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Sep 01, 2018, 10:53 AM
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Yes I did. Came up two minutes short of a three hour thermal flight with my Art Hobby Endura.
3 hours I've never been able to do something like that. How in the world do you manage your bladder


Might have to bust out the Gentle Lady today; there are vultures circling as I look out at my flight field right now Gentle breeze, circling birds, what more could you ask for?
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Sep 01, 2018, 07:38 PM
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I was flying my Radian Pro in some very windy/gusty conditions this morning at our club's ALES contest. The weather prognosticators were calling for 30-35 km/hr winds which would have been nutz! Instead, we had 16-25 km/hr winds. The only way I could rack up some time, was to try and stay forward of the flight line with the bird facing into the wind. It just hovered there.....barely moving. When I turned it down wind it was gone in a flash and I ended up landing waaaaay down the field. For a subsequent attempt, I actually flew it facing the wind and it slowly moved backwards and downwards.......just hovering until I got near the landing tape. After three attempts, I packed it in.....nuf is a nuf! Other more experienced members managed to adjust to the conditions and racked up some impressive scores!

Cheers!
Lyle
Sep 02, 2018, 02:49 PM
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Flew the ancient Mirage electrified RES today. Lots of change in wind and thermal directions today.
Did a few turns with my red tailed flying buddy.
Had to use my spoilers to dethermalize a few times.

The Mirage and the Introduction are very similar. They both can do 360's on their own axis in rising air.
The Mirage is better for wind penetration; it does pretty good for such a light weight bird.

Craig
Sep 05, 2018, 09:26 PM
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Sun Bird


flew my Sun Bird 60" caught a lot of bubbles and one short thermal FUN. I had made some repairs and now have it dialed back in again
Sep 06, 2018, 02:31 PM
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Don't be a "Prop Cheapskate"


Flew my Mirage today, big thermals, big altitude gains, one scarry long downdraft.

But near the end of the last climbout at about 250 ft I heard a very loud explosion from my plane.

Luckily I had full control and landed ok. But it was only my patented rear canopy hold-down that saved me.

Upon landing, the front of the canopy was raised about 1.5 inches with the Lipo partially hanging out of the front..
Two dowels that hold the front of the canopy through the firewall were torn off.

But the rear hold-down held; it is a 1/32" piano wire running from one side of the canopy, through a small tube glued to the full width of the fuse, and out the other side of the canopy.

The explosion was caused by a super cheap 9-5 prop.
I am going back to Graupner CAM props and I have found a place to buy them at a good price.

By the way, the plane is resting on a bag of "Nearly Naked Popcornopolis Popcorn, very delicious low calorie popcorn.

So, don't be a Prop Cheapskate or this could happen to you.

Craig
Sep 06, 2018, 03:52 PM
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Craig,

Something we all experience if in the hobby long enough. I always hate walking toward my plane when I know something bad has happened. Takes some courage to look.

The Mirage repairable? You seem pretty fond of that bird so I think you'll invest the time. Good luck. I lost an aileron servo last week but had plenty of control to land safely. New ones already in. I always replace in pairs especially on ailerons.

I was out with my AH Avatar and Fidelity today. Winds way too weird with not even an airborne vulture and nothing to ride on so I packed it in early. Still learning the Avatar.

Dave
Sep 06, 2018, 04:16 PM
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Craig,

Something we all experience if in the hobby long enough. I always hate walking toward my plane when I know something bad has happened. Takes some courage to look.

The Mirage repairable? You seem pretty fond of that bird so I think you'll invest the time. Good luck. I lost an aileron servo last week but had plenty of control to land safely. New ones already in. I always replace in pairs especially on ailerons.

I was out with my AH Avatar and Fidelity today. Winds way too weird with not even an airborne vulture and nothing to ride on so I packed it in early. Still learning the Avatar.

Dave
Hi, Dave:

As for my Mirage, there is almost no damage; just glue two new dowels into front of the canopy. The shaft of this old $13 motor is still true.
Yes, I do have fondness for the Mirage, hundreds of hours and lots of nice flying with the raptors.

I am still learning to safely fly my new Arthobby Odyssey. I have to watch it closely like no other plane because it flies faster than I am used to and the skies here are usually solid blue. I know I will love the plane; she has already done some good thermaling. I am just shy of letting it get too high and small because my only buddies are raptors.

Best of luck
Craig
Sep 06, 2018, 06:13 PM
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Hi, Dave:

As for my Mirage, there is almost no damage; just glue two new dowels into front of the canopy. The shaft of this old $13 motor is still true.
Yes, I do have fondness for the Mirage, hundreds of hours and lots of nice flying with the raptors.

I am still learning to safely fly my new Arthobby Odyssey. I have to watch it closely like no other plane because it flies faster than I am used to and the skies here are usually solid blue. I know I will love the plane; she has already done some good thermaling. I am just shy of letting it get too high and small because my only buddies are raptors.

Best of luck
Craig
From a Mirage to an Art Hobby, what a jump. My AH has a tendency to disappear at certain angles. Just have to trust it is set up properly and will reappear in a second or so. And yes a solid blue sky can be a problem.
Sep 06, 2018, 10:58 PM
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flew my Sun Bird 60" caught a lot of bubbles and one short thermal FUN. I had made some repairs and now have it dialed back in again
Is that the Hobby King Sun Bird? That was the first woody I built, and my first glider. Nice flying, but I never had great success thermalling with it; only once or twice actually had it thermal. I used it also for slope soaring on gentle wind days, which it performed well on.
Sep 07, 2018, 03:02 PM
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Flew my Mirage today, big thermals, big altitude gains, one scarry long downdraft.

But near the end of the last climbout at about 250 ft I heard a very loud explosion from my plane.

Luckily I had full control and landed ok. But it was only my patented rear canopy hold-down that saved me.

Upon landing, the front of the canopy was raised about 1.5 inches with the Lipo partially hanging out of the front..
Two dowels that hold the front of the canopy through the firewall were torn off.

But the rear hold-down held; it is a 1/32" piano wire running from one side of the canopy, through a small tube glued to the full width of the fuse, and out the other side of the canopy.

The explosion was caused by a super cheap 9-5 prop.
I am going back to Graupner CAM props and I have found a place to buy them at a good price.

By the way, the plane is resting on a bag of "Nearly Naked Popcornopolis Popcorn, very delicious low calorie popcorn.

So, don't be a Prop Cheapskate or this could happen to you.

Craig
Sorry to read that mate... but anyway you´re a lucky man... damage could be a lot more... one reason more to use Aeronaut props on all my e-sailplanes...
Best regards.
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Sep 07, 2018, 06:13 PM
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Thanks Heliflyer


Good job, Heli!!

I like this thread because people actually talk about flying. Since I am a "techno-nerd" at heart, I find it easy to be drawn into endless thoughts of technology and techniques that pull me away from the wonders of controlling a plane in flight. That wonder along with building endless rubber-powered kits on the kitchen table with my Dad and brother brought me to this hobby. And now the excitement of riding a little low-level bubble for 20 minutes like I was glued to the sky. The sweaty palms when I'm trying to work out of a plane-eater. So very good to hear the experiences of others - people who actually fly.

Took my AH 3.4m Avatar and 2.0m Fidelity out again. Early lift was fine but the cirrus clouds moved in escorted by our weird winds again. I think at least three levels from the ground up to over 500 feet and constant changes of direction. The old apparent wind direction versus direction at various altitudes. Exciting when I'm committed to a landing. I learned on hi-starts many years ago and I feel like I violate a personal rule if I hit the throttle and avoid the challenge of setting my ship down safely. All good landings even with today's winds. Four gorgeous ones and one semi-ugly. Like I tell my wife -- can't wait on the perfect day. I fly any time I can do it safely.

Keep the updates coming.

Pic below are the planes I was flying today.

Dave
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Sep 07, 2018, 10:55 PM
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Yeah Dave, these threads are always fun to read and see what other folks are doing, and aren't oriented around just one plane or another. For me, I get exposure into lots of other models, which is great because I have limited knowledge of everything that is out there.

My own flying covers the gamut, as perhaps you can surmise by my RCG name (Helifyler14), which I picked because I cut my teeth on helicopters. I now have heli's, power planks, slope soaring, and gliders. I love them all and try to rotate between them as I can. There is still something really relaxing with flying gliders, catching a thermal and being carried up, coming back down and repeating. Heli's are still a blast, but on the other end of the relaxation scale
Sep 08, 2018, 10:35 AM
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Another great thermal flying session today, mostly with the Multiplex Heron. Wonderful model with a great energy retention for a foamie and the buterfly braking is really a plus. Love it !

HeliFlyer14: to bring back the helis to the relaxation side of gliders try this :

https://www.horizonhobby.com/product...-s-rtf-blh2600

Yes, fixed pitch but an amazing flyer. Yours truly flying the little beast:
(2 min 41 sec)


Joao
Sep 08, 2018, 03:49 PM
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Rain for the next two days.
Sep 08, 2018, 08:10 PM
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Caught a big boomer today with the Radian & went too high. Lost sight of it twice and had to park the stick at the bottom left & spiral down. Ended up with a 20 minute flight. Up high I was fighting lift, down low I was fighting wind & ground turbulence.

Admittedly I don't have much to compare it to but this Radian amazes me how well it flies.


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