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Posted by xatled99 | Dec 16, 2019 @ 05:38 AM | 12,464 Views
i ended up getting a umx radian, cute little thing. i will need to set up a sim at some point for my son. we took a few memorable flights together this year. i managed to eke out the commercial written exam.
Posted by xatled99 | Jan 25, 2019 @ 10:43 PM | 3,065 Views
started the new year with a new job. rebooted the quest for the commercial ticket. after a few years out of the hobby, i've started to ease back in. keeping things on the low end for now with a stampede and an inductrix, umx whipit and/or radian to follow.
Posted by xatled99 | Nov 02, 2018 @ 06:08 PM | 3,097 Views
started the year training for the commercial but ended up buying a fullscale plane. so it goes.
Posted by xatled99 | Nov 02, 2017 @ 03:24 PM | 4,202 Views
came up with a nifty-to-me sdr application. spent a weekend implementing a software prototype and proving it out with a simulation.

our second son was born. he's been a joy.

picked up a thinkpad for netbsd for when the time comes to migrate from osx. even less time for tinkering remains; each day is a 16 hour marathon.

i've been taking my older son flying in the right seat. 5 is a great age.

no opportunities to use the part 107 cert presented themselves. i did finally get my instrument rating; maybe i will pursue the commercial next year.
Posted by xatled99 | Nov 03, 2016 @ 08:08 AM | 4,431 Views
after 40 laps around the sun, despite further lifestyle and diet improvements, the deterioration continues.

while the rc hangar remains empty, i did pick up a part 107 remote pilot cert. there may or may not be opportunities to use it.

sold off the sdr stuff. learned a bit about aero models, gnc, and meteorology.

bought in to a full scale 182 club. fewer total hours flown, but longer trips. 4yo son beginning to express an interest in flying. 4 is a great age.

there will be another child in the new year, so the next little while will be busy.
Posted by xatled99 | Dec 09, 2015 @ 08:36 PM | 5,343 Views
Sold the dji quad after not really flying it at all. Sold my trusty 7C tx. Failed to renew AMA and local club memberships. The rc hangar is empty for now, but I expect I will repopulate it when my son is old enough to get in to the hobby.

Finally pulled the trigger on an rpi2. Married it with an RTL-SDR and tossed stratux on it. Dug into the code a bit and made some improvements. Stood up netbsd, for the first time in over a decade. It's still neat and clean.

On the other hand, on track for 40 hours of fullscale flying this year. Took my mom flying, took my son flying, took my wife on a lunch date, made another trip from dc to ny. Considering further training in the new year.
Posted by xatled99 | Dec 06, 2014 @ 08:34 AM | 6,021 Views
two years of parenthood and two years at the new job went by quickly.

barely any rc flying this year. gave away the vector 850, picking up a dji quad just to have something to fly with minimal space/time requirements.

less fullscale flying than last year, but made a couple of noteworthy flights from dc to ny. learned more about airplanes themselves than about flying them. lots of numerology about the care and feeding of antique engines and old wives tales about how to clean acrylic windshields.

house and taxes and childcare consumed all time and money. free time is measured in hours per month.

more driving and less activity is beginning to take its toll on the body, although bp has improved, likely due to improvements to diet.
Posted by xatled99 | Aug 25, 2013 @ 05:52 PM | 7,096 Views
After a 9 month hiatus from rc, I finally maidened the Vector today.

Its first flight was almost its last due to making the amateurish mistake of reversed ailerons. I missed it on the preflight, but thankfully I was able to recover and ditch it in the weeds. I came in hot and downwind for my second landing, resulting in a minor cartwheel. No damage in either case aside from foam rash.

It flew fine on 2s 800mAh and it seemed like it would have decent endurance; 5 minutes of mixed flying only drained about 1/3 of the pack.

Like the Solo 1500, it wants you to keep up the airspeed, otherwise it will tuck under and spin. It felt like it could use a little more weight up front. WOT climbs were respectable and 50% cruise was plenty.

Vaguely considering standing up a cheap quad and/or another inverted v scratchbuild.
Posted by xatled99 | Jun 06, 2013 @ 08:12 PM | 6,751 Views
Between a new child and a new job, there hasn't been much free time for rc. With the time I do have, I've been opting to fly fullscale when the weather permits. So, some further downsizing is in order; I ordered a Vector 850 as a beater foamie that I can throw in the trunk. I had its big brother, the Solo 1500, last year, so I'm not expecting any surprises.
Posted by xatled99 | Dec 09, 2012 @ 09:40 AM | 7,221 Views
Ordered a long ez 46 from raidentech. The plan is to transplant the power system from the rv8.
Posted by xatled99 | Dec 02, 2012 @ 06:38 PM | 7,201 Views
After getting back into rc in 2007, I'd gone through five planes and five helicopters and sold them all in working order. This was not to be for the rv8. It threw a prop during a spin recovery. Too high for a normal upwind landing, but probably too low for a 360, I turned downwind to put it in the tall weeds. Things were looking good right up until a previously unseen PVC post jumped up and hit my plane, impacting the right wing at the root. The airframe is a goner but the electronics can be salvaged.
Posted by xatled99 | Oct 05, 2012 @ 09:57 PM | 7,608 Views
Put a few more packs through the rv8. Grass takeoffs were a non-event, even without flaps. Tried some slow flight, power off and power on stalls, and attempts at spin entries. Did some mild aerobatics just to keep the rust off. Tried an accelerated stall to the left and it snapped to the right, which was weird.

It flew fine with 4s 4000 and 4s 5000. Still need to calibrate the flight times and do some landings on pavement and some touch & gos.
Posted by xatled99 | Sep 25, 2012 @ 06:44 PM | 7,611 Views
Finally had a proper maiden of the rv8 with 4s 5000 and 10 (!) oz of ballast in the nose. The turnigy g25 710kv had plenty of power for scale/sport flying. If I had to do it over, I'd probably go for a 6s setup. Taxiing in the grass was a breeze. Half flap takeoffs were easy and full flap low passes were gorgeous. Soft field landings were a non-event.
Posted by xatled99 | Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:32 AM | 8,428 Views
Almost done, just need to put the servos in the wings and loctite everything.

4s 4000
turnigy g25 710kv
turnigy dlux 40A esc
apc-e 13x6.5

There's a random loose part rattling around inside one of the elevator halves. Bad QA. Not crazy about the elevator pushrods, either; they bind a bit in the guides. I would have preferred one mini servo on each side driving each elevator half. The pull-pull cabling on the rudder is nice, though.
Posted by xatled99 | Aug 11, 2012 @ 08:11 AM | 7,866 Views
Sold off both of my fpv planes in June. Having a spotter was sensible, but the buddy box requirement was a deal breaker.

Sold my last remaining helicopter in July. She flew great, but 12s was too much of a hassle to preflight.

My son was born a couple of weeks ago, so I imagine there will be a little less time for rc and fullscale pursuits for a little while.

Ordered a Hangar 9 RV-8 as a scale flyer. Thinking about picking up a DLG as well. A stretched 500-size heli might also be nice, maybe an Atom 5.5.
Posted by xatled99 | May 20, 2012 @ 02:21 PM | 7,985 Views
I let a friend watch through the goggles while I flew LOS.

scratchbuilt rq7a shadow osd (7 min 51 sec)

Posted by xatled99 | May 17, 2012 @ 06:12 PM | 8,466 Views
Inspired by the real thing. Made out of coroplast, foamboard, and gorilla tape.
Posted by xatled99 | Apr 01, 2012 @ 03:10 PM | 8,328 Views
Posted by xatled99 | Mar 06, 2012 @ 09:29 PM | 8,423 Views
After four years, I sold my trusty 450 frankenbeater last night. The Logo will be sticking around for a little while longer.

My Solo 1500 took a week-long dirtnap due to FPV pilot error, but I got it back and have it mostly patched up. With any luck, it'll fly again this weekend.

Repairing the Solo 1500 gave me the itch to scratchbuild. I drew some inspiration from these:


I'm thinking of using some 3.5" square PVC as a fuselage and a fake cctv dome as a camera turret. I can probably source the tailbooms and tail feathers locally. Might get wings from http://www.flyingfoam.com/.
Posted by xatled99 | Jan 09, 2012 @ 10:30 AM | 8,380 Views
The first couple of weekends of 2012 have been rather warm. Maidened the BeastX Logo. It flew better after I switched to smaller tail blades and fiddled with the link geometry and pitch ranges. Fixed tracking and idleups as well.

In other news, the globalhawk showed up, and the bridgesky solo 1500 should be showing up shortly, so I can start building my FPV rig.