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Posted by Dunqun | Jul 21, 2006 @ 04:22 PM | 3,121 Views
Posting Ave's Goat Rock wind links here for easy reference:

Wind forecast:
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Forec...ZUS56.KMTR.html (first zone at the top)

http://www.weather.gov/forecasts/gr...iaLoop.php#tabs (change the "forecast element" to "Wind Speed and Direction" and step through the time animation).

You can monitor the fog situation here:
http://sat.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/s...type=vis&size=1 (click the animation link to see what it's doing) Fog usually means poor conditions(no wind or white out, but not always).

If both of these sites are averaging 10mph or more and gusts to 14mph+ from West to NorthWest it will usually be good:
http://www.bml2.ucdavis.edu/envdata....asp?WCI=tables

http://www.northbayweather.com/bodegabay/detail.shtml

Even better chance if this buoy is averaging at least 9kts or better out of West to Northwest:
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=46013
Posted by Dunqun | May 26, 2006 @ 03:21 PM | 3,302 Views
Nothing much new to report, it's been a quiet spring on the slope. I just wanted to create some links here so I can access them anywhere.

servo connector crimper

http://www.maxxprod.com/mpi/mpi-4.html
Posted by Dunqun | May 05, 2006 @ 03:52 PM | 4,443 Views
A late update, but better late than never.

I did meet up with Ave again and we had two of the best days flying I've ever had, as chronicled here:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=506168

I envy Ave and his coastal living/flying/windsurfing lifestyle. I tried flying the Trinity again last week but there was negligible lift. I ended up with a botched stall landing on the lip which resulted in a slight crease in the tip of one of the tail feathers Well it had to happen sometime and it's an easy fix, just a little CA.

I built and flew the BAE hawk parkflyer and the flight lasted all of 5 seconds. I took the advice of one of the posts and maidened it in some wind to make sure to get enough windspeed. Since it's a pusher prop it's hard to handlaunch. I got it up in the air, but then either a gust of wind or a glitch nosed it into the ground going pretty fast. Total carnage. It could have been repaired, but it reminded me of my many repairs on GWS foamies and I just salvaged the electronics and threw it away.

Then being down on EPS foamies, I decided I wanted something more durable for all my power systems looking for a plane. So I bought 2 EPP parkflyers:

The Superfly

and

The Uzi XXL

I built the Superfly (the easiest plane I've ever built - yes, easier than the weasel!) it flies great. Here is a video of the maiden:

Superfly maiden

I'm still dialing it in, axial rolls give me trouble on every plane, I'm still figuring out that whole CG/decalage thing. I will fly/dial some more this weekend unless there's wind in which case I'll fly gliders, but maybe I'll be able to do both.

Hopefully I'll get up to Goat Rock again soon while the wind is with us.
Posted by Dunqun | Apr 08, 2006 @ 09:28 PM | 3,689 Views
I don't know if anybody will read this, but what the hey, it'll be great to look back and laugh at myself someday.

Big news this week: the Trinity maiden. Went great! Woohoo! It's always nice to actually be able to fly a plane that cost a grand plus another half a grand for the servos. I hope my wife isn't reading this

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=501868

Currrently I'm working on...not a sloper...I made a moderate purchase at Tower of building nick-nacks when working on the Trinity, and I needed another 50 bucks or so to save 20 so I threw this in the cart:

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXGZK6&P=7

I think this will be fun on those windless days.

Next week I'm headed up to Santa Rosa for a few days and I hope to hook up once again with Ave for some Goat Rock action. Praying to the wind gods...

When my daughter hits summer vacation in June we'll probably make a trip down to O.C. to visit my brother in Lake Forest, visit Disneyland for the umpteenth time since he moved down there, and also hopefully get a chance to do some flying. I've brought planes with me everytime we drove, but haven't had any wind yet. One time I even drove out to Reef Point (Laguna Beach is a nice place, isn't it? Being from NorCal, it seems like my kinda place) there was no wind, cost 10 bucks to park, but my daughter and I did enjoy a beautiful walk on the beach.