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  Radio Controlled Electrically Powered Model Aircraft

Date:March 11, 2005
Time:7:00 pm.
Place:WEA, 223 Angas Street, ADELAIDE
Presenter:Ross Lloyd

Ross Lloyd has been employed in many areas of the electronics' industry in a long career from the early days as a Technician-in-Training with the PMG's Department (now Telstra), technical sales at Texas Instruments, through to consumer electronics. But Ross's after-hours interest has mostly been in model aircraft and it is this subject that Ross will talk to us about for our March meeting.

It is really only recently that the use of very strong rare-earth magnets in very light weight but powerful electric motors, the far better power-for-weight lithium-ion or lithium-polymer rechargable batteries and light weight radio control gear and other electronics that has allowed resonable payloads to be carried for reasonable flying times in model aircraft. This makes possible such things as aerial photography in either still or movies just for fun or for more serious applications such as real estate photography, farm management, etc. Whatever their use, Ross will cover the electronics and construction of this increasingly popular hobby of electrically powered model aircraft at our March meeting.

Report;

Use and application of Microprocessors in Radio Controlled Model Aircraft.

References for further interest:
The Holdfast Model Aero Club Inc. www.holdfastmac.com.au
The MP8000 discussion group. This is the support network for the obsolete Ace MP8000 transmiter who now own the original souce code and are beta testing a new revised version.
groups.yohoo.com/group/MP8K
Gordon Anderson the designer of the new Microstar Transmitter. mstar2k.com
Air-Craft, the Japanese supplier of the AC 'Outrunner' motor kits. www.aircraft-world.com
Castle Creatioins, the American manufacturer of the brushless speed controllers. www.castlecreations.com
Shock Flyer 'foamie' aircraft. www.slowflyworld.de