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Old Jun 09, 2011, 03:15 PM
Yeah, I can fly...
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A guy at my office also mentioned they are using P-3's.


I always thought they used C-130's.

Come to think of it. Sounds like another commercial use for UAV.
The C-130's, at least the civillian ones; have been grounded for a few years after two broke up on drops and killed the crews. There was a big scandal as well with the government giving C-130's away to be converted to tankers and many of them were then sold for profit by the companies that got them for free

International Air Response had several and it pretty much put them in the poor house not being able to use them for AFF. The are down in Coolidge.

The Air Force has a pallet call MAFFS that can be installed in C-130's but they are only used as a last resort when all of the public air tankers are busy.

The P-2, P-3 and AT-802 are the primary tankers now but Calfire uses their own S-2T Trackers and OV-10 lead planes. I have an OV-10 in refurb that will be in the Calfire colors soon

There are a few one-offs that have been tested include BAE-146 and Bombardier Q400's as next gen tankers.

The DC-10 and 747 are EXPENSIVE to operate and the USFS won't give them a full season contract like the smaller planes.

Do you think I like tankers? Wish I had stuck with Aerotech program in my first attempt at college, I'd probably be flying one now
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Old Jun 09, 2011, 06:03 PM
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Indoor R/C/FF at Tustin Hangar this weekend

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...8#post18461024

Anybody want to load up some small planes and go?

Pat could bring his whole fleet!
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Old Jun 09, 2011, 06:06 PM
Pusher jets rule!
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I just got home from a week in Florida. The wife would tan my hide if I were to run off to California this weekend!


BTW, I heard they called in the Evergreen 747 for the Willow fire. What an awesome sight that would be!

Evergreen International Boeing 747 Fire Fighter (0 min 21 sec)


Pat
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Old Jun 09, 2011, 06:09 PM
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Anyone been to the Google home search page today? Pretty cool!

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Old Jun 09, 2011, 06:24 PM
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I just got home from a week in Florida. The wife would tan my hide if I were to run off to California this weekend!


BTW, I heard they called in the Evergreen 747 for the Willow fire. What an awesome sight that would be!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXSwypIGWGY

Pat

Pretty cool. The Supertanker has 20,500 gallons of tank space onboard.

Sounds like it would fly out of Gateway or from Tucson.
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Old Jun 10, 2011, 12:24 AM
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Pretty cool. The Supertanker has 20,500 gallons of tank space onboard.

Sounds like it would fly out of Gateway or from Tucson.
The DC-10 was sitting at Gateway this afternoon when I drove by on the 202.
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Old Jun 10, 2011, 07:23 PM
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Pretty cool. The Supertanker has 20,500 gallons of tank space onboard.

Sounds like it would fly out of Gateway or from Tucson.
It can fly out of Marana
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Old Jun 11, 2011, 03:10 PM
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The DC-10 flew out of Williams field airport today, took off around 11:10. I saw it from the 202 as we came back from Scout Camp. We hiked 40 miles, and Biked 20, All on the AZ trail up near Blue Ridge Reservoir.
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Old Jun 11, 2011, 05:19 PM
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We also saw it from the AMA field. And yesterday I saw the new Boeing 747-8 take off from Williams too.

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Old Jun 11, 2011, 06:08 PM
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So when they finally retire the B-52, maybe it will come back as a firebomber.
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Old Jun 13, 2011, 02:07 PM
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Came home early today with allergies acting up. Saw the DC-10 taking off again from Williams about 10:25 this morning.

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Old Jun 13, 2011, 05:43 PM
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Yea, I saw it taking off at about the same time today. I'm at my cousins right now, and from here were going to Flagstaff for the rest of the week. Workin, and maybe doing a little shooting and fishing.
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Old Jun 14, 2011, 03:09 PM
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DX6i question

Can't believe I've never asked this before.

The 5.9V on the front of my Dx6i is the battery voltage for the transmitter correct? I've read the manual but I'm not clear on it.
I have the Spectrum rechargables in it now.
Is there a low voltage point were I shouldn't be flying???

I just always top off my transmitter when I'm done flying and the night before I'm going to fly. Is there a better practice?
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Old Jun 14, 2011, 03:14 PM
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One more.

I'm traveling (Allegiant AIR) to Illinois for summer vacation next month and I'd like to fly while I'm there.


I'm think I'll have a slow stick shipped to my parents house and assemble it onsite. Anyone have some comments or a quick and dirty list of items I should pack in my carry on?


We are there for 7 days but I'm going to visit with the RVRCflyers on a week day with my dad.
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Old Jun 14, 2011, 04:04 PM
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Can't believe I've never asked this before.

The 5.9V on the front of my Dx6i is the battery voltage for the transmitter correct? I've read the manual but I'm not clear on it.
I have the Spectrum rechargables in it now.
Is there a low voltage point were I shouldn't be flying???

I just always top off my transmitter when I'm done flying and the night before I'm going to fly. Is there a better practice?
Jeff I have a 6i. I usually recharge at around 5v just to be safe.
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