From the Cock­pit

Electric Flight - - CONTENTS - By Gerry Yar­rish

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.


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.


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.

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