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  • Jdawg
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    They are all unmanned…There are different types of unmanned airplanes though. The bigger ones are flown with a pilot in a ground cockpit taken off and landed like a full scale airplane but the pilot is looking at a screen instead of line of sight…smaller ones are usually taken off and landed via an RC pilot but flown via a Ground Control Operator. The Ground Control Cperator can fly the aircraft with a mouse and has a screen in front of him with all the vital info needed, altitude, airspeed, fuel level, wind speed etc etc. Then there are the recreational RC guys that just fly visual line of sight.

    The big cub I posted with the turbo prop will be taken off and landed manually by myself or Red and once in the air and stable will be handed over to the Ground Control Operator (GCO) and flown on its mission or test…once it comes back it will be taken back by the “safety pilot” as we are called and recovered or landed. One of the Safety Pilots jobs is to maintain situational awareness while the aircraft is airborne so if there is an issue they can take it over and recover the plane…not always the easiest thing to do when the aircraft is miles away and at 10k feet  😉

    BBWB
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    At what point does it go from an RC airplane to an unmanned airplane? That thing was huge!

    The usual demarcation line is. (A) If its controlled by human hands and within eye site; RC. (B) If operated autonomously and out of visual range; UAV(unmanned aerial vehicle).

    • This reply was modified 2 years ago by BBWB.

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    BBWB
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    Just randomly flipping through you-tube vids and come across this one. Back in 2007, I went to work for a company called Advanced Ceramics Research(ACR). The name is misleading because in addition to ceramics manufacturing of armour, drill bits, and medical applications, we also built autonomous aircraft. One of them was a development for the Navy that was ejected from a sonobuoy tube and unfolded for flight. We were 50% successful in launch attempts. The unit flew great, problem was computer acquisition and controlled flight before it bit the dust. Anyway, I got laid off somewhere in there, but kept in touch with friends working there. ACR got into financial trouble and got bought by B&E Aerospace. The only thing they really wanted was this unfolding electric plane. This video I’m posting has the identical design I remember working on. Pretty damn cool! looks like the concept is working good.

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    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    BBWB
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    Here is another one I was involved with, The Silver Fox UAV. This one has a Fuji 25cc four stroke on it, so it was after my time at ACR. When I was there, I took 25cc four stroke Honda weed wacker engines and modified them for aircraft use. It was good times. One of the jobs I miss the most.

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    John Jones
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    Thats badd ass hit Ben…. You and Justin are Lucky to have done some RC stuff for a living… I think it’s hard to make a living in RC.. especially now that we have the internet…. I have seen a lot of tracks and shops come and go…  When I was a young man.. I thought it would be awesome to have an RC shop..  now… I dunno.. 😉

    Jdawg
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    Yeah I consider myself extremely lucky to do what I do.  There is money to be made as a professional UAV/UAS pilot…RC cars and that type of thing, not so much. There are only a handful of guys that actually make a living racing cars. as far as owning a track or hobby shop, yeah that’s a tough business to be in…the internet is king for that stuff now…we have 2 local hobby shops and I only go there for glue when its an absolute emergency…There is really no place to go and buy the equipment we use in giant scale airplanes, I order everything. RC cars are really the only thing in the shops in my town…and even that stuff is very limited.

    BBWB
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    R/C motorcycles anyone? Looks challenging.

     

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    BBWB
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    This video has nothing to do with R/C, but it is aviation related. It’s a little over an hour long and is Brian Shul, SR-71 pilot, giving a brief synopsis of his life in a motivational speech. At the end, he tells the LA speed story. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, just search  “LA speed story” on you tube.

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    John Jones
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    thats quite a look on his face… 😉

    Bums me out that I can’t find enough extra time to do some RC stuff…  but unfortunately.. it seems the more I work, the happier I stay.. 😳  🙄  🙄  the fewer focuses, the better I can focus on what I am doing…. damnit…  🙄  🙄  🙄   I should just delete the RC section I guess….  🙄  🙄    I had a lot of fun times racing rc cars in the late 80’s and 90’s… 😉   hell even some in the 2000’s I guess…  seems like I always get back into it at some point…

    Red
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    This thread needs a bump! I spy Jdawg there……

     

     

    alykat
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    Beautiful machine. I’m amazed at how well you guys can fly them without the seat of the pants feelings.

    John Jones
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    Cool stuff there Justin!!!!!!!

    Franz
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    Nice Justin. I wanna see some stunts with the big plane!! I was thinking about the risk/cost associated with that one.

    Jdawg
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    Thanks guys, yeah Red and I have a pretty cool gig for sure. That big girl wont be doing any stunts…They wouldn’t be too pleased with us if we did that lol.

    John Jones
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    I’m trying real hard to keep my head out of the RC shop……  😎

    BBWB
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    My new project. Built this over the last three months. Need to install radio, and it’s ready To go. Plans built, called the Sweepy.

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    Rustabus
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    A Canard???? Doesn’t that make it like 100 times harder to fly?????? 🙂

    BBWB
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    A Canard???? Doesn’t that make it like 100 times harder to fly?????? 🙂

    It’s all in the mind. I might be out of mine though. 😎

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    John Jones
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    Thats an odd looking plane!!!  But… cool none the less!!!!  I still would love to spend a week learning to fly with you Ben….  😎  My only trip to your house was in and out!!!!

    John Jones
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    I walk by my old YOKOMO 4wd thats screwed to the wall outside all the time… I miss doing that…. I miss all that aluminum, allen head carbon fiber belt drive badd ass cars….

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