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My General thoughts and musings
By Nigel on Saturday, 29 August 2009 9:30 AM
It wasn't the best of mornings for flying, but it wasn't raining (yet).  Other than being a tad chilli, it wasn't too bad.

I only managed one flight before the rain arrived, but it was extremely enjoyable.

I did the usual bit of hovering some left and right side in as well as nose in, then proceeded to the "fun" part (fun for me anyway)  Some circuits!!  Slow and easy, but my turns are getting better.  Unfortunately, I discovered another weak area that I have...  I am not very good at turning from left side in to nose in (clock wise direction)  Extremely shakey in fact.  So based on this, I decided to do some slow piros in both directions.

By Nigel on Tuesday, 18 August 2009 6:00 PM
Another fine late afternoon to have a fly...

I replaced the feathering shaft and dampers last night, so was hoping it would fix the poor blade tracking.  Before removing the blade grips, I spun the feathering shaft in the head, and the grips were definately moving indicating a bent feathering shaft.

Well... The tracking is better than it has been for quite a few flights.  I still need to sort out the settings as the heli is still very twitchy.

Again, similar to the previous flight. ...
By Nigel on Monday, 17 August 2009 6:00 PM

It was great weather outside, so just had to have a flight.

Not much to report.  its a bit hard to do any realy flying in the front or back yards, so just hovered in left, right and tail in.  I need to build up my confidence (and improve the handling of the heli) before do any nose in in a small area.

Tracking still terrible.

Battery #5 took 1622ma to charge in 89:36 minutes for an 8 minute flight

By Nigel on Saturday, 15 August 2009 10:15 AM
Well it started off a nice day, then someone brought the wind with them. LOL

Took lots of photos (will be put up here later)

The first flight was in slight breeze.  A bit of moving the heli around with small circuits, some piros and left/right side in hovers.

Second flight was in windier conditions.  The heli was really being buffeted around.  Forward flight into the wind would result in the heli going up and down.  Turning to go with the wind and the heli would fall with lots...
By Nigel on Friday, 14 August 2009 5:45 PM
Needed to have a flight to TRY and take my mind off other things.  Didn't work though :(

Put in two flights.  The first flight just a bit of moving the heli around, until the battery started to loose power (and only after 4 minutes too!!)

Second flight was ajust over 7 minutes and again I just moved the heli around, doing terrible figure 8's.

I will be checking the links tonight as it seems very twitchy around centre stick and I am unable to get the blades to track.

By Nigel on Sunday, 9 August 2009 8:59 AM
The conditions weren't too bad for flying.  The wind was a bit too strong and gusty for me to comfortably fly the Mini-Titan.

I squeezed in 2 flights with the Trex - 78 1/2 and 12 1/2 minutes a piece.  The second flight I didn't even fill the tank all the way to the top.  It would have been 1.5-2cm from the top and I still managed to get over 12 minutes from the flight, and landed with fuel still left in the header tank.

The first flight was still a lot of hovering to get used to the...
By Nigel on Wednesday, 5 August 2009 6:00 PM
The weather was nice for a quick flight before it got dark.

I was a bit curious about the head speed issue I have had for a while, so I decided to set a flat throttle "curve" of 60-60-60 instead of the V curve og 70-50-70 I had.  There was no variation in the head speed when doing pitch pumps, unlike with the V curve where the speed would increase (as per the V-curve) but not go back down again.

The tracking was out again, so adjusted that.  Its annoying that it seems to be all over...
By Nigel on Saturday, 25 July 2009 10:45 AM
Wasn't too bad a morning for flying.  The winds were there, but not as strong as the weekend before.

I did the usual hovering, just to get a "feel for the day" and the winds.  Im still lacking a bit of confidence nose and left side in, which is annoying.  But still did some anyway.  plus the usual "mandatory" piros LOL

Now the "new manoeuvre" LOL...  I started doing some circuits.  Just simple left to right, turn, right to left, turn etc.  I have been practicing this on Phoenix, but...
By Nigel on Saturday, 25 July 2009 10:42 AM
A nice flight for the mini titan.  I discovered that the top collar on the main shaft came loose, so before the flight I tightened this up.  This might have accounted for the blades not staying in track.

Im still not happy with the esc on the MT.  Wether I have it configured for governor mode and this is the reason for the higher head speed when pitch pumping.

I had to adjust the blade tracking again, but once adjusted, it stayed spot on for the rest of the flight.

Flight consisted...
By Nigel on Thursday, 23 July 2009 5:45 PM
This was a test flight to see how the new wooden blades are that I bought from Take-Off and Land.  Half the price of the Thunder tiger blades.  From this (short) flight, they seem pretty good.

The flight was just hovering around in the back yard.

It only took 1 turn on the slave short link and 1 turn on the slave long link to bring the tracking almost into alignment.  I might be able to get it closer, but it is les than 1/2 blade width out.

What was interesting was that this battery at the end of this flight has 7 (nearly 8) minutes of flight on it, and its only taken 1026ma (in 66:01 minutes) to charge.

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