This project is part of a NASA grant for which the AMA has partnered with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Jeff helped the National Model Aviation Museum build a scale model of Helios, which is a solar powered flying wing designed for NASA by AeroVironment, Inc. As Jeff worked to complete the project, he posted updates on a forum called “72nd Scale Aircraft”. The information in this article is copied directly as it was written by Jeff and appears on the forum.
The PowerUp 3.0, which was created by Shai Goitein, is a device that turns any paper airplane into a smartphone-operated drone. An instructional video that explains how to operate the PowerUp 3.0 is included in this article.
Charles Eide explains how to capture great aerial shots while flying your model aircraft. He also explains the importance of investing in quality equipment, flying line of sight, timing your flights and monitoring voltage, finding a helper, choosing a platform to fly on, framing your shot and investing in a good camera.
The first model aviation club was formed in 1908.. by a woman! Ms. Todd, from her childhood, was always interested in how things worked. She would disassemble toys, typewriters, and was once even scolded for using her mother’s scissors to cut wire. This interest in tinkering led her to design and patent a type writer copy holder in 1896. By the turn of the century her interest turned to aviation, and she began to experiment with rubber-powered models and airships. In 1906 she displayed one of her aircraft at the Aero Club of America show, held in Grand Central Palace, New York.