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By Nigel on Monday, 29 December 2008 6:45 PM
Not the greatest conditions for a fly, but I have been itching to get back into the air.  Approaching 100 flights for the year is also another reason I want to get a few more flights up before new years :)

Was mostly left, right and tail in hovers.  The back and front yards aren't big enough for me to comfortably do nose in (yet)

Adjusted slave long link shortening 1 turn to bring blades back into alignment

Tail is getting close to being setup correctly so there is no drift. ...
By Nigel on Saturday, 27 December 2008 10:38 AM
Seemed like a nice day for flying until the winds whipped up.  I still managed 2 flights of 6 minutes each though.

Mainly just hovering with all main orientations (left, right, nose, tail) some piro's and a couple of terrible attempts at circuits.  The wind was a bit too unpredictable for me to be pushing it too hard with the circuits.

I need to check the governor settings after some comments from the guys about the head speed.  Even though it "should" be only about 1850 they think it is closer to 2100.

By Nigel on Thursday, 25 December 2008 6:00 PM
Apart from the stormy clouds, it was a near perfect afternoon for a flying session.  Virtually no wind, temperature in the mid 20's.

I got a little more game with the Mini Titan.  The flights consisted of some nose in hovers, piros some not too bad circuits, both clockwise and anti-clockwise, plus some poor attempts at stall turns.

A couple of times I came close to loosing the heli. I lost orientation due to the heli blending into the clouds..  This has been commented on by SARCH club...
By Nigel on Thursday, 25 December 2008 11:25 AM
Well, as per my Mini-Titan blog, the weather was nearly perfect.  The clouds had cleared up slightly to "stormy overcast"

I performed some nose, left and right side in hovers and the "mandatory" piros (LOL), and also like with my mini titan flightsd, some circuits.  Thankgully I didn't have any close calls with the Rexxy.  I think the circuits were a lot tidier with the Rex than the mini.  Probably due to the fact that the Rex is slower and more stable.  The nose in hovers are definately a...
By Nigel on Saturday, 20 December 2008 8:30 PM
I spent a bit more time trying to get the tail to hold.  I have been naughty and used some sub trim to get it right.

The second flight was nearly spot on.  It was down to 1 click of trim was too much, so one more subtrim point should get it pretty spot on.

Flying wise was mainly tail, left and right side in hovers with piros and "mini pitch pumps" thrown in.  I won't do nose in yet at home as I haven't got the height availble to give me some "thumb fart room"

Battery #4 took 1714ma to charge for a 6 minute flight and took 66:21 minutes to charge...
By Nigel on Saturday, 20 December 2008 11:25 AM
Down at SARCH today with what could only be described as near perfect conditions.

I squeezed in 3 flights, 6, 6 and 10 minutes.  There was some tuning done - richening up the main needle by 4 clicks.

I had a lot of fun with my flights.  I spent a lot of the time nose in hovering, with some left and right side in and lots of piros.

Also attempted some small circuits.  they were very untidy, but i managed them.  The tidiness will come with practice.

I think I will have to...
By Nigel on Friday, 19 December 2008 8:30 PM

I ran the heli in rate mode to trim the tail (again)  It took 6 clicks left trim to get it to a stable hover.

Once I had it in a stable tail hold, I left it in rate mode, but continued to hover.  Spent approx 3minutes of right side in hovering.  It was challenging as the wind was buffeting the heli around a fair bit.

Battery #5 took 1739 ma for a 6minute flight and took 66:25 minutes to charge

By Nigel on Tuesday, 16 December 2008 9:46 PM
Another wonderful evening for some flying.  Down at Walpole road flying again :)

2 more flights with this wonderful heli.  I still have a slight drift with the tail, but it is definately manageable.

Having done so many flights this week already, I am starting to get a bit more confidence.  I started moving the heli round, going up nice and high and then trying to come down at a 45degree angle to just above ground level, then taking off again.

I also did some left and right side...
By Nigel on Tuesday, 16 December 2008 7:30 PM
Another great night for some flying.  Down at Walpole road again.

Well I found part of the problem with the tail.  One end of the rod that I had glued in had come loose.  I adjuted and then put som thin CA to hopefully wick in and hold it solid.  I might have to go back to the original steel rod :(

Anyway, the tail seems to be holding a bit better now and with another 2 flights done in slight wind i am starting to build up my confidence more.  I had to stop myself from trying to do a loop.  I reckon I could have pulled it off ok, but I want to be comfortable in all hover orientations before starting anything like that.

By Nigel on Monday, 15 December 2008 6:30 PM
Nothing special about this flight, other than a new flying site.  Was nice weather for flying and I am getting used to the new settings.  I am finding the heli very easy to control.

Basic hovering with left and right side in hovers and some forward and reverse manouvres with piros thrown in.  Trim is still pretty good as I was able to manage a few hands off hovers.  The tail drift is still there, but a lot less than it has been.

Battery #4 took 1664ma to charge in 66:37mins for a 6min...
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