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    Re: Amazing...
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2006 May 22, 11:18 +0100

    Being still in the steam age of dialup rather than broadband, I still
    pay by the minute for long downloads, which tie up my phone. So when
    an attachment from Nav-l was still downloading after nearly half an
    hour, I was roundly cursing the idiot who was behind it.
    Until I saw that the character it came from was Peter Ifland, who
    never sends anything silly.
    It was a movie, and I reluctantly decided to try running it, seeing
    that it came from Peter.
    Wow! It's a demo. of what can be done with an aerobatic model
    aircraft, in an indoor hall. Not really anything to do with
    navigation, of course....
    I found it hard to believe my eyes. Not just that a model aicraft
    could be so manoevrable and agile, but that a human mind at a control
    panel could think himself into its cockpit, and react in such a short
    timeframe, to keep it so completely under control. In many ways, it
    must be harder to do such tricks with a model than with the real
    thing, from inside it.
    If anyone has simply binned it rather than viewed it, it should be
    fished out and given a try. Quite mind-blowing!
    I didn't see a propellor on the model. Did I miss it? How was it
    propelled; anyone know?
    Not that I want to give any encouragement to long attachments, on
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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