Journey to the Team Trials

Bryan and I, like usual, are down to the wire getting everything prepared for the 2014 US Nationals/Team Trials.  I’ll be posting updates as we maiden the Allure two days before we leave for the Nats (tomorrow! yikes, I need to get back in the shop…), travel to compete with it and the Alferma, and […]

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Video: Brett Flies Alferma Through F-15

I’ve been in Baton Rouge for a tune-up before the USA Team Trials this July.  We took a video!  Enjoy.

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Tech-Aero Designs Throttle-Tech

Guest author Earl Haury tells us about a great product from Tech-Aero Designs, the Throttle-Tech. This nifty device makes it possible to have consistent power output from your electric airplanes throughout the entire flight. Earl uses his great technical mind to go in-depth into the principle behind which this device works and talk about what to expect when using it. He also offers suggestions for settings that have worked for him. A great read (even for a YS guy).

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Alferma Prototype #2 Maiden Day Video

Bryan and I discuss a little about the second Alferma prototype on maiden day.  This airplane had its first flight just two weeks before we left for the F3A World Championships in South Africa.

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Guest Author George Asteris: Get the Most Out of Your YS

I’ve been asked to share my experience with YS engines and the procedures I use in order to run and maintain the engines. Let me note that I fly YS engines exclusively and have done so for the past 30 years. One of the advantages of YS that I like is the amount of flying time I get. On a 20 oz. tank, I can fly almost 2 full sequences of the Masters pattern.

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Video Interview with AC Glenn

AC Glenn discusses the flight with Bryan Hebert’s modified Valiant and his thoughts on the beginnings of the Allure.

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Holy Knife Edge! (Video)

Bryan, in his never ending (and occasionally annoying!) pursuit of perfection, has been modifying his older Valiant design to see how much he could get out of it. With a few modifications and extensive setup work Bryan created a knife edge machine. AC Glenn came down for a weekend and the following video is what […]

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The Alferma Story: From Inception to Success

In this video series, Bryan and Brett discuss the Alferma project in-depth a few months after enjoying its first competitive success at the 2012 USA F3A Team Trials.

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Weekend of Flying – New Sequences!

I made the trek to Baton Rouge to get my pattern season started. Bryan and Brandon were there as well and we made some flight videos! Enjoy.  

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Team Member Brandon Landry Video

CK Aero team pilot Brandon Landry discusses his goals and aspirations with his modified Hebert Shark.  Brandon is a new and rising F3A competitor from Louisiana.  

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Guest Author Earl Haury: Essential Tools

There’s an old saying that “A craftsman is only as good as his tools”. That’s certainly true for precision flying, and applies equally to all forms of modeling. One is not likely to win any model meet, or just enjoy a day of recreational flying, without frustrations if using poor equipment. Good quality airplanes don’t just happen, they’re built that way. It doesn’t matter much if they’re scratch built or an ARF, either must be built properly. This requires the use of the proper tools.

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Pattern Flying Fundamentals: Roots of Success

When I lived in Austin, Texas my good friend Rene Grebe organized a pattern primer event for our area. He invited me to come and speak a few times, to share my knowledge for the benefit of the less experienced. The following is based on what I presented there but there are countless very experienced, very talented pilots who could benefit in some way from reading. It’s a loose collection of personal observations and tidbits of information that I’ve gathered over the years but I think it’s valuable nonetheless. I encourage even the most seasoned of you out there to take a look – sometimes my most egregious errors and my worst tendencies are rooted in fundamental mistakes.

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Wheel Pant Installation Made Easy

Straight from the workshop of CK Aero and Bryan Hebert, here’s a simple and solid way to install wheel pants on your pattern plane. One thing that I think is important to remember is to mount your wheel pants high enough that the wheel pant does not drag on the grass. Although it looks very […]

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