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  • Phoenix Flight Simulator V5 Software Arrives at Modelflight

    Phoenix Flight Simulator V5 Software Arrives at Modelflight
    Version 5 of the Phoenix Flight Simulator was one of the most anticipated releases from the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2014. Today, we are pleased to announce that this new RC software has arrived at Modelflight. This simulator comes with many exciting new features, which we wanted to discuss in more detail here. The key drawcard of this new flight sim is that it comes with the Phoenix Builder companion software. Phoenix Builder allows you to import your own RC plane and helicopter designs from almost any 3D CAD program. After loading this source geometry, you can then use Phoenix to customise...

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  • The Phoenix Event Report: Indoor Flying in Adelaide, April 2014

    The Phoenix Event Report: Indoor Flying in Adelaide, April 2014
    On the surface, the situation looked a little brighter than it has been at ETSA Park over the past two months and I am opening my story this month with a picky of a trio who are usually the life of the party. They are from left to right: Matthew Chapple, Mike Holmes and J.J. Their antics are usually well worth taking the time out from flying to see them in action. They are all brilliant fliers and no doubt most of you have witnessed their flying at fields throughout the State.  It is not surprising to see David getting all "up close and personal" with the tenth scale Griffon hovercraft for a little later in the evening he took the controls and had no problems with hovering or flying the interesting machine...

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  • The Phoenix Event Report: Indoor Flying in Adelaide, March 2014

    The Phoenix Event Report: Indoor Flying in Adelaide, March 2014
    Many years ago, The Late Max Starick designed and built a light, but fairly basic little aircraft. It was, sort of, a balsa stick with an extremely light covered wing and tailplane assembly that only relied on two moving surfaces. A rudder and an elevator and it was powered by a loop of rubber that was connected to the propeller. It could really only be flown indoor, as any breath of wind would fly it off course, often violently  so an area was sort that was normally used as an aircraft hanger. The Starick model was called a "Hangar Rat." Literally dozens of these little "rats" were built and those who flew them were usually under the guidance and assistance of The Late Leo O'Reilly who organised that, after trying several venues, we settled on the Recreation Hall at Blackwood. In many ways, history repeats itself as many Hanger Rats were quite often assembled on the counter of Leo's model shop, Model Flight in the Southern Suburbs. Few of we fliers these days would not be fl...

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