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Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 26, 2020 @ 01:53 PM | 5,746 Views
On the downwind leg, my instructor shut down the port engine, and wouldn't let me relight........like flying a drunken whale with a hard starboard list.......

A300 Airbus, 07L Hong Kong Port engine out (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 20, 2020 @ 07:55 AM | 10,175 Views
finally finished her....spent yesterday and this morning finishing all the banjo work (push rods, control horns, sequencing, rates, expo, throttle cut, etc)

However, it's a brisk 23 degrees this morning....maybe this weekend for the maiden.

GForce 3542-1200 kV motor (2 down 2 right)
Xoar 9x4.3 prop
65Amp ESC with 5 Amp BEC
Power Up 17g metal gear servos
Lemon 6 channel receiver with satellite
2600 mah 50 C 4 cell
64 oz all up
100-80-60 rates all with 35% expo

Wish me luck..video if successful
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 08, 2020 @ 08:15 AM | 3,430 Views
One last time......

I got to fly for close to 2 hours with my best friend, swapping off take-offs and landings out of JFK and Hong Kong.....Our instructor is a fabulous person, but he has a mischievous side....on the downwind leg of my approach to 07L at Hong Kong, he cut the port engine on me...a bit of right rudder and and a little left aileron fixed that, but she (an A300 Airbus) was wallowing around the sky like a drunken whale.....exciting wasn't the word for it....

But I still painted the landing.........while both my friend and instructor were laughing their butts off....As a note we never flew with autopilot or auto land......the realism is amazing...sadly our instructor is moving on to fly commercial.....best of luck to him
Posted by Old_Pilot | Dec 28, 2019 @ 07:14 AM | 2,124 Views
Finally finished this one, but the weather hasn't been suitable for a maiden...Continue Reading
Posted by Old_Pilot | Sep 17, 2019 @ 07:04 AM | 2,902 Views
Two more.....the grey one is a 27" WS 70mm fan version....the black one is 30" WS 90mm fan.....

Made a few changes in the CNC programming, and the pieces fit better than ever.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 24, 2019 @ 03:05 PM | 7,603 Views
slowly plodding along.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 15, 2019 @ 08:19 AM | 2,762 Views
Decided to do a slow flyer / glider tug.......Everybody has a cub, or a Citabria, or a Cessna 188.....so I picked an Auster AOP.9.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 19, 2019 @ 06:21 PM | 3,309 Views
Started on this one week or so back....but this time decided to cut the wing on my CNC machine, so I guess this will be Rev 3.0
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 17, 2019 @ 05:28 PM | 4,800 Views
She's rather easy to fly

SU 25 Maiden (2 min 8 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 05, 2019 @ 06:54 PM | 4,698 Views
I've spent the last few months rearranging my shop to better accommodate the new CNC machine..finally got back to this little girl

36" span, 47" OAL, (2) 6 blade 70mm fans, 3500kV motors, 80 amp ESCs with 6 A SBECs, 19 gram metal gear servos, Lemon 6 channel with satellite, (2) 2600 mah 60C 4S batteries, throttle and elevons. AUW is 54 ounces
Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 03, 2019 @ 08:07 AM | 6,334 Views
I know I'm one to preach about "taking your time" and "check everything" before starting a cut......well dumbo here just cut out an entire airframe and forgot to account for the kerf of the bit......and I didn't discover it until I started the assembly of the wing..couldn't figure out why everything was a 1/16th to 3/32nds off.....D'OH !

I feel like burning the mess I made of the last airframe.......what a moron.....lost all interest in building her ....on to something different....probably an A-10 Thunderbolt foamie.........
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 17, 2019 @ 11:35 AM | 8,398 Views
down to push rods, control horns and markings/livery.....

Flight Ready
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 13, 2019 @ 09:12 AM | 8,083 Views
Finally got to go back to building airplanes......getting closer to looking like an airplane

I used up some scrap MDF and some aluminum channel, and built a fuselage jig
Posted by Old_Pilot | Dec 30, 2018 @ 09:06 AM | 8,021 Views
Figured out how to cut a swept tapered wing in one piece.took me about 30 minutes to draw and program....took 3 hours to rough and finish cut and about 10 minutes to sand the finish marks...46" wing, SD7037 airfoil......
Posted by Old_Pilot | Dec 27, 2018 @ 11:31 AM | 8,326 Views
Whew....Christmas is over, and I can finally get back to building.....been playing with the capabilities of my design software and my CNC router.....
Figured out I could cut wing cores and canopy plugs.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 21, 2018 @ 08:03 AM | 8,676 Views
HOLY CRAP....I didn't get to sleep until 12:30 last night, and here I am up at 5 already..Why you may ask......because I got to "fly" an Airbus A300 sim at FedEx Pilot Training for a little over 2 hours....can you say adrenaline rush ?

It was the third time in 2 years that I've had the privilege to play with their $20,000,000 "toy".....doing landings and take-offs etc....Last night however was different....Our host and instructor (a consummate gentleman) set the aircraft at 10,000 feet, told me I had the airplane, and then cut both engines ........so I'm flying a 300,000 pound airplane ...dead stick...we couldn't make Mem Intl, so I "landed" at the old Millington Naval Air Station....managed to get it stopped in a soybean field.......Andy had to pry my hands from the yoke..lol

And yes, I'm still spooled up

There may be video later.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Oct 13, 2018 @ 12:25 PM | 9,288 Views
There's an airplane in there somewhere