Posted by efflux RC | 03-31-2011 @ 04:42 AM | 9,184 Views
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Posted by danaman | 03-29-2011 @ 06:33 AM | 11,262 Views
NEW Congress Reconvenes to Complete the FAA Re-Authorization Act

In the beginning, 6/09/1981, there was Advisory Circular 91-57, the Model Aircraft Operating Standards:

To make a very long story short, WAY BEFORE THE FPV FOLLIES, commercial operators were flying RC models under AC 91-57 which the FAA later ruled against. This left commercial sUAV pioneers without a rule to fly under and without the ability to tell the feds "we were just flying our model airplanes." I started an AC 91-57 thread on RCG that nobody really cares about so you can read more here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1402772

Here is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Regulatory Brief: Unmanned Aircraft Systems: http://www.aopa.org/whatsnew/regulatory/unmanned.html

SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE ABOUT ALL THIS THOUGHT THE REGULATOR (and a lot of other special interest groups with deep pockets and big agendas) and so the ARC was convened. Read it and weep: Small Unmanned Aircraft System, Aviation Rulemaking Committee, Comprehensive Set of Recommendations for sUAS Regulatory Development: http://www.modelaircraft.org/faa/recommendations.pdf

Enter the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Program Office (UAPO) and their ”FACT SHEET for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)” http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives...FACT_Sheet.pdf

From where I sit, AC 91-57 is the elephant in the middle of the room; if the regulatory apple does not fall far from the tree, then we will likely see the old advisory circular reinforced in the new rule for sUAV. Check this out in sUAS News: http://www.suasnews.com/2011/03/4697...as-in-the-nas/

Rich Hanson responds to why regulation and comments on AC 91-57: http://www.modelaircraft.org/aboutam...log.aspx#32411

Pioneers like Patrick Egan and friends have given us the lay of the land while foraging a path to the land of milk and honey for the small businessman with sticks in hand. I find this article particularly interesting: http://www.suasnews.com/2010/11/2782...come%E2%80%A6/

So just what is the FAA up to anyway? Here is what was filed as part of the federal rulemaking process. This, AC 91-57 and the 2009 ARC Recommendations are our best clues as to what the NPRM will be all about:

Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)
Popular Title: Small Unmanned Aircraft
RIN 2120-AJ60
Stage: NPRM
Previous Stage:None
Abstract: This rulemaking would enable small unmanned aircraft to safely operate in limited portions of the national airspace system (NAS). This action is necessary because it addresses the novel legal or policy issues about the minimum safety parameters for operating recreational remote control model and toy aircraft in the NAS. The intended effect of this action is to develop requirements and standards to ensure that risks are adequately mitigated, such that safety is maintained for the entire aviation community. http://regs.dot.gov/rulemakings/201103/report.htm

The AMA's Government Relations website:

Gary Mortimer’s recent article validates the AMA’s recent Congressional Awareness Campaign:

They liked what AMA did so much that AUVSI followed AMA’s lead:

NEW So how did we make out? H.R.658 & S.223 may go to committee for reconciliation: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h658/show

Finally, for those of you who just adore RULES, the FAA has lots of them in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). Check out FAR part 91 for starters and to cure insomnia. http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text...4/14tab_02.tpl
Posted by Bill Brady | 03-27-2011 @ 08:25 PM | 9,278 Views
I have a G26, and want to hang it on an airframe - I'm open to all suggestions - The G26 runs excellent on a test stand, but I have never flown it - Looking for an airplane - Really don't know what works best - Need help here - Bill
Posted by Chris Todd | 03-27-2011 @ 02:06 PM | 15,907 Views

VCU is making a serious name for themselves!!! Maybe it's just a little home-state pride, but it's freekin awesome!!!!

Posted by keepclicking | 03-26-2011 @ 04:07 PM | 9,420 Views
I have been flying for 4 years and now I want to get into something large. I was thinking of something like the extra 330l because I hear that it has a longer tail which makes it more stable. The largest plane I have flown so far is the twist with a OS .61. Will the larger plane be easier to fly?

Jerry Jones
Posted by joesmith285 | 03-25-2011 @ 09:49 PM | 15,264 Views
Posted by WhirlyGirl | 03-24-2011 @ 05:10 PM | 16,518 Views
Geez. I don't know where the motivation went over this winter...oh yeah, strike that, I do. My better half was stuck in a 6-month deployment. His original deployment was to Kuwait, but the masterminds there decided it was best to forward-deploy him to Kabul, Afghanistan. Let me tell you...this was one of the most frightening and drawn-out deployments I've ever had to endure as a spouse of an Air Force pilot. I am used to him being in a tanker giving a little sip of the sippy sip stuff to F-15's and 16's, or he's even been deployed as part of the launch and recovery element for the RQ-4 Global Hawk, but at least that is done from a "safe" location.

Well, fast-forward to January and we are finally reunited as a family. Reintegration is something we always look forward to after deployments. We like to jump in and just get back to normal life...hanging out with each other...best friends. The weather around here is starting to give way to friendly flying temps and we have equipment to start looking over for the start of the new flying season. After all, our second Joe Nall is less than 43 days away. Albert and I have some rust to shake off of our thumbs, new fuel to mix up and a new motor for me to break-in on my Carden.

Have I mentioned that I have the best husband in the world?! I DO! And I'm looking forward to hanging out with my best-est bud at fun flys this summer. I missed you at Chattanooga and the Ohio HuckFest last year Babe...it was no fun without YOU!
Posted by rwedel | 03-21-2011 @ 08:29 AM | 15,694 Views
FROMECO releases the new Quad Current Meter.

The Quad Current Meter or QCM is a digital tool designed to make the installation of multiple servos on a single surface easier and more exact.

Currently when setting up multiple servos on a single surface, we use a current meter
as we do our adjustments to our linkages and then unplug and move to the next servo.

With the QCM, we now can adjust 1 to 4 servo linkages on a single surface at one time.

The QCM has 4 inputs “from receiver” and 4 outputs “to servos”, and will read the real time current of all channels being adjusted at the same time.

The QCM will retail for 54.00 and comes with (4) 6” extensions to connect your receiver to the QCM
and is about twice the size of our 8 Ball load tester and should be on the web site under products soon.
(503) 766-3261

Let us know what you think.
Here are a few pictures.
Posted by andrewgo2 | 03-18-2011 @ 03:41 PM | 9,911 Views
I just got my Extra 27 % on March 17, 2011. Today I started piecing it together. It may be a long time before I have it completed. I think I'll slowly purchase radio gear and an engine as to not bust the bank all at once. I hope I have this thing ready to fly by the summer of 2012. In the mean time I along with my dad will be playing the Great Planes 5.5 flight sim.
Posted by cmitch232 | 03-18-2011 @ 12:03 PM | 10,043 Views
I see this morning that Horizon has moved back it's release of some of the new DSMX radios from late March to Mid-April. I'm wondering if this has anything to do with the tragedy there, and how many products from there will be affected.

Anybody know anything about this?
Posted by olestick1 | 03-16-2011 @ 04:47 PM | 9,484 Views
Where can I find a templet to mount a DA-120. I cant belive you can spend 1400 dollars for an engine and not get a diagram in the literature for mounting the engine.
Posted by boostoman | 03-12-2011 @ 04:43 AM | 10,902 Views
Check out my yourtube channel

Posted by CSpaced | 03-09-2011 @ 12:28 PM | 20,684 Views
Welcome back to Earth Discovery, you've earned your retirement!

Posted by vegasking1961 | 03-08-2011 @ 09:44 PM | 17,983 Views
For any of you Springfield Mo flyers STEAMPRO Carpet Cleaning will give you 10% off your next carpet cleaning from us. visit http://www.stmpro.com or http://www.carpetmedx.com and tell us you seen it on Flying Gaints.
Posted by HENRY MEYER 40 | 03-08-2011 @ 04:25 AM | 9,723 Views
My ignition on my DA 50 is US. I would like to replace it with a cheaper Chinese model (FTL 50 ), can anyone tell me if it will work. I baught the complete ignition with pick up from Hobby city. Still waiting for arrival.
Posted by Outka Air 20 | 03-06-2011 @ 11:09 PM | 12,555 Views
About ready to go just need to drill the prop and cut in a couple of charger ports and ready to fire her up!!!
Mx-2 50cc
DA-50 with a canister muffler front dump 50mm Drop perfect no cutting of cowl other than engine hole.
Hi-tech 7955 TG everywere even throttle.
Vess 23A prop
Power safe 9channel receiver
Hanger 9 servo arms. 1 1/2"
2- A123 6v duralite 2600mah
1-7.4v lion lithum 2600mah ignition battery
6v regulater on ignition
heavy duty jr switch for ignition
smartfly ingition cut off switch.
Posted by RCFlyingKnight | 03-06-2011 @ 06:41 PM | 9,996 Views
Since my understanding is that blogs are like personal journals for the world to see. I thought I would start one reguarding the 6 large planes I'm slowly going to work on. A Big Hots, 1/3 scale Cub, Pitts S2B, Miss Sanberdanio, 52% Giles, and Katana X. All except the Katana X are proven designs and don't need any modifications but I couldn't call myself a modeler if I didn't change something. The Katana X is a plan I downloaded a few years ago, I look it over and it seemed ok but to be safe I'll be looking over it's structure in more detail to be sure.

I've been in the hobby since 1988 so I've learned a few things over the years. I also have 90+ sets of proven paper plans, everything from chuck gliders to the 52% Giles, to look at for reference. I've also built many kits (and unfortunately assembled 1 B(ARF)).

I'm not sure where I'm going with this but hopefully my ramblings will be of interest and informative to some out there.
Posted by joesmith285 | 03-04-2011 @ 09:22 PM | 26,763 Views
Maiden of the 3dhs 71 Aj Slick

3D Hobby Shop 71" Slick flown by Joe Smith (3 min 21 sec)

Posted by danaman | 03-04-2011 @ 07:32 AM | 10,463 Views
I returned to the hobby in 2010 and forgot so very much how much I loved flying, how flight is a core part of who I am. Just after I reclaim this part of me for myself, I discover that the hobby is at risk of being hobbled with onerous regulation. Through the decades I have seen how general aviation has suffered setbacks and I fear RC may be following (personal sentiment). And so I also realize that Americans have a voice into government, a small one, albeit a voice. And its an important cause, to me anyway, and apparently I am not alone in that belief. RC'ers are standing up, speaking out, and most importantly participating in the lawmaking and rulemaking processes. Hey, if the new Rule is ok or doesn't come to pass, we win. If not, at least we tried and will have no regrets trying to say under 400' AGL, LOL. A win-win campaign either way and a lesson in representative government.