SMALL - espritmodel.com SMALL - Telemetry SMALL - Radio
KYChopper's blog
Posted by KYChopper | Apr 09, 2013 @ 09:30 PM | 1,752 Views
We have had beautiful, sunny, warm weather for 5 straight days yet I have not been able to fly at all due to the wind. 10-15 MPH with gusts to 18, way to much for this poor pilot and his micros to handle.

Maybe soon it will be calmer and I can get outside and fly.
Posted by KYChopper | Mar 14, 2013 @ 02:50 PM | 1,905 Views
Cold, wintery weather was here again this week with low temps and snow flurries! It is supposed to warm up this weekend but be windy and rainy again so my chances of flying outdoors this weekend appear to be low again!
Posted by KYChopper | Mar 11, 2013 @ 02:37 PM | 1,554 Views
Well, the weather here finally broke this weekend with temps in the upper 60's but alas I was unable to fly due to the high wind. Too windy for me!

Hopefully next weekend will be warm, dry, AND not windy.
Posted by KYChopper | Dec 31, 2012 @ 03:02 PM | 1,690 Views
OK, so now after taking some time off from flying, I am re-energized and have switched methods to the thumb and finger control on the sticks and seem to be doing much better with it on the sim. Hopefully this, combined with the realization I am not yet a good enough pilot to fly CP helis in my basement yet (too small an area with too many obstacles) will lead to improved skills for Spring time.

Now I can't wait to get outside and fly again but alas the forecast is for more snow today!
Posted by KYChopper | Nov 20, 2012 @ 12:14 PM | 1,761 Views
Now my frustration has turned into down right depression! Not only was Sunday the perfect day to fly and I did not, now I am sitting here at work for the second day in a row watching the beautiful flying weather pass me by while I sit here at my desk and the forecast for this weekend is cold, windy, and rainy! And of course I am travelling for Turkey day so no opportunities there.

It is so bad that I am actually considering leaving the hobby, knowing that pretty quick I won't even be able to fly a coax at this rate! I am even finding myself avoiding the forums.
Posted by KYChopper | Nov 18, 2012 @ 08:40 PM | 1,860 Views
Today was the perfect day for flying, about 60 degrees, sunny, and zero wind! Unheard of this time of year and the first non-windy, no rain weekend in over a month yet I could not fly because I had other outdoor work to get done before the weather turns sour for the winter.

Hopefully we can get one more nice weekend day like this seeing as it is dark by the time I get home from work.
Posted by KYChopper | Nov 15, 2012 @ 10:43 AM | 1,992 Views
So being the newbie I am, my skills are still lacking and muscle memory not where it needs to be (complicated by age! ) so I find that as the weather has turned sour, preventing outdoor flight coupled with less daylight, my piloting skills are deteriorating rapidly.

After breaking the tail on my Nano flying it indoors, I am now hesitent to fly it indoors and am relying solely on the sim. That being not as fun as real stick time, I find myslelf only getting on the sim once or twice a week for a few minutes at a time. So now I am quickly losing the few skills and little bit of muscle memory I had achieved.

This hobby continues to exhilirate yet at the same time frustrate me! Just when I feel I am making progress, I take a step backwards and think I just can't get this and I should give it up.
Posted by KYChopper | Nov 10, 2012 @ 08:36 PM | 2,209 Views
Well got my replacement tail shaft and motor for the Nano and installed it today. While not exactly hard, it was difficult to plug it into the board due to limited space. Wound up loosening the board to create enough space.

Hoping to fly it tomorrow, time permitting.
Posted by KYChopper | Nov 05, 2012 @ 01:36 PM | 1,860 Views
So here goes, my first shot at a blog!

My initial plan for my maiden flight on the 130X was to wait until I had sufficient stick time on the Nano to get better at CP and a nice calm day to fly outside, plus by then my extra batteries should have arrived. I told myself I could even wait until Spring if need be.

Well, the anticipation was killing me and yesterday I had to try her. The plan was just to hover her enough to say I had flown her then return her back to the box, back on plan. Well, let's just say I should have stuck to my original plan! I got her up about 2 feet off the floor when she started coming back at me. Seeing as my back was up against the small refrigerator, my instinct kicked in and I stuck my leg out to prevent her from hitting it. BIG mistake, I now have a nice red welt on my thigh. I then hit TH and she dropped to the floor, snapping the vertical tail fin in half. Now I know why everyone said to add a strip of CF to it.

Hopefully there is no other damage and I am sticking to the original plan.