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August 3,2015
YouTube RC Jet Action 2015
August 11,2015
YouTube History of the Autogyro
August 18,2015
YouTube David Moser - 2013 3D Flying
Wings of the Luftwaffe-JU-87
August 26, 2015
Fields & Membership
Community Involvement
About Larks
Flight Instruction
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Neighboring Clubs
Tips and Advice
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Plane of the Week Index
Photo of the Week Index
Model Aviation's Test flight of the Maxford Gee Bee Model E
Sep 19, 2015
YouTube video -Wings of the Luftwaffe - Me262- Swallow
October 21,2015
YouTube video -Blade 350 QX3 Review
November 5,2015
YouTube video - Review of the 78 inch Carbon Z T-28 Trojan
December 6, 2015
Think the FAA registration data will be private? Think again. They admit it will be publicly available.
December 20, 2015
RC Jets
January 12, 2016
The March 2016 issue of Fly RC
has an article about LARKS and the Spring Fling!
This is a fascinating video on YouTube! I can understand why people get into this. But it's probably stuff like this that got the FAA Rattled.
FPV Racing Quad Video
February 8, 2016
Guinness World Record for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously to the music of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
Intel controlling 100 quads by computer
March 9, 2016
Get all the data on this full size Russian aerobatic aircraft. Used for flight training and aerobatic competitions.
March 27, 2016
Sukhoi SU-29 Wikipedia Page
YouTube video of a cool Radio Controlled FPV Mower. He can mow the lawn from comfort of his porch!
RoboMow FPV Radio Controlled Lawn Mower
May 5, 2016
YouTube video of a lawyer discussing the government's case against a man for flying his UAV in Virginia.
The 1st FAA Prosecution of a Civilian Drone UAV
April 21, 2016
YouTube video from Flying Giants shows some of the great flying we saw at Joe Nall 2016
The Noon Demos - Wednesday at Joe Nall 2016
May 20, 2016
Wikipedia page on the F-104. Great history of the jet that first served with the USAF in 1958. (It was also the first plastic model airplane that I ever built, so it brings back fond memories.)

Political intrigue, scandals, world records, and it's German nickname, "Witwenmacher " ("The Widowmaker) make for an interesting read!
Wikipedia Page - F-104 Starfighter
Top Gun 2016 Compilation
Frank Tiano Top Gun Competition in Lakeland Florida, April 27 - May 1, 2016

Check out the video at 2:25 for the Starfighter roll-out in this YouTube compilation. Great flying demo!
Top Gun 2016 Compilation
Two for the Price of One!
July 15, 2016
They are an American Business that produces RC Wing Bags, prop covers, and other items for your RC boat, car or quad.

They can make you a custom made RC wing bag or cover for optimum protection during transportation. You can email Roy Frey at:
Ace Wing Carriers
Mail to:
September 13, 2016
Wikipedia page on the Beaver. Read the story about this legendary bush plane from Canada. The story starts just after World War II. Though no longer produced, you can still it flying up north. Even the US Air Force Auxilliary (Civil Air Patrol) still has 9 of them flying.
Wikipedia Page - DH 2 Beaver
This is a 2 Brothers YouTube review of Flyzone's smaller version of the current plane of the week.

From 2012, but they're still selling loads of 'em. If you are at all interested, this video is for you.
Flyzone DH 2 Beaver
Another Two for the Price of One!
Amazing plane! In November 1999 Canada even minted a Quarter celebrating the 'Airplane that Opens the North'.
August 30, 2016
York gives us the rundown on the Laser Z-200 and how it influenced a new generation of aerobatic aircraft, the monoplane.
Laser 200
The Frontiers of Flight Museum at the Dallas Love Field also has some great info on this plane flown by the great Leo Loudenslager and how it unseated the venerable Pitts Special in aerobatic competition. They have one on display in the museum.
York Enterprises
October 16, 2016
November 9, 2016
I think these videos go a ways beyond what the FAA allows, but nevertheless, the video is stunning:
YouTube Video from DJI's Phantom 4
Beach in South Africa
Cloud Surfing near the Golden Gate Bridge
DJI Phantom 4 Point of Interest / POI Mode
YouTube Videos of E-flite's Convergence VTOL
This is a fascinating concept. It's like the product of mating a multirotor with a flying wing. Watch how one pilot take off from the back of his SUV (probably not recommended). How many planes do you see that can fly backwards?!
December 4, 2016
The State, our newspaper in Columbia, SC, printed a very interesting article on the commercial applications of the use of multirotor aircraft and their camera/video capabilities. Written by Jeff Wilkinson.
Drone Business is Taking Off-The State's article from 1 January 2016
January 5, 2017
Joe Nall at the Triple Tree Aerodome
Don't Forget!! Joe Nall is just around the corner
5/13/2017 - 5/20/2017 -- Site: Triple Tree Aerodrome. They have some new rules for setting up camping and RV sites. Check them out!
February 7, 2017
2017 Total Solar Eclipse by Ernie Wright of NASA
Mr Wright has put together a great web page explaining the first total eclipse visible in the United States in 38 years. He breaks down the science, so that those of us that are NOT rocket scientists can understand.
August 14, 2017
Wikipedia-Black Sheep Squadron
In August 1943, a group of twenty-seven young men under the leadership of Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (who was later awarded the Medal of Honor) were joined together to form the original "Blacksheep" of VMF-214.
March 18, 2017
The Northrop (later Northrop Grumman) B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy penetration strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two.
May 21, 2017
Wikipedia-B 2 "Spirit"
Wikipedia page on the Tri-Motor
Henry Ford and 19 others (including his son Edsel) invested in the Stout Metal Airplane Company, turning their efforts to the aviation industry. Using some of the innovations of Ford's assembly line systems, they set out to build the "safest airliner around" .
September 9, 2017
Wikipedia Page-F-14 TomCat
"The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program after the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American teen-series fighters, which were designed incorporating air combat experience against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War."
December 6, 2017
October 6, 2017
You Tube Video Advice on Take-off and Landing on Water
This guy will take-off and land on the water several times, showing good technique off the water.

Some of the comments seem aimed at beginners, but the advice seems sound.
A little too much wind noise, but not enough to ruin the video
Loudenslager Laser 200
The plane is hanging at the Air and Space museum at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Leo won 7 strait U.S. National Aerobatic Championship titles between 1975 and 1982 in this modified Stephens Acro.

The plane "heavily influenced the look and performance of the next generation of aerobatic aircraft".
January 2018
February 2018
Pioneer Air Museum, Fairbanks, K
My friend, Dave Kennedy, and I took a trip to Fairbanks to view the Northern Lights.

Having to find some day-time entertainment, we visited museums featuring Dog Sledding, history of Alaska at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, beautiful automobiles, and the Pioneer Air Museum.

Though closed for the season, they let us in for a peek. A lot of aviation history in a relatively small space.

Homebuilt airplanes and even a homebuilt helicopter, a UH-1H, a couple of beautiful Stinsons, and the ubiquitous Cub (the Bakeng Duce) are on display, as well as Carlos's Flying Saucer (a hovercraft built by Carlos Welding in 1987).

Quite a bit of information on WWII aircraft flown from Fairbanks and military airfields, to include a P-38 on Skis!
Wikipedia-Boeing B-29 Superfortress
My friend, Dave Kennedy, sent me the link to the Video of the Month. This video showed how a group of volunteers restored this historic WWII bomber (also used in the Korean War). It was the most technologically sophisticated bomber of its time.

Named the Superfortress, it was a direct descendant of Boeings's B-17 Flying Fortress.

The bomber could reach speeds of 350 mph and altitudes of almost 32,000 feet (its best defense).

March 2018
Wikipedia: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Though retired in 2016 in the US, it still gives me goose bumps when I see one in a museum or on the RC flight line.

This Mach 2+ fighter played an important role in the Vietnam War and was still a major part of the US military in the 70's and 80's. It even saw service in the first Gulf War.

Over 5000 of these jets were built, making it the most produced American supersonic military aircraft.
April 2018
Wikipedia: Horten Ho 229
Check Wikipedia for the fascinating story of the first jet powered flying wing, built by the Germans in WWII.

During the final stages of the war, the US initiated operation Paperclip, to seize advanced German weaponry to keep it out of the advancing Soviets' hands.

It was claimed to be one of the first aircraft to have stealth technology and was probably the inspiration behind the Northrop-Grumman B-2.

May 2018
June 2018
Nall in the Fall registration opened up on July 4th.

Though this spring's Nall was rained out (first time in 37 years), you now have the opportunity to experience the hospitality of the Triple Tree guys with their brand new Nall in the Fall (replaces E-Week).

They have even taken steps to improve the bad weather advisories and camper safety.

9 AM Pilots meeting daily
Controlled flying 9 AM to 6 PM daily

Main (Classic Flight Line) for the large ones
3D Line for Giant Scale
FPV Line
Float Line
Electric Park Flyer Line
Control Line
Nall in the Fall

Google Plus

Welcome to the RC Airplanes community, a great place to talk about The RC Airplane Hobby.
This is the place to share your R/C tips, photos and posts from your rc airplane building and flying adventures.

The community was founded by Tim Lindsey, but is now overseen by a mix of gentle and heavy-handed moderators, none of whom actually work for Google or G+
Google Plus-RC Community
You can find RC video, photos, building tips, and information from around the world.

Fascinating site!
No Longer
July 2018
August 2018
Ever wonder how this all got started?

Did you know there were remote controlled aircraft in the 19th century?

Or that in WWII, the US Army and Navy used Radioplanes as artillery drones? The photo above is a photo from 1927 from the RAE of a cordite fired catapult launched monoplane.

This is a pretty extensive discussion about our hobby. If you're an "old hand" or a "newby" to RC flying, it makes interesting reading.

Wikipedia-Radio Controlled Aircraft
September 2018
October 2018
Wikipedia - OV-10 "Bronco"
"The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is an American twin-turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s as a special aircraft for counter-insurgency (COIN) combat, and one of its primary missions was as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft. It could carry up to three tons of external munitions, internal loads such as paratroopers or stretchers, and could loiter for three or more hours. "
Below are links to various sites selling 3-6 cell LiPo batteries
High discharge RoaringTop batteries with Deans and EC3 or EC5 connectors. Recommended by James
HeadsUp Hobby
My favorite place to find a battery. Fast delivery and long battery life are a plus! Anywhere from a 1 cell to 6 cell with a variety of connectors.
Mostly XT-60 and 90 connectors, but the cost is within my budget and performance has been more than acceptable. Great search function!
Motion RC
Admiral batteries with a variety of connectors. Walt recommends them for his smaller electric RC Extreme Flight plane and Avanti EDF Jet.
No Longer Available.
December 2018
January 2019
Wikipedia - Yakovlev Yak-54
"Part of a new generation of acrobatic aircraft from the Yakovlev design bureau which has a long line of aircraft designs since 1937 with the UT-2/AIR-10, the Yak-54 is a development of the single-seat Yak-55M, designed by Chief Constructor Dmitry Drach and Lead Engineer Vladimir Popov.[1] It first flew 23 December 1993. "
Wikipedia - McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk
"The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) T-45 Goshawk is a highly modified version of the British BAE Systems Hawk land-based training jet aircraft. Manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and British Aerospace (now BAE Systems), the T-45 is used by the United States Navy as an aircraft carrier-capable trainer. . "
This from the Dronethusiast
"An interesting new article about detailing NASA's plan to begin testing urban drone traffic management in two US cities."
February 2019
Florida Jets Facebook Page
Great photos from March 23rd Event in Lakeland, Florida.
March 2019
Official Freewing 90mm F-22 Raptor Discussion Thread.
April 2019
Mister Mulligan (Howard DGA-6)-Wikipedia
A pioneer racing plane from the Golden Age, it was the only airplane designed for the specific purpose of winning the Bendix Trophy, which it won!
May 2019
Fieseler Fi 156 Storch-Wikipedia
Built before and during WWII, this German liaison aircraft (today we call it forward air control) was also produced in other countries into the 1950's for the private market. It had excellent STOL capabilities and a very low stall speed. It excelled on rough and uneven runways.
June 2019
VTOL Aircraft-Wikipedia
A vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft is one that can hover, take off, and land vertically.

Wikipedia does a great job discussing the theory and history of these aircraft.
July 2019
Piper PA-18 Super Cub
First produced in 1949, by Piper Aircraft, this successor to the J-3 Cub. Over 9000 PA-18's have been built

Wikipedia discusses the history, design and development, and specifications of this iconic aircraft.
August 2019
September 2019
Rob Holland (born May 30, 1974) is an American pilot and record breaking aerobatic champion from Nashua, New Hampshire. Wikipedia.
Rob Holland
Toys for Tots
The Blue Ridge Radio Control Club, as noted above, is holding a charity fun fly, with the Marine Corp's annual program to bring toys to the needy as the benefactor.

This program has been going since 1947 and given toys to over 250 million children since.

Donations may be made online, in Memory or Honor of an individual, donate toys directly to a local organization, such as the BRRC, or by mail.

Check out the site (click the title above) for more information.
October 2019
December 2019
January 2020
February 2020
Grumman F9F Panther (Wikepedia)
AirMap Site
"The prototype Panther, piloted by test pilot Corky Meyer, first flew on 21 November 1947.
Apps for both iOS and Android platforms.
"AirMap informs pilots of rules they are following or may be violating with each flight plan. Get approved to fly in controlled airspace in seconds with automated airspace authorization."
Waco "F" Biplanes (Wikepedia)
LARKS Instagram Page
We're going to put a few photos and small videos on Instagram weekly. Click above for the link. Check back often.
Great Servos at a Great Price!
1986 design roughly based on the YMF, built by WACO Classic Aircraft"
July-August 2020
September 2020
October 2020
US Air Force Moves to Boost eVTOL Development *
The Air Force marked the 116th anniversary of the Dec. 17, 1903, Wright brothers flight at Kitty Hawk by issuing a request for information (RFI) aimed at helping foster a new powered flight revolution electric or hybrid electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft eventually self-flying.
Detrum-Z3-Lite-RC-Airplane-Flight - Controller-WGPS-Program-Card
While searching for Waco Parts, I came upon this new gadget. This flight controller for fixed wing RC aircraft provides some drone-like features, such as Return Home, with some telemetry information, such as altitude, speed, distance, and flight information.

It works with S.Bus and DSMX and DSM2 receivers. Cost $97.99.
Sukhoi Su-30 (Wikepedia)
"The Sukhoi Su-30 ( NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverable fighter aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. It is a multi-role fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.
History of STOL Aircraft (Wikepedia)
"A short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft has short runway requirements for takeoff and landing. Many STOL-designed aircraft also feature various arrangements for use on runways with harsh conditions (such as high altitude or ice). STOL aircraft, including those used in scheduled passenger airline operations, have also been operated from STOLport airfields which feature short runways."