Issue no. 119
April 2007  

OPENING SCREEN

Don Hofeldt's large scale Stinson Reliant electric conversion. Read more on gallery. Click the picture for a larger view.

Hi friends,

2.4 GHz radio systems are certainly hitting the headlines right now and taking the model flying world by storm! Hot on the heels of the launch of Spektrum's DX7 seven-channel full-range 2.4 GHz radio system comes the announcement from Futaba of their entry into this exciting new era of radio control with the launch of the Futaba 6EX 2.4 GHz 6-channel transmitter with Futaba Advanced Spread Spectrum Technology (FASST). You can read all about it on this month's air space. With both systems being very reasonably priced, you now have some real choice and will need to weigh up carefully whose system is likely to suit you best. Both these systems are considered as beginner or sports systems, so I guess we can expect to see more sophisticated models being launched in the coming months.

As if that were not enough, Spektrum have introduced their Air Module System which will actually allow you to convert your module-based Futaba or JR transmitter to provide all the benefits of Spektrum's own 2.4 GHz technology, whilst retaining all the features and functions of your existing transmitter. Of course, all these options require the use of 2.4 GHz receivers, so if you are one of those who own several models, complete conversion to the new frequency could prove to be a bit expensive!

Normally, I never add anything to an issue of modelflight once it has gone up to the web, but news of this exciting new breakthrough from Spektrum came just after the last issue of modelflight was published and I felt I just HAD to share it with you as soon as possible! I therefore made an exception to my rule and made a late addition to the 'market place' page, as those of you who received my special mailing will know. However, for those of you who might not have seen it, I am repeating the item on this month's market place where I again bring you news of Spektrum's Air Module System which will allow you to upgrade your existing JR or Futaba radio for a great deal less than ditching it and replacing it with a new set (especially if you have one of their top-of-the-range transmitters!)

Thanks to those of you who commented on the slightly modified design of modelflight - it's always nice to get a bit of feedback; most folk thought it was good, although Steve Buckell was happier with the side frame! The new EIII freebie has also proved popular; don't forget the plan is available for the asking - details are on the freebies page. I have actually done a bit more tweaking since the last issue, but it is not anything you will find evidence of as you view modelflight, although I hope it will still be of benefit - if you're interested, see 'Where's the latest issue?' on air space!

There is a bumper postbox this month, but I am afraid I did not have time to get anything on the site seeing page - but YOU can help me there, of course, by letting me know the URL of interesting sites you have come across which I can feature on the page!

Regards,

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