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Tomato Sauce with his eyes on the prizeFor the humble beginnings of ‘The Path…’ see Part 1 and Part 2.

I’ve been buried into some multirotor building that I completely forgot I need to finish what I started here on Raging Rotors; either that or I was half expecting Doug to write it this week after last week¬†(Props to Doug and his great scale/crawler work). As we come to the final phase of ‘The Path’ (which have alternate titles of ‘There and Back Again’ and ‘Evasive Maneuvers’), we need to discuss the most important part of becoming an amateur pilot, actually piloting! Now, I’ll break it down to helicopters and airplanes, as some of the maneuvers are not as necessary for one over the other. I would also like to give a shout out to¬†Tony¬†of¬†HobbyTown Orland Park¬†since most of this piloting advice (especially helicopter) is straight out of his manual.

When it comes to helicopter flight, the most difficult part of flight is when the controls are reversed due to the nose of the helicopter being faced towards yourself, known as¬†‘nose in.’ ‘Looking into the eyes of the beast’ can be a little intimidating; many a time I have freaked out flying nose in, even with my mini quadcopters. Here is a set of maneuvers you can do to practice flight, whether or not you choose to go nose in is up to you:

  • Full Circles clockwise(opt: using rudder (left stick) to keep nose in direction of flight path) and counter-clockwise (opt: using rudder to keep tail in direction of flight path)
  • Figure 8 forwards (opt: using rudder to keep nose in direction of flight path)¬†and backwards (opt: using rudder to keep tail in direction of flight path)

For¬†airplane flight, nose in is still a contributing factor but if you’re using a slow flying trainer plane, I’ve noticed getting accustomed to the viewpoint is easier, like controlling your RC Car (unlike helis, you can nose in your car and drive slow, and kill throttle of your plane and glide around). The major challenge with aircraft like RC Planes is accounting for depth (a plane can get away from you pretty quick) and wind (some planes need some assistance, especially out by me near the ‘Windy City’). Here’s one good flight hint:¬†Take off in the wind.¬†This will give you some help taking off, since the wind in combination with your propeller work will give you some extra lift.

These maneuvers with practice (on the field or on the simulator) will definitely hone your skills, but only attempt them after getting a handle for your aircraft.

The end of ‘The Path’ has been reached, but it is just a small piece of a bigger journey. I am honored to share my experiences and knowledge with you, and appreciate all the support to those of you who have contacted me or visited me on my ‘home turf‘. Between March Bash-ness¬† and the continuing improvement in weather, it will definitely be a good month! As always, until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Flyzone Hadron Flying Wing Tx-R Rx-R 33.5"
The crew over at Flyzone has a new plane called the Hadron Flying Wing. It uses a large fin and thrust vectoring to give it extreme aerobatic capabilities. Some of its other features include-

* 2200kv brushless motor
* Easy battery access
* AeroCell foam, ABS plastic, and carbon fiber to make it durable
* Able to fly knife edge

The Flyzone Hadron comes in both Tx-R and Rx-R forms. The Tx-R has a part number of #FLZA3612 and has a street price of $279. The Rx-R has a part number of #FLZA3614 and a street price of $219. Expect both to hit hobby shops sometime in September.

Looking for more air news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Parkzone Ultra Micro ICON A5 BNF
With the new ICON A5 from ParkZone you can fly off of land or water. The ICON A5 comes with easily removable landing gear, making it quick and easy to convert from one to the other. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Officially licensed by ICON
* Incredible scale detailing
* 2.4 GHz radio system
* AS3X flight stabilization
* 2500kv brushless motor
* Wingspan 24.5″
* Comes with everything in the box

The part number for the ICON A5 is #PKZU2380, it has a street price of $159, and it should hit hobby shops in late September. For more information hit THIS LINK over on the official ParkZone website.

Want to catch up on ParkZone news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Robbe Red Bull Edge 540 ARF
We are big Red Bull Energy Drink fans around the BSRC offices so when we see a trick machine with Red Bull livery we are all over it.

Robbe is a German company that’s makes all sorts of flying machines and their latest is a Red Bull Edition Edge 540 ARF. The Red Bull Edge 540 uses laser cut wood parts for the fuselage, wings and tail, and aluminum for the undercarriage. A vacuum molded canopy and painted GRP cowl round out this very trick looking flying machine.

The part number for the Red Bull Edge 540 ARF is #1-FW004001 and it has a street price of ‚ā¨169.00, about $220 US. These are not available in the US right now, but that has never stopped you guys before. For complete info simply click THIS LINK for the official Robbe website.

The weekend means bash time, going huge regardless of the consequences. I can’t think of a better way to get your weekend kicked off than this TGIF Mystery Link.

E-Flite Beast 60e ARF
With a name like the Beast, the newest 60-sized plane from E-flite should be an animal in the air.

E-flite designed the Beast 60e ARF from the ground up with modern brushless/Lipo power in mind. It’s light and engineered for aerobatic 3D flight. It’s also fast to get in the air, final assembly requires only 4 screws and 4 pins.

The Beast has a wingspan of 57″ and an overall length of 57.5″. The part number is #EFL9000, street price is $349, and it is expected to hit hobby shops in late July. For complete information simply Click This Link.

Happy Friday everyone, kick the weekend off right with a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

E-flite UMX Yak 54 180 BNF
The new E-flite UMX Yak 54 180 BNF is an ultra micro sized airplane that uses AS3X technology to not only make it easier to fly, but to also boost its aerobatic performance. AS3X stability control makes it easier to pull off all those cool aerobatic moves that you’ve been wanting to learn.

The Yak 54 180 has a wingspan of just 17.8″ and a length of 16.1″, making it easy to transport to your local flying spot. Despite its small size, the Yak 54 180 can even be flown in moderate wind.

Included with the Yak 54 180 is a powerful 180 brushless system and Lipo battery, all you need to supply is a 4 channel radio to get up and flying. Street price is $169, the part number is #EFLU5080, and you can get complete information at THIS LINK over on the official E-flite website.

Looking for more rc aiplane news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

E-flite Apprentice S 15e RTF SAFE Technology
The latest plane from E-flite is the Apprentice S 15e RTF. On the outside the Apprentice looks pretty run-of-the-mill, however, the people from Horizon put a pretty bold statement into the press release, “This airplane is the most intelligent RC airplane ever offered by Horizon Hobby.”.

On the inside the Apprentice is full of the latest flying technology called SAFE. SAFE stands for “Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope”, a sophisticated type of flight control controlled by sensors and software. The SAFE system gives the plane flight envelope protection, multiple flight modes, and full time AS3X stabilization. To boil it down, the SAFE technology makes the Apprentice exceptionally easy to fly, a great thing for beginners.

The Apprentice comes completely RTF, everything you need to get up in the air is included in the box. For power it comes with a 3S Lipo battery, 15 size 840kv brushless motor, and a 30 amp ESC. Wingspan checks in at 59″ and the overall length is 42.5″. The part number for the Apprentice S is EFL3100 and it has a street price of $299. For more information THIS is the link you want.

Come on, you know you want to click a TGIF Mystery Link.

top flite giant scale spitfire
The crew over at Top Flite have just posted a new video on their Giant Scale Spitfire ARF. The video showcases the aerial abilities of this huge, perfectly scaled beast. The Giant Scale Spitfire ARF sports a wingspan of over 86″, a street price of right at $750, and it should be hitting your local hobby shop any day now.

Check out THIS LINK for more information on the Spitfire and THIS LINK for more air news right here on BigSquidRC.

ParkZone Focke-Wulf FW-190A-8 BNF Basic
We’ve all had those days, the type that leave you needing to blow off some steam when you get home from work. Horizon Hobby has just announced their new ParkZone Focke-Wulf FW-190A-8 airplane, a perfect plane to get into a dogfight with your buddies and forget all about your bad day at the office.

The Focke-Wulf is an exceptionally detailed warbird featuring a functional engine fan and even a painted pilot figure. For performance this classic warbird comes with a 15 size 950kv brushless motor and an E-flite 30A speed controller to have some serious power up in the air. It’s a BNF, meaning the plane is pretty much ready to go out of the box, just bind it up to your transmitter, grab a 3S Lipo, and you are ready for flight.

The part number is #PKZ6250 and the Focke-Wulf carries a street price of just $199. For full information check out THIS LINK over on the Horizon Hobby website.

How about checking out what else ParkZone has been up to, right here on BigSquidRC.

Hobbico Booth Weak Signals Toledo 2013
One of the highlights of the 2013 Weak Signals Toledo RC Expo was the huge booth from Hobbico. Inside were all of Hobbico’s product lines like Futaba, O.S. Engines, Aquacraft, Heli-Max, Flyzone and Tactic.

Perhaps the biggest news in the booth was the announcement of the new Heli-Max 1SQ mini-quad with on-board camera. There are several neat features about the camera- you can adjust its angle, and even cooler, you can snap stills and turn the video on/off from your transmitter. Once done flying you simply load the video on to your computer and relive the action. Price? Around $25 more than the standard 1SQ. We can’t wait to get our hands on one (or two, or five!) of these.

Hobbico was also showing off a number of their latest planes and boats. The Mini-Switch, the ERaze, the P-38 Lightning, and the Rifle 1M were some of the new planes pulling in the crowds. For boats the latest from Aquacraft were on display, including the new Rescue 17 Fireboat that has been creating so much buzz.

For more information on everything Hobbico, HERE is the link to their website.

Check out THIS link for more Weak Signals 2013 show coverage right here on BigSquidRC.

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Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that a few of the Big Squid RC crew will be in attendance this weekend at the Weak Signals RC Show on April 6th 2013! The show is all weekend, but we have some in to town to check it out. We have heard nothing but good things about the show, and are really looking forward to hanging out and meeting a lot of new people. This show is mostly RC Planes and Heli’s from what we have heard, but it’s a ‘Selling Show’ which means every booth can sell stuff! Awe yea, time to buy some new RC!

If you are in the area, you should really think about going to the show, at the very least you can meet up with us right? :)

I brought plenty of stickers to hand out, and even a few t-shirts. So if you see us walking the show, make sure to say hi!! We know we have a bunch of readers/fans in Ohio, so come check out the show! Hope to see ya there!

Need more info? Check out the official Weak Signals Show webpage HERE.

Tactic TTX650 6-Channel 2.4GHz SLT Computer Transmitter
Looking for a nice price point on a 6 channel air transmitter? The crew over at Tactic have just introduced their new TTX650. The new 650 should turn a lot of heads, not just for its features, but also for its reasonable price. A large LCD screen comes standard, and the 650 is compatible with all SLT receivers and TX-R aircraft. Some of its other features include-

* 20 model memory
* Easy-to-use pushbutton programming
* Airplane and helicopter programming
* Dual rates and exponential for aileron, elevator and rudder
* Digital trims with slow/fast adjustment
* User-selectable switch assignments
* Reversing, end point adjustment and sub-trim on all channels
* Wireless trainer system
* Large, easy-to-read graphing LCD screen
* Up/Down and Battery timers
* Charge jack for optional NiCd/NiMH packs
* Low-voltage alarm
* Quad-bearing gimbals
* Adjustable stick lengths and tension
* External antenna that rotates and folds for easy storage
* 4 alkaline batteries included
* Part #TACJ2650

Expect a street price of only $150 with a release date of Mid-March. HERE is the link you need to hit the official Tactic website. Check out THIS link for more Tactic news right here on BigSquidRC.

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New from Flyzone is the Tidewater EP Seaplane video. you get a chance to get some info and details about the plane as well as see it in action. This is one of those times, where if I had some actual ‘flying skills’ I think it would be really cool to fly one of these.

Check out the video below.

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