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Posted by GBLynden | Jan 21, 2013 @ 01:32 AM | 3,319 Views
So I had quite the adventure today. Even though common sense would say not to try to take the Champ up 1,000 feet plus on a windy day, I did it anyway.

I took off into the wind and circled to gain elevation. I had it pretty close to full throttle fighting the wind and trying to get up there quickly while my buddy's Bixlar had enough battery to get up there and confirm. It was way too high and too small for the range finder, which is why we need him to confirm.

I took it up and 500 feet was confirmed, then 650, then 800, then 900, then I am not sure exactly what height you are, but it is closer to 1,100 than it is 1,000. All the while it was drifting away from me and got to the point there I couldn't see which direction I was heading to bring it back.

I ending up using some down elevator to get it close to me as quickly as I could in an attempt to make it so I could get it back. At one point I was thinking that the speck (my Champ) was going to disappear and be lost forever. Luckily, the going lower fast plan worked out and I was able to fly it back, do a victory loop with what was left of the battery and land it as I hit LVC.

The guys I fly with aren't typically impressed with micro planes at all, but they were pretty thrilled about that accomplishment that I had with the Champ/DX6i combo.

There may also be some video of it soaring above the Bixler, but it might be a bit before that footage can be verified. My friend's computer has been having a lot of issues lately and is on the DL.

GB
Posted by GBLynden | Jan 21, 2013 @ 12:49 AM | 3,347 Views
I was lucky enough to witness some amazing flying with some nice birds today. My buddies in their Bixler's were flying FPV while the Corsair pilot was operating normally.

Parkzone F4U Corsair and Two Hobby King Bixler's Flying in Formation (2 min 28 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Jan 20, 2013 @ 01:17 AM | 3,527 Views
I am getting better in a small space with this little thing!

Fun with the Mini Vapor (0 min 49 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Jan 14, 2013 @ 04:18 AM | 3,335 Views
Here my friend shows his scratch built tri-copter doing tricks.

Tri-Copter Does Flips and Rockets into Sky! (1 min 19 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Jan 13, 2013 @ 03:30 PM | 3,316 Views
This is the flight without the canopy right after that crash with no repairs! When it landed, I noticed the front was bent up. I may get some flights in today depending on how the Seahawks game goes:

RC F-18 Low Passes (2 min 33 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Jan 13, 2013 @ 03:42 AM | 3,527 Views
My friend hand launched it and........well, watch the video.

RC F-18 Jet Crash (0 min 39 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Jan 12, 2013 @ 11:51 PM | 3,496 Views
I flew this way to show my buddy what one of these things can do at a less advanced skill level. Lots of fun and not that hard once you know how to fly a trainer.

Parkzone Pole Cat Stunts and Crash (2 min 38 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Jan 12, 2013 @ 02:21 AM | 3,580 Views
My Parkzone Wildcat and I having some fun!

Longest Parkzone F4F Wildcat Parkflyer Flight So Far! (3 min 47 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Jan 12, 2013 @ 12:21 AM | 3,514 Views
Hey guys!

I am still learning the art of flying and each time out I do better and better. Here is the first video of my flying today and it has to be my best with this F-18 EDF.

Best RC F-18 64mm EDF Flight So Far! (2 min 13 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Jan 11, 2013 @ 10:48 PM | 3,525 Views
This guy is friends with my flying buddy and he decided to do some tricks. He later got crazy close to my flying buddy's Bixler.

Crazy Pilot Stunt Flying Over RC Field (0 min 25 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Jan 11, 2013 @ 08:39 PM | 3,417 Views
I am just enjoying the last flight of the day here with my Banana Hobby F-18 Super Hornet. Please excuse the landing lol

RC F-18 Super Hornet Quick Flight at Dusk. (1 min 27 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Jan 04, 2013 @ 03:59 AM | 3,579 Views
Each flight made it easier and easier to fly this little thing. I normally post my better flying, but this isn't that kind of quality lol

Mini Vapor Maiden (0 min 55 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Dec 18, 2012 @ 05:56 PM | 4,125 Views
My first flight ended in a messy crash. This was my second flight after making some adjustments:

Parkzone F4F Wildcat (3 min 29 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Oct 31, 2012 @ 02:15 AM | 4,018 Views
I decided to test my skills a bit and try not to injure any of my plants in the process.

Watch the video to see how I did

My Blade MCX2 in the GBLynden Jungle! (2 min 20 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Oct 28, 2012 @ 06:48 AM | 3,876 Views
Hey everyone,

This video clip shows the Parkzone F4F Wildcat's motor in action slowly building up to about half throttle before I stopped it. It was about to fly off the bed if I didn't!

Parkzone F4F Wildcat (0 min 12 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Oct 27, 2012 @ 07:00 PM | 3,929 Views
I am not happy that the daylight is getting shorter and that the winds have picked up as the weather transitions into late Fall in Western Washington.

To combat this, I am dusting off my nice little MCX2 heli to have some fun flying in the comfort of my home. The video below shows the first of many I plan to record.

Enjoy!

Messing around with my Blade MCX2 Helicopter (1 min 5 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Oct 27, 2012 @ 05:14 AM | 4,039 Views
I recently became an active user of YouTube. I posted a few workout videos a while back while I was doing my rehab after a car accident messed up my neck and back. Needless to say, the complexion of my YouTube account has changed a lot recently and has exploded with growth.

Here is my best RC video to date:

My 64mm EDF F-18 Superhornet Jet with Blue Angel paint. (2 min 34 sec)

http://youtube.com/GBLynden is my channel
Posted by GBLynden | Aug 28, 2012 @ 02:20 AM | 4,067 Views
After about a year and a half years of flying my micros in the wind, here are some basic tips for those who are brand new to this great hobby!

- Make sure to trim your plane and make sure the CG (center of gravity) is dialed in. Since wind can cause this light little planes to do abnormal things, having this baseline down is huge for fun in the wind instead of disappointment.
- Ease into flying in the wind. Continue to slowly push your comfort level as you skills improve.
- Do not fly in gusty wind until you feel like you are an expert flyer in the wind.
- Climb to a manageable altitude as quickly as you can. That will ensure you some wiggle room when the wind pulls your plane in a direction you don't expect. (this is probably the most important of the tips when actually in the air)
- Some guys like to add a little weight to the nose of their plane to give it more weight to help fight the wind.
- Relax! When you are tense, you are less likely to respond dynamically and not over correct.
- Pay attention to the direction the wind is blowing and use it to your advantage. Always land into the wind and try not to stall it too early.

I just came in from successfully flying both my T-28 and Pole Cat in winds I doubted they would ever be able to handle and have a big smile on my face.