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By Nigel on Saturday, 28 March 2009 8:00 AM
Weather conditions were virtually perfect down at SARCH.

Not a very succesful flight resulting in a crash :( 

Was hovering nicely, albeit with a slight tail wag, when all of a sudden the wag started getting worse.  It was getting close to a 1/2 turn of wag, back and forth.  Tried to land and just got the edge of the heli pad and the heli tipped over.

Initial damage is boom, boom braces, main blades and skids.

One of the blade grip short links also pulled out, so for safety...
By Nigel on Saturday, 28 March 2009 8:00 AM
It was a perfect morning for flying down at SARCH.  No clouds, no wind (till late morning when a slight breeze started)  I was surprised there weren't more people out flying.  Oh well, just more flight line time available for others :)

After the crash of the mini-titan, I thought I had better get out there and get my confidence back.

As it was so still, the first flight with the Trex I did some minor trimming,  with some left and right side in hovers, with a small amount of nose in.

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By Nigel on Friday, 27 March 2009 6:12 PM
50th flight for the TRex for me :)  Woohoo!!!

I was itching for a flight, and wanted to test out the new metal blade grips that I have put on.

Didn't realise that I had hovered for 7 minutes LOL, but was a blast just having the heli sit there about 1/2 metre off the ground., switching from left to right side in.

I had to reduce the elevator trim a bit, and managed to get some nice 5 second hands off hovers. The slight cross breeze was stopping it from being longer.

I reduced...
By Nigel on Sunday, 15 March 2009 5:43 PM
Another flight at home.

I reset the speed controller again (same settings as before) just to make sure it was set correctly.

The heli still spools up nicely, then looses power.  Let ti spool down, then spool back up and all is fine.

I also have a horrible tail wag.  high speed oscillations when im running a slower head speed.  It does disappear when i crank the head speed up, but it never used to do this.

Other than trying to control the heli in the wind, I just hovered...
By Nigel on Friday, 13 March 2009 8:00 PM
A flight at home.

Even though I have setup the speedy the same as the old one, this one still plays up.  It seems very sluggish when i first spool up to the point of loosing power (like its gone into low battery cut-off mode).  I spool down, then back up again and all is fine.  I will have to try resetting the speedy again and hopefully it fixes it.

The usual hovering.  I am getting better in the left to right side in hovering manouver.  Now i just need to get down to SARCH and tackle...
By Nigel on Monday, 9 March 2009 11:09 AM
I was hoping I would do at least 3 flights on the 600n today, to clock up the 50th flight with the 600n, but also my 200th flight, but unfortunately I was 1 tank short on fuel.

As the governor was still playing up, I adjusted the throttle curve for the second flight, reducing it by 5 percent.  It definately made a difference

Basic hovering manouvres... left, right and nose in.  As per previous flights, I concentrated on doing the 180 degree hover turn (??)

My nose in hovering...
By Nigel on Monday, 9 March 2009 11:08 AM
I would have liked my 200th flight to be on the trex as it would have been my 50th flight on that at the same time, but unfortunately I was 1 tank of fuel short :(

This flight was also supposed to last night, but due to the smoke excaping from the original motor and speed controller the flight happened today :)

It was a bit of a shakedown flight with the new speedy and motor, but wasn't too bad.  I did left and right side in hovering.  I also did some left to right flying, turning away...
By Nigel on Sunday, 8 March 2009 11:30 AM
I managed a couple of flights down at SARCH today.  Was hard in the end as Connor started to get mischievous, so I packed it in for the day.

Some left, right and nose in hovers, some piros.  The gusty-ish wind was making it hard.

The governor is annoying.  It was hunting again, but it only does it after about 3-4mins flying.  Wether it is related to mixture settings or the sensor is playing up, I don't know. I will be trying some settings, as when the headspeed is low, the tail has...
By Nigel on Saturday, 7 March 2009 6:24 PM
Flight #150 on my Mini-Titan... Woot woot woot

I wanted to get a flight in after changing some new settings on the esc.

The settings i tried first didn't work and for some strange reason I lost all power.  I brought the heli and and changed the settings again to those listed below.  The numbers are the number of beeps that the ESC gives when setting it.

Current settings are: 1-2 2-1 3-1 4-2 5-2

The wind made things hard, but I did manage a few piros, and probably the best right side in to left side in manouvre I have done to date :)

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By Nigel on Monday, 2 March 2009 7:30 PM
Getting these itchy thumbs again and needed another flight fix. Out the back yard with hardly a breath of wind around.  The only limiter was wether the rain would hold off long enough for me to complete the flight LOL

Nothing really exciting with the flight.  Took off in the car port, hovered there for a bit, then flew out to the back yard.  A few piros, then concentrate on the left and right side in hovers.  I need to smooth out the transition from left to right (or vice versa)  Its probably...
 
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