Welcome to AMP'D; the on-line column all about electric flight! A continuous flow of new technology has rapidly changed the scope of electric flight such that formal organizations, manufacturers, vendors, hobby shops, and most of all, users like us are having a hard time keeping up. Even when your hobby is an obsession, as it is for me, the new products and changing technologies appear so fast that it can make most people confused. The flooding of various brand names from overseas helps provide competition that lowers prices

and increases choices but it is often at a cost of confusion, service, and quality. At AMP'D, we will try to sort out these issues while focusing on electric flight. AMP'D will sometimes address social or organizational issues related to electric flight, but mostly, it is about new products and the application of new technology.

Please feel free to ask questions or make suggestions by e-mailing me at greg@rcuniverse.com


October
2011

Issue 22 -By adapting positively to technology and globalization changes, the benefits can be used to attract more R/Cers into giant-scale electrics. We often find new choices in our hobby that simply didn't exist the year before and can suddenly be within our budget. In this month's column, my 42% Ultimate takes flight for only half the cost of its gas engine equivalent!


May
2011

Issue 21 -Today, an electric-powered R/C airplane is a common choice for the hobbyist. The clean and quiet brushless power is often the better choice for certain size models. The availability of Ready-To-Fly electric-powered packages provides ease and convenience for all ages and skills.


April
2011

Issue 20 -In the past, many R/Cers just didn't have the budget for giant scale projects. Perhaps this will change soon...

When you fly electric, fly clean, fly quiet, and fly safe!



January
2011

Issue 19 -In this month's issue of AMP'D, we'll cover some of the key points in adding floats to any plane as well as some tips on successful flying off water, snow, and even grass!


October
2010

Issue 18 -The Parrot AR.Drone is the first quadricopter that can be controlled by an iPhone, iPod Touch, or even an iPad. It is a groundbreaking device combining the best of many worlds, including modeling, video gaming and augmented reality (or AR). Equipped with two integrated video cameras, ultrasonic altimeters, gyro sensor, an accelerometer, and an intelligent autopilot, the AR.Drone is incredibly easy to fly both indoors or out.

In this month's issue of AMP'D, we test the AR.Drone, and meet the gamers head on, as they invade the world of R/C!



July
2010

Issue 17 - In the Northeast, the winter months tend to be long and cold. After the holiday season is over, the short and uninspiring grey days can take their toll if you don't keep yourself occupied. Although we get an occasional chance to fly off the snow, which is greatly cherished, the majority of our time is spent toiling away in our favorite hobby...building airplanes. Before we know it, our visions that drove us through the long winter season have taken shape and are ready to test.

When springtime finally arrives, my buddies and I are very excited to get outside to fly our new models and favorites from the past year. In this month's issue of AMP'D, we test planes from the last few issues and give tribute to what we call, the flying season!


May
2010

Issue 16 - In this month's issue of AMP'D, we look at several lower cost scale jet models that not only use Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) power but fly Business Class!


March
2010

Issue 15 - Normally, this would be a loud cheer for a sports team, but in this column, "Go Panthers!" is all about EDF. If you're a fan for those early jet designs from the 1950s, you can build or assemble your own electric-powered F9F Panther from numerous types of materials.

In addition to the many ARF designs currently on the market, you can still find kit versions or plans available if you prefer to build. New, lower-cost EDF components are providing incredible power levels in any size R/C model.


November
2009

Issue 14 - Although new market trends are lowering prices, most of us consider the cost of Lithium batteries to be a significant part of our electric flight setup. If we had been previously flying with glow or gas engines, suddenly paying for fuel "up front" can be a real paradigm shift. When we buy a battery pack, we are essentially paying for hundreds of flights all at once.


September
2009

Issue 13 - If you want a larger model with more power or maybe a good building fix, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on an R/C model. With the right skill set, and attitude, you can create something impressive enough to get noticed at any flying field.


July
2009

Issue 12 - Our R/C hobby has so many facets that sometimes it can become overwhelming to take it all in. Recent advances in technology have allowed many of us to enjoy the hobby without being skilled in all aspects of it. I would not likely have become such a model aircraft enthusiast if it were not for...


April
2009

Issue 11 - From easy flying RTFs like the ParkZone Vapor or E-flite Blade mCX to skillfully hand-built rubber-powered conversions and precision flying 3D "mined" foamies, the culmination of increasingly larger gatherings like the Great Planes E-Fest, ETOC, and Heli Smackdown events all mean only one thing...that Indoor Flying Rocks!


January
2009

Issue 10 - My focus in this month's issue of AMP'D is to introduce newer EDF enthusiasts that want to advance faster than the current mainstream market allows without breaking the bank. The choices for EDF are both vast and exciting when you start to venture off the beaten path.


November
2008

Issue 9 - My focus in this month's issue of AMP'D is to reveal a few fast setups that range in cost and complexity but all with a common goal...to inspire your passion by creating an R/C model that satisfies the need for speed!


September
2008

Issue 8 - In a fast-paced world, where our hobby time is limited, the invasion of Almost-Ready-to-Fly planes (or ARFs) has been a real blessing for many R/Cers. These models allow us to assemble something beautiful, very quickly, and spend quality time flying at the club or just down the street. We no longer have to be master builders or too afraid to fly our creations.
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June
2008
Issue 7 - VTOL is an abbreviation for Vertical Take-Off and Landing. VTOL describes fixed-wing aircraft that can lift off vertically. This classification includes only a very few aircraft like helicopters, autogyros, jump jets, and tiltrotors. Helium-filled balloons and airships are not normally considered VTOL. The following project was dedicated to our passion for making a functional VTOL design for the hobbyist using conventional components available at multiple vendors.
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April
2008
Issue 6 - I recently had an opportunity to see Dave at a local club meeting where he was invited to give a presentation on his objectives and long range plans for the AMA.

After the presentation, I had some one on one time with Dave and asked him several very candid questions.
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February
2008
Issue 5 - With brushless motors sustaining 30,000 to over 40,000 RPMs under load, EDF units started performing very well. We first saw a series of "fun" jets where the EDF unit was merely used to replace an existing prop design, almost as an afterthought. We also saw many streamlined jet designs that were powered by pusher props. Then, it finally happened...the first high performance ARF ducted fan jets hit the market. This month's issue of AMP'D is all about jet fever as EDF goes mainstream.
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January
2008
Issue 4 - One of the many advantages of electric flight is that we can tap into the main battery pack to supply power for the receiver and servos. Most Electronic Speed Controllers (ESCs) have a built-in Battery Eliminator Circuit (BEC) that eliminates the need for a separate receiver battery pack - thus reducing weight and adding the convenience of recharging only a single battery. In this month's issue of AMP'D, we explore the need and advantages of why we use regulated power.
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December
2007
Issue 3 - For years now, I have heard concerns about motor cost and complexity from many R/Cers wishing to try electric-powered flight. The market has responded with lower prices through competition, reduced complexity through outrunners, and even “combo” packages of matched components that work together. This month's issue will address motor selection confusion.
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November
2007
Issue 2 - When it comes to making electric conversions easier, I am always eager to use new products in my next project. This month's column shows a few of these items that have helped make it easier for me to fly electric and "arm the big boys".
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October
2007
Issue 1 - Welcome to the first issue of AMP'D; the on-line column all about electric flight! A continuous flow of new technology has rapidly changed the scope of electric flight such that formal organizations, manufacturers, vendors, hobby shops, and most of all, users like us are having a hard time keep. At AMP'D, we will try to sort out these issues while focusing on electric flight.

 




 
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