Well yesterday, Sunday 9-22 was an excellent day in Sherman TX for flying. Light breezes, bright sun, and low temps in the high 70's low 80's and I got to spend about 5 hours at the Texoma RC Club field. Just an awesome day. It brought out a lot of folks out to fly. Two of them very special, at least to me anyway.
Those that know me know I am a beginner with two planes. An Apprentice S, and a PKZ Extra 300S. Flew the crap out of my Apprentice. But as you may know I have had a lot of trouble with the Extra because it is, or was above my skill level. Landing it was my challenge. Ripped the LG off 3 times before.
There were two men there I have seen once before at the feild. They are commercial Airline pilots, single, with more money then they know what to do with. They are heavy into EDF Jets, 3D e-planes and gas heli. What a show. First time I seen jets launched with a mega sling shot, and first encounter with 3D heli. WOW is all I can say these guys were great RC pilots.
With that said these two gentleman were very generous with their time and spent a good hour with me helping me to fly my Extra. I took the plane up 13 times. I turned it into a Belly Lander. All 13 flights I took it off and one of the guys helped by hand launching. Very easy plane to hand launch.
Anyway they stood there with me coaching verbally, and for the first 4 landings, they landed it for me. After 4 flights I had the plane Expo and Trims tuned in and confident. On 5th flight I was in full control doing approaches and landed. After that I solo'd with the exception they hand launched for me, then stood near by with little tips and encouragement.
By the 13th flight I was calm, doing inside/outside loops, aileron rolls,, inverted, and even half arsed knife edges. It was awesome. Was surprised how easy the plane is to fly inverted, easier than up right.
What was really interesting was letting each one of them take the plane up. I know this plane is not suppose to be 3D, but these guys could make if fly some 3D maneuvers like harriers, I think that is what you call them where you hang it on the prop and hoover around.
Did I mention one did 3D heli? It blew my mind. He had what he called a 50 size gas heli. Pretty large heli. Rotor had to have a 5 foot diameter. I can understand how that kid in NY got decapitated a week or two ago.
Awesome Day, I am hooked. Ready to go to Santa Fe NM next week on vacation and make some friends at the local club on October 5th on their final Fun Fly day and Party for the year. Hope to see some of you there. My name is Dereck with the Apprentice, Extra, and Boston Terrier named Rocky. Be sure to say Howdy.