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CKAero is now a HuiYang F3A Distributor for North and South America!

We are really excited about this! Yang has been involved in producing pattern airplanes at unmatched levels for over a decade now. HuiYang F3A, previously known to all of us as Oxai, builds F3A models with an uncompromising level of detail that fits our pursuit of perfection so well. Effective immediately, CKAero is a distributor […]

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My 2019 F3A World Championship

A Note of Gratitude

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Making Weight

“Making Weight” is a weird term that refers to a pattern aircraft being under the maximum weight allowed by the rules. The term has come into vogue with the advent E power which requires weighing with batteries that may weigh 25% of the total airplane. While local contests generally don’t verify the weight of aircraft […]

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Allures in Stock!

For the first time since the airplane was released to the public we actually have some Allures in stock! Jump on these quick before your competition does! We have three airplanes in stock, this is perhaps the most special with a one of a kind color scheme:

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Centering the Sub-Trim Debate: An In-Depth Analysis by Earl Haury

Various opinions exist as to how subtrims affect servo travel, especially when used with dual servos on elevators. This discussion shows data that can help understand subtrims. While the measuring equipment was setup I made a few more measurement to satisfy my curiosity. A comparison of the performance of old with new servos, trim effect, […]

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LiPo Battery Anatomy, Fire Behavior, and Safe Practices

Most of us who use LiPo batteries recognize that there’s some risk involved. The things have been overcharged, shorted, cut, nailed, etc. in numerous U-Tube videos that dramatically demonstrate the potential to make smoke and fire. There are also a variety of methods offered to minimize risk and manage a fire, with some being better […]

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There’s a New Bipe in Town

  Brett here Just a quick note to tell everyone about our newest bipe that we were able to get airborne at the Cajun Nats this past weekend.  I was able to get 3 flights on it and I can report that the airplane has exceeded expectations. We have applied what we’ve learned with the Alferma […]

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CK Aero 2016 USA Nats Wrapup

Click inside for a special offer on ARF Allures. We’re celebrating a successful Nats by giving you a bunch of free stuff if you buy an Allure — one time offer!

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Sbus Worth the Fuss?

The typical discussion for using Sbus revolves around reducing wiring clutter and usually moves toward a discussion of individual servo leads providing some redundancy advantage over a single lead for a bunch of servos. A reasonable discussion, as far as it goes. Are there other reasons to use Sbus, especially in a pattern airplane? Probably. […]

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Bryan, Brett, and Chip Talk Engines and Airplanes

Bryan and I got together with former F3A World Champion Chip Hyde after a great Cajun Nationals last October. We discuss why we fly YS, what is so special about the Allure, and Brett’s plans for an illustrious career flying around rubber dog sh*t. No stone unturned 😉 Don’t forget to check out the other […]

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Inside Look at the 2015 Cajun Nats

Bryan and I had a fantastic time this last weekend at the Cajun Nats and took a few videos to share the experience with everyone. We had a special event after the contest put together by Chip — Me, AC, and Chip all decided to throw $20 into a pot and see who could fly […]

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Measuring Incidence Angles and CG Location

We often refer to incidence angles, CG location, and control travels with respect to our pattern airplanes, but just how accurate are the numbers? Does it even matter? We each may have different criteria for making these measurements. Sometimes it’s just for initial set-up to the designer’s specs, or maybe for future reference as we […]

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Another One in the Books

Hard to believe Bryan and I just finished our 4th visit to the World Championship. It was a great event. The Swiss really outdid themselves with the organization and execution, truly world class. I’ve never seen so many spectators at an F3A event! I don’t know how, but they found a way to make it […]

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Day 3 Flight Videos

A-10 Thunderbolt demonstration flight, CPLR P-15, Koji Suzuki P-15, and Nurila Lassi P-15 videos inside

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Day 2 Flight Videos from Switzerland

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What a Day for the US of A! (+ Videos)

First day of competition for the 2015 F3A World Championship in the books. For me, it was a long day of anticipation for my one flight of the day at 5:00PM. The World Championships is different than any other contest in the pure length of it. One full week of competition makes it difficult to […]

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P-15 Practice Videos from Switzerland

As promised! These were taken at the practice field before the official practice for team USA this afternoon. Enjoy!

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Practice, Laundry, Beer, and the Japanese

Long day today. It has been one of those days that remind you why you love the world championships. In the morning we had a long day of practice. Today was a particularly productive day. Jean Paul, a 4-time French team manager (2 WCs and 2 European Championships) and good friend of many of us […]

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It’s Always an Adventure!

I should be writing this from a Swiss hotel right now, but as just about anyone who travels knows, things don’t always go according to plan. Bryan and I had a flight delayed out of New Orleans for a maintenance issue so we missed our connecting flight to Zurich. We arrived in Atlanta last night, […]

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What Does It Take to Prepare for a World Championship?

Ooph, that’s a good question. I’m not sure I know the full answer to that question yet. If I did I would probably be World Champion. That’s part of competition, always striving to make yourself better, always looking for that next little leg up. Bryan and I never stop pushing for better. You have to […]

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