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By Nigel on Saturday, 18 April 2009 11:09 AM
Conditions weren't too bad at SARCH today.  A slight breeze that did get a bit stronger later on would be the only weather complaint.

What made it extremely annoying was the trucks loading up sand that meant a lot of non-flying time.

I still managed 2 flights (6 and 7 minutes respectively)

I switched the fuel filter during the week with a spare.  The one that came out didn't look very dirty, but the difference it made to the engine speed of the heli was extremely significant. ...
By Nigel on Friday, 10 April 2009 7:46 AM

I had 3 great flights down at SARCH today in near perfect conditions.

Heli was running nice. l leaned the needle 2 clicks.  I could have gone another 2, but preferred to keep it on the rich side.

I practiced nose in and left and right side transitions

The flights were 7, 7 and 11 minutes in duration

By Nigel on Saturday, 4 April 2009 5:30 PM
Replaced the clunk line after it split.  It has been splitting both ends, and the fuel tubing clamps have been becoming hard and cracking.

I tried some heat shrink tubing instead of the fuel tubing for clamps.  I will see how it goes.  Hopefully it will last longer than the fuel tubing clamps.

I also had to make a repair to the "fuel plug" that holds the fuel and clunk lines.  When I was removing the fuel line from outside the tank, the nipple pulled off.  I ended up using the pressure...
By Nigel on Saturday, 4 April 2009 9:30 AM
Down at SARCH the weather was yuck compared to last weekend, but still very flyable.

Heli seemed strange today.  The engine rpm was low compared to last weekend, with no changes made to the tune.  It was also very tail heavy as well.  I had to put in about 10clicks of forward cyclic to get the heli to sit nicely and not lurch backwards toward me.

I did my first 6 minute flight with left to right side in hovers, a small amount of extremely shakey nose in.

When i went to fill up...
 
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