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Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:11 AM
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It was All Up Last Down 3 min max, done 5 times.

Yesterday was my first time seeing the vlad Helios in action and I couldn't believe the hang time that thing had. I'd be timing for somebody else and I'd look over and think "LeMon isn't in lift. He'll be down soon", only to look over again a minute later and see him at nearly the same altitude. Lift was scarce, but that Helios just wouldn't come down. It's a beautiful plane and it launches and flies amazing. Excellent work, Kristoff!
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:05 PM
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Yep, The Helios never climbed above launch height ALL FREAKIN DAY!!!!!!!!

There was a reported thermal by a couple of guys, but I was not in that round.......

The AULD x 5 is a fun task, but its just too long. Nice thing is that almost everyone will have trouble on at least one of the 5 flights, so it gives everyone a little wiggle room for less than perfection.
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Old Feb 03, 2013, 02:45 PM
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Kristoff, the light Helios was once again deadly. I just barely lost to the guy who placed #5 at the US team selects. I must admit though, the Helios played a major role in the results. I love the Helios and really wish a better pilot in the US flew them, but Alan is showing real promise with his down in Arizona. If the Helios 2 is better, then get me one quick.

But in all seriousness, my only changes I would want would be for a better "Cleaner" wing fuse interface, and a little more quality control, and then to make sure all helios wings would work with all helios fuses.

Conditions were very tough with some very BIG sink pockets ans sink cycles, and seldom any real thermals. I dont think anyone got above 400' the entire day. And most flights were spent scrathing for anything and coming down as slow as possible.

LOVE THE HELIOS.
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Old Feb 03, 2013, 03:34 PM
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Good job Jon! Only what, half a percent behind Mike that's impressive.

Now if my performance at the JEM wasn't a fluke and I can do it again that will be awesome. The Helios flew amazing in the wind, added 4 grams to the nose and no ballast. She could push through the 10+ mph winds with ease. I have to thank George Morris for that tip, I'm sure without it I would not have done so well.

I'm looking forward to seeing the Helios 2, with a cleaner wing fuse area I'm sure it'll be better.

Keep up the good work Kristof.

Alan
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Old Mar 03, 2013, 02:35 PM
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Well, once again the Helios proves herself a worthy ship.

At our monthly I lost to the guy who placed #5 at the US team selects by .04

I believe after 5 rounds I was 99.6% of his score.

The winds were strong almost all day and there was some massive, unavoidable at time, rotor from hell at the site we were flying at. VERY TOUGH CONDITIONS. I flew my original Helios , the heavier one, and it was able to move around pretty well and make the most of what had to be some of the smallest and unpredictable lift I have flown in for a long time.

So Kristoff, whatever you do on the Helios #2, make sure its better, which is going to be hard to do.
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Old Mar 03, 2013, 03:01 PM
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Jonboy requests that it be at least 0.5% better...
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Old Mar 03, 2013, 03:15 PM
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Yep, EDIT, the scores were finally posted..

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...ostcount=14834

I was a little further back than .5%..... .6%
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Old Mar 04, 2013, 09:24 PM
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 11:04 AM
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#6 & #8 were Helios. You may recognize some of the names that beat us kids with the Helios! Some of those guys are pretty good.

The Helios performed better than their pilots again this last contest!
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 11:24 PM
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Yes Jon you did good. ( where is the pat on the back emoticon? )

there were defiantly times I was very happy to be flying a plane that could get around the sky even in the wind, then when you found lift roll in a bunch of camber and climb away. so much fun!!!
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 02:24 AM
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The Helios certainly is an amazing DLG. I am always impressed with its performance. Both you guys did very well in some very challenging conditions. I recall timing for Alan and felt a thermal blow through a minute or two before the start of the window and said, "That thermal will be long gone when the window starts..." I then looked at his Helios and finished with, "but you have a Helios so you can still go get it." I love the legs on the Helios and its climbing abilities. It's an amazing blend!
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Old Aug 09, 2013, 03:59 PM
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So on my original Helios one of the flaperon hinge lines is starting to fail at the root. I have it rigged up with some clear packing tape, and it seems to be holding up, but is there a more betterer way to fix up a hingeline that is breaking down due to being operated a billion times?
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Old Aug 09, 2013, 04:16 PM
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So on my original Helios one of the flaperon hinge lines is starting to fail at the root. I have it rigged up with some clear packing tape, and it seems to be holding up, but is there a more betterer way to fix up a hingeline that is breaking down due to being operated a billion times?
hi jon,

some time ago i had a wing which i accidently cut thru the hinge while trying to get the aileron moving , it was also at the root , i sanded the area(bottom of the wing) with rough sanding paper and glued a piece of kevlar 45-45 on it , i think i used ca for this like i always do but offcourse epoxy is also good .

i sold the wing as second choice and i think it's still flying like this
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Old Aug 09, 2013, 04:49 PM
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I'll give some kevlar a go and let you know.

Thanks for the quick answer.
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Old Aug 09, 2013, 09:19 PM
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If your lucky and there is some kevlar hairs along the hinge line, then you might be able to get a little thin CA in there and be good, atleast for awhile. I've pulled some of the kevlar threads out with the tip of a #11 exacto from the top of the hinge line before, then mixed the hairs from the flap and wing together, add some CA, and it was a decent long term fix.
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