Model Aviation

News, information, and commentary about the remote control aircraft hobby

Understanding C-Ratings

Battery packs are not all created equal. Even within a specific battery family, like the lithium-polymer (LiPo) family for example, there are internal design differences which allow some brands and grades of packs to be charged and discharged at higher rates than others. The maximum rate is almost always expressed as a C-rating and almost all modern hobby-grade battery packs …

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Katie Martin Tribute Fun Fly – June 7, 2014

Bob Martin Models produced a line of slope planes back in the 70s and 80s which included the Bobcat, Coyote, Gryphon. Katie & Katie II, Mystery Ship, Pussycat, SR7 and Talon. Bob also purchased the tooling and continued to manufacture the Hobie Hawk for several years after Hobie Alter stopped making them. All these planes are considered “old school” now, but the …

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Memorial Day Weekend 2014 – RC Events

Trabuco Flyers Pig Roast

I’m aware of three RC events during the Memorial Day weekend, so I thought I’d combine them in a single post: Fake Fest: The Inland Slope Rebels used to host a PSS Festival at Cajon Summit every Memorial Day weekend and it attracted PSS enthusiasts from around the world. The Intermountain Silent Flyers also hosted a popular slope soaring event called Soar Utah every year, …

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RCX – May 17-18, 2014


As far as I know there are only two major remote control hobby shows here on the West Coast and they’re both held right here in Southern California. One is the AMA EXPO which is held in January and then there’s the RCX which will be held this year on May 17-18 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. That, by the …

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Weaselfest 2014

I should start this by explaining what a Weasel is for those of you who are going HUH?: A Weasel is a remote control slope glider that was designed and manufactured by Dream-Flight RC which is located in Santa Barbara. These gliders are small, agile, and nearly indestructible due to their compact size and foam construction. This and many other …

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NiMH Battery Pack Maintenance

NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) packs don’t get as much buzz as newer lithium packs do these days, but they still play an important role in model aviation. Among other things, NiMH is still the most common battery type found in RC transmitters and they continue to be a popular choice for receiver packs in gliders because that type of aircraft can …

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The Hobbico AccuCycle Elite

I bought my first AccuCycle Elite in 2004 and I chose it over other models because it had two independently-programmable outputs. Dual output chargers are old-hat today, but it was novel technology back then and I really liked the idea that I could charge a LiPo pack for a plane and the NiMH pack in my transmitter at the same …

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AMA Expo 2014

The AMA Expo is Southern California’s premier model aviation show and I’m proud to be involved as one of the Flight Demonstration Area’s coordinators for the 9th year in a row. What that really means is I’ll be providing music, doing some announcing, and shmoozing, but I’m serious about the proud part. It’s a welcome opportunity to help an organization which …

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