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Posted by eolson | Oct 12, 2014 @ 08:58 AM | 5,606 Views
So I participated in my first Fly-in yesterday and had a pretty good time. There were lots of people, BBQ, and flying going on from start to finish. Let me give you the rundown....start rant..
All advertisement promoting said fly-in read that registration was at 8am. I was at the field at 7am, expecting to see a bunch of guys at least unpacking their gear but was surprised to be find only a sunrise lit empty grass field. The dew was still hanging on to the short grass and I found myself alone there for about an hour, when a couple cars came poking along the gravel road.
This field is nice, even though I have only one other field to compare it to. 5 pilot stations and a separate heli field off to the side, a huge gazebo, gallery stands, food pavillion, park for the kids, and the list goes on. It's an AMA sanctioned field and local/national vendors sponsor and have a presence at the majority of their events. It is so much more than my normal school field and I even felt a bit intimidated.
As the "early birds", not including my self, started to park their cars and get out I introduced myself and offered my assistance, if needed of course. I was very clear letting most everyone know this was my first rodeo and if there was anything I could do to help to just let me know. That's just the kind of person I am.The more people started coming, the less I was able to meet them. I did have a chance to meet most of the club officers and lent a hand carrying raffle prizes to...Continue Reading
Posted by eolson | Sep 01, 2012 @ 09:38 PM | 6,346 Views
So I broke down and purchased a Blade SR. This was one of those buys that presented itself and I couldn't say no. In the end, I probably should have said no and waited to do my research, but in time I'm sure I will be able to fly this thing, at least around in circles in front of me.
To date I have gone through four tail motors, which isn't a surprise apparently with the SR. The fourth one has lasted me the longest, a whole day in fact, but I have another on order just in case. This was also my first exposure to tinning/soldering. I had to buy a soldering iron and replace the motor myself. I do wonder if the second and third motor failures were a direct result of soldering techniques.
I just have to say to myself that if I'm gonna stick with this particular heli, a constant supply of tail motors will be needed. Once I relegated myself to that idea, the next hurdle was lifting off and hovering. I have found that a definite right cyclic at lift off and a quick hop off the ground are what's needed. Once there, I have found myself chasing the heli around a bit, but can often times find that sweet spot and stay there for a bit.
I have not purposefully tried forward flight, other than the over corrections I tend to make sometimes. For sure I've had my fair share of throttle cuts.
I have only been using about .3 volts of power from the battery before I yank it out and let her rest. I'm hoping this will help the brushes seat better, by limiting flights to small spurts of time. In between flights I place the tail motor in front of a small fan to help cool it down quicker.
So for now, I am training with the SR and about to rebuild the CX2 for my son to start flying.
Posted by eolson | Jul 05, 2012 @ 04:49 PM | 6,233 Views
So far I have learned a lot about flying, helicopters, and parts replacement. Initially I was using all stock parts and used my LHS to purchase said parts. After finding this forum and learning about upgrades I had to give them a shot. Since my LHS only carries stock and parts directly from Horizon Hobby the only way for me to get upgrade parts is online.
Having said all that, I'd like to give a special shout out to xtreme productions and Boomtown Hobbies. Both of these companies have provided me with outstanding customer service and have gone above and beyond what I would say is their normal call of duty. I just wanted to put this out there as I know that many companies are known for their poor service and that word gets around fast. My hope here is to also bring to light some of the companies I have experienced that provide excellent customer service.

Stepping off soapbox now.

Posted by eolson | Jun 24, 2012 @ 09:51 PM | 7,101 Views
This is a little list of things I have found to be true about flying coaxial helicopters. I have no experience with any other copter. To add to that, and to even narrow my knowledge base, I have only owned one helicopter and it's the one I currently "pilot", which is a Blade CX2. On top of all that I have only been flying for a couple of months now. So, take this all with a grain of salt, but I think most everyone just starting out will agree with most of the following statements, as may some of the veterans.

1. Patience equals more than virtue, it also equals savings. Savings from parts that need repairing/replacing because you weren't patient.
2. The wind is your enemy.
3. Learn to hover.
4. Get bored. When first learning to fly, if you aren't bored with doing the same thing over and over again, you aren't learning. Getting bored means you aren't crashing. It means that your stick movements are becoming second nature and being burned into your "muscle memory". That is a good thing.
Posted by eolson | Jun 24, 2012 @ 12:10 PM | 6,381 Views
This will be my first blog entry, even though I have been flying for a few months now. This post will discuss some of how I got into the hobby.

It happened when I was looking on HobbyTron for an airsoft gun gift to give my son for his birthday. While perusing the site I came across their r/c helicopters and a small seed was planted. After ordering the gift, I revisited the site and that seed grew into a small plant. I bought what I thought was a decent copter, and one I thought was mid price. I ended up with a DH9104. I had problems from the get go and barely touch the thing now.
So, I did a Google search for r/c forums and found this place. Having previous experience with message boards getting me through my previous hobby of saltwater aquariums I knew this would be a place I could find help, answers to my questions, and advice I wouldn't be able to find anywhere else.
When my tax return came in this year I visited my local hobby store and left with a Blade CX2 coaxial helicopter.
I had no idea what I was doing and trying to learn to fly in my dining room was not the best choice. I went through more than my fair share of stock blades before making certain changes to the heli with upgraded aluminum parts and hardened blades. Eventually I cleaned my garage out and had enough room to really start learning how to fly this thing.
To date, due mostly to my ego, I have had to replace a few inner and outer shafts and gears. But I am learning and using what I know to take it easy and not get too confident.