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Archive for August, 2010
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 31, 2010 @ 01:34 PM | 13,499 Views
So, as some of you have noticed, I have been kinda absent lately. I come on here at least twice a day, but usually only for a minute or two to check whats goin on, then off to work. The good news is Im getting a lot of flight time in, the bad news is, some days its a 0300 wake up, 7 hours of flying, recover the aircraft, sleep for awhile then do it all over again.

Other days, like today, I spend 5 hours on the flightline fixing commo equipment in all our helicopters, then go fly for 2 hours, recover the aircraft, sleep for a bit then do it all again the next day.

I got to fly one of our new HZ Champs the other day for a bit inside an empty hangar, man those things are awesome! I also had a couple hours of off time (when I should have been sleeping) so I went to the rc track and raced my two trucks for a bit. I destroyed the transmission on my Losi Strike (while beating 3 brushless Emaxx and Revos) because my Castle Mamba 5700 is just tooooo powerful. So, then I beat them in a couple races with my Stampede. It has a Castle Mamba 4600 in it. Last lap of the last race I ripped the rear A arm off! Too fun. Had a great time out there though. Wish I had more play time, but, we have a job to do.

Anyway, more to follow when I have time. Hopefully some pictures too.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 27, 2010 @ 01:19 AM | 12,962 Views
Here is part 2 of our week at another FOB with the Medevac guys. I LOVE flying with them.

Dustoff Part 2 (3 min 41 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 19, 2010 @ 08:49 PM | 13,320 Views
We had a NATO reporter named Josh Fortune with us last week while we were supporting the Medevac. Here is part 1 of his story. Im only in the first minute, but its a great video!

Dustoff part1-Lifesavers (3 min 56 sec)


Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 17, 2010 @ 01:19 AM | 12,651 Views
Hey guys/gals. I kinda been gone for a bit. I got sent out to one of the outlying FOBs (Forward Operating Base) to do Medevac Chase. We provide security, escort and casualty evac for our Med guys. Only flew 16.5 hours in a week, but if the Med dosnt fly much, thats a GOOD thing!

Had a good time out there, helped a lot of people, met some great guys from the Louisiana National Guard and still got to fly some.

We also had a NATO reporter/camera guy with us for the week named Josh. Awesome fella and man he does nice work!

Here is a picture of our crew we had out there for the week.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 03, 2010 @ 06:40 AM | 13,840 Views
I have been on night QRF (quick reaction force) for the last 5 days or so. Well, we all know if you give me time to sit around I'll build something! So, I decided I needed an IFO type plane.

I borrowed some carbon rod, secured it all with parachute cord and CA. I covered it with a chunk of a 100' parachute that I "liberated". For control surfaces, I had to come up with something since I had no more carbon rod left. I saw some choroplast "no smoking" signs that looked like they were tired of just hangin around. A few minutes later, I had rudder and elevons also covered in parachute.

For power, it has a Hacker A20, 10x4.7 prop and a 3S 1320 lipo, 3 BMS metal gear servos will 550 cord pull pull on all surfaces.

Initially I had the frame covered all the way to the nose. I went for a few test flights and the dang thing would NOT turn!!! I tried to move the CG all around, still nothing. I decided maybe I should check the IFO thread here on RCG and I saw one common denominator with all of the IFO's, they had an open space in the front (usually where the motor was). So, I put some braces in and cut out the front. Flies like a champ now! Although still just a tad nose heavy. It sure would make my life easy if I would use proven designs or look at plans before I build something. But, that takes most of the fun out of it for me. I like to try, try, try before I go looking for help.

Its about 34" in span and pretty close to the same in length. The broken prop in the pictures will give you a hint that its a little too big, fast and heavy to fly inside one of our hangars! But, when you build something out of "whats available" you have to make weight concessions. It aint light, but it does fly!

I have some more carbon rod on order now thanks to Lee Ulinger at www.leeulingermodels.com. Should be here in a week or two. Maybe I'll get some time to try some other new (to me) projects.

Laine.