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Old 09-23-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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Default Awesome Day in TX

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.
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Great! You should make planes to come to this one here locally (well a bit of hike for you)....

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1981714

The Thunderbird field alone is world class and worth the trip - just for that.

I flew all day long this past Saturday at DEAF - another great event...

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Great! You should make planes to come to this one here locally (well a bit of hike for you)....

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1981714
Thank you . Will try to attend.

What are GPS cords?
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I have heard the Sherman field is awesome. Might be worth the trip for a fly in.

Too many hobbies, and not enough time!
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Originally Posted by waytooslow View Post
I have heard the Sherman field is awesome. Might be worth the trip for a fly in.
I do not have much to compare it too. What I can say is it has a paved runway, electric hookups for RV and chargers, decent covered shelter with picnic tables and seating, lot of parking, sound/PA system, Concession building, with coolers and cooking, and two Porta-Johns maintained. We get a lot of disgruntled North Dallas area RC guys.

Texoma RC Club GPS for Google Earth are:

lat = 33.644
lon = -96.750

Come see what you think.
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dereckbc, You were Having way to Much Fun, There Should be a Law Against that LOL, I think you Have Graduated to a Intermediate Rc Pilot Now

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.

Take care and have fun, Chellie

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Originally Posted by dereckbc View Post
Thank you . Will try to attend.

What are GPS cords?
Here you go...

http://www.fwthunderbirds.org/

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Beautiful weather for flying.
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Originally Posted by CHELLIE View Post
dereckbc, You were Having way to Much Fun, There Should be a Law Against that LOL, I think you Have Graduated to a Intermediate Rc Pilot Now

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.

Take care and have fun, Chellie
Thx

But I am still a Beginner. I have not spent $1000 dollars yet or enough time. Only half a Summer season since July.

As a point of reference I also play golf. It took me $20K and 4 years to get to a single digit handicap which is intermediate level. Took another 10 years and I do not know how many USD to get to a 4 handicap. Still not a pro after 40 years of practice.
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dereck,

Finally , the kind of days we long for in North Texas. Cooler temps, mild winds. You're spoiled up there in Sherman. Great field . Do you have a hot tub too ? LOL With our filed in Grapevine, I'm looking to mount tundra tires on all my planes. It's not that bad but it could be better.

The best I ever got @ golf was a 10. Now I justify buying ARF's as a round of golf + 19th hole at a decent course. LOL. Only play scrambles now.

Mike, The T-bird event sounds great.Marked on the calendar. Their field is one of the tops in the country. Of course, when a US Senator lobbies the Corps of Engineers on your behalf, it helps. $700K later, a new field is born.

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Originally Posted by dereckbc View Post
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But I am still a Beginner. I have not spent $1000 dollars yet or enough time. Only half a Summer season since July.

As a point of reference I also play golf. It took me $20K and 4 years to get to a single digit handicap which is intermediate level. Took another 10 years and I do not know how many USD to get to a 4 handicap. Still not a pro after 40 years of practice.
I Play Golf in The 70s When it gets into the 80s and 90s then its a little to hot for me to play Golf I Play Boggy Golf, Thats good Enough for me, I like the 3 Par Pitch and putt Greens, Take care, Chellie

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Yep no kidding...

You should have come to DEAF Saturday! It was awesome....
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How much you spend has nothing to do with how well you develop your flying skills. Its possible to do a lot with some very inexpensive stuff.
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Chellie,

Now when I play I have to buy helmuts for all the squirrels !

Mike- Forgot about DEAF. It's a name my wife calls me. LOL

Fred- I agree- I'm all about flying cheap. Cheap is good.

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How much you spend has nothing to do with how well you develop your flying skills.
You have never played golf.
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