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Posted by pittsartist | Feb 19, 2016 @ 03:05 PM | 1,289 Views
Here's a video from last Friday - taking a "1st timer" for an aeros ride in a Pitts. He's wearing my headset / headcam setup in the front seat. All preflight checks OK we launch and climb to 3500' just North of the airfield. Final pre aerobatic check is to roll inverted and check oil pressure / fuel systems and no loose objects.

It did not go to plan ..............


Oily (5 min 4 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Jan 31, 2016 @ 02:13 PM | 1,745 Views
I've been trying to improve my flick roll technique of late. Every so often I hit a good one - but it's not consistent. Soooo, I've made a little film to help reinforce what it should look like to help me remember.

The current "recipe" is

-Set full power and climb 45 deg to drop airspeed to 85mph
-Level off and allow to accelerate to 100mph
-Rapid tug of up elevator to give about 2.5g,
-At the exact moment the G peaks bang in about 70% left rudder
-When the aeroplane "breaks" Unload to 80% fwd stick / 70% left aileron
-Keep the rudder in until 3/4 complete (I often fail here !)
-Change feet, then , a little more fwd stick (like a mini punch) then back to neutral to stop

This is what it looks like. (still slightly over rotated and a slight L/H heading change - but at least there's a fair "snap" to the rotation)


Flickroll Analysis (0 min 42 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Jan 29, 2016 @ 04:49 PM | 1,843 Views
Just realised I never posted this 'Vid. Much the same as the last one - you can hopefully see a little progression in technique since this earlier flight. I loved the bit at the end swooping through the clouds - the RV is great for this - so fast

Vans RV-6 Aerobatics and some Cloudbusting (6 min 51 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Jan 29, 2016 @ 04:38 PM | 1,759 Views
A nice day just after finishing work ready for Christmas. Not much of an Edit - just add a little music and watch "as is"

I'm gradually exploring flying the RV inverted. Nothing had fallen off and it's kept running so far. Actually, it's better inverted than I thought it would be - not much fwd stick and although I loose a little height it seems to fly along quite nicely at about 170mph inverted.

Hope you like it.

RV-6 Aerobatics 20 12 2015 (5 min 44 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Nov 17, 2015 @ 01:34 PM | 1,981 Views
Well, yet again it's that time of year.

2015 has been fantastic for me. My first visit to Oshkosh, my first complete aircraft build finished (and flown). Numerous "once in a lifetime" views of the world from the air, 6 or 7 films (I even seem to have finally seem gotten to grips with Premier Elements at long last !)

Anyway, here it is - 150 flying hours shoe horned into 4 minutes

I really do hope you enjoy watching it

Time Flys 2015 - An aviators yearbook (4 min 17 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Oct 15, 2015 @ 04:43 PM | 2,361 Views
A young chap I met at the UK R/C Nats a year or two back is now doing a media course and needed to make a mini documentary as a course assignment.

Here's the result. Hopefully worth a watch for a few minutes.

(how many of you can identify with the "plane on a stick" comments ? ..... can't believe I was the only one )

The Dream | A Pitts Artist (11 min 3 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Sep 29, 2015 @ 10:45 AM | 2,067 Views
A re edit of my last film - some colour correction and re editing to make it was watchable as possible rather than just a "holiday" video

Hope you like it

Dragon Lands (3 min 26 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Sep 16, 2015 @ 04:03 AM | 2,282 Views
A quick film of our annual "Pitts Artists" expedition. This year it was to Swansea.

There's 2 x S1-S, 1 X S1-T and Eagle and a Cub (The Cap 232 went Tec with brake issues).

Taken the weekend after our BMFA R/C nationals here in the England, there's a fairly "chilled" vibe for 3 mins 43 sec.

Hope you like it

The Pitts Artists do Wales 2015 (3 min 43 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Aug 11, 2015 @ 01:29 PM | 2,082 Views
There's a password - "RC"

https://vimeo.com/135959645

Shame it was not a smoother day - but we managed to stay within the safety brief and got the fullsize in shot every pass.

Trust me, it's much harder than it looks for the R/C pilot, mainly due to timing the pass and getting in the right place at the right time when you can't look at both aircraft at once.

the R/C camera ship was a multiplex Easystar with a gopro on the front, not that i'd want to test it - but probably not enough to cause serious damage to the RV in a collision.
Posted by pittsartist | Jul 20, 2015 @ 06:24 AM | 2,007 Views
After (and before) .......


Dramatic moment a Spitfire lands without any wheels. (0 min 57 sec)




Spitfire at Sibson V4 (4 min 18 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by pittsartist | Jul 15, 2015 @ 05:06 AM | 1,945 Views
First ever spin of this (new) aeroplane.

Could well be the last as this type is not cleared for intentional spinning here in the UK

Many thanks to my test pilot. Looks tame on a computer, but in reality you need BIG balls (or a small brain )to do this

RV-6 Spin testing (0 min 22 sec)


(PS - before anyone says it, "Zero" for the flicked spin entry, and don't you love how the ipad keeps trying to flip rightside up !)
Posted by pittsartist | Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:35 AM | 2,808 Views
A quick 1m 50s ride along with a Pitts formation last Monday

Hope you like it

Low Trail ......... A Pitts formation flight (2 min 7 sec)



Posted by pittsartist | Apr 18, 2015 @ 04:30 PM | 3,057 Views
Posted by pittsartist | Mar 24, 2015 @ 10:48 AM | 3,027 Views


IMG_3717 by pittsartist@yahoo.com, on Flickr

6 1/2 hours so far. 200mph straight and level @ 2600 rpm - I'll settle for that !

IMG_0059 by pittsartist@yahoo.com, on Flickr

With spats ....
Posted by pittsartist | Mar 03, 2015 @ 11:23 AM | 3,278 Views
I've been ready for 2 weeks now - but the weather has other ideas

It's an RV-6, 160 hp with full inverted systems to go with the Pitts. Brand new, never flown, built over the last 18 months from a 16 year old untouched kit I found in a barn.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/115470196@N06/16692866781/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1154701...n/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1154701...n/photostream/
Posted by pittsartist | Feb 05, 2015 @ 05:22 AM | 4,748 Views
vid3 (5 min 23 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Nov 28, 2014 @ 10:19 AM | 2,873 Views
A bit of a "crossover" film this time. Some of the sequences are shot from a Multiplex R/C "Easystar"

Cloud Dancing on the "Bullet Train" (4 min 14 sec)


As soon as the weather improves there's plans afoot to try some air to air shooting with R/C & the Pitts. Ideally we need either a static quad copter or a 100+ mph fixed wing platform.

Methinks the fist stage will be "flypasts" of a quad copter in static hover at about 50'

Can't wait to get started !
Posted by pittsartist | Oct 21, 2014 @ 03:00 PM | 3,832 Views
Time Flys 2014 - An Aviators Yearbook (4 min 0 sec)


hope you like it
Posted by pittsartist | Jul 17, 2014 @ 04:18 AM | 3,804 Views
Here's a 3 minute video of a trip around Scotland last weekend.

The Aeroplane is a Zenair CH601.

It's kit built from aluminium and pop rivets, the kit costs about 14k here in the UK - much simpler to build than many models I'd say.

It flies at around 100mph using 14 litres per hour. Range is 6 hours - so you can really go places (as the film shows I hope)

opc orn:

Cut My Wings (3 min 23 sec)