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Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 29, 2009 @ 10:27 PM | 3,771 Views
I was reviewing some video of my BP Cub landing gear tests, and found some good shots of my son holding the plane with the gear in retract mode. Well, not exactly...more like destructo mode. The gear had separated from the aircraft due to the lack of shock absorbers. After I modified the cross supports, the gear began to stay affixed to the fuselage....success!

It's great. I have so much video, and so little time to edit at this point.
Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 22, 2009 @ 08:55 PM | 3,960 Views
Fedex 727 takeoff video from overhead LGA...real video!! (NOT fake flight sim screen capture.) (1 min 39 sec)

This is real aerial video footage of a FEDEX 727 departing LGA...from what is probably the ultimate AP platform.

Today was not a great day for R/C around these parts, so I broke out the old 8mm video cam, plugged it into my new pinnacle dazzle converter, and started looking for some old footage from the news chopper days. Flew with one in between jet jobs in the mid 90's. I have lots of video footage similar to this. There was no "youtube" back then, or these would have been posted a long time ago. The dazzle works great in converting old analog video into .avi files.

Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 22, 2009 @ 08:41 AM | 4,064 Views
Yesterday started out ok, but as the day went on, things started going downhill. Having had a stressful day with details of buying and selling houses and other pressures etc, I decided to take a mini vacation and bring the CG Cub out to the field for some fresh air and a renewal of mind, body and spirit! Conditions were hot and breezy, but otherwise a good looking day. I put the Cub together, installed the 5s5000 into the nose, range check, control check, ready for takeoff. Never left the ground. For some reason, (as a pilot I should never say "I dont know why that happened...." ) but still not sure why she cartwheeled down the runway after a short takeoff run, damaging the tail and the left wingtip. The airframe is fixable (at this moment its all repaired but the covering.) My ego however needs an overhaul.

As my late father would have said, we need to "keep it all in perspective." Good advice.

Then the kids came home from the beach and the thunderstorm onslaught began. The kids love to watch the radar and compare it to the real happenings outside. We got some amazing video of lightning and thunder last night...and not much sleep since the storms continued at 3am.

This morning, a new day THANK GOD, the first thing I saw when looking out the window searching for good flying weather was a huge rainbow...

Not sure if the weather outside will be conducive to flight, but today the conditions inside (between the ears) will be better......Continue Reading
Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 09, 2009 @ 06:09 PM | 4,550 Views
Found some great pictures of the airplane I fly, landing at a private South Florida airport this spring. I was at the controls, and the pix were taken by someone at our company.

Thought you all might enjoy looking at them. Have a great week of R/C flying, I'm off to work.

Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 08, 2009 @ 10:24 PM | 4,144 Views
Sometimes I get lucky with the camera... Some Top Flite 182 pictures as it flies through the sun. Was a wonderful summer evening at the field... ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 07, 2009 @ 07:23 AM | 3,887 Views
In trying to acheive a "fly along" camera perspective, I have tried a few basic design ideas. Bottom line is that vibration is the enemy. Wavey outlines at certain RPM's render most of the video useless, except for a few short sequences where the throttle was below half.

Here are a few more stills from last night's flight tests.
Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 06, 2009 @ 05:38 AM | 4,036 Views
Trying to achieve a fly-along view without including the crashing view to do this?

Here are some stills from my latest effort.

Video looks pretty good, but alot of turbulence yesterday made the video look pretty unstable. Today will try again....
Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 01, 2009 @ 05:32 AM | 3,662 Views
And here is a link to a movie I made with the F18 last fall.

Wringin' out the Yardbird R/C F-18 powered by Dualsky brushless motor. (2 min 58 sec)