After a 24 hour delay due to technical difficulties (that never realyl cleared up), IFLYOS, Cathead, and I got together to sum up the adventure last week that was RCEFF. In spite of a brief episode of some rather rocky weather, a good time was had by all involved!
This week's show is a short one, but hopefully we have our internet problems solved by next week because we have loads more to talk about!!
My goodness! You take a week off "work" and come back to a total mess! LoL Well, that's what it seemed like, anyway. We recorded a great 273rd show, but when I went to edit it, we picked up some sort of weird audio anomaly. Fear not, though, as I was able to pull up a slightly lower quality back up file and get this week's epsiode uploaded.
This week we have a total of 7 folks in the workshop. Six of us you've heard from before, but our 7th is Ben Warren (BorneoBen), and active gent over at the RCTodayShow! Ben shares with us some cool little multi-rotor frames that he's developed and needs our help naming his new business enterprise, as well as the frames he's designed (links below).
In the workshop for this 272 recording you'll find me, IFLYOS, Navionflyer, LMopar69, and Cathead! We had a lot of fun with this one and we are all over the board again with our discussion. We started off with some talk about AS3X, and then everything kind of went South after that. LoL
Please note that we are taking a vaction next week, but will be back again with our 273rd show LIVE on Wednesday, August 20th!
After about 2200 miles total (round trip), I'm back in the workshop to talk all about the fantastic time at this year's WATTS Over Owatonna event. Unfortunately, Laine and I were the only hosts that were able to attend this fly-in, but we certainly tried to have enough fun for our whle crew! LoL I'm going to tell you here and now that I really pour on the love for the SMMAC crew, their field, and their handling of this event, but trust me when I say that it's all very well deserved. You'll want to add this one to your calendar next year!!
In this week's show we are missing KarlK and IFLYOS, but we pick up some dude named "Cathead" to help fill in. We talk about our usual bunch of stuff - both on- and off-topic, including news items, and such. We also get into a little discussion on finding and setting the Center Of Gravity ('CG') on kits, ARFs, and Scratch-built designs. Also, we have an opportunity to visit with Vintauri about WATTS Over Owatonna, which is coming up very soon!
This week we continue with the fight to persuade all of you to unite and let the FAA know that we disapprove their new "Interpretation" of the Special Rule For Model Aviation. As well, we have a special guest on the show that brings a unique perspective to this issue, in that he is a full-scale pilot AND one of the early adopters of the FPV game.
We here at TheCrashCast urge all of you, whether you're FPV'ers or not, to help us in this fight by signing the online petition and voicing a pro-AMA stance against the FAA's ruling. My concern is that if they can take FPV away from us (FPV in the SAFE way that AMA has layed out), then how long will it be before they take away ALL of our model aviation rights?
Okay, so our Academy Of Model Aeronautics has been working diligently with the FAA to ensure that our flying hobby is protected. The AMA has set up Safety Guidelines for us to follow, both with regular RC Flight and FPV Flight, and with those guidelines in place, there have been no reported issues. This proves that model aviation, under the self policing practices of our membership, and through the guidance of the AMA, is a safe activity.
That is, until yesterday. The FAA has decided to 're-interpret' what consitutes the Special Rule For Model Aircraft, a rule that was originally written in to pretty much allow us to continue to govern ourselves by the guidelines established by the AMA, thus exempting our hobby from FAA scrutinization. As it stands now, the FAA has pretty much put the screws to us, banning FPV!
This is the main focus of this show. Compared to everyone in the United States, those of us that are affected by this fiasco are an extreme minority. Therefore, now is the time to back the AMA and look to their guidance as to how we should collectively respond. If you are NOT an AMA member, or have let that membership lapse, NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN!! The only chance we have to defeat this thing is to do it by being a unified, uniform, collective group. While we're are waiting for AMA's plan to be revealed, I urge ALL OF YOU to become aware of your State's Senators and Representatives and be prepared to let them all know how you feel about our hobby being taken away from us, those that have followed the rules, by those few bad examples promoted by even worse media!
In this 265th installment of our show we talk about all kinds of stuff, and some of it is even RC-related! Thanks go out to our buddy Shadow102 for popping on to share his experiences at the 4th Annual Pecan Patch FPV Meet!
It would probably be easier to write here about what we DIDN'T talk about in this show, rather than what we did talk about. LoL We cover all kinds of fun stuff in this 264th show. Good luck with keeping up with this one!
In this 263rd installment, we get to hear all about Karl's trip to the Wings For Wishes Washington event last weekend, and how one person can can destroy a young man's dreams by simply adding an extra cell to his battery. LoL
In this week's show, we dip into the mail bag and do our best to answer some listener emails that have been lingering for a while. There's some discussion on safely parallel charging your LiPos, some Taranis info, and even some advice on getting a listener started in Multi-Rotor FPV.
This week we get a chance to help someone out with an interesting project aimed at satisfying his collegiate requirements. Our friend Willmsy decided to take on the task of building his first Multi-Rotor aircraft and set it up with his first FPV system. The end result is to have a UAV that can be used as a tool for Search And Rescue applications. Join us as we do our best to offer up options and considerations to Willmsy on the interesting project!
In this 260th installment of the show, we step up on our soapbox for a bit regarding all that is going on today between modelers and the FAA. Now is the time for us to pull together and inform people what our hobby is all about, rather than letting the misleading mainstream media do it in their most sensationalistic way possible (Ewww! Scary Drones!).
In this 259th installment of our little show, we are without KarlK and IFYOS - they said they were busy with other things, but I'm betting they were still hungover from their Cinco De Mayo festivities. LoL Nonetheless, Laine, Nav, and I carry the show this week with some news of some interesting new items, events, and where we are with the Help A Vet program (note that we still need a few items!).
We thought about naming this 258th installment something like "Let's Hum Along With Laine", but decided that was just too long of a title. LoL In this show, we get to share some really interesting listener pictures (available at link below), a couple of interesting videos, and the fact that one of our favorite kit-makers is now selling a couple of our favorite kits! We also visit with our buddy, Mark Harrison from Eastbay-RC, for an interesting discussion relative to last week's OpenSource discussion, and then we get into some Taranis talk. Yep, we're still diggin' on this great radio!
Please don't forget about our Help A Vet program! In this episode we share a few things we are still looking for and would enjoy any help you maybe able to offer.
We are all back in the workshop for this 257th installment of our show and in this one, we share some news items, dip into the mail bag, and even talk a little about Open Source projects. There's a LOT of info in this show and it's way too much to try to write a description for here.
Please pay special attention to the announcement where we are looking to gather up some equipment for a friend in the hobby. If you think you may be able to lend a hand, just send me an email with the subject line "HELP A VET"!
This 256th installment of our show finds us all back in our respective workshops after a great week at the mecca that is Hodges Field. Though SEFF 2014 had a little bit of a different 'feel' this year, it was still an outstanding event! The rains at the beginning of a week slowed us down for a bit, but the rest of the week offered up some fantastic weather! Join us as we do our best to summarize what we took away from this year's annual reunion.
I'd like to also offer up our special THANKS! to Kuan and GWS USA for their sponsorship of this year's new and somewhat 'unofficial' event - the 2014SEFFFATCCCGWSUCNRC (or the 'GWS Acronym Challenge' as we started calling it). These kind folks sent us their Funny Park, P38, and P40 kits along with some very nice shirts to give away. Though some of their product line may seem a bit outdated, these things all fly VERY WELL and are quite easy to convert to today's brushless systems. Don't overlook these kits, as they offer up some great value and bang for the buck! My Formosa flew wonderfully and I'm certain to get many great flights from it!
Yours truly here got so wrapped up in the SEFF magic this year that I did NOT do a show from Hodges Field. Fortunately, a band of 'Renegades' got together and put together a really cool show for the one I failed to record. At this point, I cannot tell you with any real certainty exactly who all is on this show (I'm actually listening to the recording as I type this LoL), but I thank all of you for your help with this!
Join us for next week's show, as we should all be back in our respective workshops and will be streaming our recording session LIVE again!