Now that fixed-wing and mul­ti­ro­tor drones are be­ing used lit­er­ally ev­ery­where for aerial sur­veys and pho­tog­ra­phy, have you ever thought about mak­ing some cash in your spare time after tak­ing the FAA’s Part 107 exam and get­ting your small un­manned air­craft pilot cer­ti­fi­ca­tion? If so, you don’t want to miss our fea­ture “Mak­ing the Grade,” which tells you what you need to study to pass this test with fly­ing col­ors. Get­ting cer­ti­fied is eas­ier than you may think!

Who doesn’t re­mem­ber the fa­mous Lazy Bee line of air­planes? With tab-and-slot con­struc­tion, even a to­tal novice builder like me could put a Lazy Bee kit to­gether. (My Lazy Bee looked ter­rific—at least un­til I in­ex­pertly cov­ered the wing—and it flew well!). This month, we have a spe­cial treat for you builders: Lazy Bee de­signer Andy Clancy is back with an­other ren­di­tion of his fa­mous air­craft: the twin-mo­tor Bee Liner (plans are avail­able at AirAgeS­ If you’re more into scratch build­ing, you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate our in­for­ma­tive fea­ture on us­ing CAD pro­grams to cre­ate your own plans.

If you have a hangar full of var­i­ous brands of elec­tric air­craft, then you know what a has­sle it can be to find the right con­nec­tors for your bat­ter­ies, charg­ers, and more. This month’s Ul­ti­mate Electrics col­umn de­tails the var­i­ous types of elec­tric con­nec­tors and the pros and cons of each. And if you’d like to change some of your con­nec­tors, we share the easy way to cre­ate sound joints in “How to Solder Deans Ul­tra Con­nec­tors.” And if you’re look­ing to up­grade your trans­mit­ter, we show­case six new programmable ra­dio sys­tems that may even make you a bet­ter pilot.

One of my fa­vorite ar­ti­cles this month is “UAVs Take Flight at the U.S. Naval Academy,” in which group of un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents mod­ify a Hobby Ex­press Tele­mas­ter to ac­com­plish au­tonomous flight, ob­sta­cle avoid­ance, air pack­age de­liv­ery, and more.

So we’ve got some­thing for ev­ery­one this month, from the an­nual gath­er­ing of scale air­craft at War­birds Over Delaware to an in­ter­view with our En­gine Clinic colum­nist and renowned pow­er­plant ex­pert Clarence Lee (did you know he pi­loted P-51s and other WW II air­craft?). Don’t for­get to set your on­line flight path to ModelAir­ for the lat­est RC news, event and flight-re­view videos, our free weekly news­let­ter, and much more. We’ll see you there!

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