Events for 2014 posted!

Events Andrew will be attending have been posted to the Events page.

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5th NEHC Phenom, Mansfield MA, Sep 14-16

Awesome, super fun event, right in our own “back yard”. This has become one of the top events in the country, attracting top pilots from all over. This year’s list included Jason Krause, Nick Maxwell, Jamie Robertson, Ben storick, Art Hughes, Todd Bennet, Devon Conners and of course the AMain team was in full force with Frank Columbia, Tim Jones, Devin LaBlanc, Leon Luke, Wesley Griffith and Andrew Merlino. As usual the NEHC did a first class job organizing and running the event. Perfect sunny and cool New England weather throughout the event. The food was excellent, which included a Saturday night’s pilot dinner prepared by a pro chef, who happens to be a new member of NEHC, what could be better! The flying was “off the hook” all day on Saturday. One of the highlights was a three-way tandems with Frank, Art and Andrew, this were exiting, crowd loved them. Saturday afternoon there was even an attempt at a world record, most helis hovering. At one point there were over 100 documented helis hovering, quite an impressive sight and sound. Unfortunately we heard that the record attempt fell a few helis short. This event has also become known for epic night flying and this year was no exception. After the pilot dinner, Andrew started the night with a crazy spotlight flight, that got the crowd going in the night flying mode. There were a few flights with lighted helis, but the night was dominated by good old fashion “redneck spotlight” flying. Lots of pilots, including Andrew, Tim, Devon, Devin, Ben, Jamie and Nick were tearing up the sky until close to midnight. A pretty good crowd hung around to witness the action right to the very end. The crowd disbanded around 1:00am. That was fun, definitively a must go event.

Photo and Video coverage from RunRyder

Three way tandem with Frank, Art and Andrew:

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A Main Hobbies Labor Day Sale 2013

Hey everyone, A Main Hobbies is having a Labor Day Sale.  Please help support me by supporting my Sponsor.  We would greatly Appreciate it.

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Goblin Day in New England

On Saturday June 30th I attended the “Goblin Day in New England” heli fun fly in Mansfield, MA. This local event was organized by the New England Heli Crew (NEHC), the “Phenom “ guys, and sponsored by HeliDirect.  Although the theme was Goblin, the event was open to all pilots and helis.

Goblin Day Group Photo

Very fun event, this was a pilot’s event, with a good turnout from the New England area.  A full day of non-stop flying action, with good weather and… good food!  Yes, that’s right, I said good food! As it turn out, a new member of the NEHC club happens to be none other than a head chef at a famous Boston establishment.  Well… now, that’s the kind of job skills any heli event can make good use of. The BBQ ribs were excellent.

Goblin 500A fair number of Goblins turned out, maybe about half of the helis present. The rest, mostly Align machines, with a few TDAs and MA machines.  Noontime demos were pretty fun, including a tandem flight with Devon Conners.  My objective for the day was to dial in my new Goblin 500, which I did. It’s flying well and I’m starting to turn up the heat with it.  Very fun little machine!.

My main machine, the Trex 700E V3 with Cyclone Blades, however, continues to the crowd pleaser.  Many pilots inquiring about the Cyclone blades, interest is growing at the field and local distributor.

The event wrapped up late in the afternoon with a substantial raffle. Devon won a Goblin 500 kit, pretty happy about that.


Here is a video of my demo flight at the event.  Also be sure to checkout the other videos from the event.  Here is a playlist of them:

Here are a bunch of photos from the event.

For full Resolution and quality of these photos you can see them here:

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A Main Hobbies is having a 4th of July sale

A Main Hobbies will be having their annual 4th of July Sale this Wednesday and Thursday.

Here are some of the specifics:

Sale times:  July 3rd @ 8:00pm PST till July 4th @ 11:59pm PST
“Earn 10% Back” storewide sale
Additional discounts on:  
EcoPower, Blade helis, Scorpion motors, Digital servos and more.

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Ernie Huber Memorial Heli Fun Fly, June 22 & 23, Stow Mass

This past Saturday I attended the Ernie Huber Memorial Heli Fun fly. This is a yearly favorite local event held at the Crow Island Airfied in Stow MA. The event is dedicated to the late Ernie Huber, a famed local pioneer in many aspects of the hobby of RC Helicopters. The place is interesting, being an active airfield, with occasional incoming and departing air traffic consisting of single engine small planes and ultralights. All helis must land when there is full scale traffic, but this only happened a couple of times during the day.

The event draws a pretty good heli crowd from around New England. With the good weather there was plenty of excellent flying all around. My Trex 700Es got quite a workout. These V3 machines continue to be excellent performers. However, something new, in the afternoon, I did get to maiden my new Goblin 500. What a fun little machine!! (More on this later, including a review).


Below are a couple videos of my flights as well as a playlist to the flights that were recorded at the event.

Warm up flight at Crow Island 2013 – Ernie Huber Memorial Heli Fun Fly

Flight Demo Crow Island 2013 – Ernie Huber Memorial Heli Fun Fly

Playlist of Crow Island 2013 videos – Ernie Huber Memorial Heli Fun Fly

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Introducing the Cyclone Blades from J1S Designs

Introducing the Cyclone Blades from J1S Designs

Find my full review here:  Cyclone Blade Review


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Flight with Cyclone Blades and Protek RC Servos

Here is a flight with Andrew’s newest setup. This is the best setup Andrew has had to date.

Please see the YouTube channel for more of Andrew’s flights at the 495th RC Squadron’s 9th Annual Heli FunFly. Be sure to check out videos of the many other great pilots at the event as there was a lot of other skilled pilots in attendance.

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My Heli Overview – T-Rex 700E v3

Here is a little video interview of Andrew sharing some info on his current T-Rex 700E v3.

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Events for 2013 posted!

Events Andrew will be attending have been posted to the Events page.

You can reach it here: Events 2013

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