Hey guys, I just won the 2016 Polecat ALES two day contest flying my Euphoria 4m F5J glider. The Polecat is the largest electric launch contest in North America with about 70 pilots competing. Conditions were excellent both days but you had to hit your times and high landing points EVERY flight or you were going to be well down the standings. The tops guys were usually only 50 points apart. I won Saturday, was third on Sunday, but then dominated the 3 round 100 meter launch flyoffs to take the overall first place mug. - Paul Naton - Radio Carbon Art Productions
I just posted another thermal soaring tutorial and article on the Radio Carbon Art website Blog. This time the video is from an onboard camera on my Xplorer 3 F5J and I talk about differential settings and other tuning tips for electrics. Click on over the RCA site and check out the video and read the entire text article. Click Here:
I just posted a unique thermal soaring tutorial and article on the Radio Carbon Art website Blog. The video is from an onboard camera on my Euphoria F5J and I narrate on what you are seeing and how the plane is set up for maximum thermaling performance. Pop over the RCA site and check out the video and read the text. Click Here:
What a crazy month, glad to have my new r/c glider training video the Thermal Soaring Master Class finished. But the fun doesn't stop, it's promotion time, a boring but vital part of the soaring film business. The scope of this unique project got a bit bigger than planned, but in the end the extra work and time required to complete the 2 hour+ long Thermal Soaring Master Class was worth it. Thank you all for the record number or pre-orders. Please watch the new preview trailer which gives and overview of the content with a short sample. Click here to order the $19.95 Digital edition and Click Here to order the $24.95 DVD.
Want the new video for FREE? If you order the Thermal Soaring two video set which includes the Secrets of Thermal Soaring and the High Performance Thermal Soaring (already discounted) and get the new Thermal Soaring Master Class at NO charge. 2 for 1 baby. For those few who don't yet own the three best thermal instructional videos on the planet. Deal ends May 31st. Click here to order the $29.95 Digital Set and Click Here to order the $39.95 DVD Set.
Wind prediction and tracking is a big part of flying rc gliders and sailplanes. Wether you fly slope or thermal, knowing when the wind will blow and how much helps you pick a site, the right planes to bring, and how much ballast to carry. Local weather forecasts are good at giving you a basic overview of coming weather and wind, but there are some other cool tools coming online that help you visualize wind patterns at various altitudes and locations. One of my favorite new sites is https://www.windyty.com/ This site gives a moving and dynamic look at wind patterns at any spot in the world. Great for seeing storms, fronts, and other wind flow patterns. The more you know about wind, the better you can fly in it. Go to the site and play, its a deep app.
A short clip that was cut from the final version of the training video program the R/C Electric Sailplane Clinic 3. I show off a few new battery chargers added to my shop including the dual-channel Hitec X2 and the Revolectrix GT500. Details of the charging system of the GT500 are also demonstrated. The complete 2.5 hour Electric Clinic r/c sailplane training video is available to purchase either as a high quality DRM-Free Digital Download or on DVD. http://www.radiocarbonart.com/ELC3DD/
Watch a 30 minute Airbrushing seminar with master PSS builder and painter Brain Laird. Brian talks about what gear, paint, and supplies you'll need to but a professional and authentic finish on slope models both modern and WW II. You can watch this video free on my Radio Carbon Art site at this link: http://www.radiocarbonart.com/pages/Videos/Podcasts.html
This seminar was shot for my 2 hour documentary PSS Masters released back in 2004. Enjoy! Paul Naton
I want more people to see and enjoy the soaring films I have produced over the last 15 years. It's winter, football is almost over, and what better way to get inspired for the spring season than to watch one of my classic and unique soaring films.
I did something a bit crazy, I packaged all 10 of my full-length classic soaring films together at a price that is affordable to everyone. For only $27.95 (this is a limited time offer) you can download all TEN films which you can watch, keep forever and transfer to any device you own. That's just $2.75 for each full length film and over 14 hours of content. You get to download the Digital Editions of the following ten films from my film collection:
Just Want To Fly - Just Fly 2 - Endless Lift - Endless Lift 2 - Endless Lift 3 - Best of Scale Soaring - Pro Aero Tow - International HLG - Soar Utah Adventure - PSS Masters
In a sad attempt to make the skies in the US safe from Unmanned Air Vehicles, the FAA proclaimed that all RC air vehicle pilots must now register and get a unique ID number that must written on or inside any and all RC vehicles said pilot owns. Obviously this registration paranoia comes from the explosion of autonomous drones and FPV aircraft and the untrained masses flying said machines in airspace shared by full size aircraft.
I'm not going to get into the politics and minutia of the new regulations, but I am a firm opponent of unnecessary regulation hastily written that effects thousands of hobbyists and modelers in the US who have safely flown in shared airspace for many years. This registration also goes against current laws already in place.
I just finished the third training video in the Electric Sailplane educational series and you can order it now either on DVD or as a Digital Download. This new video is for the advanced pilot, so you should have already studied the Electric Clinics 1 and 2 or at least know the basics of power systems and the terms used for the equipment.
Insider Deal: You can also get all three of the Electric Clinic downloads together for only $44.95, that's over 25% off the individual video price, just click here to order the complete set.
The new video has nearly three hours of fast-paced tutorials covering a variety of techniques and skills that will make you a better builder and help you understand the latest technologies and equipment now available for high performance electric gliders.
The F3X video is a full 2 and half hours long and is filled with new information and techniques for building any modern glider kit. I just finished the preview trailer with a sample tutorial and you can watch it now at the F3X web pages at the links below.
I have also packaged the F3X Building Clinic and the amazing Glider Tech Lab together as the Pro Builders Clinic with 5.5 hours of instruction. Only $36.95 for the download set, just $42.95 for the 4 DVD set. These 2 videos really belong together.
The following video short was a deleted scene from my new DLG Building Clinic. I demo how to desolder lipo packs and make a 2S into a 1S2P pack for DLG use. Also show how to check 1S voltage in a standard Lipo fuel checker without using the balance port.
Of course only fool with Lipos at your own risk, even small batteries can cause big trouble when not treated with respect. Just buy a battery if you are not good at soldering.
Here's a short preview of my new F3X Building Clinic training video which is currently in production. I teach you how build out a typical F3X style glider (Xplorer X2/X3 for this program) with all of the latest gear including HV MKS servos, Li-ion batteries, mag switch, and light wire harness.
Anyone who pre-orders the new F3X Building Clinic gets a choice of one FREE single DVD or download from our store. Pre-Order the Digital Download edition here:http://www.radiocarbonart.com/F3XBCDD/ Pre-Order the DVD edition here: http://www.radiocarbonart.com/F3XBCDVD/
I visited the local glider races and shot some cool footage of the guys launching in crosswinds. This is day 3 of the Region 2 SSA multi-class glider race at Mifflin, PA, USA, 5-20-15. Noted gliders are soaring legend Karl Striedieck's Dual Discus (KS) and the Pipistrel Taurus micro-light motor glider flown by Hal Loken. Slip it good! In HD from my new Vimeo channel.
The DLG Building Clinic is my new 2.5 hour r/c soaring instructional video that teaches you the skills required to build, prepare and test fly the latest DLG and F3K rc handlaunch gliders. I build the incredible Snipe DLG with the latest radio gear and battery technology to exacting professional standards. You learn all of the tricks and techniques required to select gear, do a light an clean assembly, and prepare your DLG for a successful first flight. Order the download at this link and order the 2 disk DVD edition here.
The Glider Repair Lab 3 is now shipping and here's the preview trailer showing what new repair techniques you'll learn in this 2 hour training program. There's a nice tip on how to fix skin delams with less surface damage at the end of the video so watch the whole thing. Buy the Repair Lab #3 download edition here, and the DVD edition here. This video will pay for itself really quickly. Priced spares lately?
I just released a new 25 minute short film titled Another Day To Race. I shot the footage at the 2012 Sports Class Nationals at Mifflin, PA. The film shows the ground action at a few days of the event with some awesome footage of a variety of racing gliders. I did not get a chance to get some air footage due to weather, but I know you will enjoy the beautiful footage of gliders at a major soaring contest. Click here to watch the film in full HD at my new Vimeo channel.
While Youtube is useful, the bad compression, ads, and other crap ruins the viewing experience. I've created a new Vimeo video channel to host some of my HD videos and other filmic works so click on over and watch some beautiful content all for free. I've uploaded some older films at better resolution and added all of my recent HD films including the Another Day To Race film I just finished. Click here to go to the Radio Carbon Art Vimeo channel. https://vimeo.com/radiocarbonart
You can get all three of Radio Carbon Art's amazing new Glider Repair Lab training series videos together at a great price price. The 6 hour download is only $44.95 and the DVD edition is only $49.95. Read more about this highly educational series on how to do basic and advanced repairs on our modern r/c sailplanes and gliders. Order the download version here, the DVD version here.
Here's a short 9 minute preview from the soon to be released Glider Repair Lab training video. In this clip I repair a set of damaged stabs from my Onyx JW. Pre-Order the new video now and get a free download of any of my soaring films. Here is the link to the Glider Repair Lab: http://www.radiocarbonart.com/GRLDD/ Shipping soon!
$19.95 Download Edition: http://bit.ly/1v5xNax
$21.95 DVD Edition: http://bit.ly/1k23Zqj
Click any of the above Bitly links to see pictures and read more about this new training video and to place your pre-order online. Shipping Early June 2014.
As an incentive to pre-order the Glider Repair Lab, (pre-orders really help!) I'm offering you a FREE download of your choice of any of my classic soaring films like the Endless Lift series or the Best of Scale Soaring. You will get your download link by e-mail after you order.
The Glider Repair Lab is going to be a a really useful video for all pilots as no one has made a good video guide on how to do basic and advanced repairs on today's hybrid composite glider airframes. Sure, there are a few photos sequences or the typical crummy YouTube videos online, but no real how-to on properly fixing fuselages and wings.
Got a bunch of crashed Icon 2 fuses and wings from a buddy (parts which I will be repairing on video for a new how-to repair program coming soon) and repaired a few of the better wing panels to make a complete wing.
After a few late-night stouts had in my shop, I happened to see the Icon 2 wing panels sitting just over a new but wingless Xplorer 4m electric fuse I had left over from the making of the Electric Sailplane Clinic video training series. An idea sparked, and I quickly matched up the wing to the electro fuse, and damm, almost a perfect match.
I have just released new download versions of my classic soaring films Endless Lift 2 and Endless Lift 3. Each 1 hour and 30 minute r/c soaring movie are available for only $5.00 each for a limited time. I guarantee these films will put a huge smile on your face as you watch some of soaring's true legends tear up the skies in these full length glider movies. Each film was restored and optimized for digital download and for only 5 bucks each, how you can you resist? Watch the trailer for Endless Lift 2 here, and watch the Endless Lift 3 preview trailer here. - Paul Naton
I made a firewall drilling template for common Maxxon, Neu P29 and P32 gearboxs used with inrunner electric motors. The file is in the PDF format and you can use and distribute this file openly. The hole guides are as preceise as possible but small scaling issues with some printers might make this guide inaccurate. I also show suggeested cooling holes for some of the templates. Download Gearbox Firewall Template
The Radio Controlled Soaring Digest has been a user-driven r/c soaring publication since the 1980's. While the print version ended many years ago, the online version lives on, and this 'zine can be downloaded at their site: RCSD. There are also 20 years of back issues available online. RCSD contains a wealth of soaring history, information, glider building guides, and photos. I've read every issue since 1988, and YOU should be a reader or contributer.
I've just released a new highly detailed three hour (yes 3 hours!) instructional video titled the Glider Tech Lab 1. This educational video is packed with tutorials on hardware, technology, and construction skills that will make you a more professional and competent builder and flyer of today's slope and thermal gliders.
The techniques you learn in this video will help you eliminate failure points and crashes caused by poor power system and battery management. I guarantee it!
Just watch the preview, it describes all of the content of the program.
Both the Download and DVD editions of the new Glider Tech Lab are now available to purchase on-line:
Download a PDF version of JR Propo's 2014 catalog of radio gear. All the new stuff is there including their new X-Bus system. Missing is info on the new 32 channel high-end radio announced this January. I love the new JR stuff, if I did not have so much money tied up in Spektrum/JR gear, I would get the 14X and/or the 8X for F3K. X Bus is cool, though not really useful most sailplanes yet. Wait for Gen 2 of X-Bus. Download the catalog PDF here:
I've been re-releasing my back catalog of r/c soaring films in digital format that you can purchase and download. The following titles are now available, some include some extra footage not on the DVDs: The Best of Scale Soaring, Just Want To Fly 1 & 2, Pro Aero Tow, PSS Masters, and Soar Utah Adventure. You can download each film for only $12.95 to $5.00, that's half the price of the DVD edtions. To purchase the downloads and for more information on each film, Click Here. These are amazing full length films covering all aspects of the sport of radio control soaring.
Mr 'O' Lungpun set a new F3F record time of 24.58 at an event at a big at a cliff in Taiwan. Plane is Thuro Needle 100. Mr O is the fastest front side pilot in the world, would like to see this guy DS, he has the super fast reflexes for it. Nice to see soaring at a high level spreading around the world! Super pumps . . .
F3H Proposal: The new FAI model soaring format F3H, with nearly the exact rules of F3J, uses a horse and rider for initial launch power instead of F3J's human two-man teams. Increased towing energy and efficiencies with less man-power requirements are an advantage of this thermal gliding class, though increased transport expenses and animal maintenance are an issue. Dealing with the copious intestinal waste output of the animals is a problem FAI's environmental engineers are working on. First trial comps are planned for 2016 if the new F3H class is ratified.
The second F3K worlds are now happening in Herning, Dennmark and here's how you can read and track what's happening: RC Groups US Team Thread US Team Page: Official F3K Worlds Site: Photos from Dennmark News Live Streaming of the event (not great quality) and the current scores. Joe Wurts is leading after day 3. What a stud. Go Team USA, and go to the US site and get some raffle tickets to support the team. BTW, I designed the team logos and clothing this year. - Paul Naton RCA
My training video series on R/C Electric Powered Gliders are now available as high quality HD downloads at a price well below what the DVDs go for. Electric Sailplane Clinic 1 covers the basics from power calculations to soldering techniques and Clinic 2 teaches advanced subjects like glider conversions, advanced ESC programming, data tracking, testing, and more.
Watch the preview trailer videos and read more about the video's content at this link: http://www.radiocarbonart.com/ELC-Set/ You can get all 4 hours of the video downloads for only $29.00 for a limited time only. These programs are still available on DVD as well. - Paul - Radio Carbon Art Productions
In celebration of the 20th running of the Torrey Pines Gulls International Handlaunch Glider Festival, I have re-released my film International Handlaunch as a special 2 hour download edition at the very special price of only $5.00 usd. Click Here to buy the 2 hour download.
This film first released in 2000 documents the last major HLG/F3K contest to feature the Javelin or over-hand throwing technique as the new generation of discus or spin-launch gliders were about to revolutionize this class of gliders. This special edition of this film has been remastered and re-edited with additional historical HLG footage and interviews added to document the the rapidly changing designs and launch techniques of the last 13 years. Discus-launch pioneers Dick Barker and Phil Pearson talk about the birth of the spin launch in rare interviews, and design master Mark Drela talks about the ideas behind the ground-breaking Super Gee design.
You can now purchase the newly re-mastered download edition of the highly acclaimed Radio Clinic For Sailplanes training program for only $12.95 for a limited time. This 1 hour and 55 minute high quality program will teach you the beginning and advanced radio programming techniques you'll need to get the most from your glider and radio set up.
The DVD price is $24.95, so the $12.95 download price is really a great deal and you don't have to pay shipping or tax either! This new download edition has a new short tutorial on 2.4 radio technology and how it works, but overall the program is about the same as the older DVD version. Click Here for more information and to buy the download.
One of my good customers who is getting back into soaring big time (and has purchased ALL of my films for inspiration) just got a nice barely used Icon 2 and brought it by the shop for a 'PN' tune-up and pre-flight set up. We did a F3J program on his new JR 9503, reset the CG and tow hook, installed a new 2.4 receiver, and did a quick decalage/zero trim check with my iPhone.
I found this cool video by Petar Jansen on the repair of an Arcus full scale glider with a snapped tail boom. Some of the techniques shown could be used for models and the jig used to align the boom is super cool. Had to fix 2 control linkages, water ballast pipes, total energy probe system and make a better-than-new repair. Watch a second repair video after the jump: -PN
I've been shooting cloud time lapse videos for years to include with my soaring films and I recently came across this gorgeous film shot on a Red Epic camera with some special IR filters that enhance the contrast of the sky. Studing the sky is really key to understanding how air moves, lift, sinks, and evolves with the sun's energy input. Good thermal pilots have a developed sense of how the air will behave under changing conditions. They understand that air never stays still, never stays in equalibrium, and never wants to keep you aloft. Be one with the air your plane flies through. It takes a lifetime to gain that threshold. Karst County, Wee Jasper NSW, Australia, artist Glen Ryan.
Radio Carbon Art is offering two of the world's most popular thermal soaring videos as high quality digital downloads.
The one hour Secrets of Thermal Soaring and two hour High Performance Thermal Soaring can be purchased for only $9.95 for a limited time. The $9.95 special download price is terrific deal (DVDs are $24.95) and you don't have to pay shipping, VAT or tax either. Special download expires March 15th, so get your download now!
Once you order and pay, you will get a special link by e-mail within 24 hours to where you can download the high quality video files suitable for computers, smart phones Ipads and other small devices. The download files are Digital Rights Management Free, and are in the universal non-flash .mp4 video format which will play on any device that can play video files.
Radio Carbon Art will be releasing other instructional titles in download format as fast as the films can be re-edited and prepared for download. Visit the RCA Downloads page to buy and browse the training films currently available.
An R/C glider struck a fellow sloper in the head killing him. The accident happened in Germany at a well known slope site at a small hill. Next time you fly, take a minute to think about safety and how much energy a large glider is producing at even a low speed. I've bee struck by planes a few times and had some very serious near-misses from gliders flown by expert pilots that would have caused great injury. Is your glider safe? How's that old battery pack doing? Have a fail-safe programmed? Read more about the incident at this link:
I found this cool vintage soaring film from the late 1950's featuring the rare Mosway 4 glider soaring with buzards over South Africa flown by early hipster Renè Comte. Nice photography and wing mounted cameras give this film a great feel. A classic soaring film. Read more about this glider's restoration at this link: http://www.moswey4.ch/
Download the Soaring Experience Wallpaper Series 1
Paul Naton of Radio Carbon Art has created a unique and very cool set of twenty (20) wallpaper background images you can use to spice up you computer, laptop, or phone screen.
You can download the 20 high resolution jpeg images in various sizes at the link below: http://bit.ly/18wyNJA
For computers, the images are in 1024x768, 1280x1024, and 1900x1200. There is also a set at 960x960, which should work on most modern phones (Apple & Android based) and smaller tablets.
I ran across Nenad Saljic's photography site the other day and saw his series on the Matterhorn. No, not the Disney version, the real thing in the Alps! His photos show cloud formations and the clear seperation boundaries needed for dynamic soaring. You can imagine the power the pinnicle produces in the right conditions. Only problem is getting up there. Then landing. Over 500 guys have died on the Horn. DSing could be possible, though not probable. Check out some cool Matterhorn DS photos after the jump.
I have posted 113 video clips and previews on the Radio Carbon Art YouTube channel and we just passed 2 million video views! This number is really incredible, and I get more new customers from YouTube than I do from any other form of adverstising. If you have not seen all of the cool free content on the Radio Carbon Art YouTube channel, then click this link and have a watch. Make sure to subsribe to my channel to get up dated on new videos posted. - Paul Naton RCA
The guys at a new website rcflightline.com are doing a podcast series and they recently had Daryl Perkins on as a guest. Daryl talks about how he got started in RC and his new job building composite RPV's for Vanilla Aircraft. You can download or stream the interview from this page and link: http://t.co/jX4Btt4m Check it out.
The first F3F Worlds are happening now at Cape Arkona, Germany, and Team USA is doing well after 3 days of racing in big winds. You can watch live and stored video at this link: Live F3F. You can support the US team by visiting their site and getting some raffle tickets or getting some shirts. You can watch either the live stream or stored video from the past days. This is a clinic on how to (and not how) to fly fast F3F pylon turns on a small slope in big winds. Check it out! Very cool.