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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 25, 2016 @ 11:49 AM | 28,711 Views
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I am so happy I had a hardy breakfast sandwich early this morning on the way to the Club. Conditions at 8:15am were winds light & variable, heat wave arriving fast, cloud cover clearing. I decided to go to the Club early to test out some mods I made over the weekend. First sortie was 32 min to test the mods, respectable. I am happy to report relocating the short antenna outside the fuselage (to achieve a 90 degree angle & separation to the long antenna) & relocating the long antenna away from the battery & motor to the back of the fuselage significantly reduced the Frame Losses / Fades to around 2 +/- per minute of flight time. I am going to estimated they were reduced to 40% of the stock configuration. I find this an acceptable range. One observation is, with straight glides across the field I was getting less & when circling in a thermal I was getting more. The expanded Black on the under wing worked great. At altitude the Yellow showed up more like a dirty white. So I had the contrast of three colors: black, dirty white & white. The Flight Logger worked as designed. The different elevator modes on the Flap switch exceeded my expectations.

One of the mods I made was to give the elevator some additional up mechanical trim. Now mind you, I like to have some down elevator control in flight mode 0-B, this causes the other too flight modes to pitch down, so it is fine balance of the performance I want, finding the sweet spot (
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 19, 2016 @ 02:15 PM | 27,606 Views
Living in the Age of Airplanes — Official Trailer #2 — Narrated by Harrison Ford (1 min 33 sec)

Have you seen "Living in the Age of Airplanes"? I have been wanting to see this film for as long as it has been released. In October 2016 it will be released on DVD. I have reserved two DVD's.

Will I be disappointed or will I enjoy it?

if interested, click here to reserve your copy =>

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 15, 2016 @ 01:27 PM | 30,820 Views

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I am a $100 plane type of guy. So if someone wants to market a BNF plane with battery, car lighter charger, and all the electronics, including gyro, accelerometers & a computer programed fly-by-wire system for under $130, I am in. It’s just too much plane not to have the experience.

Wingspan: 59.0 in (1500mm)
Wing Area: 405 sq in (26.1 sq dm)
Flying Weight: 20.5 oz (580g)
Material: Z-Foam
Motor Size: 370 brushless outrunner
Recommended Motor Battery: 1300mAh 2S

Today was the maiden of my Conscendo S glider. Conditions were winds light & variable, cloudy, no turbulence, no lift, mid 80’sF. First flight was just try out the three flight modes & check the CG & trim. All was perfect. Second flight was to test the glide path & battery duration. I ended up with a 4 ½ minute battery run & 27 minute flight. Not bad in these conditions. I also love the Rx has Telemetry. For now I'll confirm is will transmit Frame Losses & Holds. The Rx has two antennas, one long located in the front of the fuselage & one short by the Rx. For best performance, make sure the short antenna is at a 90 degree angle to the long when you replace the cover.

What I learned when flying in these conditions is one can hold the elevator stick all the way back (in flight mode 0 – stabilized) & the angle of attack will increase giving it a slower speed & more lift or longer glide path. This works in mode 0 as the Elevator Stick gains
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 08, 2016 @ 01:52 PM | 27,869 Views

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I am on my second Wltoys V222 2.4G 6-Axis RC Quadcopter. After the first one crashed one too many times & I could not repair it, I decided I would look for an alternate. Time passed & I found myself longing for the V222. I finally broke down & ordered my second one. It has brought me much joy in the ensuing months. I fly the V222 mostly during the Dusk hours. I fly during the day to test different flight plans & maneuvers.

What I love the most of the V222 are the LED lights. The LED are great. The two front white lights & rear red lights help in orientation, day or night. The solid & flashing bottom lights look beautiful during the hours of dusk.

So after some hard learning flights with my first V222, here are my thoughts:

- Some have reported problem with the range of the RTF Tx. I have never had any. At times I like to fly far or high. Now mind you, the RTF Tx only has a single antenna so it is very important when flying far away or high to hold the Tx antenna at a 90 degree to the Quad. Pointing the Tx antenna at the Quad gives you the lowest range.

- The range & function of the LED is exceptional.

- I found out the hard way you can turn the LED off at the Tx, so make sure you know which button Not to touch during night flights.

- The Quad comes with a camera & optional accessories. I have tried them & they are not for me. I find their utility to be marginal. I also bought an adapter to use my regular charger so I can discharge
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 05, 2016 @ 12:27 PM | 32,402 Views
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This year I attended the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum & “History of Flight Air Show” held in Red Hook / Rhinebeck, New York, USA.

The Old Rhinebeck Museum has one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, as well as automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia spanning the period from 1900-1939. The air shows run every weekend June through October, weather permitting.

Too many photos for one blog, so I decided to make it a 2 part blog:
Part I – Museum Motorcycles, cars, engines & planes
Part II – Air Show & cars

Before you see the pictures, see if you can answer this question
“How did Charles Limburg see what was ahead of him in the Spirit of St. Louis?”
I am still shaking my head in disbelief. The answer is at the end of the blog.

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