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Old Oct 17, 2006, 03:30 PM
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Are you still moth-ing at all?
Not much moth-ing lately, but I do still have one. I seem to have developed an obsession with Yak-54's
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Old Oct 17, 2006, 10:43 PM
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I had the wildest crash yet with Kitty Bug today. The Cowel slipped in flight and was touching the prop, so I had to land. No big deal, didn't get to land were I wanted due to the high winds, but no troubles.

The problem came once I had reseated the cowl. the area were I landed was tall but sparse grass over hard packed earth. My typhoon just slices the grass up as it ROG's through it. I figured I'd try it with KB, since the grass here was extra thin. I got 40 feet across the ground and was just lifting up when I heard a BANG, and saw something go flying one way, and Kitty Bug do a flat spin the other way. She landed on her wheels, didn't flip over, but might have spun a couple of 360s before her wheels touched.

What went flying as a couple of Peppers. Big ones, maybe 3 ounces each. Looks like Chille peppers, or realy big Jalapino. they were still pale green, so not ripe yet. It appears there was a vine of them along the ground, and the prop caught a section of them, and threw them back into the flight wires. it looks like that much force on the flight wires ripped the struts lose from the bottom wing. Funny thing is, this is the same field were the huge leaf got lodged in the flight wires. Same flight wires, too.

I know there has to be a joke in here someplace. My girlfriend is convinced Kitty Bug was just hungry, and I should feed it more. KB can be fixed. no wing damage, just seperated at the glue point. what I'm most bummed about was the peppers wern't ripe enough to make nachos with.
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Old Oct 18, 2006, 12:40 AM
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MAN I AM CRYIN!!! Must be those darn peppers!
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Old Oct 18, 2006, 06:54 AM
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I had the wildest crash yet with Kitty Bug today. The Cowel slipped in flight and was touching the prop, so I had to land. No big deal, didn't get to land were I wanted due to the high winds, but no troubles.

The problem came once I had reseated the cowl. the area were I landed was tall but sparse grass over hard packed earth. My typhoon just slices the grass up as it ROG's through it. I figured I'd try it with KB, since the grass here was extra thin. I got 40 feet across the ground and was just lifting up when I heard a BANG, and saw something go flying one way, and Kitty Bug do a flat spin the other way. She landed on her wheels, didn't flip over, but might have spun a couple of 360s before her wheels touched.

What went flying as a couple of Peppers. Big ones, maybe 3 ounces each. Looks like Chille peppers, or realy big Jalapino. they were still pale green, so not ripe yet. It appears there was a vine of them along the ground, and the prop caught a section of them, and threw them back into the flight wires. it looks like that much force on the flight wires ripped the struts lose from the bottom wing. Funny thing is, this is the same field were the huge leaf got lodged in the flight wires. Same flight wires, too.

I know there has to be a joke in here someplace. My girlfriend is convinced Kitty Bug was just hungry, and I should feed it more. KB can be fixed. no wing damage, just seperated at the glue point. what I'm most bummed about was the peppers wern't ripe enough to make nachos with.
Has Kittybug been moonlighting as a food processor? Maybe she needs a "Cuisinart" decal.

Doug
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Old Oct 18, 2006, 09:30 AM
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I had the wildest crash yet with Kitty Bug today. The Cowel slipped in flight and was touching the prop, so I had to land. No big deal, didn't get to land were I wanted due to the high winds, but no troubles.

The problem came once I had reseated the cowl. the area were I landed was tall but sparse grass over hard packed earth. My typhoon just slices the grass up as it ROG's through it. I figured I'd try it with KB, since the grass here was extra thin. I got 40 feet across the ground and was just lifting up when I heard a BANG, and saw something go flying one way, and Kitty Bug do a flat spin the other way. She landed on her wheels, didn't flip over, but might have spun a couple of 360s before her wheels touched.

What went flying as a couple of Peppers. Big ones, maybe 3 ounces each. Looks like Chille peppers, or realy big Jalapino. they were still pale green, so not ripe yet. It appears there was a vine of them along the ground, and the prop caught a section of them, and threw them back into the flight wires. it looks like that much force on the flight wires ripped the struts lose from the bottom wing. Funny thing is, this is the same field were the huge leaf got lodged in the flight wires. Same flight wires, too.

I know there has to be a joke in here someplace. My girlfriend is convinced Kitty Bug was just hungry, and I should feed it more. KB can be fixed. no wing damage, just seperated at the glue point. what I'm most bummed about was the peppers wern't ripe enough to make nachos with.
Man, that's one HOT plane!
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Old Oct 18, 2006, 11:44 AM
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Man, that's one HOT plane!
Now you know the secret of getting over 25'!

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Old Oct 18, 2006, 02:15 PM
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I had the wildest crash yet with Kitty Bug today. I got 40 feet across the ground and was just lifting up when I heard a BANG, and saw something go flying one way, and Kitty Bug do a flat spin the other way. What went flying (sic)as a couple of Peppers...like Chille peppers.. or realy big Jalapino.
Mama Mia!!! Sucha bigga spicey Teega Motha!!!

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Old Oct 18, 2006, 07:05 PM
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Well, as long as I am on the horn, I would like to share a TM moment with all, having completed a very nice Moth flight this early evening. Launch was around 6:15 PM, the sun definitely on the horizon, and temperature/humidity at 68F/83%. 26 minutes later, my Moth successfully flew the slot and landed on the strip at WWAerodrome. Altimeter LED was blinking, as per normal, but no direct sunshine to hit on the LED to trigger the read-back. So, I discovered I could use a small flashlight, along with my special altimeter trigger do-thwangie, and jola! the altimeter LED did its thing. Even did the readback trigger again and the device once again flashed back the maximum altitude of the flight. So now, early dusk flight altitudes can be recorded. TM #2 will have one of these altimeters, in addition (I hope) to a set of LED running lights. Dusk flying activity at WWAerodrome should become more active. I kept the altitude of this flight slightly lower than normal, as the light was fading (along with my eyesight! ), a mere 405 feet. Nice flight, and I learned something new. Can't beat that combination.

RD
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Old Oct 18, 2006, 07:58 PM
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Well, as long as I am on the horn, I would like to share a TM moment with all, having completed a very nice Moth flight this early evening. Launch was around 6:15 PM, the sun definitely on the horizon, and temperature/humidity at 68F/83%. 26 minutes later, my Moth successfully flew the slot and landed on the strip at WWAerodrome. Altimeter LED was blinking, as per normal, but no direct sunshine to hit on the LED to trigger the read-back. So, I discovered I could use a small flashlight, along with my special altimeter trigger do-thwangie, and jola! the altimeter LED did its thing. Even did the readback trigger again and the device once again flashed back the maximum altitude of the flight. So now, early dusk flight altitudes can be recorded. TM #2 will have one of these altimeters, in addition (I hope) to a set of LED running lights. Dusk flying activity at WWAerodrome should become more active. I kept the altitude of this flight slightly lower than normal, as the light was fading (along with my eyesight! ), a mere 405 feet. Nice flight, and I learned something new. Can't beat that combination.

RD
Doug:

Quick question, How does it tell you the zero number in its blinks, I see you said 405 ft. Is there a long pause between the 4 blinks and the five The zeros in it have me confused.

...Keith...
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Old Oct 18, 2006, 10:09 PM
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Doug:

Quick question, How does it tell you the zero number in its blinks, I see you said 405 ft. Is there a long pause between the 4 blinks and the five The zeros in it have me confused....Keith...
The "How High" altimeter LED will blink the number of feet in altitude, 1 thru 9 with one thru nine "blinks". For as value of 0, the LED does a real fast "blink-blink". Thus, for an altitude of 205 feet the number or sequence of blinks would be:

Blink, Blink, Blink-blink, Blink, Blink, Blink, Blink, Blink. It is very obvious the difference of a "blink" and a "blink-blink".

Amazing how small and light this device is. No problem at all for a Pico Tiger Moth to haul the "instrument". I have two more altimeters on the shelf, for future models, one of which will be Tiger Moth #2. You plug the device into an unused channel on the receiver. I am using a GWS Naro 6, so I use channel 5. Really an amazing device.

RD
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Old Oct 18, 2006, 10:29 PM
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The "How High" altimeter LED will blink the number of feet in altitude, 1 thru 9 with one thru nine "blinks". For as value of 0, the LED does a real fast "blink-blink". Thus, or an altitude of 205 feet the number or sequence of blinks would be:

Blink, Blink, Blink-blink, Blink, Blink, Blink, Blink, Blink. It is very obvious the difference of a "blink" and a "blink-blink".

Amazing how small and light this device is. No problem at all for a Pico Tiger Moth to haul the "instrument". I have two more altimeters on the shelf, for future models, one of which will be Tiger Moth #2. You plug the device into an unused channel on the receiver. I am using a GWS Naro 6, so I use channel 5. Really an amazing device.

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Doug:

Thank you for explaining it to me.

...Keith...
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Old Oct 19, 2006, 10:10 AM
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Well, as long as I am on the horn, I would like to share a TM moment with all, having completed a very nice Moth flight this early evening. Launch was around 6:15 PM, the sun definitely on the horizon, and temperature/humidity at 68F/83%. 26 minutes later, my Moth successfully flew the slot and landed on the strip at WWAerodrome. Altimeter LED was blinking, as per normal, but no direct sunshine to hit on the LED to trigger the read-back. So, I discovered I could use a small flashlight, along with my special altimeter trigger do-thwangie, and jola! the altimeter LED did its thing. Even did the readback trigger again and the device once again flashed back the maximum altitude of the flight. So now, early dusk flight altitudes can be recorded. TM #2 will have one of these altimeters, in addition (I hope) to a set of LED running lights. Dusk flying activity at WWAerodrome should become more active. I kept the altitude of this flight slightly lower than normal, as the light was fading (along with my eyesight! ), a mere 405 feet. Nice flight, and I learned something new. Can't beat that combination.

RD
ROFL! Doug, thanks for labeling the flashlight in your picture. I would have never been able to guess what that was without the sign.
<sorry, I just couldn't resist>
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Old Oct 19, 2006, 11:08 AM
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ROFL! Doug, thanks for labeling the flashlight in your picture. I would have never been able to guess what that was without the sign.
Does this help???

RD
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Old Oct 19, 2006, 02:07 PM
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Does this help???

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No, it doesn't help! What are those black round things....? I mean, if you're going to label stuff, don't go halfway. What is it sitting on? I don't see a lable there. Get busy, will you?
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Old Oct 19, 2006, 02:48 PM
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OK guys/gals. i've been trying to figure out what rofl means for months. Somebody wanna give it up?
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