Flight Simulator

So I posted a topic in "Tech," but it didn't show up there and none of my posts are, so here is the link to the actual post:https://www.instructables.com/community/Fight-Simulator/Yes, yes, I know. I accidentally called it "FIGHT Simulator."

Posted by mdj817 10 years ago


I would like an instructable on how to make an ultralight glider or ultralight aircraft.

Posted by bob the builder #2 10 years ago

Flight Patterns

This is a video of all of the flight traffic in sky. It is very beautiful. VideoHome Page of the site.Thanks

Posted by joejoerowley 10 years ago

.... whoa ... oh, my, god!

Umm... this was VERY WIERD! so here i am, sitting at my mother's computer, and i got bored. so, i picked up my handmade slingshot that i made from 2 pencils, rubber bands, and packaging tape. i then made a paper bullet and loaded it on my slingshot, and you will NEVER guess what i saw. My ammo's path CURVED!!! AND THERE WAS NO BREEZE WHATSOEVER! now THAT IS FREAKY!

Posted by the_TRUE_LINK_OWNZ! 9 years ago

Fight Simulator

I just had a great Idea last night. Okay, I think we've all seen those $250,000 homemade flight simulators built by people with just a wee bit too much time on their hands (like anyone who goes on instructables). One of the main reasons these are expensive, other than the computer themselves, is the fact that there are multiple LCD screens surrounding the pilot. These things cost a few pretty pennies, so this is where my idea comes in. The first thing you would need to do, would be to arrange some semi-opaque plastic panels where you would usually have the LCD displays. They need to be opaque enough that you can't see through them, but clear enough to let a good bit of light through. In other words, they need to be translucent, not transparent. The second thing would be computer software. It needs to be able to totally invert your desktop display. You could do this with hardware, but it would be a waste of time and materials. Connected to your computer would be a digital projector, which is where all of the magic of this project comes together. You run the projector through a prism (what kind, anyone?), to slightly warp the projected image. You need this warpage (is that a word?), to counteract the different angles of the plastic panels. The projector is set up in front of the "cockpit," projecting its inverted, warped image at it. You can see the images on the inside, because you chose the correct opacity, right? The hope behind this idea, is that it is much cheaper to have 1 digital projector, than it is to have multiple LCDs. Thanks! MDJ

Posted by mdj817 10 years ago

Google Earth Flight Simulator

If you download the most recent version of Google Earth and press Ctrl+Alt+A it will open up a flight simulator. You can select from two different planes and take off from several locations including San Francisco, Switzerland, and the Himalayas. You can also start your flight at a specific location if you go there in Google Earth outside of the flight simulator, and then select the "start at current view" button which is above the airport selection box. The controls can be found by going to help and then clicking on keyboard shortcuts. It's a lot of fun and has pretty good resolution. The pics are of the Himalayas. The start-up screen with the options, Switzerland, New Zealand, and upside down over Washington D.C.

Posted by Ferrite 10 years ago

Knex Flight

Seeing as knex is light, strong and flexible, and most importantly, using rods, I beleive it would be feesable to build a Knex 'glider'. After seeing how gliders are made, it could be possible to build a lightweight spacframe wing out of knex, and make it fly using clingfilm as its 'skin'. An extra boost of gliding power would come from a clingfilm propeller, powered by the very fast and smal, solar motor. Do you think it is possible to make something like this glide 10 metres? Ideas welcome.

Posted by TheFoofinator 7 years ago

Flugtag -- human powered flight?

Have you seen the videos for Flugtag? It looks like a great excuse to build something fun and jump in the water, and maybe fly a few feet too.Most of them look like this: And here's the US record holder, at a whopping 155 feet: I bet we could do better than that, especially with a drop. ;) Anyone have a proposal for Team Instructables? They hold these things around the world, so it's not just US. I bet we could pick up on style points as well.From the official page:The first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991. Since then, more than 35 Flugtags have been held around the world -- from Ireland to San Francisco -- attracting up to 300,000 spectators. The record for the farthest flight-to-date currently stands at 195 feet set in 2000 at Flugtag Austria. The U.S. record stands at 155 feet set in Nashville, TN in 2007.Teams are judged on three criteria: distance, creativity and showmanship. What constitutes a craft is purely up to the imagination of the participating teams. Past Red Bull Flugtag entries have included a pregnant cow, a diaper-delivering stork, a pimped-out Cadillac, a giant Oompa Loompa, and yes folks -- a lobster named Larry.

Posted by canida 10 years ago

K'nex Challenge 2: 18th Sept - 11th Oct - FLIGHT

After the success of the last contest, Gmjhowe, =SMART= and myself decided we'd go for it and launch a second contest.The first we really enjoyed and saw some awesome entries. This time we've decided to make the guidelines a wee bit looser so you can use your imagination more. We'll be setting a category for you to design and build within and then provide you with some example ideas to get you started. And this category is....FLIGHTAnything plane, helicopter, glider, flight related is allowed. Please read the rules carefully.Rules:Your entry must do something. It can't just be a model of a plane or a helicopter. We want them to move or glide or have spinning parts or be functional for something else around the house but be aircraft themed.Entries must be over 50% knex. The remaining can be paper, glue, card, tissue paper.... anything!To enter, write up a full instructable of your construction process with clear pictures and descriptions. Post the link here.Please steer clear of guns. That's not what this is about.Starting and closing dates are GMT.What the judges say goes!Have fun!Judging - 12th Sept - 18th SeptSuggestions:A propellor. Small and compact, if you design a good one you might get extra kudos if your design's then used in loads of other entries.A ceiling plane. With a plastic propeller on the front and the top attached to a string to the ceiling, this plane will fly itself around in circles on a string.Paper plane launcher. Probably the closest you'll get to a gun.A vertical launch rocket. Rocket being a rocket model not a meagre collection of rods.While knex by itself might not be light enough to fly.... perhaps you could run some string through the middle to make it appear to glide.... Mum's washing line might be of great help.Prizes:There will be patches for prizes. Gmjhowe will be uploading them soon.

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago

Two Hands Project First Flight

And we're off!At 3:30 this morning I began making the WOD's [waffles of departure] and gathered my friends. This was it, I was having my goodbye breakfast. We sat around a giant LED display that was playing tetris on autopilot like we were at a sports bar and called the AI engine out on it's bad plays. Choice is the name of the game in AI, how do you make the optimal choices with limited knowledge about the present and doubt about the future?I drank my cocoa considering the choices I've made to hit the skies and shoot a documentary on hackerspaces, and it filled me with exhilaration. What could be more critical than doing something that gives you the energy to do the thing you want to be doing? There has to be this ignition point to push the chooser into action, creating this snowball of awesome gathering steam as it goes downhill. Rather than chilling with Sysiphus on his uphill downhill journey. Feeling energized, feeling pumped, I called my friends around me and we ate to good health and poured generous libations of yogurt smoothie [Spilled the contents of the blender on the floor].

Posted by lamedust 8 years ago

Flight Physics of a Golden Snitch?

Does anyone know if it's possible to build a miniature battery operated ornithopter with a spherical body?  I'm interested in attempting to make one and would greatly appreciate any information.

Posted by SHIFT! 6 years ago

Micro quadcopter circuit board as flight controller and receiver?

I have a little airhogs quadcopter. A motor had died in it, so it doesn't fly anymore. I kinda got the idea to connect ESCs to the motor output of the quad's circuit board. Would those motor outputs be able to drive the PWM input of the ESC, allowing the board to basically drive larger motors?

Posted by Dashing Rainbow Dash 1 year ago

Swiss man soars above Alps with jet-powered wing

-BEX, Switzerland Yves Rossy, a Swiss pilot, strapped on a jet-powered wing and leaped from a plane Wednesday for the first public demonstration of the homemade device, turning figure eights and soaring high above the Alps.Article on Yahoo! Other Article in the Daily MailSo far Rossy and his sponsors, including the Swiss watch company Hublot, have poured more than $285,000 and countless hours of labor into building the device. He would not estimate how much his device would cost should it ever be brought to market.But, he believes similar jet-powered wings will one day be more widely available to experienced parachutists ready for the ultimate flying experience.That is, if they don't mind missing out on the breathtaking panorama above the Swiss Alps."I am so concentrated, I don't really enjoy the view," Rossy said. It's finally been done publicly. Man's eternal quest for flight has just gotten one step closer. Is anyone else reminded of Buzz Lightyear for some reason? No? Must be me then...Who in their right mind would want to fly with a pair of jet-powered wings?Every single one of you. That's whoWOW! Check out the device in Action!! Pictures of his flight and preparation can be found hereUPDATE: ToolUsingAnimal has pointed out that this idea has been developed since 1935

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago

Canadian Lego In Space!!!

Two 17 year old Canadian Grade 12 students sent a Lego man into space and captured the entire 97 minute flight on video. The helium filled balloon used to send the Lego man (with Canadian Flag in hand) to space reached 24 kilometers above sea level. (almost 15 miles). SEE VIDEO HERE (at YouTube) OR scroll down below for embedded link (thanks monsterlego) :P

Posted by canucksgirl 6 years ago

Iron man- is he possible?

Hi. I was watching the iron man movie recently when I wondered if it really was possible to construct a suit of Armour like that. All technology behind the Armour welcome to be discussed. Any attempts made to make any of the technology would be nice to know about. thank you

Posted by HP psc 2110 all-in-one makebot 9 years ago

Principles of aerodynamics

The forces and counter forces of flight

Posted by SoDDiggerCpl 11 years ago

Jetpack-HELP - Gas turbine backpack-Make/Build???

Hi guys busy with an EXPO school project  I'm trying to make a Williams gas turbine backpack but only find dead ends on the net Can someone PLEASE share some info on how to make or build ASAP  Flight time doesn't have to be more than 8-10 seconds but if possible that'll be great !! And lift doesn't heave to be more than 15-20 cm off the ground . Any help is greatly appreciated  THANKS  -IronMan-

Posted by -IronMan- 4 years ago

Priest on party-balloons flight goes missing

"A Roman Catholic priest who floated off under hundreds of helium party balloons was missing Monday off the southern coast of Brazil."Link via CNNIt is hard to tell if this is funny or sad. -On one hand, anyone who attempts to break the record for longest party balloon flight is knowingly risking their life, and therefore open to be criticized / mocked when the likely outcome occurs.-On the other hand, this was a priest trying to raise money for a cause.-But back on the other hand, the cause he was trying to raise money for was a trucker's rest stop.It is a close call, but that is two in favor in puns, and one against. The puns have it!

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago

Jetpack flies at AirVenture

The Martin Jetpack made its first public flight while at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 on Tuesday. The actual flight lasted seconds and was confined to a few feet off the ground, with handlers gripping the device even as 16-year-old Harrison Martin manipulated the controls. The Martin Jetpack team is scheduled to conclude Thursday's air show with another flight at the mouth of AeroShell Square. More air show flights may take place later in the week as well.Today this jetpack was demonstrated at EAA AirVenture. It seems like the closest thing yet to one that is actually marketable: it has flown a demonstration flight in public, and a CNN reporter was able to handle it after minimal training. Rather than a finicky rocket that burns hydrogen peroxide, it uses a gasoline V-4. It's also considered an ultralight, which means very minimal regulations.Darn it, I could have gone to AirVenture, and I decided not to this year!Linky.

Posted by CameronSS 10 years ago

Satellite internet Up-link

Hello, I am looking for a mobile Satellite internet up-link that can hang from a high altitude balloon, I am doing a trans-pacific flight and I MUST maintain communications with for the duration of the flight through the internet for data transfers. Any suggestions?

Posted by RyanWilliamTyler 6 years ago

20 alternative uses for a Maxi-Pad - w/Video!

A flight attendant came up with 20 alternative uses for a Maxi Pad, then made a video to illustrate.Some of the uses are quite brilliant.http://www.gadling.com/2009/09/01/galley-gossip-20-ways-to-use-a-maxi-pad-in-flight/

Posted by SFHandyman 8 years ago

Witnessing Human Flight

First posted here. Last Friday, I drove up to Maryland to see UMD's Gamera II human-powered quadrotor. They are currently pursuing the Sikorsky Prize, established in 1980. Here's the team testing a new control system. http://youtu.be/3B2of4V35d0 (sorry, the embed function isn't working)   During this test, Gamera II flew for approximately 65 seconds, unofficially tying the endurance record that the team previously set. This flight time, plus the ability to remain within a specific boundary, satisfies two requirements of the Sikorsky Prize. Because the rotors are so close to the ground, the helicopter is benefiting from a cushioning effect of the air between the rotor blades and the ground. This effect will diminish exponentially when the team attempts sustained flight at the required 3 meters. The helicopter transfers the pilot's pedal power by unspooling cable from pulleys, mounted on the shafts of each of the four rotors. Flight time is limited by the pilot's stamina and the amount of cable stored in each pulley. The rotors are constructed of carbon fiber, balsa, and foam, and are covered in a plastic film.  All in all, it was a cool experience. I've never seen so much carbon fiber in my life! I look forward to seeing the team win the Prize.

Posted by JamesRPatrick 5 years ago

Video, please!

There are lots of Instructables about making paper planes.  This is a Good Thing. Like any other group of Instructables, they vary in quality from the appalling to the brilliant, but they almost all share the same Bad Thing. For projects where the behaviour of the finished item is all-important, they do not have a video to demonstrate the different throwing styles required and the expected flight characteristics. Please, paper engineers, can we have video of the flights?

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago

Pilot flies over English Channel with jetpack

A Swiss pilot has crossed the English Chanel with a jet-powered wing. He started the trip by jumping out of a plane over Calais and landed with a parachute in Dover. All together, the whole flight lasted 10 minutes to make the 22 mile flight.The 49-year-old flew on a plane to more than 8,200ft (2,500m), ignited jets on a wing on his back, and jumped out.Mr Rossy had hoped to reach speeds of 125mph.It felt "great, really great", said Mr Rossy: "I only have one word, thank you, to all the people who did it with me." Hit the link to see the video. Video of flight

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

Instructables Goes Indoor Skydiving

The Instructables team has been going strong for a while now - some of us have even been with the company for over two years! Eric took Rachel, Eric N and me to iFly, an indoor skydiving facility, as an anniversary gift. Flying is awesome, and now we want to build an indoor machine of our own! I'm going to publish all of my Instructables in flight from now on.Here's video of the first flight we did where we were just learning how to stabilize ourselves.Here's video of the second flight we did where the instructor took us up and down, spun us around, and let us move around a bit on our own.**music NOT from noahw**

Posted by noahw 9 years ago

Piloted solar plane unveiled

Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard has unveiled a prototype of the solar-powered plane he hopes eventually to fly around the world.The vehicle, spanning 61m but weighing just 1,500kg, will undergo trials to prove it can fly through the night. The width of a jet airliner, but the weight of a family car, it is possibly the lightest plane (weight-for-size) ever to fly.When trials have finished - including a transatlantic flight planned for 2012 - the single-seat plane (designated "HB-SIA") should be able to circumnavigate the globe non-stop. Unfortunately, the pilot won't - at 20-25 knots, the flight should take three weeks, too long for a human to go without sleep. Instead, the flight is planned in five-day "hops", each ending with a change in pilot.Solar Impulse websiteBBC Story with video

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


One day I decided to host a FSX(Flight Simulator X) party for the Instructables community.The party will be named "Instructables" in the GameSpy list.Use your Instructables username.Times:16:55:38 Thursday July 25, 2009 in GMT11:56:00 Thursday July 25, 2009 in EST09:57:08 Thursday July 25, 2009 in PST8PDT16:57:37 Thursday July 25, 2009 in Zulu16:57:54 Thursday July 25, 2009 in UCT11:58:11 Thursday July 25, 2009 in US/Central09:58:36 Thursday July 25, 2009 in US/Pacific16:58:59 Thursday July 25, 2009 in UniversalIf your time isn't listed, use this.All times in 24hr.The party will go on for 10 hours.SF International Airport is recommended for flight departure and arrivals,but you are absolutely free to spawn anywhere you like.Just don't spawn on the runway.I will be providing ATC,along with whoever wants to do ATC.GO FORTH AND FLY FELLOW IBLERIMPORTANT NOTE:THESE DATES ARE FOR THE CANCELLED PARTY. OBTAIN FSX BEFORE THE NEXT PARTY

Posted by Derin 9 years ago

Hydrogen-powered plane carries human crew for first time.

The first manned, hydrogen-powered plane has been successfully tested in the skies above Spain, its makers say.The small, propeller-driven craft, developed by aviation giant Boeing, made three short flights at an airfield south of Madrid, the company said.It was powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which produce only heat and water as exhaust products.The tests could pave the way for a new generation of greener aircraft, the company said.Boeing's chief technology officer John Tracy said the flights were "a historical technological success" and "full of promises for a greener future".Small futureThree test flights of the two-seater aircraft took place in February and March at an airfield at Ocana, south of Madrid. The plane was modified to include a hybrid battery and fuel cell system used to power an electric motor coupled to a conventional propeller. Hydrogen-powered planes have been flown before, but never with a human pilot onboard.BBC Story

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago

additional tech

If we send it up then should we put any extra tech? by this i mean in my design im working on i have a altimeter to see how high it flys and a gps tracker for recovery and to see the flight path also should there be a camera added?

Posted by shabaki 9 years ago

How to Fly for Sooper Freaking Cheap!!

Are you between 18 and 22 RIGHT NOW? You're in luck.I found this deal by AirTran called "X-Fares"You just show up at their ticket counter and say, "Hey! I wanna get to _ with your X-Fares program!" And they charge you only $70 per leg. I showed up in Boston 40 minutes before a flight, and got to San Francisco that same night, in two legs, with no delays. Do it! Travel the country! Check out their blackout dates before you go. Some ("long haul") legs cost $100 instead of $70.http://www.airtranu.com/airtran_u.aspx

Posted by stasterisk 10 years ago

3 Axis Rotating Flight Simulation Rig

I have currently started building a 3 axis rotating Flight simulation rig that can simulated any 3D motion with a pilot inside the main cabin in control. I know the project needs a lot of disciplines working together (Steel design-mechanics-electrical-electronics-control-programming) So I assembled a team of engineers who got interested in the idea but we are not all highly experienced and the issue is new to all of us. So far we managed to design the rig it self as in steel design area. when we started moving along to the next phase which is the mechanical parts and joints we faced a lot of issues regarding the weight and balance of the rigs. The attached image is for a flight simulator done by a company in Russia. We have great ideas for improving that design and building our own non expensive simulator. I didn't post our full design model done in solid works cause it's not yet perfected. All I asking is that , if there is any one out there willing to help us share the knowledge or has a bit of experience in the subject, or wants to join our collaborate work, please don't hesitate to contacts us. I don't know the forum rules so I won't post my contact information here, but please feel free to discuss the subject with us on the forum, so we might benefit all together from this experience. 

Posted by zayed_hossam 3 years ago

Bike Ramp for Stairs

While visiting Lisbon, Portugal for OFFF 2009, I saw this bike ramp on a flight of stairs. I often carry my bike up and down stairs to train and subway stations, and would love to see more of these ramps around town.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago

Failed Experimentation : Trash bags solar balloon

.Solar balloon made with 20 litres trash bags don't take flight.It's too small and too heavy ...Don't even try : it does not work =o)(go here instead)

Posted by chooseausername 10 years ago

Record Solar Powered Flight

UK-built solar-powered plane has set an unofficial world endurance record for a flight by an unmanned aircraft.The Zephyr-6, as it is known, stayed aloft for more than three days, running through the night on batteries it had recharged in sunlight.The flight was a demonstration for the US military, which is looking for new types of technology to support its troops on the ground.Craft like Zephyr might make ideal platforms for reconnaissance.They could also be used to relay battlefield communications.Chris Kelleher, from UK defence and research firm QinetiQ, said Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) offer advantages over traditional aircraft and even satellites."The principal advantage is persistence - that you would be there all the time," he told BBC News. "A satellite goes over the same part of the Earth twice a day - and one of those is at night - so it's only really getting a snapshot of activity. Zephyr would be watching all day." The latest flight was conducted at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.The Zephyr flew non-stop for 82 hours, 37 minutes.That time beats the current official world record for unmanned flight set by the US robot plane Global Hawk - of 30 hours, 24 minutes - and even Zephyr's own previous best of 54 hours achieved last year.However, the Yuma mark remains "unofficial" because QinetiQ did not involve the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale), the world air sports federation, which sanctions all record attempts.The US Department of Defense funded the demonstration flight under its Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) programme. The 30kg Zephyr was guided by remote control to an operating altitude in excess of 18km (60,000ft), and then flown on autopilot and via satellite communication.It tested a communications payload weighing approximately 2kg.At first sight, the propeller-driven Zephyr looks to be just another model aircraft, and it is even launched by hand. But this "pilotless" vehicle with its 18-metre wingspan incorporates world-leading technologies.Its structure uses ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre material; and the plane flies on solar power generated by amorphous silicon solar arrays no thicker than sheets of paper. These are glued over the aircraft's wings.To get through the night, the propellers are powered from lithium-sulphur batteries which are topped up during the day."A lot of effort has gone into power storage and light-weighting the systems," explained Mr Kelleher. "Lithium sulphur is more than double the energy density of the best alternative technology which is lithium polymer batteries. The engineers from the Farnborough-based company are now collaborating with the American aerospace giant Boeing on a defence project codenamed Vulture.This would see the biggest plane in history take to the sky, powered by the sun and capable of carrying a 450-kilo (1,000lb) payload.US commanders say the design must be able to maintain its position over a particular spot on the Earth's surface uninterrupted for five years. QinetiQ is the public company that used to be the British Government's military research department, before they privatised it.BBC articleQinetiQ's page on Zephyr

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago

A Giant Lands at Heathrow

The Airbus A380 has landed at Heathrow - it's first commercial flight to the UK.It is huge!24 metres high, 73m long, 80m wide - potentially carrying over 800 passengers, but instead they've installed enormous business class seat/beds, and first class passengers have their own rooms.Even it's economy-class seats are two inches wider and longer than a jumbo's.Yet they claim that it is more fuel efficient in terms of fuel per passenger per mile than an SUV such as a Rangerover!BBC news storyVideo - landing at Heathrow> Watch the wings sag as the wheels take the weight!Video - a tour inside the A380Video - on board during the flight to the UKMeet the man who's hobby is flying on the A380. He's single.Facts and figures

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago

Shuttle Launch This Evening! - UPDATED

11:59pm Launch tonight - we're currently in the scheduled 9 minute countdown hold :)That is only if you're on the Eastern Seaboard (most of you should be able to see something). 80% chance of acceptable weather conditions!This could be the last night launch (only 6 more flights scheduled).Launch CountdownOfficial Countdown

Posted by trebuchet03 8 years ago

Multi-color Wizard Wands Almost Ready for the Harry Potter Conference

Only a few hours before her floo powder flight to Harry Potter summer camp (Terminus), Christy is madly making Wizard Wands in an assortment of colors. Why pink? You'll have to ask her directly for those gory details.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

Notes From Too Much Travel

A good friend of mine wrote up his travel tips here at Notes From Too Much Travel. It has all sorts of tips around rental cars, using cell phones internationally, how much water to drink on a plane flight, and stuff to keep in your travel bag.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

Toss It! Winners Announced

All right, the winners of the Toss It! speed contest have been decided! We saw a lot of great entries and several good videos of successful, and not successful, flights. We love paper airplanes and were excited to see all of you get into them as well.In determining the winners, some duplicate votes were thrown out and for the random winner we picked a short list of Instructables, taped them to planes, and the one that went the farthest won.On with the winners! Top Votes and PageviewsThe authors of these two Instructables will each receive the Air Instructables Flight Kit which includes decals and a pilot's license, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Top Votes Pageviews The Instructables Robot Paper Airplane; Classic. by GorillazMiko Twin jet paper airplane by neelandan Runners-Up The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables robot t-shirt. Ease the Pain of a Child who has Cancer with Paper Airplanes Paper Fighter (yes it flies) Heart-Shaped Paper Airplane Design Super Slow Paper Glider Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have his plane fly the farthest, the author of this Instructable will receive the Air Instructables Flight Kit which includes decals and a pilot's license, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.and the random winner is...this entry from someone who was originally a runner-up for his other plane.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Free Computer Parts Needed!!!

Hello Instructables community!!! I am in Desparate need. i need some computer parts free preferably that you want to get rid of. Specific parts that i am looking for are 8GB sets of RAM, Laptop HDD's of a 500GB+ Capacity, Desktop HDD's of 500GB+ Capacity, Joysticks (For MFS9) modern if possible, and for those flight simmers out there, i need a set of Rudder Pedals, a Yoke, and a Throttle quadrant (twin engine if possible)...the important things i need for flight sim is the rudder pedals, and yoke however if i can only get rudder pedals i will consider myself blessed. Yall can expect a few 'Ibles from these things i am asking for. i am willing to pay for shipping. just PM me if you have anything that can help!!!

Posted by sokamiwohali 6 years ago

Ten Full Years!

It has just been pointed out to me that I have passed my tenth anniversary on Instructables - I first signed up January 6th, 2006, and have signed on almost every single day since, holidays and long-haul flights excluded. That's just... Over ten years. Gosh. The only things I've been involved with for longer are my relatives!

Posted by Kiteman 2 years ago

A video Camera for RC planes. You could do SO much with this....

FlyCamOne2This Camera is designed to be attached to RC planes to record flight. When I saw this on BoingBoing, and read:''This 1 oz. video camera, meant for R/C planes, could be used for a number of fun projects.''And I couldn't agree More....

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago

Arduino and Airport Security

Has anybody had any experience with taking an Arduino and electronics misc through airport security. Carry-on or baggage or in your in your shirt pocket? I suppose some ladder climber could make something of it for points seeing a bunch of wires and electronic type stuff. I am planning on a international flight in Feb this next year so i am investigating it now. Thanks W

Posted by WWC 5 years ago

Things You Want to Build During Your Lifetime

Every now and then, I come across a big project that I want to build at some point during my lifetime. These projects may have some special or sentimental meaning, or they may just be ridiculously cool! Personally, I prefer a little of both :-) I have two specific projects on my mind: A flight simulator (check out my other post titled "flight simulator," for some reason it didn't post into the tech room and wont show up anywhere-- Just click on my username and click on it) And a dark room. Both of these projects mean something special to me, and I hope to build them some time or another. But the real reason for this post is to hear what you guys want to build. So, reply to this post with your ideas, and maybe you'll inspire someone else! Thanks, MDJ

Posted by mdj817 10 years ago

Air Traffic Control on PC

Air Traffic control broadcasts from 108 - 138 MHz. (https://www.instructables.com/id/Transistor-Radio-Hack/)A couple of months ago I bought a Realistic Jetstream radio. It was used. I saw it there before. I finally bought it. I thought it was just an FM/AM radio. It said AM/VHF. I thought that was odd. After I bought it I realized that it wasn't an FM radio, it was an Air Traffic Control scanner! That was even better. It comes apart just like the radio Kipkay used in the hack. It was already an ATC radio though. My question is there any way to get Air Traffic Control on your computer? I tried an old tv tuner card. I set the frequency to 122.8MHz. That is the frequency for the local airport in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Centruy of Flight. It is also what my radio picks up. The antenna won't pick it up on the tuner. FM radio works though. I hope all this makes sense.

Posted by popit 9 years ago

Paper airplane videography

Allow me to share the methods I used to make my video. I hope this will help somebody out there do it even better. First, was the problem of capturing the plane in flight. I had chosen to make a fast model. A bad choice, from the point of filming it fly. If I stand back far enough to catch the entire flight, it becomes just a dot and you cannot tell whether it is a plane or a stone inside a ball of paper. If I stand close enough so that it fills the frame, then it just ... is gone. My solution was to get the best of the flights I could grab, and fill in the rest of the time with the process of construction. You can see in the video the paper apparently folding itself. It isn't. You are seeing it being unfolded, pulled by fine wires, played backwards. I have tried to edit out the wires, but in some frames the results are glaringly obvious. The movie itself was captured by a camera pointed downwards and the plane being launched into its field of view. Seen from the side, the plane is just not discernible as a plane. So I had to get a view from the top or bottom. If the camera is pointed upwards, the bright sky obliterates everything else. I used Fast Movie Processor, VirtualDub and Irfanview as detailed in my instructable on Time Lapse Movies. And the still images were captured by my scanner. Using the scanner is not my idea, I learned it from Don Lancaster at www.tinaja.com Hope this helps, or is of interest to, somebody out there.

Posted by neelandan 10 years ago

Need Help With Quadcopter Idea

Hello, I’m a senior in high school and I will be participating in a senior project in about 2 months from now. i had decided that I wanted to build a quadcopter thinking that it would give me good experience with electronics and programming. I was planning on using a simple Arduino to control the quad but now that I think of it, it might be much harder than I thought. I know a fair bit of java, have some experience with other microcontrollers, but very little with Arduinos. My initial thought was to buy all of the parts for a quad and program the whole thing myself with a few extra electronics like gyros and accelerometers, there seems to be little info about people who have programmed quads using Arduinos which doesn’t help. Do you think that programing the whole thing will serve to be way too difficult for me (will have a little help from some programing teachers) or should I just go for a complete flight controller instead. There needs to be some work that I have to do for 5 hours a day for 3 weeks, is there anything where the programing is simplified but requires me to do some work. Is there any flight controllers that I can program on top of like for example add IR sensors for obstacle avoidance. With a flight control board, things will be too easy, the only thing I can think of is to maybe create a CAD frame and 3d print it or something. What I’m really asking is, is there a simpler way to do this while keeping me occupied at work? Or even any suggestions on things I can do? Thanks,

Posted by dodomang777 4 years ago

Sprays to kill bugs?

I have a problem with bugs. I think there's a hole in my screen, but I can't find any new ones to patch. Anyways, I keep having these small bugs, and now and then even a big, brown, flying beetle thing. I heard that hairspray will kill them in mid-flight, but I don't have hairspray. Anything that I can use instead? Also, it needs to be safe to spray in a bedroom. 

Posted by Batryn 6 years ago

Laser Rangefinder

A member PM'd me with this question, "hi im asking if i can use the arduino micro controller in distance measuring using laser" My response was "Laser distance is the time of flight of a pulse of light pulse that travels 3 feet in a single nanosecond..." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_rangefinder Do you think the Arduino can execute instructions at a fraction of a nanosecond ? What is the clock frequency of an Arduino ? . Take care of your eyes when using lasers !  

Posted by iceng 1 year ago

Instructables not showing up

1.I am using a windows 7 computer   2. I am using Internet Explorer 10 3. https://www.instructables.com/id/My-Flight-Simulator-Cockpit/    https://www.instructables.com/id/Lego-Zippo-Lighter/ https://www.instructables.com/id/James-Bond-Outfit/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Frodos-Sting-Sword/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Civil-War-Outfit-Union-Soldier/ 4. I just put together the pictures to be the instructions.

Posted by blacksmith98 5 years ago