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My General thoughts and musings
By Nigel on Thursday, 29 January 2009 8:30 PM
It has been way too hot to fly the last few nights, but tonight it was a bt cooler.

I readjusted the balance by adding some more nuts to the boom, held in place with a cabletie.  Not pretty, but is effective, and it gives me some adjustment

After adjusting the trim, i started my hover practice again :).  Left and right side in.  If nothing else comes of this, at least i know my left side in hovering is improving LOL

I have a huge stigma with trying to do nose in in the front yard for some reason.  I think its the lack of space and height.  Once i start getting comfortable with it, then i will be ok with it.

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By Nigel on Monday, 26 January 2009 11:20 AM
Some more practice.

The first flight i did out the back.  I am finding the back yard a little confined and turbulent to perform the practice comfortably.  I can do it, it is just  harder due to the constant turbulence.

Second flight was done out the front yard. As per the previous flight, I spent a lot of the time rotating from left to right side in hovering and back again.  The second flight I also included moving out, hovering, then moving back in and hovering.  I also tried some...
By Nigel on Sunday, 25 January 2009 8:54 PM
I adjusted the settings for ST-2 for the Mini-Titan to those of ST-1 for the 600n.  These settings Bill setup yesterday to try and smooth the hovering out, so larger stick movement is needed to adjust height.  I have been told that these settings are not good for flying.

ST-2: Pitch: 20-45-60-75-95 Throttle: 35-38-43-53-65

Changed from: Pitch: 0--50--100 Throttle: 75--50--75

The settings made a difference.  I was able to stay at a constant height a lot easier than I have.

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By Nigel on Sunday, 25 January 2009 6:30 PM
I practiced some of the manouvres that are part of the test for Bronze wings.  Im not very tidy with them, but Thats what it's all about... practice, practice, practice.

Also did some left and right side in hovers and transitioning from left to right and back again.  This is part of the bronze wing test, but you don't need to hold the hovers as long as i was.  It was the transition from left to right that was messy .

Battery #5 took 1470ma to charge in 64:01 minutes

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By Nigel on Saturday, 24 January 2009 11:30 AM

Wow was the wind strong!

It was definately a challenge to keep the titan sitting in one spot.

Didn't do much in the flight other than mostly tail in hovering with a couple of piros.  It struggled to get around at one point, fighting the wind.  Did a very small amount of right side in hovers as well.

Battery #4 took 1210ma and took 55:44minutes to charge for a 7 minute flight

By Nigel on Saturday, 24 January 2009 11:30 AM
Two flights with the T-Rex today.  The wind made it hard, but it was a lot easier than the Mini-Titan.

The first flight was 7 minutes, and was hovering with some right and left side in.  The wind was making it difficult for me to comfortably side-in hover, but i did perservere.

The second flight (8 minutes), I had an attempt at getting Bronze wings.  Bill helped me "smooth" out the curves that I had, which has helped, but I ran out of fuel and had to perform another mini-auto from about...
By Nigel on Wednesday, 21 January 2009 11:00 PM

This was the first flight with the newly  re-painted canopy.  It looked good in the air.

I started at one end of the verandah, and flew out into the back yard, fron one end to the other, then proceeded to do my hover practice.  Again, just lots of left and right side in hovering.

Battery #5 took 1378ma and 58:12 minutes to charge for a 7 minute flight

By Nigel on Monday, 19 January 2009 8:56 PM

I was a bit iffy about having a flight, but I got the "itchy thumb" syndrome LOL

Had a bit of fun before concentrating on left and right side in hovering.
After taking off tail in, I turned right side in, flew forwards (between a couple of posts in the carport), turned tail in and moved out into the back yard.

After that bit of fun, i continued my left and right side in hovering

Battery #4 took 1634ma to charge in 65:48 minutes for a 9minute flight

By Nigel on Sunday, 18 January 2009 9:16 PM

I had to squeeze another flight in.  My heli's are so much fun to fly at the moment.  I could fly all day LOL

It was getting dark, but still enough light to fly.  Basically the same as the last flight.  Hovering, concentrating on left side in.
I am improving, able to keep the heli in a smaller area.

Battery #5 took 1427 ma to charge in 57:16 minutes for an 8 minute flight

By Nigel on Sunday, 18 January 2009 11:30 AM

Basic hovering.  Concentrating more on left side in

The little mini is running really well at the moment.  Trim is almost spot on, with me able to do hands off hovers with only slight adjustments in attitude.

Battery #4 took 1408 ma to charge in 65:18 minites for a 7 minute flight

 
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