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Interview With Mike Velez From RC Heli Magazine 11Nov11

Posted by tanker in Advanced, Beginner, General Heli, News, Publications.
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RCHeli Nation v2.0The boys over at RCHeliNation 2.0 have a nice interview with Mike Velez. Mike is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of RC Heli Magazine. RCHeli Mag has been having some tough times with the economy as of late. Mike gives the full details. We wish them well — RC Heli Mag has always been our favorite heli magazine. The interview is in Episode 8, forward to 00:23:00 to get right to the interview. Note, the interview itself is family friendly but the rest of the podcast most certainly is not.

Mike mentions Zinio in the interview. If you are not familiar with Zinio it is worth a look. Zinio is an electronic magazine hosting service. The file format served is not as useful as a PDF (no notes, search, etc) but the pages look great, you get the magazine as soon as it is published, and it is easy to have hundreds of issues without stacks of paper cluttering your space. You can read Zinio magazines on your computer via a Web browser or even better is via the Zinio App on the iPad. We gave up our physical subscriptions as soon as the iPad came out and haven’t looked back.

Heli pilots may be interested in the following publications on Zinio: RC Heli Mag, Cleared Hot, Heli News, Combat Aircraft Monthly, and Aviation Week.

Whiplash FBL Electric — Now Shipping 07Nov11

Posted by tanker in Advanced, General Heli, News.
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Whiplash FBLMiniature Aircraft’s latest 700-sized heli, the Whiplash, is now shipping. The flybarless electric model is 52″ long and flies on 12S power. A nitro version is also available.


  • Length: 52.5″ (1333mm)
  • Height: Flybar-17″ (432mm), Flybarless – 16.5” (419mm)
  • Rotor Span: 1561-1601mm – 690-710mm blades
  • Tail Rotor Span: 286mm with 105mm T/R blades
  • Avg. Ready-to-Fly Weight: 7.5-8lbs – 3.4-3.62kg (less batts)
  • Main Drive Ratio: 8.85:1 (9.53:1, 8.26:1 options)
  • Tail Drive Ratio: 4.59:1
  • Main Rotor Blades: 690-710mm
  • Recommended Power: 500-560KV, 12S 5000mah