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HobbyKing Announce Avios C-130 1600mm

Breaking News – Hobbyking made a massive announcement at HK live in Sydney this week. They will be releasing a super scale Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The model is simply stunning and a credit to the AVIOS team. We all wondered what direction AVIOS would take with the new brand manager, Stephen Neill who is based in Australia. Stephen has told us before that he is aviation tragic and if this is anything to go by we should brace ourselves as new models are released in 2018 – 2019. Continue reading HobbyKing Announce Avios C-130 1600mm


All You Need to Know About FPV Cameras

Introduction

Over the last few years the use of FPV in the hobby has increased dramatically with many fixed-wing pilots trying it out for the first time and becoming hooked. Flying ‘first-person view’ allows us to experience a completely different way to fly and, while not for all, truly gives that feeling of freedom when flying. Continue reading All You Need to Know About FPV Cameras


Tello Drone: The Perfect Starter Model?

Introduction

The Tello drone is listed for sale on the DJI website for you’d be forgiven for thinking that it is, in fact, a DJI product. That potential confusion isn’t helped by the DJI logo on the packaging either, right next to the Intel logo. So if it’s not a full DJI product what is it? Continue reading Tello Drone: The Perfect Starter Model?


Reducing RC Model Noise at Clubs

People have been flying model aircraft for almost as long as the first successful flight of the Wright Brothers. As technology became available, a smart chap strapped a noisy little internal combustion engine to the model and enjoyed and the trend caught on. Fast forward a few decades and land has become more scarce as the urban sprawl continued into rural areas. Continue reading Reducing RC Model Noise at Clubs



Drone Operators Celebrate As Local Council Removes Ban

In December 2017, Ballarat City Council removed the right for drone operators to fly their aircraft over public spaces in the municipal land. These changes meant that operators who wanted to fly within 100 metres of council land or road needed to apply for a permit. Continue reading Drone Operators Celebrate As Local Council Removes Ban


Former Navy Fighter Pilot Labelled ‘Hero’

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults was one of the first female fighter pilots in the US Navy in 1993. After leaving the Navy she joined SouthWest as a commercial airlines pilot. Today she was labelled an American hero after she calmly and successfully landed a passenger jet as an engine exploded mid-flight.

Earlier in the week Southwest Airlines Flight 130 was flying from New York to Dallas when the left engine suddenly exploded, Continue reading Former Navy Fighter Pilot Labelled ‘Hero’


Meet Mélanie Astles: The Only Female Driver On The Circuit

Meet Mélanie Astles, the only female driver on the Red Bull Air Race circuit. She is set to race for her country, during the first French Stage in Cannes. No stranger to making history, Astles has truly earned her wings with a lifetime passion for aviation.

In October 2017, the British-born pilot made history by becoming the first woman to ever win the Red Bull Air Race. Continue reading Meet Mélanie Astles: The Only Female Driver On The Circuit


Zipline Creates World’s Fastest Life-Saving Drones

As HobbyKing News has previously reported, drones have been used to benefit society in a number of ways. But arguably the most important use of drones has been their ability to save a life. Last week, we reported that Verizon was working on a drone that would be able to transmit cell phone service in times of crisis and natural disaster. This is so that victims of such events would be able to contact emergency services where they otherwise were not able to (read more, here). Continue reading Zipline Creates World’s Fastest Life-Saving Drones


Commercial Drone Alliance Attempts to Repeal Section 336

Many major drone operators, including those who are part of the Commercial Drone Alliance (not be mistaken for the Alliance for Drone Innovation) have called for a repeal of Section 336. The law that the alliance is trying to repeal currently protects the hobbyist from some formidable rules and regulations that would not massively be effective in improving safety or security. Continue reading Commercial Drone Alliance Attempts to Repeal Section 336


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