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Posted by Blaze0021 | Dec 28, 2016 @ 12:14 PM | 8,190 Views
The Fleet - 3 Years Later on my Spektrum DX6 (1 min 9 sec)

3 years and 59 aircraft slots later.. All aircraft listed in my Spektrum DX6 are fully operational and in excellent condition.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Dec 25, 2016 @ 01:16 AM | 8,084 Views
Today I got to meet up with the cool East Bay Boys from for their Christmas Eve Fun Fly Meet at Ohlone College in Newark, CA:

I started my first flight of the day with my UMX Beast 3D on 3S, using Roger's Hyperion 3S 240mAh Babbelbatts (Thanks for posting Foamyflyerr):

Derrick (Blaze) flying his E Flite Beast on 3S (3 min 4 sec)

Later, I was surprised and very honored when they handed me the sticks to fly one of their large QQ Extra 300 3D / Aerobats for the special occasion! What a sweetheart of a plane.

Me flying Dave's QQ Extra 300 (Thanks for posting Foamyflyerr):

Derrick flying Dave's QQ Extra (3 min 3 sec)
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Posted by Blaze0021 | Dec 23, 2016 @ 11:40 PM | 8,521 Views
Merry Early Christmas Present to me lol!

This is a short Indoor Maiden Flight of my new Dromida Vista FPV Quadcopter.

Dromida Vista FPV - Indoor Maiden Flight (2 min 35 sec)

While on my Family Christmas Holiday Vacation in California, I picked up one of these "All-In-One FPV / Camera Quadcopter Units at the local hobby store for $150. I didn't realize how much fun these Dromida Vistas were until I actually tried it out.

A good review of the Dromida Vista UAV Basic Unit:

A good review of the Dromida Vista FPV with DroneView WiFi 720p HD Camera Unit:

As I'm not much of a Multirotor / Quadcopter Pilot and mainly stick to flying Fixed-Wing Aircraft, I was very pleased with the ease of setup and agile flying characteristics of this Dromida Vista FPV UAV. Downloading the free DroneView App in the iPhone Apps Store, I was able to attach my iPhone 6 to the Tactic MR100 Transmitter with the included Monitor Clip and view my photo or video capture during flight, for increased accuracy of footage. I was however a bit bummed about the Dromida clause that "the FPV function was not recommended or intended to fly the Vista, but rather to be used to view what the footage was capturing," thus taking the guesswork out of what was being photographed or filmed. Another drawback is the lack of a microphone on the DroneView Camera, leaving your captured video footage with no sound.

Aside from these two minor drawbacks, the Dromida Vista is otherwise a solid-flying, nimble, and rugged Quadcopter packed with many features. For myself who tends to only fly planes, I had no problems flying this Quadcopter and also had fun flying it indoors during today's wet and windy weather. Overall, this is a great Quadcopter to get your feet wet with.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Dec 20, 2016 @ 03:29 PM | 6,838 Views
You know you're an avid RC Pilot when you're leaving for a flight tomorrow and you pack all your RC gear before your clothes.

I've chosen one of my UMX Beast 3Ds running on 3S with a BL180 2300Kv Motor / GWS 5043 Prop Powerplant to go on the trip with me.

In the UMX Beast 3D box I've packed (3) of Roger's Hyperion 3S 240mAh Babbelbatts (2 out in the open and (1) inside the plane), a spare landing gear set with 1" Dubro Mini Lite wheels, 3 spare props (Eflite 5x2.75, GWS 5030, and GWS 5043), a spare Eflite BL180 2300Kv Motor, and an optional 2S Powerplant (Eflite BL180 3000Kv Motor / Eflite 5x2.75 Prop) should my flying space end up being smaller.

I packed my DX8 in my soft shell case and hidden one more of Roger's Hyperion 3S 240mAh Babbelbatts in there (can you see it?) for a total of (4) 3S batts for the trip.

I also loaded my small utility bag with all of my RC essential maintenance gear, just in case it's needed.

This will also be the first time I'll flying at sea level, so I'll be able to see and feel if being 5764 feet up makes any difference.

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Posted by Blaze0021 | Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:01 AM | 6,489 Views
My pre-ordered Eflite UMX arrived today from Horizon Hobby. I unpackaged and bound the unit to my Spektrum DX6. Upon checking the control surfaces, I found my Elevator Control Surface to be sticking and getting stuck. I checked to make sure that the control rod was not binding or sticking to anything. But unfortunately it was glitching intermittently. Also, a few minutes after connecting the battery, a siren-like sound and a burnt odor started to emanate from the unit. I disconnected the battery thereafter.

Defective Eflite UMX A-10 (2 min 47 sec)

Pretty disappointing considering I was excited to maiden this UMX A-10 tomorrow. Now I'm going to have to wait some more as I now have to go through the process of mailing it back to Horizon Hobby to get it looked at, exchanged, and then mailed back to me.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:33 AM | 6,229 Views
Oh Mondays..

The Main Fleet: My RC Aircraft Collection - Updated December 10, 2016 (0 min 51 sec)

I was able to maiden and complete 8 additional flights over the weekend with my new Eflite Spitfire Mk XIV 1.2m before the weather took a turn for some snow. The maiden was very uneventful flying on AS3X-Only (No SAFE), despite my CG being around 85mm, using 3S 2200mAh lipos slammed as far forward, close to the back of the motor. There was minimal pitching up, nothing 5 clicks of down fixed. I did not notice the pitching up that some other Spitfire Pilots have mentioned, which was a good thing. After some minimal trim to get the plane level, I had some fun in the flights that followed.

This is definitely a fun plane, and provides a lot of scale flight presence. A beauty in flight, especially with the twin cannons jutting out of the main wings as it flies overhead. Low passes down the field are impressive, and the plane is very agile for its size. This is also my first warbird with split flaps, which is pretty cool to see. Lining up the Spitfire for Touch and gos on Half Flaps, and Landings on Full Flaps with this plane can't get any easier, as this plane loves to float in so gentle on the astroturf.

The only thing I wish this plane had, was more power.. as I am used to the rocket-like power of my FMS 750-800mm warbirds that all fly on 3S 1300mAh lipos. Most of my flights with the Spitfire were at 80-100% throttle, which makes me think to myself.. that...Continue Reading