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Posted by BeeDee | Aug 14, 2006 @ 05:38 PM | 3,157 Views
Had an awesome time at the picnic, I spent Friday night and Saturday morning getting my P-51 ready.. I had just ripped the wing off on Tuesday mind you...

It flew awesome, just as good as before the repairs....

Until I had a mid air with Bill L (sorry again Bill)... Bills P-51 (RIP) went into the drink and out towards Catalina, what was left of mine was on the cliff.. Basically the fuse is sitting on the edge of a outcropping on the cliff, retrievable with rope and climbing gear... suicide otherwise...

BD
Posted by BeeDee | Aug 09, 2006 @ 06:19 PM | 3,097 Views
I went to Fermin yesterday with 3 PSS ships, and came home with a lot of parts... only two days till the picnic/fun fly and I crashed almost everything I own... PSS wise at least... just my luck...

BD
Posted by BeeDee | Jun 14, 2006 @ 04:52 PM | 3,161 Views
Someone reminded me that I needed to update my DS speeds in my blog...


June 10, 2006... @ the "Windmills"

I upped my PB to 164 with a very well worn (Read UGLY) Mach dart...

Then I got the courage to throw out my 2m Extreme... I was super nervous, I was shaking like a crackhead... I slowly got my nerve up and started turning some faster times... 160, then 167 then 171... I punched out to the frontside and did a roll.... and then noticed that I had an uncommanded right roll.. I started hiking back up the hill to land... by the time I got to the top I was holding full left stick to counteract the right rolling tendency..

I dropped some crow thinking that the other aileron would drive up as well and would give me more control... that was not the case.. I ended up being blown on the backside, lost sight of the plane and started running and cussing...

It landed about 500' down the backside, and Spencer volunteered to go retrieve it.. probably because he didn't want to see a grown man crying when I would have had to hike down to retrieve what was left...

Long story even longer, Spencer brought it back up... and the inner nose cone and nose cone are done.... The wing had a ding about 2/3 out towards the tip... that repair is alot easier than the fuse...

I contacted someone who can lay me up a new inner nose cone, and he agreed to do the repairs...

All of this because of a faulty servo...

All in all I was lucky to not lose the plane, and Bob at SoaringUSA has given me a contact for a Volz rep who is replacing the servo...

Thanks Bob!~

BD
Posted by BeeDee | Feb 24, 2006 @ 06:32 PM | 3,624 Views
After seeing some of my flying buddies past and present make entries to their blogs, I decided that I would start working on mine....

If you haven't met me or flown at one of the sites that I frequent... I will give you the lowdown.. I started flying in May of 2003, just a few months after I got out of the Air Force.

My first "real" job was at Allied Aerospace working on VTOL UAVS. I was really blessed to work with some of the greatest guys, most of whom were great pilots. In particular getting tips and coaching from Jack Chambers, Larry Jolly and Dave Yost (a very funny guy) who taught me that "if the minimums weren't good enough, they wouldn't be the minimums" LOLOL. After a huge reduction in force (RIF) @ Allied, I got a job working at L-3 Communications. I started out doing avionics mods on H-1's (Hueys and Cobras). After about a year of being stuffed in a tailboom most days (you should see a tub like me, feet dangling), I put in for a salary position. For the last year or so I have been managing the H-46 project, first at Miramar and now at Camp Pendleton. I enjoy the work, and especially like being around an airfield all the time... My boss is great, and there is always some sort of challenge that has to be met..

As far as flying, I started with a lil' electric, and then got an electric wing... once I figured out that you could fly without motors I started building and flying gliders.. I went from a Raider, to a moth... to another moth.....Continue Reading