Flew Sat. 9 flights nice and warm with 5 to 15 mph winds lots of other fliers at the club. Today is club clean up only takes a couple of hours, and more flying this afternoon. We finally have a respite from the winds.
Flying weather, but lots of work around the house. Luckily I was able to take Friday off to spend a couple of hours at the field. Flew the HK Slick and I think I'm about to join the HK Slick fan boys. I had a blast with it!
Ended up a good day today. I swapped receivers, went from a spektrum full range with satelite, to a $10 receiver. When I bought my dx6I, I didn't have a receiver on hand, my dad had an extra, so I traded to give him back his.
First flight something was way off. I swapped from a 1100kv to a 880kv motor, hoping to extend flight times. Got it into the air, and I just could not get it to fly right. It was knife edging really well, but the plane was slow, really slow. Barely had enough power to climb out and quickly lost verticle power. Motor is very strong at 1/4 throttle, but no differance from 1/2 to full throttle. It was tipping very easy at stall, always to one side. Landed well despite the strong cross wind.
Started playing with the plane trying to figure out what was wrong, on aleroin was about 1/4" higher then the other. I had one pluged in normal, and running the second in a mix to use flaps. Playing with the sub trim, I couldn't get it quite straight, and I forgot my flight box with tools in it. Well full sub trim in aux1 and full right trim leveled out the control surfaces and got them moving equally up and down. But the flaps switch didn't move them equally, so I esentally had no flaps. Oh well, no problem now that I know.
Second flight was very good. I had to play with elevator trims, didn't change them too much in case the battery slid back. Completely fixed the weird habits the plane had. Knife edge was less then stellar, but more fluid and easier to control. Needs just a hair more motor to hold it. Top speed is about 1/2 to 1/3 of the 1100kv motor with the smaller prop. Third flight, wind finally died down some, from 15mph or so, to a gusty 4 or 5. After verifying the battery didn't slide back, I adjusted trims a bit better for my elevator. Have the plane dialed in perfect before landing, nose wheel was. Still a bit off.
rest of the day went well, got over the less speed of the prop. The plane hangs on the prop well, but doesn't gain altitude. High alpha was really fun and predictable. Did quite a few spot landings. Wind died down almost completely. Really wish I ran out to the salt flats instead. Kinda miss the other motor, but this motor might be more efficent at 1/4 to 1/2 throttle. I think I kept throwing it straight to full throttle thinking it should have more, wasting battery will little reward.
Overall, really really good day. Over two hours of straight flying time, plane re-trimmed in very well, no damage to the plane, no close calls, and lots of crosswind and high alpha fun. The plane is set up well enough, the only thing I would change, would be having the flaps working again, figure I'll just have to change the aux1 channel up a bit in the mixing.
Good day, and I'll have a couple hours of charging batteries tonight. Hopefully more flying in the morning.
Snuck out to the field this afternoon. Gorgeous weather here in N.Texas.
Flew the F-4J. Surprizingly good after trimming her out. Had re-installed a bigger motor and this made a huge difference. The F-22 is great as usual. Never lets me down The T28D Trojan was a handlful today. Needed trim badly. Even flew the Cessna 182 which to me is still a handful with the RTF TX that came with it. Ran out of models on the Futaba 6EX so the Cessna is relagated to it's original crappy, no expo TX/RX All going well until the last flight of the day.
Took the Radjet for spin to see how my repairs would hold up. Did a few circuits. All was good. On base to final I mis-calculated how close I was to the tree line and there she be. Heard the flutter. Its quite a jungle in there with prickly thorns everywhere. Brought the TX with me to see if I could hear anything. Nothing. After cutting up my legs pretty good, I finally found the canopy which was only about 5 feet inside the tree line from the field. But no more debris or battery laying around. Must be nestled in the tree. Had to call off the search until tomorrow when I can wear jeans.
Hopefully, the overnight breeze and swaying will bring her down gently. Does give an excuse to head to field tomorrow. Left everything in the trunk.
Took the Radjet for spin to see how my repairs would hold up. Did a few circuits. All was good. On base to final I mis-calculated how close I was to the tree line and there she be.
One thing we all have to learn with this hobby, is to NEVER let your model get below the line of trees on the other side of your model. It can be a lot further away than you might think.
Years ago I had a 35 mm film camera in a 10 foot sailplane. Took quite awhile to figure out where the model was in some of the photos. Finally verified it was over a small pond of water. One Half Mile as the crow flys from where I was standing as verified on a Delorme digital map.
Retired and the days are just too short, busier than ever!
Search and Rescue recovered the RadJet today. NTSB still investigating. Very little damage after spending the night in the tree alone. Battery and Esc wires were hanging around a limb which made it difficult to free. Very spiny scrub trees we have here. Not like those soft pines you have in Wisc( I grew up in Elm Grove) Took a ladder and two long 3 in dia pvc pipes connected to gether to un-nestle her.
Spent the entire day at out field. Gorgeous. Flew a few rounds of F-22 Combat, Maidened the Red Arrows 50mm edf T-45 and flew the F4J. A few of the regulars there. I was playing hooky. All in all , pretty successful day though I almost lost the T-45. Noticed in mid-air that something was flopping around. Declared a Mayday and brought her down immediately and smoothly. The left aileron was torn away at the seam. Close call. I'll either tape hinge it or get some welders glue at Home Depot.
I think that's the non mobile version. You can ignore the audio and commentary. Wasn't a bad day. Ran through 6 of 7 batteries, did about 50 touch and goes. Little bit of prop hanging and high alpha. I did touch my prop on a not so good landing. Left it on there since it was an apc prop and I didn't have a spare. I really miss the 1100kv motor. I may swap it back on. It was a gusty day, landing crosswind at 5 to 15 miles an hour.
Thanks crash. Thatts actually a feeway overpass, the wind blows differently straight at you from over the top. the " runway" is in a crosswind no matter what. The road faces north south, the wind almost always blows west east with some northern influance. The salt flats are to the east and offer little resistance to the wind. So if its really windy, you have quite a crosswind. Other then that, its nice. When the wind is straight west to east, I take off and land on that small road next to the tree. I was lamding there but I had more then a 45 degree angle crosswind there.
I'm gonna try to talk my dad into maidening his advance today. He is on a graveyard shift.
saturday is looking good!!! ihave to get some speed runs in..lol... sundays not looking to be a day of breaking any records.
Partly sunny. A slight chance of light rain and drizzle in the morning...then a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Showers likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening...then showers likely after midnight. Patchy fog. Lows around 50. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Showers likely in the morning...then rain in the afternoon. Rain may be heavy at times in the afternoon. Cooler with highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent.
narrow is the place to land...wide is the space to crash....choose the narrow way!
We had highs in the 40's(42) and rain two days ago. Yesterday it was 78 and not a hit of weather. We did have a bit of wind for the first half of the day, but by 6pm, cleared right up and flew till 8pm. I got about 6 flights in, did about 100 touch and goes. We played around a bit with my dads advance. Tried a couple different props, but we couldn't get the amp draw over 29 amps on 3 cells. Right now were flying a 12X6 and pulling 426 watts. Motor is rated for 550watts. But we have about 1/10th of an inch of ground clearance with a 13" prop. Next time we will hit the hobby shop, I'm going to try a 12X8 or bigger on it.
Today is gonna be a good day here too. No wind at home, but we will see how the flying feild ends up. Worth the drive either way. Were gonna bring a slimer .40 trainer to play with while the batteries charge. Brought it out yesterday, but by the time we ran half a tank through it the 20 year old hitek radio battery was in the red, so we called it. Were going to throw a spectrum receiver in it and threw a 4 battery pack in the plane.
Nice morning to fly here and got in one flight with my 40inch wingspan Tigermoth.
She fly's really nice and floats in for the landing like a butterfly.
Charging up the Tx now and will try to get back out for more flying this morning.