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Nov 16, 2007, 05:31 AM
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Blade balancing 4 U


So $30 & 1 week later, the scale arrived for blade balancing. Had .3g of imbalance. Did balancing improve vibration? Of course not. Now we're down to straightening the shaft, probably not possible beyond its current straightness.

Now some useful weights.

Canon TX1 + shock absorbing mount: 12.72oz
Canon TX1 + nose mount: 10.54oz
Aiptek + nose mount: 2.23oz
3.3Ah cube battery (MaxAmp): 9.07oz
3.3Ah rectangle battery (Hyperion): 9.49oz

Now a word from Mike Fouche himself:
> We first experimented with a Garmin GPS unit with a 1Hz update rate.
> We learned - the hard way - that it really had a 1/2 Hertz update rate
> (updated once per second but the data lagged by 2 seconds). Since we've
> gone to the Novatel OEM4-G2 GPS boards (20 Hz update rate) our
> navigation screams.

So it's a kind of miracle to be flying on 1Hz GPS at all and further work on it is a waste of time. After 2 days of stable air between storms, strong winds are forecast indefinitely now as the Aleutian low has finally arrived for the Winter.
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