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Posted by pittsartist | Sep 05, 2017 @ 04:42 AM | 1,141 Views
IMG_4505 by WIGY TV, on Flickr
Posted by pittsartist | Aug 21, 2017 @ 11:38 AM | 2,324 Views
10 days to go until the nationals ...... here's yesterdays practice session.

3 Cameras, Synced to first wing rock then edited by switching between them along an unadjusted time line. Fairly happy, Just need to watch out for the 1000' minimum altitude, there's a second or two at 900' near the end

20th August Int Free Known Practice (4 min 12 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Jun 06, 2017 @ 04:57 PM | 2,556 Views
Last weeks film making project. Boats, drones & planes ... it's all in there !

"The River" (3 min 12 sec)


Hope you like it
Posted by pittsartist | May 23, 2017 @ 04:41 AM | 3,152 Views
Trying to get all "Arty" with my Iphone

... Still, not bad results methinks. At least the light and clouds were helping for once.

Here comes Summer !

https://flic.kr/s/aHskXkgsVd
Posted by pittsartist | May 06, 2017 @ 09:18 AM | 3,809 Views
The logbook entry I've always dreamed of making

Untitled by WIGY TV, on Flickr

And it was worth every minute of the wait
Posted by pittsartist | Feb 07, 2017 @ 05:26 AM | 3,734 Views
86g RTF excluding battery. I'm happy with that !

http://flic.kr/p/RJ7CLR

https://flic.kr/p/RJ7CJX

Only finished Sunday so yet to test fly - hopefully next Tuesday evening !
Posted by pittsartist | Jan 25, 2017 @ 01:14 PM | 3,868 Views
A lifetime RC modeller talks about state of the art fullsize design - interesting stuff !

GB1 GameBirdWhy do modern aerobatic aircraft look the way they do?With an RC model, you´ve got endless options: engine, size, weight, shapes, all can be as you want. It takes an idea, some work and off you go. Best way to learn and to try new things.Model aerobatics are clearly leading the way, at least in Freestyle.Add people to flying machines, and the amount of options for designers gets less:There are pretty much only 2 engines to choose from if the machine is supposed to have sufficient performance for unlimited competition (Lycoming AEIO 580 and M14 radial).Persons require space, add weight and come in all shapes and sizes (but pay, so make sure they feel comfortable sitting in the airplane!) Cockpit design and ergonomics and engine choice are pretty much the starting point. Once you´ve decided how many people (one or two) should be propelled through the box by which engine, the rest is a matter of how many you want to sell and to whom, size of the development budget, plus talent, experience and persistence.It is also important to make sure the design can be produced economically and that the design meets whatever regulations apply so that it may legally fly.I’ve been working at Game Composites the last two and a half years. At Game Composites I have the privilege of working with the best team I could wish for. Building the team is one of the key factors to make such a long and...Continue Reading
Posted by pittsartist | Nov 23, 2016 @ 11:10 AM | 3,564 Views
Time Flys 2016 (3 min 28 sec)


2016 crammed into 3 1/2 minutes. Hope you like the film
Posted by pittsartist | Feb 19, 2016 @ 04:05 PM | 4,384 Views
Here's a video from last Friday - taking a "1st timer" for an aeros ride in a Pitts. He's wearing my headset / headcam setup in the front seat. All preflight checks OK we launch and climb to 3500' just North of the airfield. Final pre aerobatic check is to roll inverted and check oil pressure / fuel systems and no loose objects.

It did not go to plan ..............


Oily (5 min 4 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Jan 31, 2016 @ 03:13 PM | 4,895 Views
I've been trying to improve my flick roll technique of late. Every so often I hit a good one - but it's not consistent. Soooo, I've made a little film to help reinforce what it should look like to help me remember.

The current "recipe" is

-Set full power and climb 45 deg to drop airspeed to 85mph
-Level off and allow to accelerate to 100mph
-Rapid tug of up elevator to give about 2.5g,
-At the exact moment the G peaks bang in about 70% left rudder
-When the aeroplane "breaks" Unload to 80% fwd stick / 70% left aileron
-Keep the rudder in until 3/4 complete (I often fail here !)
-Change feet, then , a little more fwd stick (like a mini punch) then back to neutral to stop

This is what it looks like. (still slightly over rotated and a slight L/H heading change - but at least there's a fair "snap" to the rotation)


Flickroll Analysis (0 min 42 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Jan 29, 2016 @ 05:49 PM | 4,912 Views
Just realised I never posted this 'Vid. Much the same as the last one - you can hopefully see a little progression in technique since this earlier flight. I loved the bit at the end swooping through the clouds - the RV is great for this - so fast

Vans RV-6 Aerobatics and some Cloudbusting (6 min 51 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Jan 29, 2016 @ 05:38 PM | 4,851 Views
A nice day just after finishing work ready for Christmas. Not much of an Edit - just add a little music and watch "as is"

I'm gradually exploring flying the RV inverted. Nothing had fallen off and it's kept running so far. Actually, it's better inverted than I thought it would be - not much fwd stick and although I loose a little height it seems to fly along quite nicely at about 170mph inverted.

Hope you like it.

RV-6 Aerobatics 20 12 2015 (5 min 44 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Nov 17, 2015 @ 02:34 PM | 5,033 Views
Well, yet again it's that time of year.

2015 has been fantastic for me. My first visit to Oshkosh, my first complete aircraft build finished (and flown). Numerous "once in a lifetime" views of the world from the air, 6 or 7 films (I even seem to have finally seem gotten to grips with Premier Elements at long last !)

Anyway, here it is - 150 flying hours shoe horned into 4 minutes

I really do hope you enjoy watching it

Time Flys 2015 - An aviators yearbook (4 min 17 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Oct 15, 2015 @ 05:43 PM | 5,341 Views
A young chap I met at the UK R/C Nats a year or two back is now doing a media course and needed to make a mini documentary as a course assignment.

Here's the result. Hopefully worth a watch for a few minutes.

(how many of you can identify with the "plane on a stick" comments ? ..... can't believe I was the only one )

The Dream | A Pitts Artist (11 min 3 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Sep 29, 2015 @ 11:45 AM | 5,030 Views
A re edit of my last film - some colour correction and re editing to make it was watchable as possible rather than just a "holiday" video

Hope you like it

Dragon Lands (3 min 26 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Sep 16, 2015 @ 05:03 AM | 5,333 Views
A quick film of our annual "Pitts Artists" expedition. This year it was to Swansea.

There's 2 x S1-S, 1 X S1-T and Eagle and a Cub (The Cap 232 went Tec with brake issues).

Taken the weekend after our BMFA R/C nationals here in the England, there's a fairly "chilled" vibe for 3 mins 43 sec.

Hope you like it

The Pitts Artists do Wales 2015 (3 min 43 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Aug 11, 2015 @ 02:29 PM | 5,146 Views
There's a password - "RC"

Air 2 Air (3 min 12 sec)


Shame it was not a smoother day - but we managed to stay within the safety brief and got the fullsize in shot every pass.

Trust me, it's much harder than it looks for the R/C pilot, mainly due to timing the pass and getting in the right place at the right time when you can't look at both aircraft at once.

the R/C camera ship was a multiplex Easystar with a gopro on the front, not that i'd want to test it - but probably not enough to cause serious damage to the RV in a collision.
Posted by pittsartist | Jul 20, 2015 @ 07:24 AM | 5,017 Views
After (and before) .......


Dramatic moment a Spitfire lands without any wheels. (0 min 57 sec)




Spitfire at Sibson V4 (4 min 18 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by pittsartist | Jul 15, 2015 @ 06:06 AM | 4,942 Views
First ever spin of this (new) aeroplane.

Could well be the last as this type is not cleared for intentional spinning here in the UK

Many thanks to my test pilot. Looks tame on a computer, but in reality you need BIG balls (or a small brain )to do this

RV-6 Spin testing (0 min 22 sec)


(PS - before anyone says it, "Zero" for the flicked spin entry, and don't you love how the ipad keeps trying to flip rightside up !)
Posted by pittsartist | Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:35 AM | 5,857 Views
A quick 1m 50s ride along with a Pitts formation last Monday

Hope you like it

Low Trail ......... A Pitts formation flight (2 min 7 sec)