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Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 31, 2016 @ 08:49 AM | 3,379 Views
I love the creativity of this video. The end is a real shocker.

Drone Blender (2 min 24 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 17, 2016 @ 03:50 PM | 1,614 Views
The 2016 Bent wing event at Visalia’s CVRC club has come to a close. It has been a long time since I have been able to attend an event where no one made all of their flight times. The weather was breezy all weekend. We all flew with ballast for the 2 days in order to get around the field and make out times. Adam Nelson ran a first class event. He allowed us to stand wherever we wanted in the landing zone with a strict reminder if you hit yourself or another in that area you receive a zero for the landing. We will see if he has the same format for the Fall Soaring Festival.

Alex Eremenko and Mike Reagan were in the second and third positions chasing me. It was wonderful to see all of my close friends again for the weekend. It was also a pleasure to see Larry Jolly again after all that he has been through. I truly hope the progress he has made will continue.

It had to have been the Gulfstream hat that Art Chmielewski handed me for the weekend that made all the good luck happen. The hardest flight to watch was where Joe Nave went to the east chasing a thermal for his 8 minute round and it just did not materialize for him causing him to land off field. We have both made that walk back to the CVRC field once before so I knew how he felt.

This event is one of the most challenging events to fly. With open winches and a time window you won’t get much closer to a man on man event. You decide when to go and that is what made this event so much fun.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Apr 12, 2016 @ 08:59 AM | 2,148 Views
We have all seen things that are similar to nature. I could not pass this one up. Steve George captured on an important landing with a side by side comparison of his favorite Gull at Pismo Beach. Life imitates Art
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Apr 11, 2016 @ 09:13 AM | 2,025 Views
I have been installing servos in sailplane wings for a long time. We started using servos wrapped with masking tape held in place with 5 minute epoxy, went to rubberized CA adhesive, and now to servo frames. Prior to frames you had to hope that it all was aligned and the throws were close enough. After doing that for a few long evenings where the radio could not compensate for the mechanical alignment I quickly saw that servo frames were the easy way out. Now years down the road new digital servos have become so precise and the computer radios so amazing we can do everything to correct for mechanical misalignment. The one area that is lacking for me is the gear train for the servos. When I install them everything is tight and wonderful. As time goes on gear train slop appears and it not so wonderful.

I’ve ran across a thread here in RC groups for a “Fu Fix” that Tony Fu designed for the normal wire based linkage in using much stiffer components, resulting in a more rigidly connected control surface, with much less compliance. The video link below shows why this is a great solution.

Fu-Fix Bearing Kit demonstration in existing wing install
Fu-Fix Bearing Kit demonstration in existing wing install (4 min 47 sec)

After talking with Bob Breax from Soaring USA for years I watched as he spent time and development money on his solution for servo frames with this Fu fix solution. Bob told me from the beginning the Fu fix worked well until the servo had to be...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Mar 30, 2016 @ 03:41 PM | 2,471 Views
There seem to be a few people trying to pick up a Zenith 3.7 lately. It is a beautiful design from the past and a wonderful machine to fly with the newer radios. My DX18 with older digital servos makes this sailplane fly better than ever. if you have an older design you might want to try it again with a newer radio. For those lucky enough to still have a Zenith 3.7 take it back out again and have some fun with it. Nothing makes more noise in full reflex or on landing than that 8.5% HQ section with 3% camber. Your friends will all duck for cover when you dive across the field
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Jan 28, 2016 @ 11:16 AM | 1,863 Views
You realize you have seen a lot when the kits you built as a kid show up for sale and you still see the guys on the labels years later better than ever. This is a great hobby.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Dec 15, 2015 @ 09:27 AM | 2,256 Views
With so much going on with drones here is what the RC plane and sailplane pilot needs to do.

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 16, 2015 @ 10:16 AM | 2,711 Views
Kent Nogy and Tim Johnson put on a fantastic event for 48 guys who love to fly in the ALES class. They deserve a nice round of applause for putting up with us. After all of the discussion in the ALES thread for using ‘something’ to slow a glider on the surface. I thought it is appropriate to post this video taken of my worst landing during the Pre Fall Soaring Festival ALES. My solution to this performance was to completely change my landing set up. I’ll be back next year no matter what they do. I will let each of you decide what the preferred rule change for ‘something’ simple.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 12, 2015 @ 06:29 PM | 3,955 Views
When you spend as many years in this sport as some of us have there is bound to be a day where you just wish the clock could go backwards. Golf has Mulligan's but soaring needs to have a Do Over. This picture of my good friend Larry Jolly sums up what a hard day looks like. I can really relate.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 05, 2015 @ 09:23 AM | 4,231 Views
It was another wild weather event for me at the Fall Soaring Festival. I can't think of a time we actually had rain on this event or when I last flew in a down pour. A minor radio issue caused me to land off field this year. You never know when it will be your turn for that to happen. Overall it was a great time seeing all of my friends. The video of my great friend Alex Eremenko landing is amazing. Super Slow motion (Iphone 6) shows the shock to his Maxa Pro on a super easy landing. We ask so much from these sailplanes. Think twice before you buy that used glider
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Nov 05, 2014 @ 01:22 PM | 3,579 Views
Sony strapped its Action Cam Mini on a white-tailed eagle, named Victor, and had it fly from the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and flew over the Seine down into the Trocadero Gardens.

The eagle's handler Jacques Olivier Travers is the head of the non-profit organization FREEDOM whose objective is to re-introduce the white-tailed eagle into its natural habitat in the French and Swiss Alps. White-tailed eagles have been extinct in France for over 50 years.

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Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 08, 2014 @ 09:29 AM | 3,625 Views
We had a lot more on the down section this time. I was in Black and led out the descent.

Start the view at 47:00 minutes then it ends at 1:02:00 to see the nasty section of that climb

Downhill on Shinn starts at 1:02:00 then ends around 1:08:00 when we have to stop for the flat tire. You may have to paste the link in the browser if it doesn't load properly.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 05, 2014 @ 05:21 PM | 4,366 Views
A few of you know that I have been riding a road bike to stay fit for years. One of the guys I ride with took this video using a GoPro mounted on the handle bar. This video has Garmin GPS data overlaid on the video to show in real time what is taking place. Enjoy

Check it out by fast forwarding to 1:12:00 to save time

Shinn Loop 07-29-14 (1 hr 35 min 10 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Jun 05, 2014 @ 09:36 AM | 4,218 Views
I'm adding this link for the simple technique on making a wet seamed fuselages. It is so simple and this thread really clears up the process. Enjoy!
Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 08, 2014 @ 09:29 AM | 4,742 Views
This past weekend in CVRC held another RES and WOODY 2 day contest. I am so proud to be a part of this organization for over 35 years. On Friday we flew the ALES event to kick off this weekends event. Flying in both classes has always been a challenge. This year was so hot (mid 90's) that for the three days I've never been so glad to see a 4 minute flight. Claude has really turned up the dial for flight times the past 2 years with 8 and 10 minute rounds. This event really is a marathon, not a sprint. This year I decided to swap out the first generation Supra fuselage which was all carbon for the AVA Pro. I have never been fond of the added whiskers needed for the Supra fuselage. Had the AVA Pro been around when I started the Atomic - I wish - that would never have been used. Handling seemed to be about the same with slightly better tracking on final approach using spoilers. It seemed like I had over 50% of my landing in the 2 classes down wind this year. Not what I'd say is optimal for these gliders yet the Atomic had a very good weekend.