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Posted by kenh3497 | Jun 30, 2014 @ 07:18 PM | 1,679 Views
I'm posting this as I know not all RCG members are also AMA members. I feel it is imperative ALL modelers respond to protect our hobby.

Please read and respond ASAP. Thank you

EDIT: If you are not currently an AMA member please consider joining as your membership fees go towards fighting to keep us "safe" from just the things detailed below. As we all know this cost a tremendous amount of money. The more members the AMA has, the better they are able to fight the fight for us.


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Posted by kenh3497 | May 19, 2014 @ 06:27 PM | 1,707 Views
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming "WOW, WHAT A RIDE!"
Posted by kenh3497 | May 10, 2014 @ 07:36 PM | 1,766 Views
Two firsts today. I flew my first RC flight of the year in the rain because I was going to get one flight in "no matter what" as it's about time

The second first, or is it the first second

I flew our sUAS over three different farm fields. The last flight got interrupted because of rain. Unlike our RC models the sUAS uses a pitot tube to measure airspeed. If ANY moisture gets in the tube the plane "sees" zero airspeed. This causes full power and if that doesn't work it gives down elevator to gain airspeed with predictable results

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http://www.farmintelligence.com/
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We are flying the Vierio. It is all carbon fiber and kevlar. It uses many hobby grade components such as JR servos, folding prop, motor and ECS. The battery is housed in a "pod" that has cell balancing features built in. It is a LiPo battery of unknown capacity. The charger is a dumbed down Thunder Power TP610C. All it will do is charge. All other functions have been disabled. The charge rate starts out at about 5 amps so we can assume the battery capacity is in the 5000 milliamp range.

My longest flight today was 35 minutes and the HUD said I had about 40 minutes of flight time left... If you can believe the software After setting up the field to fly, the plane pretty much runs itself. From hand launch it climbs to it's...Continue Reading
Posted by kenh3497 | Feb 27, 2014 @ 09:31 PM | 1,293 Views
UAS is near to my heart. Not because I am a champion for them but because part of my income will be using one in my work place in the near future.

With that said I urge all of us to be on the lookout for legislation that can affect us all. NOT JUST from the FAA and our federal government but from a larger threat, our state governments. Many or our legislators do not have a clue about UAS or model aviation in general. A recent bill in the Iowa senate would effectively ban all model aviation in Iowa not to mention UAS operations. This senate bill was prompted by a senator that was concerned about a UAS "spying" on his daughters as they were sunbathing Well I guess I can see his concern but..... Efforts to contact him and be involved in the senate hearing were ignored by those that contacted him. I have this information in good faith from some of our AMA district representatives who did find out about the meeting and did attend. I was lucky and found the date for this meeting and forwarded the date to Rich Hansen at the AMA headquarters.

So with all the above rambling in black and white. Find out who your state legislators are and contact them proactively to help ALL of us out. It's better to stomp out a small fire than have to call the fire department to put out a house fire.

Ken
Posted by kenh3497 | Jan 11, 2014 @ 09:53 AM | 2,167 Views
The company I'm working for is getting closer to the purchase of a S UAS for flying over fields for the purpose of photographing crops. The unit they are looking at has its roots in the military and was used in the middle east for surveillance. It weighs in in at not quite 3 pounds, is a "flying wing" platform. It uses an electric motor for propulsion with a flying time of 60 minutes +. The camera is pretty amazing also.

The amazing part is the photos are good enough we can count the number of plants being grown in an acre. That is the software portion of the purchase. It uses "facial recognition" software to do this. Well at least a variation of that software. The future holds the promise of reading the "signature" the plant radiates as it is stressed by different disease, lack of water, bug infestations etc. Much of this is already well documented. The issue is just to make the software "see" the problem in the photos.

The goal for this year is to fly over about 100,000 acres of crop land. Right now we have about 20,000 acres verbley spoken for. We are told, flying 1000 acres a day is well within reach.

The next few years will be an exciting time.

Ken
Posted by kenh3497 | Oct 14, 2013 @ 07:00 AM | 2,937 Views
Well, today is a new day and a new chapter of my life. I start a new job today. My former employer decided to close the location I was working. I had the option of driving 60 miles one way to work at their other shop, but I declined. I guess if push came to shove and I couldn't find a job i would have on a temp basis.

Anyway.... The new job is working for a lab that analyses soil samples for farmers or who ever wants that done. they also will test plant tissue samples for nutrient uptake. I will be running their "new" machine which measures how well the soil will conduct electricity. I guess there is a direct relationship between soil conductivity and soil fertility. Who woulda thunk....

Ken

UPDATE 70 hours on the clock this week. Starting out with a bang I guess. I swear I missed a day someplace as it really seems like Friday although it is Saturday. Today was a short day at only 9 hours as I got rained out. I'm hitting the sack early tonight. Funny thing is I feel good, a bit tired, but feel good. I guess that's what hard work does to ya
Posted by kenh3497 | Oct 07, 2013 @ 08:57 AM | 2,869 Views
As the title says..... I think this marks the "official" start of the building season. The weather forecast, well one of them, says 61 degrees and 5 MPH winds. It should be tolerable with a sweatshirt. My significant other has a second job so she goes directly there from her primary job. This means I have to run home and let our pooch out to do her business then back to town for the meeting. Beings I'm the "prez" I supposed I should be there..... I'll leave my plane at home and just enjoy the evening. By the time I run home and back and grab a bite to eat, it will be meeting time anyway. Next weekend it is supposed to be better weather anyway.

So, with the building season here, I guess I best get to building

Ken
Posted by kenh3497 | Sep 30, 2013 @ 01:57 PM | 3,050 Views
My wife says "Clean out the garage today please" as she leaves for her second job yesterday. I agree it was getting a bit "messy"......

So I walk out and the first thing is the steps into the house. There have been numerous complaintses for about three years now. They were there when we moved there and they were just a "box" on the floor with a couple of layers of 2X's under to get them close to the right height. The were wobbly also. So.... I decided to make some new steps. Instead of two mismatched steps up I now have three steps and they don't wobble. I also made a step off to the side so those that need to use the wall for balance can do so. It will get a railing in time. That should make the MIL happy (MIL = Mother-in-Law) The wife comes home spits fire at the bigger mess I made but it's all made up for by the new steps.

Only 999,999 more honey doo's to do now
Posted by kenh3497 | Sep 27, 2013 @ 08:46 PM | 3,054 Views
I have to admit I'm a little uncomfortable posting this here but I feel if I don't I may miss out on changing somebodies life. Watch this video and if you see something that interests you, send me a PM please.

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Posted by kenh3497 | Sep 20, 2013 @ 08:34 AM | 2,405 Views
As I was working on my Super Fli last night I was finishing up and was pouring the Tightbond back into the bottle from my dispensing cup. I dropped the lid to the bottle and watched it scoot under my work bench. When I looked under the bench it was nowhere to be found. I even used a flashlight for a better look. Didn't see the black hole either, so even that has disappeared. I robbed a lid off a Tightbond III bottle that was all but gone and dried up, so I'm back in business.

What is a guy to do about things like this
Posted by kenh3497 | Sep 18, 2013 @ 03:49 PM | 3,609 Views
Well, I found out today come October 31, I will be jobless. Unless, I want to drive 60 miles one way. This business has two locations and the next one is the said 60 miles. With winter coming on I'm not, well pretty sure, I won't be doing that. Of course if push comes to shove, I will take it while looking for something closer.

The good news is, I know my next job will be looking for a job.

Sigh........
Posted by kenh3497 | Sep 13, 2013 @ 09:45 AM | 3,473 Views
I'm starting to, well, really admiring, those who design things for a living. You need to think at least 100 steps ahead of where you currently are. An example is my current Super Fli project. "Had I been thinking ahead" I would have relilized that the first upright lasing behind the wing saddle was 3/16" to far back. Now you say what's the difference. Well, it is two feet and 3/16" back from the fire wall and a two foot piece of ply will not reach it. The ply is a doubler. If someody beside me wants to build this plane in the future it will be a frustrating point for them. I'll change the plans to suit.

I'm not really sure how to eleminate this problem except to go through every piece of the plan and make some measurments. In my simple mind, having some if the parts match standard lenths will ease the building process and lower the frustration level.
Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 31, 2013 @ 07:09 PM | 3,944 Views
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Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 31, 2013 @ 10:23 AM | 3,163 Views
Hot, Humid & Hazy... has been the rule for the last seven or eight days. The other night the dew point was 79 degrees. No flying at all, it's just to miserable Besides I needed to attend to my new "potential" plots of grass I put in the ground. Had we not had rain the nite of the planting I would have let it go until it cooled down then watered. (no moisture, no seed growth) But after the rain I HAD to keep the water going so the seed had a chance to make it.

Monday the club is going to try a "Labor Day fun fly". If it goes well we may make it an annual event. Next weekend is the annual float fly. I wanted all summer to build a set of floats for the event as I've never flow on floats. I guess next year is the goal now

Ken
Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 18, 2013 @ 07:50 PM | 3,461 Views
I went flying today with the goal of having one hour in the air. I've never used the timer function on my TX so I enabled it and timed each flight. I wound up with 62 minutes of time in the air. An hour doesn't like a lot of time but it took me most of the afternoon to get it. I did find out that a 10oz. tank will fly my Pulse XT40 with a YS53 for about 18 minutes with a little reserve. About half of the 18 minutes was at full throttle. That's a "long" time in the air. I was tuckered out after that and had to rest and BS for about 45 minutes to recover and continue my quest.

It was a good day at the field.
Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 17, 2013 @ 10:56 AM | 3,353 Views
Yes, today is model aviation day. To celebrate our club is laying down it's "new" runway of petro mat. Supposed to start at 9AM but I have to work this morning so hopefully it will be done by the time I get there Of course there will be open flying after that to celebrate. I wonder who will have the honor to be the first to take off?

EDIT:

OK it's about 7:30 pm and the petro mat is down. We went the "cheep" route and had the runway area rolled with a two ton roller for asphalt. We then cut the grass as short as possible and laid the petro mat on top. At present it is like landing on a trampoline as there is still grass underneath. Taking off is a bit more of a challenge as the mat is much slicker than the grass and the plane tends to skid around a bit more. It will make a pilot out of you though. I also found out that landing with a missing wheel is a non event. Evidently somebody did not pre-flight their plane and lost a wheel in flight. Landing on the mat was a simple deal as the wheel-less gear leg just slid on the mat. You couldn't tell the difference. Even taxing was not that difficult..... until that gear leg hit the grass. Another member found the wayward wheel mid field in the grass so another wheel collar and flying was again possible. It was a good day except for the loss of a 1/4 scale Mustang. One of the pull, pull cables for the retractable tail wheel got tangled in one of the elevator linkages (one servo for each elevator half). Not enough elevator to recover from as lazy stall at about 400 feet of altitude On the bright side everything but the airframe survived.
Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 14, 2013 @ 09:33 PM | 4,009 Views
This morning I had a PM from one of the Admins. It was a "freebee" upgrade to a plus member for one year. Not sure what I did to deserve the "honor" but none the less I had it. I poked around the plus forum a bit and checked out the benefits.

Long story short, I'm perfectly happy where I'm at. The benefits do not justify the $5 a month it will cost after the trial is up.... At least not in my mind.

I just replied to the Admin and requested the Plus membership be canceled.
Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 13, 2013 @ 10:03 PM | 2,843 Views
I went to Staples to ask about printing directly from a CAD file. "No" was the answer. It has to be a PDF or JPEG or some such other frivolous file. The answer included "We don't have the software to print those". I said in reply "why, don't you just download DraftSight like I did. It's free and then you can print CAD files". I was met by a blank stare....and

So I'm checking around to see if some "real" print places can print those CAD files for me. This whole thing started when I wanted to print the drawing of the Super Fli I'm drawing up. When converting to a PDF everything seems to shrink a bit. When I draw 1/4 scale, I want 1/4 scale

In the mean time I'm trying to get a crashed airplane ready to fly and yard work and weed spraying and replacing the main crankshaft seal on my snow blowing tractor and all the other stuff that needs to be done before fall. I may not finish it all before my expiration date comes up
Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 04, 2013 @ 07:44 PM | 2,762 Views
On my list of "honey doos" was the final assembly of the engine on my skid steer loader. It's an old dog with an Onan NHC in it. The engine was rebuilt by a local machine shop for the second time after the first shop screwed up the crankshaft grinding. That is a WHOLE 'nuther story The oil pump was marginal and should have been replaced. It is now reassembled with a new set of rod bearings. The mains are OK. It's up and running. Waiting for the battery to fully charge ant it will be moved to another building and out of the garage.

On to the second project of the day..... New grass sees in an area that was an old chicken coop and a concrete pad. A hole was dug two years ago and the concrete buried. The weeds have been sprayed, are dead and ready to be tilled up. The tiller was mounted on a "new to me" Simplicity 7119. My old 7116 gave up the ghost Well as things usually go for me there was a hiccup. The 7119 has a different transmission with the filter for the hydrostat sticking out the side, unlike the 7116..... About a 3/8 inch to high and the belt for the tiller of course rubs on the filter. An idler pulley will fix the issue and I have one to use but of course it is not simply a bolt on proposition Parts will be procured on Monday and I'll be in business. These two tasks took all day and I just walked in the door at 7:20 this evening.

On the upside I can walk out the back door, curse as loud as I want, and pee next to any close tree
Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 03, 2013 @ 08:54 PM | 2,990 Views
I threw the Giles and my DLG in the car this morning with the idea of going flying after work. I was off at noon and went out to the field. I had to stop at Fleet Farm first to pick up a bag of grass seed. Another club member "ran me down" in the parking lot to ask if I was flying. "Yup be there in about 10 minutes.". Bob was waiting for me and we assembled both our planes at the same time. I went up for a first flight and all went well. He fired his plane and took off. Bob is a new pilot and I did not know his skill level. To my surprise he took off fairly well and flew around pretty good. He set up for a landing and was to high and fast. He performed a good go around, I was thinking to my self, "Bob has come a long ways". The second time around he set up and while not perfect he was doing OK. He looked a bit short but would hit the field at the far end. All of a sudden he dumb thumbed it and in the dirt he went. While the plane is fixable I think he will opt for something new. We talked about the incident for a bit to figure out what he could have done differently. There was no chance for me to take the TX from him. I felt bad for Bob as he has had his share of crashes. He spends lots of time on the simulator but by his own admission "it's not the same" as the real thing. Something we all know.

My second flight started out like any other. I was doing some tight spiral descents and the plane snapped out of...Continue Reading