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Posted by Edge767 | May 29, 2013 @ 11:26 AM | 7,643 Views
The weather in South East Texas during the spring is usually windy, and this year has been no different. While the early mornings can sometimes yield for some nice flying, those mornings have been few and far in between in 2013. I know, I've heard it a hundred times or more: "A good pilot can fly in anything." No truer words may have been said, however, I would like to add, "But a great pilot knows when the risk outweighs the desire for some more stick time."

Like many of us here, I've got my stories of "I really should have known better" or "As soon as I got the plane off the ground, I knew I'd made a terrible mistake." I've been more fortunate than most, having been able to bring the planes down safely and with very little or no damage. The video evidence available on Youtube will provide one with countless hours of viewing pleasure (or horror depending on your view) of literally thousands of RC pilots who decided to fly in conditions that were too much for their plane and/or their skills.

I'm not a pattern pilot, nor am I capable of the really cool 3D maneuvers that the truly dedicated pilots can perform. I fully appreciate the people who have taught themselves those skills, and I stand in silent awe when I watch these folks fly their machines in ways I can't wrap my head around. Where these folks excel in their ability to perform either the really smooth and graceful patterns or the wild and impossible-looking 3D maneuvers,...Continue Reading
Posted by Edge767 | May 20, 2013 @ 02:13 PM | 5,672 Views
This is going to be a rant. I don't do these often, but this issue has been destroying what could be great threads on the forums, and I feel I have to speak out.

I don't understand why someone feels it's necessary to go into a thread about a new plane or even a thread about a plane that's been released for a while and post derogatory remarks based on brand preference. It boggles my mind. NOT ONCE have I ever thought, "You know, I had a bad experience with Brand X. I should go into a thread where the people who bought, fly, and enjoy that plane are commenting and sharing pictures and experiences and trash the plane, the manufacturer, and by proxy, everyone who flies that plane. What a grand idea."

I struggle trying to find the motivations for persons doing so. Some of the excuses I've seen are:
  • "I've had a bad experience with this brand once, so everything I ever buy from them ever again is going to be suspect."
  • "It's a free country. I'll say what I want."
  • "I say what I feel, good or bad."
  • "Brand X is overpriced compared to Brand Y. You get so much more with Brand Y. Why would anyone ever fly Brand X?"
  • "Nice try, Brand X, but Brand Y is less expensive."

You know what? I don't care. It's just plain rude, and I'm fairly certain that the vast majority of the offenders in this area would never do such a thing in person, yet the relative anonymity of the Internet allows them to fly off the cuff and insult others...Continue Reading
Posted by Edge767 | May 19, 2013 @ 10:15 AM | 6,244 Views
I am going to preface what I have to say by stating that I'm kind of an old timer in the hobby, having been flying for over 34 years. My opinions are shaped by my experiences and by what I've been taught over the years.

So, here goes: I have no problem with my scale aircraft flying with efficient, 2-bladed props. I know that a lot of purists want 100% scale, but I prefer the efficiency and performance versus a scale looking prop. While I'm flying, I can't tell whether it's a two, three, four, or even five bladed prop. While it's in the air, it's doing what I care about most: flying. While it's on the ground, it's pretty to look at, but that's secondary to its performance and appearance in the air.

I've had all sizes of planes, from ultra-micros to big planes, and they all perform better with two-bladed props. Why? It's because of the size of air molecules. The sizes of our planes are small, scaled down versions of the real things while the air molecules that the full-size planes fly through remains the same. That's why the airfoils on our scale planes are different at the smaller sizes. That's why a two-bladed prop out-performs the three, four, and five bladed props at the smaller sizes. The "fluid" our planes are performing in is much different from the "fluid" their full-scale counterparts are flying through.

I have seen people try to argue how the four-blade prop on their plane is "just as efficient" as the two-blade, or worse, how their...Continue Reading
Posted by Edge767 | May 17, 2013 @ 07:16 PM | 10,383 Views
I get asked at the club a lot about my Parkzone warbirds. I have most (if not all) Parkzone warbirds that have been released in the past three years, and I fly them at the club field. In order, here are the Parkzone warbirds that I would recommend.

P-47D This is, without question, the best warbird turned into an RC plane ever. It's almost as if the designers at Republic thought ahead. "When radio controlled aircraft are cheap and easy to produce, this design will be perfect for scale modeling." Indeed, the P-47 hits all the right points for a great RC plane: four-channel primary control (rudder/elevator/ailerons/throttle) as well as two options that complete this "full house" warbird: flaps and retracts. With the optional flaps and retracts, this plane is one of the best performing and easiest to land warbirds I've ever flown. The wide stance of the landing gear make it a dream for ground handling, although if operating from grass, a washer on the aft screws to add a little more forward rake might be necessary to combat nose-overs. Takeoffs and landings with the P-47 are straight forward, and with little practice, ground handling is easy and stable. In flight, the plane is stable, relatively fast, and very well mannered. While not a trainer, I would consider it to be a great tailwheel and aileron trainer for those moving from a Super Cub or T-28. The one down-side would be the silver color which can blend in to overcast skies a bit too well, but on a...Continue Reading
Posted by Edge767 | May 17, 2013 @ 03:12 PM | 10,953 Views
So, I excitedly made my way to the hobby store this afternoon and picked up a new receiver; the Spektrum AS3X AR635. This is a three-axis stabilization receiver, and I'm looking forward to testing it out in a few of my planes. The first plane I will put it into will be my PZ Extra 300. I saw just how awesome this receiver was with the Visionaire that I really want to try it out in the Extra. This spring has been windy here in Texas, and it's been keeping me grounded as the winds have been regularly exceeding my safe flight and comfort threshold. With the AS3X, that should increase the wind I can fly in safely and comfortably.

I have a few AS3X planes, but they are all ultra micros. My Beast 3D actually flies better in big winds than my bigger planes, so I know the system works as advertised. I can't wait to see how it works on the bigger plane!