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:
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.
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
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:
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.
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