American Junior RC

Check out this fun scratch built project.

Jack Books RC American Junior Project

Jack Books RC American Junior Project

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Hand Made R-985 Dummy Radial

Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior Dummy Radial built by Donald Kurtz

Photo provided by Donald Kurtz, local scale builder. He’s building a Beech 18 and needed two dummy radials. No engine kit was available in the correct scale. The metal parts are K&S aluminum and copper tubing. The brass you see on the plug wires is brass rod. Cylinders are hardwood dowel, heads and rocker boxes are balsa. Engine block is the top of a plastic drink bottle with a thin plywood washer to form the brush-less motor shaft exit. The entire engine comes apart just in case he needs to service a cylinder. The rocker box’s will not be visible when the cowling is installed and are simply there to hold the push-rod tubes. Great job Don!

Actual Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior

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Windows 8.1 Charms Bar KILLED! DISABLED! DEFEATED!

AFter extensive searching, I had to figure this out for myself. I believe this is the first and only solution to eliminate edge swiping annoyingly opening up the right hand Charms Bar and taking control of your pointer. 1/25/2014. It wasn’t actually all that difficult. Follow instructions below.

Windows 8.1 Charms annoyance defeated! Control panel (or begin typing “control panel”), select “Mouse”, Then select” Device Settings” tab. Then select “Settings” button. Un-check “Enable Edge Swipes”. This effectively disables the charms bar annoyance because it is not now triggered by the swiping on the right 1/4 of the touch pad. I also unchecked “Tapping”. Just re-positioning my finger to move the pointer was causing occasional selections of items on screen. Way too sensitive on the tapping feature and no way to adjust the sensitivity that I have yet discovered. So there you go, I’m now happy with Windows 8.1. The desire to do this as asked about in many forums and on YouTube but there are no published answers that I could find. I noticed in a YouTube video somebody had a menu up with these check box’s and was able (with some help) to find it today. Enjoy!

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Make Mine Freedom

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Keith Shaws Radical RC 1905 Wright Flyer in Canada

Keith Shaw flying is 1905 Wright Flyer at the 2013 KRCM Electric Fun Fly.

Club Link: Kingston Radio Control Modellers in Canada

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Setting the Hook

archie phillips teaching radio control model airplane

My good friend Archie Phillips in Alabama introducing the next generation.

Hi Dave,
I know you are interested in getting young folks interested in Model
Aviation. Last Saturday my club helped at the NASA Space and Rocket Center
Aviation Challenge event. Here is a photo of me planting the seed with a
little one (he was thrilled). Later I introduced his dad to flying and we
“set the Hook”.

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V22 Osprey Arrives at USAFM Today

Enjoyed watching a CV-22 Osprey arrive in front of our shop. The United States Air Force Museum is across the street from “US”. Osprey pilot dusts the snow off our roof. ;-) He put on a short airshow, bank angles easily up to 70 degree’s and a nice dirty pass with the rear ramp open. What a view we have here.

CV-22 Osprey over Radical RC

Thursday, December 12, 2013. A CV-22 Osprey over Radical RC’s Shop

CV-22 Osprey arrives at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force DUST OFF PHOTO Here

cv-22 osprey arrive usafm

Last minute of the last flight for this VC-22 Osprey

CV-22 Osprey

CV-22 Osprey High Bank Angle

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Comments on Line of Sight UAV, FPV and UAS requirments.

The following are my thoughts written in a letter in response to the “Line of Sight” requirement being applied to FPV operations and regulation of commercial operations. While I recommend you follow all rules and regulations. These are what I feel are the rational arguments for Liberty and Safe operations of these vehicles.

Regarding Line of Sight and commercial regulations from the FAA.

Philosophically, it’s an objection to Liberty and also an objection to voluntary exchange.

I would argue against the use of UAS / FPV only on a safety basis, not on the basis of reserving a monopoly of operations for one user over another. For example. I don’t have a problem with a person flying out of visual contact, but I would have a problem with them flying beyond visual ability to recognize full scale aircraft in an operational area.

One regulation is an objection to Liberty and Voluntary Exchange. The other acknowledges no limit of operation up to the point you egress into others Liberty (safety) becomes non-determinable or non manageable. A similar example is that I cannot see a bullet, but I must be aware of what I am shooting at and what is behind the target in the flight path of the bullet. I have a responsibility to protect the safety of others unknown to me yet I have no duty to see the projectile. NASA cannot maintain visual contact with a rocket for the whole flight path but through other technology is able to determine the rocket is not going to enter an area of unsafe potential contact with other objects in orbit.

My thinking allows for example an operator to fly behind a tree line he cannot see through but is not probable operational space for a full scale aircraft. Allows him to photograph a mountain close up if he can recognize a full size aircraft entering the area and simply command an evasive altitude.

Other ramifications of the poorly thought out “Line of Sight” language is the mapping or exploration of caves, inspection or exploration of abandoned buildings, fissures in geological structures, forested area’s etc…

As to the status of operations being professional or recreational and inhibiting operations on this basis is an objection to voluntary exchange. These are not man carrying devices, only sensor carrying devices. There is no significant risk to life or property. Why should we allow the industry to be stifled by regulation who’s founding intent is to keep people from falling out of the sky and dying in poorly maintained or constructed aircraft? Clearly there is no reason or need of government regulation over air photography services. We should be able to hire anybody we want to take a picture. We do not need government officials deciding for a photographer how he gets his camera into position as long as he does not present a hazard to other aircraft in the operational area. You don’t need a pilot’s license to see an airplane any more than you need a drivers license to operate a cross walk and recognize an automobile. Ask any 5 year old child.

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Getting a Type Rating and Flying the DC-7

Getting type rated in a DC-7.

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1SQ V-Cam Lake Rescue

Van Hershberger Sends an interesting photo.

Uggg, a little more that way…..

“Even this flight into the lake didn’t kill off the 1SQ, I’ve had 20
flights since with video, all is working like new : )


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