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Posted by milehighjc | Jul 21, 2010 @ 08:04 AM | 4,934 Views
I put together a fairly simple spreadsheet to track my flights - at least it started simply enough. Its grown a little bit, but Its still a pretty light solution for this. Its an excel spreadsheet (multi-tabbed) that tracks flights, usage on batteries, repairs, etc.

It does seem to require Excel 2002 or better (gives me fits on 2000), and still requires that you manually click on any cell in the pivot tabs to get the pivot tables to update (Ill get that macro fixed eventually).

I know there are a bunch of flight logs out there... but for my use, everything was either a monolithic software package, or a very complicated spreadsheet. I wanted something a little easier to use/maintain.

If you too are looking for something a little simpler and possess at least basic excel skills, you are welcome to try this one.

jc
Posted by milehighjc | Jul 21, 2010 @ 12:49 AM | 3,691 Views
Too bad, the video I took yesterday was better, but I lost the file. This is taken with a keychain cam at 720x480. I think I can get it mounted a little better to take out some of the vibration blur.

Im learning that with bright sunlight you see the prop a lot more, so early morning/just before sunset seems to be the right time to shoot. I also think I need to fly higher to get a better vista... I thought I was up there reasonably well, but thats not what the video shows.

Pretty cool little camera!
Edit... adding one from today, I think its much better. This time the camera is mounted about 12" out on the right wing so it has much less interference from the prop.

8/22 edit - adding another vid... Flying along the Colorado Front Range. Like this one best so far, some pretty incredible views of the twin peaks, and the front range.


Flying along the Colorado front range (4 min 4 sec)


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Posted by milehighjc | Jul 11, 2010 @ 09:16 PM | 3,530 Views
This is a friends T-REX - another beautiful Colorado morning for flying.

T-REX 500 (2 min 57 sec)

Posted by milehighjc | Jul 03, 2010 @ 11:05 AM | 3,564 Views
This was an absolute kick... floats make the cub a completely different airplane (as previously noted). Yesterday morning was PERFECT, and got a short flight in. First attempt at video... I hope to get better at this over time.

Enjoy! (I hope)

Flight of the Super Cub with Floats (4 min 54 sec)


Cheers,

jc
Posted by milehighjc | Jul 01, 2010 @ 11:50 AM | 3,790 Views
>>> EDIT - have added a Parkzone Night Vapor to the Hangar, will post pictures soon!

I currently have four airplanes:

Hobbyzone Super Cub LP RTF
Picked this up as my first airplane the first week of May 2010. It took some hard knocks, including a broken firewall/motor mount, a shattered cowl, smashed up spinner and a lot of bent landing gear. But its tougher than nails, and so far the repair bills total less than $10. My kind of first plane.

I added floats at the end of June. Float flying is a blast, and the cub looks very cool in the air with the floats.



Parkzone T-28D Trojan BNF
I've now had the T-28 for almost three months. This is one FUN airplane to fly, and has helped me learn quite a few aerobatic moves. Sadly, it has crashed hard three times now, the first two the result of a bad RX which Im pleased to report was replaced by Horizon Hobby. The third crash as pure pilot error - flying knife edge with the airplane between me and the sun - it was in silhouette, and being a gray airplane, I lost orientation. The good news is that its easy to repair. So far, Ive not managed to do any damage that I couldnt fix with a little gorilla glue.

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