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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jan 28, 2016 @ 08:49 AM | 31,303 Views

I had some old Lipo batteries that needed replacing. One got out of balance & the other the wire on the balance plug broke due to usage. Discovered the Admiral batteries. Here is why I like what I see.

--> Great attention to detail by the designer. If they pay that much attention to the components you can see, I surmise the same attention to detail has been placed on the internal chemistry & design. Time will tell.

--> The Dean T plug is long, no attempt to save money noted.

--> They have a very unique protective cover on the balance plug to prevent premature wire breakage.

--> Nicely labeled. Would prefer if they had added the word "Lipo" as I also use Nimh batteries that 'look' similar.

--> The 2200mah is skinny & long & the 1300mah is short & fatter - exactly what I need for my applications.

--> Standard industry balance plug connector.

--> I include a picture of the battery with added shrink for stress relief & the tool I use to disconnect the battery without pulling on the wires.

2016 will be the year I try out the Admiral batteries. My expectation is they will perform well.

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jan 25, 2016 @ 06:28 PM | 30,656 Views
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I fly several models that already come programmed with AS3x. AS3x reduces the effect of any force, like wind, that displaces the model while in flight . It will make quick adjustments to act as a damper. But now I am starting to program my own gyros. Spektrum has made a series of 15 videos to explain this process. So do I really want to continue along this path? I think the benefits will come as we learn more of the terms used & what they mean. It gives me a new appreciation for models like the umx Sports Cub S2 that already comes programmed with AS3x. Surely, all the work someone else did is worth something.

In the meantime, if any of you have a death wish to learn more about AS3x & how to program it, here is the entire series

Spektrum RC products related to this and all other AS3X video's in this playlist include: SPM-AR636 ; SPM-AR6335 ; SPM-AR7350 ; SPM-AR9350

Spektrum AS3X Step 1: Transmitter Setup (Initial Setup) (2 min 17 sec)

Spektrum AS3X Step 2: Receiver Installation (Initial Setup) (6 min 19 sec)
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jan 22, 2016 @ 11:32 PM | 29,822 Views
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2015 was a lite year for flying my Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, due to one thing or another. In 2015 I only flew 505 flights vs 606 in 2014. I was short 101 flights. Knew it by midyear, no way to catch up. The 101 flights cost me 17.9 hours of lost airtime. To make it worse, my average flight time per flight for 2015 was 9.58 minutes. This means I lost another 9.1 hours of flight time due to the mix of aerial systems I flew. So in total, I flew 80.63 hours in 2015 versus 107.7 hours in 2014, for a deficit of 27 hours.

On the brighter side, in 2015 I met some very nice hobbyist at the Club, the Park & RC Groups. At the Park, I helped put a smile on a few youth new to the hobby. I let one fly my night vapor without a buddy box. The other was a persistent young man that was only achieving about 15 second flights before crashing. I was observing him & when the light went off in his head – “do I push the stick forward to make it go up?”. I gave him a quick lesson and when I left he had been airborne for over 1 minute. To this day I still smile when I think about those times.

I had the privilege of mentoring an 11 year old new pilot. Put her through a rigorous boot camp so she could solo before school started. She accepted every challenge with flying colors. She got written tests, verbal quizzes, practice sessions & a solo assessment. She earned her wings a few days before school started.

Overall it was a fun & exciting year
The Best Day of the 2015 Season =>
The Best Day of the 2014 Season =>

Wishing you all fair weather for 2016.

Straighten up and fly right my friend!

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jan 05, 2016 @ 01:22 PM | 4,876 Views

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I am so confused Is it a Drone or a UAS. The media is responsible for providing the facts, yet whenever they report on the FAA & the publicís concern for Drones, they always show a quad multi-rotor copter. The AMA is responsible for educating the public & itís members, they too show quad multi-rotor copter in their educational media. Know Before You Fly is an education campaign founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) & they too show a quad. The FAA said one of the reasons for the rules requiring registration is so they can educate the owners of unmanned aircraft. They also, exclusively use pictures of a quad multi-rotor copter.

If I were a new owner of unmanned aircraft, I would assume the FAA rules only apply to multi-rotor copter. When John Public goes to buy a rocket, fixed wing, glider, helicopter, EDF jet or other non-multi-rotor aircraft, he/she would naturally assume the FAA rules do Not apply to them.

Am I the only one that thinks all these organizations continue to fail horribly in their mission to educate the public?