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By Nigel on Thursday, 27 December 2007 7:18 PM

Another good flight and again, uneventful.

It was a beautiful day for flying on Christmas day, a slight breeze, temperature in the mid to high twenties. 

Most of the time I was practicing left side in hovers.  I used the normal setting with the slower head speed as i was in a smaller area and find the heli a lot more docile.

Flight time was just over 8 minutes

Battery #2 took 1753ma to charge

By Nigel on Sunday, 23 December 2007 10:20 PM
Its funny... I get to the 50 flight milestone, and now my hands have gone jelly like LOL...

I spent most of the time in ST-1 (80% throttle), but switched back to normal mode when the wind picked up a bit.  I was just doing hovering, with some right side in, and a small amount of left side in.

I still get really nervous when the wind picks up a bit.  Specially if it is blustery, but it helps me to get used to having to make corrections all the time.  I must have the heli trimmed pretty...
By Nigel on Thursday, 20 December 2007 12:49 AM
Woohoo... Yay...  Flight #50 is reached, and completed (Just...)

I made the changes to the transmitter as i said i would in my previous entry (see table below)

Normal:   Throttle Curve:  0-70-80-inh-80 ST-1:   Throttle Curve:  0-70-80-inh-80   Expo:                  60% ST-2:   Throttle Curve:  0-77.5-100-inh-100   Expo:                  65%

I started off in Normal mode, then flipped to ST-1, hovered around for a bit - both left, right and tail in, before switching to ST-2.  I wanted to get as much time in ST-2 as possible to get used to the increased head speed and the extra control sensitivity that it brings.  I was doing well until I decided to do some side in hovering.  Right side in was ok, then i decided to switch to Left side in.  Again going well, until a puff of wind decided to try and tip the heli over.  I wasn't quick enough getting her back, and as i was only about 6 inches off the ground, the blades struck the cement (left some nice marks there too hehe)  Thankfully i was quick enough to hit the throttle hold switch, and she landed on her skids relatively unharmed.  I inspected, and just a slight grazing of the underside of the tips of the Align 325 Pro Carbon main blades was all the damage (phew).  Im sure if they were the Stock TT woodies they would have disintegrated. hehe.  I switched back to ST-1, regained myself, and then spooled her up again.  There were no vibrations, so another good thing.  I then flew the rest of the pack in ST-1.

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By Nigel on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 6:29 PM
Flight #49 under my belt

This pack lasted about 8mins ( i forgot to start the timer a couple of times LOL), and i flew most of it with the head speed sitting at 90% (ST-2), pitch set to 50-inh-70-inh-90, and expo set to 60% for aileron and elevator

Was uneventful, other than the blustery winds that were throwing the heli around, but otherwise was good fun.  I even managed...
By Nigel on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 10:35 AM
Another flight under my belt.

The changes that i made to the settings on my radio worked really well.  It was nice being able to try different setups, and then change back to the original one if i didn't like them.  The incresed head speed that i had setup for ST-2 was really noticable, but with the expo dialled in, was very controllable.  I am finding that i have to get my eye back in.  Right side in hovers aren't too bad, but i get really nervous when i try and do Left side in.  I just need...
By Nigel on Monday, 17 December 2007 8:29 AM
I was looking over my DX7 radio setup, as i wanted to re-configure it so that all three modes (normal, stunt1 and stunt2) have almost the same settings.  This way i would be able to make a change to stunt 1 and another change to stunt 2 to see if it helps, and if not, i could easily flick back to normal mode.  The main things i was thinking of changing is primarily head speed and expo.

This is when i discovered that i have been running with no expo in normal mode (LOL).  My settings have the...
By Nigel on Monday, 17 December 2007 8:14 AM
Well, i got another flight in the other evening.  No dramas, other than getting the skids hooked under the pipe that i use to empty the washing machine water over the back yard.

I reckon i got close the usual 7-8minutes of flight time, with just usual hovering, and some slow forward flight around the back yard.  Getting my nerve back again, even doing some right side in hovering.  I need to practice my left side in, as i am still not very comfortable with this, and then i can progress to front...
By Nigel on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 11:34 PM

I thought i would post a link to the video of my Mini-Titan in flight.  The vid is only about 20seconds long, but at least i can see her flying from a different angle

Link here: Mini-Titan Video

By Nigel on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 11:30 PM
I managed to get another flight in.  Wind was quite blustery and turbulent, which made it a nice challenge to keep the heli in the air.  Im still getting used to the extra sensitive controls.  I have even dialled in some additional expo - now up to 50% on aileron and elevator.  The twitchyness could be due to me not having flown for a while, and i've lost a bit of my skill (LOL)

Hopefully i will get some more time to get more flights in.  Im getting close to the 50 flight mark

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By Nigel on Monday, 3 December 2007 11:04 AM
Well.... I received an email this morning saying that my old Intertech server has finally been shut down.  This server has served us very well over the last 9 years, only having had a power supply die.  But of late, with the new websites that we have been working on, this server doesn't have the grunt required to run them.

It was built about November/December 1999, just as Windows Server 2000 was released to OEM's.  It has been patched as required, and has had many upgrades since the original...
By Nigel on Monday, 3 December 2007 9:00 AM
Well finally got some decent flights in again.  After doing the gyro adjustment, and finally setting up the way the instructions say to setup gyros, the tail is so solid i reckon you could kick it and it wouldn't move LOL.

Also the rudder is so sensitive and strong that it only requires minute movements of the stick to get the tail swinging quickly around.  Now i have to look up how to reduce the sensitivity of the rudder.  Is it endpoint adjustment or add in some expo??  Researching will tell me.

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