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Posted by arnav | Jul 06, 2012 @ 09:42 AM | 4,518 Views
GWS Formosa II flying videos from July 4th. These are my 78th and 79th flights in RC ever (I started in January) so critique/suggestions are most welcome.

Rear facing camera view:

GWS Formosa II Aerobatics (Rear Facing View) (8 min 12 sec)

First flight of the day (forward facing view):

GWS Formosa II Aerobatics (9 min 34 sec)
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Posted by arnav | Jul 04, 2012 @ 10:04 PM | 5,053 Views
Cross posting an older video from YouTube....

I had 42 successful flights in this field so far with a Spektrum DX7s (which I love) and its AR8000 Rx. No issues whatsoever, not a glitch, no nothing. Flawless, I couldn't be happier. I also fly far and high (see my other videos). I even debunked the local Spektrum Myth with it (

I took the AR8000 out in favor of another Plane and put instead a HobbyKing Orange Rx with a satellite. I figured that just to be on the safe side and as an extra precaution I will add the Satellite as well (even tough it cost more than the Rx itself).

First pack of the day I lost a signal once. I ran towards the Plane and was able to regain control. I was willing to dismiss it as a fluke.

On the second flight I lost a signal again, regained control again, and of course at this point it was obvious something is not right. I brought the Plane even closer and did figure-8s right in front of me high above (say 100ft?). Lost a signal for 3rd time. There was no point running towards the Plane as it was close to me already. I tried to change the Tx position but nothing. The plane darted itself at 3/4 throttle from 100 ft or so (as you can see in the video).

- The TX Antenna was folded at 90 degrees.
- The main orange Rx was by the servos and the Satellite on the side of the fuse far from each other.
- I did a range check at home and at the field without an issue.

I don't have anything against HobbyKing. In fact I buy stuff from them all the time, but statistically it doesn't look good for the Orange Rx in my case (42 AR8000 flights without an issue vs. 1st Orange Rx crash). Perhaps, like they say "you get what you pay for."

The fuse is shattered and sliced in half to the end of the servo bay. Of course it can be glued back up (what else). Either way, I am ready for a break from it. Time to concentrate on a new build...

R/C Plane Crash (HobbyKing Orange Rx Fault?) (7 min 13 sec)

Posted by arnav | Jul 04, 2012 @ 09:59 PM | 4,673 Views
Cross posting older videos from YouTube.

Flight #39 of the FMS SkyTrainer @ Ives Estates Park, FL (wind 6 to 7mph).
I knew the field is going to be empty so i figured this will be a good time to experiment with regular photography (as oppose to the onboard mini-CAM one) without making a complete fool of myself (of course so much for that). I didn't know how much the Camera is going to be able to capture so decided to do fly-bys over the camera instead of trying to fly in its view. Was flying 6 to 15 feet off the ground at 3/4 Throttle out of view... The first flight of the day the Camera stopped recording so I only have the onboard footage (2nd video). The second flight the FPV Camera stopped recording (prob given the crash) so I only have ground camera view (first video). Shame, I wanted to have both for the same flight...
The Camera is a Canon T2i set to capture 1920x1080 @ 60fps. Even at 60fps the plane zooms by and blurry. I need to try a lower resolution perhaps next time. After 14 mins of those fly-bys between the two flights of course I got bored which is where I get into trouble... Without a Plan, I decided to make a loop in front of the camera (low to the ground) and a split second decision to go inverted as a continuous maneuver from the loop. Then of course I dumb-thumb it and pulled up instead of down... Disappointing considering how much time I have been spending inverted lately.
Oh well, all in a day of flying.

The plane is completely repairable (...Continue Reading
Posted by arnav | Jul 04, 2012 @ 09:50 PM | 4,576 Views
Cross posting an older video from YouTube.


So after 22 mostly successful flights in this hobby (and 2 or 3 minor crashes where I can blame external factors), here there is no one to blame but the Pilot...

After two weekends of flying high @ 15+ winds it was a beautiful day with around 4mph. I was practicing light aerobatics and doing low flybys (feeling confident given the lack of wind).

My mistake is clearly evident in the video.

Cowl pieces exploded all over. It was pretty hilarious. The ironic thing is that this is my favorite video to date.

I am not mad or disappointed. This is all my doing. I would do it all over again. It was one hell of a fun flight. I could have flown in circles in the sky, but I chose not to...

A friend on the ground said that the only reason I crashed is because I am bored with the Plane and trying to do things that were not meant to be done with it so maybe I need a step up...

R/C Cessna 182 Crash :( (9 min 24 sec)