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Archive for March, 2008
Posted by xatled99 | Mar 30, 2008 @ 05:43 PM | 2,559 Views
After a few furtive hops, finally did some decent flying today. Took the belt up to about 20 or 30 feet. The new telebee gyro makes a huge difference.

Lots of firsts today. First outdoor hovering sans training gear, first outdoor use of idleup, first reasonably well-controlled hover in wind, and first well-controlled non-panicky climbout/descent. The dog was wagging the tail, rather than the tail wagging the dog, for a change.

Here's a warmup flight in the backyard. Twist ties don't work as well as nylon zipties for camera mounting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho_4g2Q05fw
Posted by xatled99 | Mar 20, 2008 @ 11:36 AM | 2,649 Views
Should be flight ready in a day or two. Need to get blade pitch/tracking correctly and get all the wires and electronics strapped in.

Just installed:
Posted by xatled99 | Mar 07, 2008 @ 10:19 AM | 3,093 Views
Tried a couple of outdoor flights yesterday. First one had a hard landing but no damage. Second one involved blades tasting earth and a boom strike that took out the struts, horiz stab, main gear, blades and feathering shaft. No obvious head damage. Looks like the gyro got clipped a bit. Might be a fine opportunity to upgrade to a telebee heading lock gyro. Might as well toss in the trex dampers while I'm at it.