Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:07
The Archaeopteryx Story - from Primeval Bird to a Glider Plane that can be Launched on Foot.
The flying capabilities of the Archaeopteryx – or primeval bird as it is also called – are disputed in modern palaeontology. Meantime, numerous fossils of bird-like dinosaurs have been discovered. Whether Archaeopteryx's flying attempts were only gliding flights or whether it could actually take off from the ground remains unclear.
What is certain, however, is that the glider "Archaeopteryx", built by two aeroplane designers, can be launched on foot from any slope or mountain, weighs only 50 kg and has excellent flight characteristics. Click to download the full content of the latest CIAM Flyer (03-2011) - And it does fly! The Archaeopteryx Story in PDF format !
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 17:22
Three spacemodellers shall receive the FAI Awards for their achievements in 2010. The FAI Antonov Aeromodelling Diploma shall receive Leszek Szwed (Poland) and Diplomas Paul Tissandier Nikola Cvjeticanin (Serbia) and Stanisa Petrovic (FYR Macedonia).
Sunday, 24 July 2011 08:44
Dr GERALD MICHAEL GREGOREK (U.S.A), much better known as JERRY, one of the real pioneers in space modelling shall celebrate soon his 80th birthday. During his 40 years career in space modelling Jerry was a NAC team member, NAC team manager and he holds many important positions at domestic and international level.
A Reminder and the Guidelines for the FAI Sporting Code, Section 4, Volume Space Models General Revision
Sunday, 10 July 2011 19:31
An idea of the FAI Sporting Code, Section 4, Volume SPACE MODELS general revision was thoroughly discussed at the 16th World Spacemodelling Championships (WSMCh) in Baikonur in 2006 based on a project of Vladimir Minakov (Russia). There were two official changes of the rules since than, but a complete revision should be prepared for 2012.
Sunday, 27 March 2011 10:28
1. FAI SPORTING CODE – FAI Sporting Code, Part 4, Volumes ABR and SM, Edition January 1, 2011 shall be used to organize and conduct Space Models World Cup Events in 2011. They can be downloaded from: http://www.fai.org/aeromodelling/documents/sc4.
CIAM Flyer 01-2011 : Gliding Needs Altitude - Three ways of launching a model glider plane to gain altitude
Thursday, 10 February 2011 16:40
The first model aeroplanes were free flight models and as such were not equipped with RC systems. At close inspection, the methods for launching them were much the same as those used today.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 22:44
The mechanical system of the microcopter is ingeniously simple: absolutely nothing rotates apart from the rotors! Therefore a light crash on grass usually means only the propellers have to be replaced.