Recently AvTims, an aviation group from New Jersey, was kind enough to send us a pre-production kit for their Reflection design. This foam board aircraft is based on 1940’s free flight models, of which modern model aviation hails from. I have began putting the model together, but recently classes have had me ‘tied up.’ I plan on putting together a build video, and in the meantime you can check out my unboxing and first thoughts on the design here at our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy-fFSDnokk
I encourage you to check out AvTims’ website, as well as their step by step build videos. Below I have linked their build video for the Reflection. All of their build videos and aircraft showcases are also on their Facebook page, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/AvTims/
Reflection Build Video: https://www.facebook.com/AvTims/videos/736151033236049/
The plans for all of the AvTims designs are available for free at their website (linked below). They have some cool plans, and I encourage you to check it out. Among their current plans are EDF models of F-15s and F-16s, as well as propeller driven models ranging from a high aspect ratio glider to a model of a Bonanza. All of their prop models are built around the Flite Test designed swappable power pod, so that means you can now have multiple models from different groups and head out to the field with only one or two power pods, keeping overall model prices down and potential losses low.
AvTims Website: http://www.avtims.com/
In the next few weeks our build video should be complete and we can head out to the field for a maiden. After the maiden flight (and if it survives) we will then proceed with a custom S&B Aviation paint scheme. I have great expectations for this plane, and I must say that so far I have been very impressed.
Fly safe and have fun!
After going through everything to transfer the blog over to our new domain, I have decided that it will be easier to leave the blog where it is, and to link each new blog on the new website. While all of the old blogs would be transferred over, all of the blog styles and media would of had to be redone, so we’re staying where we are!
Thursday afternoon I went flying with my best friend. The sky had looked hazy all day, and we arrived at the airport around 4 o’clock. About the time we arrived most of the lower clouds had dissipated, and after our pre-flight the weather read clear up to 6,500 feet.
Once we took off the weather turned out beautifully, and made for a great flight. My friend recently got his private, and soon I should be able to begin working on my license, and more than likely in this same aircraft. His instructor is highly recommended, and several of my friends have trained under him. Once I begin taking lessons I will begin a blog series on my journey to being a private pilot. As you can tell from the photo below, this time of year is beautiful, and I recommend if you have an opportunity to check out your local area from the sky to take it, because it will give you an entirely different view on where you live.
Fly safe and have fun!
It has been a long time since we have posted, and people have wondered where S&B Aviation has been. Over the last few months I have been swamped with school and various projects, and I’ve also been working on moving the blog over to our website which we recently started! Once everything is set up our blogs will be featured there, and a regular upload schedule will once again be in effect. I invite you to check out what we have so far using this link: http://sadieandbuddy.com/
Fly safe and have fun!
If you or a loved one has suffered from the shear excitement and intrigue of watching Dogfights on the History Channel years ago then you may be qualified for compensation on your withdrawals from this programming. Yes, that’s right folks we are remaking some of the old Dogfights videos with a look at them through Kerbal Space Program, and also want to continue the series by recreating yet to be covered aerial battles. I am sure the History Channel would not mind us recreating the episodes in KSP because we do not profit from it, it is educational, as well as for the fact that more people could become interested in the series and buy the original episodes from History (I will post a link if I find one). Here are a few pictures from our episode one, recreating the episode Hell Over Hanoi, where Air Force F-4 Phantoms came head to head with North Vietnamese Mig 21’s.
Mig 21’s high above the jungles of Vietnam
F-4 Phantom thundering toward Hanoi
A dogfight ensues right at dusk
Hell Over Hanoi (Episode 1) will be posted here on the blog on Friday evening. Fly safe and have fun!
Hey guys, short one this week. I just wanted to give a quick update on the Look at Aircraft Through KSP, and show the progress so far.
New episodes will look at the B-52 as well as Operation Rolling Thunder, E-3 AWACS, the KC-10 and KC-135 aerial refuelers, the A-10, and the F-16 Viper and thoughts on the book Viper Pilot by Dan Hampton. I hope that you will join us as we strive to learn more about aircraft through Kerbal Space Program.
Fly safe and have fun!
I read an article a few days ago surrounding the possibility for a new branch of the military being founded. This new branch would be a part of the Air Force, just like the Marines fall under the Navy Department. What would this new branch focus around you ask? Space defense. Yes, you read that correctly, space defense. If this new branch is given the go-ahead by lawmakers it would begin in 2019, giving current Aerospace Engineering students such as myself and others a big opportunity to be a part of the next golden age of space exploration.
What do you think of this idea? Let us know your opinion in the comments below or email us at email@example.com Fly safe and have fun!
As many of us focus on the tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico, a different storm is brewing in the Middle East. First, a U.S. Navy F-18 shot down a Syrian SU-22 caught attacking U.S. backed anti-ISIS troops (https://theaviationist.com/2017/06/19/u-s-navy-fa-18e-super-hornet-downs-syrian-su-22-near-raqqa-syria-and-here-is-everything-we-know/ ). A statement from Russia was released that U.S. aircraft would be targeted in certain areas(https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/world/middleeast/russia-syria.html ). A few days ago an Air Force F-15 shot down an Iranian made drone (http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a27001/syria-iran-drone-shaheed-129/ ). Next a Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/20/breaking-news-armed-russian-jet-comes-within-5-feet-us-recon-jet.html ). The latest story having broken in the area included a Russian SU-27 “Flanker” coming within 2 meters of a Swedish Air Force S102B spyplane (https://theaviationist.com/2017/06/21/sweden-protests-as-russian-fighter-buzzes-swedish-spyplane-over-the-baltic-sea/). The tension surrounding the Middle East and U.S./Russia relations is rising, and there seems to be little relief in sight.
So, what brought this tension on? Both Russia and the U.S. obviously want to defeat ISIS, but all of a sudden tensions between the two countries have seemingly exploded. It is simple what brought this around, the mainstream media and the Democratic party as a whole. Because Trump won the 2016 election and they did not like him they have been pushing for months the fake Russia collusion stories and have been making it seem as if Russia was the worst country ever. With no regard of the truth or worrying about angering Russia the Democratic party has portrayed today’s Russia as the former Soviet Union, and have made up stories about Russia working with Trump for heinous crimes. Rather than allow his administration a chance to succeed the liberal media would rather start WWIII between us and Russia. One thing they want to point out is how Trump wants to be in good relations with Russia, and anyone with any inkling of common sense would realize the two most powerful countries on earth getting along is a good thing, but there again Hillary nor Bernie won, so since they didn’t get their way they want to make everyone else pay. Hopefully within the next few days President Trump can get with Russian leaders and straighten this situation out so that we can remain at peace, and as for the liberal mainstream media they should realize that Trump is still going to be President and that making Russia angry will do no good.
Fly safe and have fun!
If you have yet to hear about the rocket launch scheduled at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, you have not missed anything yet. For a third time NASA’s launch designed to study clouds has been scrubbed. The sounding rocket used in the experiment will carry a payload into the atmosphere and release colorized clouds in order for scientists to study how clouds behave, but the reason behind the mission being scrubbed numerous times may surprise. Clouds. Yes that is right, real clouds have put off the mission to make fake clouds. It is as if mother nature is trying to show us that we do not need to do things solely on our own, and to use nature to our advantage.
Possible reschedule dates could look for a launch window anywhere from Thursday to next Monday, weather permitting. For updates and information check out the Wallops Flight Facility page here https://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home.
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Hey guys, as I mention in the video below I apologize for not having a blog up the last few weeks, I have been busy! I hope you enjoy this video about the Grumman Goose and we will be back next week with a full article ready. Remember to check out what our friends over at https://www.globalair.com/ are up to as well as the beautiful aircraft for sale. Fly safe and have fun!
As finals come to a close across the US, we turn to face a new summer, one free of tests and class schedules. My first aviation project for this summer is to finish putting together my Flite Test Guinea Pig rc aircraft. All of the electronics have been ordered, the structure is nearly completed, and the paint scheme is beginning to get done. I will be working on it all weekend, but come Monday she will be airworthy. This aircraft will be used in Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education nights as well as many other roles.
The paint scheme for the Guinea was supposed to be a chrome bare-metal look, but with one coat on it appears more like the gray paint scheme of a C-130 Hercules. Once fully coated I may see about adding some finishes to it in order to make the paint reflective. The electronics have been ordered on Amazon Prime and should arrive Thursday and Friday (I forgot a few things I had to order later), so installation should be taken care of over the weekend. I have spent today and will continue tomorrow the finishing touches for the structural parts. I still have to cut out the vertical stabilizer and the top of the cockpit, and then on to paint. The best part about the aircraft being made of dollar tree foam is that even if you lawn dart it you can just cut out some new pieces, put them together, and get right back to flying.
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