Archive for March, 2009

The Long Awaited, Heavily Anticipated, Highly Appreciated Product The Competition Said We’d Never Make…

March 17, 2009

To all the Nay-Sayers, Pessimists, and Combatants of Airtronics…. “Phoooey… And SHAME ON YOU for spreading untrue rumors!”

IT’S SO COOOOOOOOL! Now Airtronics Stylus Owners, true fans, and modelers simply happy with the radio they know and love, the World-Famous Stylus, can have 2.4GHz!!!

I don’t care who you are, this is one cool mouse-trap! A 2-piece machined metal base for the antenna, a metal flex-tube

2.4GHz Module - Stylus

2.4GHz Module - Stylus

for the wire going from the module to the antenna, and a module with a very simple, yet protected bind button. The 2.4GHz even screws on easily, thus it’s easily removed in case of a mis-hap…

We’re shooting for Early May, the product is AWESOME, and the price is stunning. $99.99

And, the normal, fully functional 8 channel receiver that is used with this module (the receiver in the RDS8000 radio) that is full range, only weigh 20g or so, and has an every day price of $79.99! I say, “How can you go wrong?”


This is a unique and FANTASTIC radio (Stylus owners seem to be life-long fans) and now you can convert it to 2.4GHz.


Stylus 2.4GHz Module - Quality Through and Through

Stylus 2.4GHz Module - Quality Through and Through

Stylus 2.4GHz Metal Base

Stylus 2.4GHz Metal Base


Air Force ONE

March 16, 2009
USA Flag on the Tail of Air Force One

USA Flag on the Tail of Air Force One

For my Father-in-Law’s Birthday, we all crammed in the family truckster and made the 1+ hour drive to Simi-Valley to the Ronald Reagan Library. My Father-in-Law is a Republican, liked the former President immensely (as did his mother).  So, it seemed like a good activity for the family.

Politics aside, the Ronald Reagan is famous and was involved in an amazing historical and interesting time in USA history including the end of the Cold War and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.

Of course, I like aviation, so I was excited to see the Air Force One exhibit (my main motivation to saying yes to this trek). Indeed it’s impressive. The retired aircraft is on raised pedestals in a nice sized hanger that includes an open-to-the-sun, glass covered side.

Retired Air Force One from the Reagan Era

Retired Air Force One from the Reagan Era

The aircraft was very nicely restored inside and out and gave an interesting look at how the President used it. They would not allow me to take pictures inside, Sorry. It was interesting to see the avionics and communications display as well as the Presidential quarters and where the military officials kept and guarded “The Football” (the code name for the military strategies, documents, and all the launch codes for the Nuclear Arsenal.) Frankly, from my point of view, that’s a fair amount of scary stuff. I’m glad the Cold War is over. They’re plenty of other scary stuff but now at least the Russians and Their Nukes aren’t one of them.

Anyway, the aircraft is impressive. But after walking through it, you can see why they couldn’t wait to retire it and get a 747 wide-body. I know it’s a ton of money, but it’s OK with me that the President of these United States flies in a modern aircraft.  This 707 convert really was TINY inside comparatively. (Looks like a 737 inside!)

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

Outside in the simulated Rose Garden, stood a monolith of Cold War Symbolism, a piece of the Berlin Wall. An ominous monolith symbolizing the fear as well as the ending of the Cold War.

Marine One at the Air Force One Display

Marine One at the Air Force One Display

The Library also housed a Retired Marine One Presidential Helicopter. This one had not only carried President Reagan and his family and advisers to the Air Force Base, but had been used to take him out of the country to visit Mexican diplomats. This is fairly uncommon as normally it’s only used domestically.

All of these items look bigger on TV!

I wasn’t allowed to take a picture of this either, but I’ve now seen, in person, an actual document of the Magna Carta. On temporary display at the Library, this document is on loan from the Lincoln Cathedral (not to be confused with President Lincoln, the Cathedral is a truly OLD cathedral in Licolnshire, England –  NOT in the USA 🙂 ). This is their comments about it from the Library:

Magna Carta Exhibit Opens:

• The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its latest temporary exhibit, Magna Carta: The Essence of Democracy.

Opening January 23rd and running through June 20th, 2009, Magna Carta: The Essence of Democracy will explore why the 1215 Magna Carta is widely viewed as one of the most important documents in the history of our freedom and how it became the cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution. The highlight of this exhibit is the original 1215 Magna Carta, on loan from Lincoln Cathedral in Lincolnshire, England.

Regular admission rates apply to visit the Museum and the Magna Carta exhibit.

Bottom line is the library possibly borders on Ronald Reagan Worshipping, but the information in the Library is unusual, interesting, and tells an interesting story about our country. I couldn’t help but feel patriotic in the presence of Air Force One and a piece of the now fallen Berlin Wall. Interestingly enough, my children THOROUGHLY enjoyed it.  I know, this post doesn’t have much to do with Model Airplanes, but any chance to be around an actual Air Force One and Marine One is a good one for any aviation affecionado, R/C or Full Scale. And since I’m a fairly patriotic person, as far as I’m concerned, any chance to wave the flag is a good one. And bottom line – the Ronald Reagan Library is worth the visit, even if you’re not a Republican.

Stylus Module “Official”

March 14, 2009

In my last post, I pointed out that Airtronics pilots kicked serious butt at the AZ Soaring Festival. Each of those talented pilots were flying Airtronics. Specifically, their beloved Stylus.

And while we’re working hard to give those pilots a brand new competition radio, the SD-10G, there are many pilots like these who LOVE their Stylus.

Those pilots flew that contest with 72mhz. Obviously that’s perfectly OK, but these, guys, like all of you have been anxiously awaiting 2.4GHz for their Stylus. Well, their wait is almost done! The Stylus Module IS coming. Final flight testing happens next week and then assuming all goes well we’ll see this great 2.4GHz conversion in May!

Now I know we teased this at earlier shows, but at Airtronics, we have a different approach. We keep loyal owners involved all along the way and we don’t release on a time-schedule, we release on a “no product before it’s time” schedule. When we’re convinced it’s great, THEN we put it out there.

So, yes, we’re a little late and truly I’m sorry about that. So, to show our appreciate, the great minds at Sanwa and Airtronics and Hobby People have decided to show their appreciation with a $99.99 module. Yep, that’s right.

$99.99 for a 2.4GHz Stylus Module – only conversion.

That’s a module, the 2.4GHz antenna, a protected wire connection, and a really nice antenna adapter. Receivers will be separate.

And don’t forget within a month of that, we should have economy 7 channel and 6 channel receiver to compliment the 8 channel receiver that is compatible with the RDS8000, the Stylus 2.4GHz, and the new 10Channel.  And let’s not forget that the 8 channel receiver’s street price is, everyday, 20 dollars less than comparable 7 channel receivers from our competitors!

I’m excited to be able to share the news! Thank you all for being patient! The Module is now right around the corner!!!