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.
Although indoor glider events are simple, they are sometimes hard to master. Weight, strength, and aerodynamics are three issues that are very important when flying an indoor glider. Kurt Krempetz for AMA Glider will discuss these issues in this article.
Learning how to launch handles for catapult gliders is essential when flying a glider. Kurt Krempetz of AMA Glider discusses the AMA rules for launching handles for catapult gliders in both indoor and outdoor events are discussed.
Kurt Krempetz of AMA Glider explains why it is important to trim a glider, so that it will be able to make turns while flying, rather than just flying straight. He also discusses the various forces of a glider, such as the lift force and gravity, and the pitch axis.
Sandpaper is a material that is almost always used when building a glider. The process of using sandpaper to remove material is called sanding. In this article, Kurt Krempetz of AMA Glider explains techniques for sanding a glider.