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Posted by rclad | Jun 18, 2019 @ 12:06 AM | 2,250 Views
Air Masters RC Airfield
North Bend, OH
Friday, June 14, 2019


Hang on for a fun ride! I was flying my best inside/outside loop yet, with a 2 of 4 point roll at top, when things went horribly wrong.

IMAC Practice Flight - Intermediate Sequence - June 14, 2019 (10 min 15 sec)

Posted by rclad | Jun 16, 2019 @ 01:43 PM | 1,461 Views
Air Masters RC Airfield
North Bend, OH
Friday, June 14, 2019


It was a windy day - 30 degree crosswind at 15 mph - but I wanted to try out a second camera on my EF 95" Extra 330SC-E. This one was taped to the top of the canopy facing the tail.

This was the fourth flight of the day, the third with cameras. It wasn't my best sequence work - the negative snaps exiting the P Loop were both off - but it was the only flight that I remembered to clean the splattered bugs off the canopy before takeoff!

These videos help me spot all of my errors that I miss from the ground.

IMAC 2019 Intermediate Practice - June 14 (10 min 7 sec)

Posted by rclad | Jun 08, 2019 @ 08:31 PM | 1,359 Views
#IAmIMAC

Our club had an aerobatics primer today, and Ray, the Unlimited IMAC pilot who put it on, challenged me to try a 360 degree turn with four rolls to the inside. I usually decline the challenge to try something new with my plane, saying I'd like to try it on the simulator first. For some reason today I simply said, "OK."

This isn't the first time Ray nudged me out of my comfort zone. Just when I get comfortable with my current aerobatic skills he asks me to try something different: a slower aileron roll, or opposite aileron rolls back to back, or a snap roll in the opposite direction from how I normally do them, or a tailslide.

I've been flying scale aerobatics for almost three years now, and Ray has been a great mentor. He has given me the confidence to move up to a more difficult class every year, from Basic to Sportsman, and now Intermediate. The Intermediate class introduces the roller, but it's only a 90 degree turn with one roll to the inside. I practiced it many times on the simulator before I ever attempted one with my plane. Today, having flown the 90 degree roller more than a hundred times with my 95" EF Extra 330, I was finally getting comfortable with the maneuver. When I executed a near perfect roller on the first flight today (after three attempts), Ray must have been thinking of a new challenge for me.

After landing, replacing batteries, and pushing my plane back to the runway, he said, in his usual direct and nonchalant...Continue Reading
Posted by rclad | Jun 05, 2019 @ 11:20 PM | 1,202 Views
A rain soaked field threatens to rip off the gear of the 43% giants. See the latest entry in my IMAC log here.
Posted by rclad | Jun 05, 2019 @ 10:16 PM | 1,176 Views
More 20+ mph winds! See the latest entry in my IMAC log here.