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By Nigel on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 7:00 PM
Just some musing on how long its been since I updated my flight blogs (January 2011)
By Nigel on Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:24 AM
Was a very crisp and cool morning (3 degrees at 8am) but was warming up to be nice.

The engine is now starting to loosen up and run better.  I'm really enjoying this heli.  

Nothing special about the flights. they went very smoothly with piro stall turns flips, loops and rolls.

Must get a header tank as I do not like the way the engine leans out at the end of the tank.

Two flights of 8 and 9 minutes each
By Nigel on Sunday, 18 March 2012 10:00 AM
Well it was a crisp morning ruined by a strong wind that blew up.

An ok flight.  Was very hard to do anything as the heli would get blown all over the place.

I came in and landed at the 3 minute mark and the heli flamed out.  Fuel was also pouring out the carb like mad, so not sure what happened.  Released the tank pressure, restarted and finished the tank off.  No fuel spilling out after that.

A single 7 minute flight
By Nigel on Monday, 12 March 2012 10:00 AM
Another beautiful day for flying... :) Another 2 great flights with the N2. A slight mishap on the first flight though, with a hurried landing due to engine leaning out from not watching the tank level and nearly running out of fuel, I landed the tail on a tuft of grass and stripped the tail gears. I replaced the gears and was back in the air ready for another flight. The second flight I forgot to close off the pressure relief valve and so I was running with minimal tank pressure.  The...
By Nigel on Sunday, 11 March 2012 9:36 AM
It started off looking pretty bleak and at one stage got quite cold, before the sun burnt the clouds away and it warmed up :) Two excellent flights on the Velo. :)  Leaned the main needle by a total of 3 clicks and also leaned off the idle.  It is still rich as can be on idle (10 second idle with fuel line clamped) so will lean that off a touch more. The heli is a dream to fly.  it rolls loops and flips so nicely and despite the wind, the heli would still sit there in a hands off hover and only drift slightly with the wind....
By Nigel on Sunday, 26 February 2012 9:17 AM
Woohoo :)  A "real" flight with the Velocity :) Started off realy warm at the field, but unfortunately as we were preparing to go out for more flights, the rains set in :( I only hovered the heli, with an easy pitch pump and some piroettes.  The engine is running extremely rich, as this is now the second tank through it, but I will have to lean it off slightly so it runs a bit smoother. Pinch test at idle, then engine ran for an easy 15 seconds before revving up. I have leaned the main...
By Nigel on Saturday, 4 February 2012 9:42 AM
Well, it started off as an awesome flight, but 5 minutes into the flight I ended up stripping the main gear.  I was able to auto down from about 10metres, only damage was the spur gear - totally stripped of teeth.  I suspect I may have set the gear mesh a little loose. The flight... one word can sum it up... AWESOME The difference between the V50N2 and the Trex600n is like the difference in the Trex between the Align 3G FBL unit and VBar. It just did everything so much easier and smoother...
By Nigel on Sunday, 29 January 2012 5:49 PM
Woohoo... She flies :)

Maiden flight of the Outrage Velocity 50 N2.

Was just a hover in the driveway, but it was such a smooth and stable hover considering how rich the motor is running

First "flight" (hover) of 4 minutes

Now to go over and make sure all screws etc are still tight :)
By Nigel on Friday, 20 January 2012 12:00 AM
A quick entry highlighting my first heli build 
By Nigel on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 8:32 PM
I decided to give the Hobby King Baja 260s a go and so far am loving it...
By Nigel on Saturday, 8 January 2011 10:30 AM
Weather wasnt the best - warm and muggy, but the storm clouds looked awesome :)

A couple of excellent flights.  My flips and rolls are improving where more and more of them are consistent and "tight"

A couple of the fly-bys that I did with barrel rolls left and right I nailed, with the heli looking like it was on a wire and spinning around this wire.

The second flight I did some inverted nose in hovering, holding it for quite a while.  I even did a piroette whist inverted :)

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By Nigel on Monday, 3 January 2011 9:57 AM
Beautiful day for flying, although it started to warm up and get a little uncomfortable (heat wise) later in the morning

No new moves, but rather just practicing existing.

Lots of slow piros, piro stall turns, flips, rolls and loops.  A very small amount of inverted hover (hold at top of loops)

I feel that my flips and rolls are improving, getting more consistent due to better pitch control

I can never work out why the first flight always uses more fuel than subsequent...
By Nigel on Saturday, 1 January 2011 10:50 AM
For the first day of the year the weather started off not too bad, but then the wind whipped up a bit.  Still ok, but was a southerly which I don't enjoy as much as when from the nothern sides.

Despite the wind, I still had two good flights.  The rolls were a lot better than they have been as were the flips.

Some inverted hovering - loop, hold inverted for 5-10 seconds, then complete the loop.

Flight times of 10 and 11 minutes, with engine temps of 93 and 103

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By Nigel on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 8:25 PM

This was Jordon's second flight and the first using the buddy box system.  Took him a bit to get his eye in, but near the end of the flight he was getting the hang of it.

Battery #7 took 1736ma to charge in 66minutes for an 8 minute flight

By Nigel on Monday, 27 December 2010 7:19 PM

Just a quick hover in the front yard to see how the settings changed the heli.

I have upped the throttle curve for st1 and st2 to try and improve the climb out.  I also changed the pitch curve for st1 to 0-50-100 (was 30-50-100).  There was an improvement, but it was hard to really tell in the gusty winds

Battery #7 took 821ma to charge in 33:18 minutes for a 4 minute flight

By Nigel on Saturday, 25 December 2010 9:41 AM

Beautiful conditions for flying.  Humid and slightly warm with no wind.

Nothing new with this flight, just loops, flips, rolls piros etc.

Small amount of inverted (10sec)

Very enjoyable flight

Flight was 10 minutes. Max engine temp was 106c

Merry Christmas!

By Nigel on Saturday, 18 December 2010 10:00 AM
The weather started off crap, but improved as the morning progressed.  The wind was still annoying and gusty, but at least it was flyable

I made some changes the the 3G software setup last night after performing the "silcone mod" to the sensor a few weeks back.

I was not prepared for the dramatic changes in the heli's behaviour.  It has gone from an OK flying heli to an awesome flying heli :)  It felit like it was on rails.  It would do as I told it and do it very well.

I also...
By Nigel on Thursday, 16 December 2010 9:42 PM
First time flying at Etsa park and it was quite eye opening and intimidating with planes tearing around doing circuits having to avoid a couple of micro helis, whilst the bulk of the helis (blade 400s and smaller) were down the "dark side" of the stadium.

A couple of nice flights with the mini-titan.  Just lots of hovering (as i didn't feel comfortable venturing out to do circuits with the planes buzzing around).  It did allow me to fine tune the pitch curve for Jordon to learn with (dull it down around mid stick) and also to practice my nose in hovering.

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By Nigel on Saturday, 4 December 2010 9:06 AM
During the week I leaned the main needle off so it was 1.5 turns out.  This seemed to work well for the first flight, but given the ambient temp (and the bogging when doing flips etc), I decided to richen the mixture up for the second flight to 1.75 turns out.

both flights consisted of flips, loops, circuits, rolls, piro stall turns and some inverted hovering.

Second flight I also just had a bit of fun "freestyling it" zooming around the sky

Engine temps were 104 and 109 for...
By Nigel on Saturday, 4 December 2010 9:06 AM

Congratulations Jordon on your first flight :)  Well done

This was Jordon's first flight.  He was only in control of the elevator and rudder, but he did very well hovering over the pad.

Battery #7 took 966ma to charge in 39:58 minutes for a 6 minute flight.

 
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