Back to the field after yet more repairs on the AT-6 Texan(Freewing). I'm stressed before take-off knowing that I had messed with the motor angles due to a stalled take-off a couple days ago. The field is in spring conditions, long grass and bumpy. The plane nosed over on the first attempt. Great. No damage but I know I have to give up elevator to prevent another nose over. Not good. A miracle happened and I got the plane in the air. Now another miracle, it needs just a few clicks of trim and wow, it's flying great.!! Better than before.!!!! I was amazed. So, I enjoyed the flight and had a perfect high speed landing on the rough field. 2 more batteries for 2 more flights but, I have to deal with the bumpy field conditions again. Not good. I nosed it over again. Great. So, I decide to put it on the asphalt walking path. It's really narrow but somehow I got up off the asphalt and it's flying great. An ugly take-off but it's up and flying really nice. I have a decent landing but it lightly noses over on the grass. 1 battery, 1 flight to go. Back to the asphalt. Narrow. I take my time getting it straight and then I punched it and the plane lifted off so nicely and scale like, just a beautiful shallow take-off flying perfectly away from me. I had such a nice flight and then a really nice landing. So, the plane is trimmed out and flying really great. It's been quite an achievement. A lot of work. I've gained a lot of experience being in the hobby now for 3 years. By overcoming...Continue Reading
I had 2 flights on the AT-6 tonight. They were the first flights with the plane on the new DX6 radio so there was some trimming taking place. It's a tough plane to get off the ground and the 3rd flight attempt failed on take off. The plane snap rolled to the left and cartwheeled in. Broke the prop. When I got it home and on the bench I noticed it pushed the shaft on the motor in by about a 1/4". So, I had to tear it done and take the motor off. Then, when I got it put back together I noticed the cowl and motor mount had shifted. The motor actually had an up-tilt to it. Not good. I was lucky enough that I could "pop" the cowl forward from the top and then glue some balsa in to maintain the proper down tilt. This plane had received a bunch of modifications in the cowl and with the motor mount. The CG from the factory is waay off. The plane needed a ton of weight in the short nose. The weight added makes the plane darn near impossible to get off the ground with the stock motor. I had created my own motor mount and remounted the motor nearly an inch forward from it's original placement. I also gave it more down thrust and more right thrust. It looked extreme but that is where it needed to be to get the plane to fly proper. So, having to mess with the cowl and motor mount AGAIN was frustrating. OH, and I had to push the landing gear forward, too. The retracts were a problem from the start. See attached pictures and then .... Fast forward to 4.22.17....
So, after purchasing a CX-10c as a christmas present for my father-in-law and then being shown a video of some FPV flying from an advert my friend shot, I thought "hey, that looks like fun!" There I was, a complete noob, looking for a way to get into this drone flying malarkey without any idea where I wanted to go. "Well, I don't want to be doing all those camera fly-bys, looks a bit sedate. How about that one where I pretend to be in the cockpit like the film Innerspace? Wossit called? FPS? Yes, defo called first person shooting quad flying."
So after failing miserably with a Google search I looked up drones for beginners. Beginner list after beginner list, the same model always popped up; the CX-10. This wasn't going as I had planned. The search continued into the early hours of the morning and then I happened across the X4 H107D+. This looked like the ticket." Wow, it had altitude control. Nah, I'm too expert for that, I've owned one of those RC micro helicopters, I'll be killing it!" With that incredible reasoning I found a good price for the less equipped H107D at a pricely £78.99 from a chinese site; "Banggood? *Beavis and Butthead laugh* Bang. Good". Infinite LOLs continued in my head.
Anyway, after a couple of weeks of running to the door like an excitable puppy every morning , waiting for the postman to arrive with my goods, Banggood came good. In a big white box adorned with a very professional looking Hubsan came a...Continue Reading
My home -- and flying field (a park) lie exactly nine-tenths (0.9) of a mile from the end of a small airport runway. The airport is the kind that is for business planes (very few jets), has an aviation history museum, and provides flying lessons using Cessnas and some helicopters. They regularly fly right over my field at about 500' up. I live just enough off-axis that at least I'm not in the approach, but I am living in the flight pattern.
Since my plane weighed more than 0.55 pounds -- about three pounds, I learned that I was obligated to register with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
So, to be a good citizen and an RC pilot on the "up-n-up" (ahem), I went online and registered with the FAA as a UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) pilot. Click on this link to get started. I paid my $5.00 and was issued an official registration number.
I printed out a "card" and put it in my wallet and wrote the local airport's phone number on it. I also printed out my name with the FAA#, laminated it with packing tape and taped it inside my plane's battery compartment.
A bit of apprehension came over me when I got ready to call the airport. I have been in hundreds of airports as a passenger to and from more than 50 countries and 47 states, but nothing matched this. I wasn't worried about being "bullied" by some rule-spewing legalist. However, I was worried about one thing -- being prevented from flying near my home on a field that is perfect for...Continue Reading
hello RC Groups comuinity i am new at this mabay someone
can answer my question? i want to buy a wl toys v913
brushless heli, but every site i try to order from is waiting
for restocking, my queston is if i buy a v913 stock heli can
i up grade by using a brushless motor, and a brushless esc
and can i use the original Receiver Board, or do i have to
change the Receiver Board to.
Posted by aben71 |
Yesterday @ 11:08 AM | 472 Views
After sitting at the bench for way too long I finally got around to ordering new motors for the Tarantula X6 and replaced the burnt out ones.I have the Eachine DVR03 on board for video recording,does a good job for that.Absolutely planning on future flight with this quadcopter and some fpv as well
Posted by Philbruce |
Yesterday @ 10:18 AM | 500 Views
This is a complete record of its thoughts from the moment the pilot lost control till the moment it ended lost in the dark jungle
Ah Ö ! Whatís happening? it thought.
Er, excuse me, what am I?
Why am I here? Whatís my purpose in life?
What do I mean by who am I?
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Good. Ooooh, itís getting quite strong. And hey, whatís about this whistling roaring sound going past what Iím suddenly going to call my canopy? Perhaps I can call that Ö wind! Is that a good name? Itíll do Ö perhaps I can find a better name for it later when Iíve found out what itís for. It must be something very important because there certainly seems to be a hell of a lot of it. Hey! Whatís this thing? This Ö letís call it a tail Ė yeah, tail. Hey! I can can really thrash it about pretty good canít I? Wow! Wow! That feels great! Doesnít seem to achieve very much but Iíll probably find out what itís for later on. Now Ė have I built up any coherent picture of things yet?
Never mind, hey, this is really exciting, so much to find out about, so much to look forward to, Iím quite dizzy with anticipation Ö
Or is it the wind?
There really is a lot of that now isnít it?
And wow! Hey! Whatís this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like Ö ow Ö ound Ö round Ö ground! Thatís it! Thatís a good name Ė ground!
Posted by NoobRc |
Yesterday @ 09:33 AM | 558 Views
This post covers some notes I made on maintaining gas set ups that other Noobs like me might find useful. Thanks to Neil (msgnfg) on RCG for sharing some ideas as well. I covered some specifics of a MXS 76 gas install in my previous blog post.
1. Throttle servo - takes careful effort to get right the first time. Really good to keep checking that the servo is firmly mounted, the ball links are secure with no slack on either end, and servo arm is not coming loose for any reason. Anecdotally, this appears to be the most frequent issue when gassers run into trouble of any kind - dead sticks, inconsistent idle, strange throttle response, etc.
2. Muffler - check both bolts at least after every few flights initially. If it is staying very solid, you don't need to keep checking. If it gets even a little bit loose after multiple flights after re-tightening - redo the install (polish with fine sandpaper, use high temp ATV, nordlocks if available, etc).
3. Fuel line - check no chafing where it exits firewall
4. Servo leads connected to ignition, BEC, and receiver.. triple check they are tight. I use tape to hold the servo leads to the receiver and ignition. So I can just quickly check that the tape is holding.
5. If using inline filter between tank and engine - make sure real tight.. (I add some tape to hold it solid)
6. Clunk and other lines - nothing loose (just replace after 2 seasons?)
7. If using pull -pull, check that no excessive wear and no excessive...Continue Reading