From the Cockpit
For all you scale lovers, we also have a cool article highlighting some of the scale airplanes that competed this year at the Top Gun Scale Invitational, held at Paradise Field in Lakeland, Florida. Frank Tiano’s amazing scale competition draws world-class pilots, and the planes they fly are absolutely amazing. Several were electric powered, and believe us when we say that they did not suffer at all from a lack of power or performance. In fact, electric power is not an unusual thing at Top Gun, and these clean and quiet airplanes have been competing for years. Check out all the terrific airplanes and the pilots who flew them in this month’s feature.
ENJOYING THE FLYING SEASON
Settling into our warm and sunny flying season, it’s always good to learn something new to keep our flying skills up to snuff. In this issue, we have a great article on advanced flight techniques by David Scott, who shows us how to master inverted flight. Like learning anything else new, it’s always good to understand the basics of what’s involved and to have an expert show you how. Dave’s well-illustrated flight class will tell you everything you need to know about flying upside down.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
If you have been thinking about getting one of those new onboard stabilization systems to help models fly straight, you’re in luck. We’ve collected 11 of the top three-axis onboard stabilizer systems, and we have all the specs and price information that you’ll need to make the right choice. Most are adjustable so that you can fine-tune the amount of flight stability you get; others can be programmed using your PC. Add one of these mini units and start flying smoothly!
Ninth place Expert winner David Hayes flew this electric 1/4.8-scale Ayres Turbo Thrush at this year’s Top Gun. It’s powered by an E-flite 160 brushless motor turning an APC 19x10 prop.
Spektrum’s Alpha-6 is ready to use straight out of the box.