013

Night Flying - who would have thought it?

Bill Rollins flys an LED lit up Sig Kadet and Will Graham filmed it. Called "Bill's Night Flight", it's a great video.

See it here.

Submitted by Bill Rollins and Will Graham, May, 2013

Incredible Indoor Flying Exhibition

You've got to see this man's ability to control his plane to music. It's a work of art. Take a look.

Submitted by Al Seper, April, 2013.

Kite Flying Exhibition

You have to see this multiple kite flying show! It's not RC, but it sure is control.

Ray Bethell is 85 years old and is probably the top multi-kite flyer in the world. He lives and flies in Vancouver, BC.

Submitted by Norm Lunt, February, 2013.

World-wide Aircraft Flight Map

Ever wonder about the aircraft you see flying overhead? Well wonder no more!! This web site gives you "real time" flight info on each aircraft you click on. Zoom in to your location on the map to minimize the number of aircraft on the screen. You can watch them move over you with about a 10 second delay. Click here to get to it.

Contributed by Rusty Lockwood, January 2013.

In the cockpit of an Airbus 380 landing in San Francisco

A super video that shows you what it would really be like to fly a jumbo jet and for me (who lived for years right under the flight path), a special treat. Click here to get to it.

Contributed by Rusty Lockwood, January 2013.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force

This museum is located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Over 300 aircraft and missles are on display which you can see in this state-of-the-art video tour that they provide. It's worth looking at just to see how the photo technology works. Click here for the website.

Contributed by Rusty Lockwood, December 2012.

A Trip Around Vancouver Island by Air

Sightseeing on a homebuilt: http://vimeo.com/53986934

Contributed by Ian Smith, December, 2012.

Helicopter Rescue!!

Hey, it's pretty cool what rc'ers will do for each other! Check out this video:

http://www.flixxy.com/helicopter-pilot-fishes-rc-plane-from-tree.htm 

Contribution by Will Graham, November 12, 2012.

Imperial War Museum Duxford, England

I heard about this musem from a friend who visited it on a trip to England this year. If you have an interest in war planes, or planes in general, you really need to visit this museum if you're ever in the area. A list of the planes in the museum is on their website and it's awsome. I couldn't think of a war plane that they don't have.

Here is their address: http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-duxford/flying-aircraft

Contribution by Ian Smith, July 3, 2012.

Wierd Aircraft

This set of pictures is hard to believe! Click here for the show.

Contribution by Bruce Berry, June 8, 2012.

Flying Bird

This video of an ornithopyter is amazing. You can actually buy one ready to fly on the web.

Contribution by Ian Smith, June 1, 2012.

 

 
  
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