Air Age Media http://www.airage.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:47:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Matt Boyd Returns to Die Cast X as Executive Editor http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/06/20/matt-boyd-returns-to-die-cast-x-as-executive-editor/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/06/20/matt-boyd-returns-to-die-cast-x-as-executive-editor/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:05:52 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.airage.com/?p=220902 Matt Boyd Returns to Die Cast X as Executive EditorWilton, CT— We are pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Boyd to the position of Executive Editor of Die Cast X magazine. Matt is a familiar face at Air Age Media, having first joined us in 2001 as an Assistant Editor. Matt quickly established himself as a valuable and versatile member of the team, having […]

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Wilton, CT— We are pleased to announce the appointment of Matt
Boyd to the position of Executive Editor of Die Cast X magazine.

Matt is a familiar face at Air Age Media, having first joined us in 2001 as an Assistant Editor. Matt quickly established himself as a valuable and versatile member of the team, having wor ked on nearly every publication in Air Age Media’s portfolio over the years. A lifelong diecast enthusiast, Matt helped launch Die Cast X in 2005 and served as its Editor until 2009, helping to guide its creative direction into the leading diecas t publication in the industry.
“I’m so happy to be back on the Die Cast X team,” said Matt. “ It’s kind of a homecoming for me — having been here at the beginning I feel a tremendous connection to, and pride in, DCX. I’m looking forward to help bring the number-one brand in hobby enthusiast media to even greater heights. There’s so much passion in this hobby, and Die Cast X delivers it to readers like nobody else. This is going to be a fun ride!”

Air Age Media CEO and Publisher, Louis DeFrancesco, is equally thrilled to have Matt back in t he fold. “Not only is Matt an expert in the diecast world, but he is also true car guy throug h and through and passionate about all things automotive — it’s great to have him back on the team!”

Matt will be based in Air Age Media’s Wilton, CT, home office and can be reached at mattb@airage.com.

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Getting Started in RC Airplanes http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/06/13/getting-started-in-rc-airplanes/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/06/13/getting-started-in-rc-airplanes/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:44:11 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.airage.com/?p=220896 Getting Started in RC AirplanesWritten by our senior tech editor, Gerry Yarrish, this popular book has been helping thousands of RC pilots earn their wings for more than a decade. Now updated with the latest radio technology, the lowdown on electric and glow power systems, and setup tips for ARFs, this new version will continue to educate the next […]

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Written by our senior tech editor, Gerry Yarrish, this popular book has been helping thousands of RC pilots earn their wings for more than a decade. Now updated with the latest radio technology, the lowdown on electric and glow power systems, and setup tips for ARFs, this new version will continue to educate the next generation of fliers. Gerry brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience in the hobby to this comprehensive beginner’s guide and showcases the latest airplanes and equipment. From setting up your RC workshop and building your first serious model airplane, to taking off and landing, this book includes all the tips and tricks you’ll need to know to get in the air. Get ready to have some fun!

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RCX 2014: Another Success! http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/05/20/rcx-2014-another-success/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/05/20/rcx-2014-another-success/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 21:33:29 +0000 Suki Saunders http://www.airage.com/?p=220848 RCX 2014: Another Success!This past weekend, RCX 2014 took over the OC Fair & Convention Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Packed with thousands of excited RC enthusiasts, this year’s show had more to see and do than ever before. From indoor fly-zones and try-me tracks, to celebrity appearances and all of the hottest RC products under one roof, […]

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This past weekend, RCX 2014 took over the OC Fair & Convention Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Packed with thousands of excited RC enthusiasts, this year’s show had more to see and do than ever before. From indoor fly-zones and try-me tracks, to celebrity appearances and all of the hottest RC products under one roof, RCX 2014 had something for everyone.

Stay tuned for more RCX action and exclusives on RCCarAction.com and ModelAirplaneNews.com — and make sure you like our Facebook pages too.(facebook.com/ModelAirplaneNews and facebook.com/RCCarAction)

A huge thank you to all who attended and made RCX 2014 one for the record books, and we can’t wait to see you all next year!

Here are some of our favorite photos taken during RCX 2014:

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RCX Kicks Off Tomorrow! http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/05/16/rcx-kicks-off-tomorrow/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/05/16/rcx-kicks-off-tomorrow/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 21:08:28 +0000 Suki Saunders http://www.airage.com/?p=220803 RCX Kicks Off Tomorrow!RCX is almost here! We hope you’ll join us this weekend (May 17 & 18) at the Radio Control Expo at the OC Fair Event Center, but if you can’t be at RCX in person, you definitely don’t want to miss out on the live coverage our editors will be posting from this year’s show! Bookmark RCCarAction.com and ModelAirplaneNews.com, and make sure […]

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RCX is almost here! We hope you’ll join us this weekend (May 17 & 18) at the Radio Control Expo at the OC Fair Event Center, but if you can’t be at RCX in person, you definitely don’t want to miss out on the live coverage our editors will be posting from this year’s show!

Bookmark RCCarAction.com and ModelAirplaneNews.com, and make sure you like our Facebook pages (facebook.com/ModelAirplaneNews and facebook.com/RCCarAction) so that you don’t miss any exciting, up-to-the-minute RCX news!

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Kevin Hetmanski Returns to RC Car Action as Technical Editor http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/05/13/kevin-hetmanski-returns-to-rc-car-action-as-technical-editor/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/05/13/kevin-hetmanski-returns-to-rc-car-action-as-technical-editor/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 19:17:53 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.airage.com/?p=220783 Kevin Hetmanski Returns to RC Car Action as Technical EditorWilton, CT— Air Age Media is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Hetmanski to the position of Technical Editor. Kevin is a familiar face at Air Age Media, having first joined the team in 2000 as an Assistant Editor. Kevin quickly estab-lished himself as a prolific hobbyist and skilled craftsman, and built many of […]

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Wilton, CT— Air Age Media is pleased to announce the appointment
of Kevin Hetmanski to the position of Technical Editor.

Kevin is a familiar face at Air Age Media, having first joined the team in 2000 as an Assistant Editor. Kevin quickly estab-lished himself as a prolific hobbyist and skilled craftsman, and built many of RC Car Action’s most popular “Project” cars. With his return to RC Car Action as Technical Editor, Kevin will put his creativity and insight to work in all of our media channels to inspire hobbyists of all levels.

“I’m very excited to be back on the RC Car Action team,” said Kevin. “I’m looking forward to covering the hobby I enjoy so much with the number-one brand in radio control media. RC Car Action has been a huge part of my life since I built my first monster truck in the 80s, and I can’t wait to share my RC experiences with the readers.”

 Air Age Media CEO and Publisher, Louis DeFrancesco, shares Kevin’s enthusiasm. “Not only is Kevin an important part of the RC Car Action team, but he is also the living embodiment of the brand. His knowledge and passion for the market, and his deep well of technical insight and creativity, will be a great asset here.”

 Kevin will be based in Southern California and can be reached at kevinh@airage.com.

About Air Age Media
Air Age Media is the largest multimedia publisher of content dedicated to radio-control cars, planes, and helis and empowers its readership to become informed, skillful hobbyists. In addition to six market-leading publications devoted to RC, aviation, and diecast, Air Age Media produces a full line of ancillary products including books, special issues, DVDs, a network of 7 websites, RCX—the world’s largest radio control expo—and The Radio Control Show—the only weekly RC show. Air Age Media’s network of assets reaches more than 1 million enthusiasts and consumers of all ages and levels of expertise.

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Model Airplane News Heads to Top Gun 2014 http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/05/13/model-airplane-news-heads-to-top-gun-2014/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/05/13/model-airplane-news-heads-to-top-gun-2014/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 14:42:54 +0000 Suki Saunders http://www.airage.com/?p=220780 Model Airplane News Heads to Top Gun 2014Wow! Top Gun 2014 was certainly one for the record books, and the Model Airplane News crew was on the flightline for it all. Due to rainy weather and a compressed flight order, the pilots of Top Gun were truly in a “fly or go home” situation. Very exciting! Here are the final results. Did […]

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Wow! Top Gun 2014 was certainly one for the record books, and the Model Airplane News crew was on the flightline for it all. Due to rainy weather and a compressed flight order, the pilots of Top Gun were truly in a “fly or go home” situation. Very exciting! Here are the final results. Did your favorite pilot and plane win? Also, make sure you check out our Road to Top Gun posts and our coverage of the show here!

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Place Name                          Plane                                    Static Score              Final Score

Masters

1. Dave Ribbe,                     MiG-15                                    98.250                   191.875

2. Dave Wigley,                 Bristol Beaufighter                97.333                   190.958

3. Bob Violett,                     Lockheed F-80                      95.000                   187.000

4. Rich Feroldi,                  Albatros                                  96.250                    185.250

5. John Boyko,                   Cessna Skymaster                 94.917                    183.042

Expert

1. Jack Diaz,                        Fouga Magister                     97.167                    190.917

2. Scott Harris,                   F-86 Sabre Jet                       96.083                    189.083

3. Peter Goldsmith,           F-104 Starfighter                      96.333                    189.083

4. Scott Miller,                    MiG-15BIS                                95.667                    188.667

5. Rod Snyder,                     F-100D Super Sabre               97.750                   187.875

Team

1. Graeme Mears / Ali Machinchy,           T-33 T-Bird          98.583                    194.458

2. Phil Noel / Rei Gonzalez,                         F-84F                     94.667                    191.167

3. Mike Grady / Dustin Buescher,             MiG 15 BIS           92.750                   188.750

4. T01 Robert Rullie / Mitch Buckley,      ME-262                 91.167                    186.042

5. T09 David Asman / Dave Pinegar,   Douglas Dauntless    96.083                   185.958

Unlimited

1. Best in the West /Ali Machinchy,      Grumman Cougar    94.250                   189.625

2. Team Bihrle / David Hayes,                Rockwell Thrush      96.667                    189.542

3. Team Aerosports / Rod Snyder           F-100D                     95.583                    187.958

4. P.A.U. Unlimited / Curtis Switzer,       Extra 300 SP        89.833                    185.458

5. Scale Blazers / Jason Bauer,                   F-15C Eagle         93.583                   184.958

Pro-Am Jet

1. Jack Diaz                         Grumman F9F Cougar                    119.688

2. Franco DiMauro           T-33  T-Bird                                         119.188

3. Peter Goldsmith          Grumman F9F Cougar                        119.125

4. Gerardo Diaz                F-100 Super Sabre                               119.000

5. Dustin Buescher          F-104 Starfighter                                  119.000

Pro-Am Prop                     

1. Mike Barbee,                Piper J-3 Cub                                         121.188

2. Dino DiGiorgio,            F4U Corsair                                          118.875

3. Eduardo Esteves,         PT-19                                                      117.250

4. P.J. Ash,                          Zero                                                        115.813

5. Sean Curry,                     P-51 Mustang                                       115.313

Pro-Am Sportsman

1. Masakazu Oiwa,          Zero Type 21                                            119.500

2. Pedro Sanchez,            P-47 Thunderbolt                                   119.438

3. Boli Muentes,               T-27A Tucano                                          118.875

4. Jason Bauer,                  F-16 Fighting Falcon                            117.688

5. RJ Gonzalez,                  Mig-15                                                     117.500

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Model Airplane News’ Facebook Page Hits 100,000 Likes! http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/04/30/model-airplane-news-facebook-page-hits-100000-likes/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/04/30/model-airplane-news-facebook-page-hits-100000-likes/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:37:53 +0000 Suki Saunders http://www.airage.com/?p=220777 Model Airplane News’ Facebook Page Hits 100,000 Likes!Air Age Media is excited to announce that our Model Airplane News Facebook page has passed 100,000 Likes! All of our staff, especially the editors of Model Airplane News, would like to thank our readers and Facebook fans for helping us reach this impressive milestone!

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Air Age Media is excited to announce that our Model Airplane News Facebook page has passed 100,000 Likes! All of our staff, especially the editors of Model Airplane News, would like to thank our readers and Facebook fans for helping us reach this impressive milestone!

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Road to RCX: Battle of the Builders is Back! http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/04/07/road-to-rcx-battle-of-the-builders-is-back/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/04/07/road-to-rcx-battle-of-the-builders-is-back/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:17:57 +0000 Suki Saunders http://www.airage.com/?p=220757 Road to RCX: Battle of the Builders is Back!The ultimate RC expo is just around the corner, and we’ve been hard at work making sure that this year’s event at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA, will be the biggest and best yet! Back by popular demand, the Battle of the Builders static scale competition will again be hosted […]

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The ultimate RC expo is just around the corner, and we’ve been hard at work making sure that this year’s event at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA, will be the biggest and best yet! Back by popular demand, the Battle of the Builders static scale competition will again be hosted by the Scale Squadron of Southern California. This year, they will award over $1,500 in cash and prizes to winners in several classes!

Entry into the competition is free and includes a free RCX pass, so to guarantee a spot on the judging tables, register in advance. You can register for the contest and purchase your tickets by clicking here.

Held the weekend of May 17 and 18, RCX will feature all the latest our hobby has to offer. The Battle of the Builders is only one of the many reasons to join us for an awesome weekend. See you there!

Check out these photos from last year’s Battle of the Builders contest.

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RotorDrone: Behind the Scenes of Our New Special Issue http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/03/26/rotordrone-behind-the-scenes-of-our-new-special-issue/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/03/26/rotordrone-behind-the-scenes-of-our-new-special-issue/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:58:04 +0000 Suki Saunders http://www.airage.com/?p=220746 RotorDrone: Behind the Scenes of Our New Special IssueWe’ve been hard at work on the first issue of RotorDrone, our new special issue that will be filled with excellent coverage of the world of multirotors. Check out this behind-the-scenes peek at what has gone into the making of RotorDrone, and make sure you pick up your copy on April 22 at newsstands everywhere or subscribe […]

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We’ve been hard at work on the first issue of RotorDrone, our new special issue that will be filled with excellent coverage of the world of multirotors. Check out this behind-the-scenes peek at what has gone into the making of RotorDrone, and make sure you pick up your copy on April 22 at newsstands everywhere or subscribe at AirAgeStore.com.

Senior technical editor Gerry Yarrish and staff photographer Peter Hall recently spent a day shooting setup shots for the first issue. They chatted with Marc D’Antonio, owner/operator of FX Models in Terryville, CT and were able to get a new point of view of the emerging quadcopter and drone industry/market.

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Marc has started several small companies from RC submarines to special effects for TV commercials and much more. Marc and a team of engineers and scientists are working on projects that will greatly improve the reach of quadcopter technology while making them easier and safer to operate! Want to learn more? Read our article in the first issue!

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Peter Hall setting up a shot of Marc in his FX Models office.

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Marc’s a passionate guy for sure! Here he’s showing some screenshots of night ops for one of his quads and showing waypoints for a quad with GPS tracking.

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Marc and his small DJI Phantom.

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Here’s the Phantom transmitter with video display screen for FPV flying.

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FX Models’ Prototype rotordrone is huge. It weighs 11 pounds and has a payload lift capacity of 9 pounds! Serious power system.

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The protective clear dome sort of makes the FX Models quad look a lot like Robbie the Robot from the classic sci-fi film Forbidden Planet. A fact not lost with Marc as it was his intent.

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Peter Hall adjusting his camera and getting ready for the perfect shot!

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RC Car Action’s Aaron Waldron On the Scene at the 2014 Cactus Classic! http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/03/18/rc-car-actions-aaron-waldron-on-the-scene-at-the-2014-cactus-classic/ http://www.airage.com/blog/2014/03/18/rc-car-actions-aaron-waldron-on-the-scene-at-the-2014-cactus-classic/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:28:11 +0000 Kate Pierpont http://www.airage.com/?p=220721 RC Car Action’s Aaron Waldron On the Scene at the 2014 Cactus Classic!One of the longest-tenured races in RC, the 28th Annual Cactus Classic ran for the final time this past weekend at the original Scottsdale RC Speedway in Scottsdale, AZ, and RC Car Action‘s own Aaron Waldron was there to cover the race from start to finish. Along with longtime RC Car Action contributor and photographer […]

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One of the longest-tenured races in RC, the 28th Annual Cactus Classic ran for the final time this past weekend at the original Scottsdale RC Speedway in Scottsdale, AZ, and RC Car Action‘s own Aaron Waldron was there to cover the race from start to finish. Along with longtime RC Car Action contributor and photographer Joel Navarro, Aaron got in deep with the racers and went behind the scenes at the event that signaled the beginning of a revolution that forever changed the electric off-road world.

Last year, the local Hobbytown USA franchise that owns SRS announced that the race would move to a new indoor facility, but decided to organize the race at the original outdoor track for one final time, after determining that the new building would not be prepared in time. According to Aaron, “This year’s track was one of the fastest  in years, with plenty of high-speed corners without large jumps to gamble jumping in the wind, which made for incredibly close racing. The layout was blanketed in sugar to create a sandpaper-like texture that helps the surface hold together and increase traction to a level similar to flypaper. The sugared surface was what served as the catalyst for last year’s wild results that flipped the 2WD buggy division upside down.”

With a high-speed layout on such a high-traction surface, the final Cactus Classic titles before the race moves indoors in 2015 was truly anyone’s to win. Interested in who took home the glory this year?  To see more of RC Car Action’s in-depth coverage of the 28th annual Cactus Classic, plus read about the final results and winners,  like RC Car Action on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Instagram, and read all about it on RCCarAction.com!

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