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Nov 07, 2009, 11:00 AM
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Prairie Bird 50 & Airtronics 2.4Ghz

Well it has been a while since I've blogged. Airtronics 2.4Ghz has made me a very happy person. I've a excellent place to fly sailplanes (and others) but it gets hits on 72Mhz, multiple channels so flying there has been out of the picture unfortunately.

I have an Airtronics RDS8000 (New for $50 !!) and an Airtronics SD-10G. I took my trusty Pico Tiger Moth and changed out the 72Mhz receiver for 2.4Ghz. And, it flew without any hits ... smooth and solid at that nice flying site.

I have a Peck Polymers Prairie Bird 50 (56" w.s.) that I built a few years ago (pic below). It originally had a hot 540 brushed, geared, car motor in it. It flew O.K. but was fairly noisy. I recently equipped it with an AXI 2814/10, E-Flite 40A ESC, a Graupner Slim CAM 9x5 prop, and an Airtronics 92824 2.4Ghz RX. It flew great.. smooth and NO hits. It has a light wing loading and confirmed good thermal activity at that nice flying site. The AXI 2814/10 isn't ideal for the Prairie Bird (too high a KV rating..... my mistake).

As I said above, "Airtronics 2.4Ghz has made me a very happy person."... yeah!!

All for now.
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Nov 12, 2009, 08:29 PM
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nice looking floater

Robert- The weather must be perfect for your "flying time" of the year. I have been only flying a little, and too wiped out from my 2/3's paperwork job to write at all. Need an economical car with all the traveling, and ended up spending an inordinate amount of time on the Saturn-not worth the 40 mpg.
Don't know if i'll ever get the flash to fly right again, but the stick 40 is real solid with 10 minute flights on A123,s; winter project will be making a semi-symetrical wing for it. Sounds like your doing okay- take care, jim

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