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"No Expo" badge of honor

Posted 05-01-2008 at 06:45 PM by int2str (From The Sideline)

Reading the forums (here and elsewhere), I've come to the conclusion that many new and "new-ish" pilots seem to think that not having any exponential controls set on your transmitter is somewhat of a "badge of honor".

It seems like most threads centering around exponential have at least somebody chime in saying something along the lines of "I don't need no stinkin' expo - you should do without!". As a brand new pilot myself, I took these things to hard...
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"flair" vs. "flare"

Posted 03-21-2008 at 04:03 PM by int2str (From The Sideline)

When you approach the ground while practicing auto-rotation, you flare the blades.
Auto-rotation has a certain flair, that is sure to help you with the ladies.


Webster's take:

flare (noun)
4 a: a spreading outward; also : a place or part that spreads

flair (noun)
2: a uniquely attractive quality
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Well it *could* hover!

Posted 03-07-2008 at 04:54 PM by int2str (From The Sideline)
Updated 03-08-2008 at 07:45 PM by int2str

Alright, so it's not a helicopter, but hopefully with a little practice, my latest purchase should be able to hover as well .

Meet my new E-Flite Extra 260 3D:
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I went with a very basic package: ARF kit, E-Flite motor, Castle ESC and Spektrum 6200 receiver. I'll be using the servos from my Blade 400 (DS75) and hook it up with my DX6i.

Hopefully I can build it this weekend and fly it on sunday.
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Spektrum DX6i and RealFlight

Posted 03-05-2008 at 09:12 PM by int2str (From The Sideline)

I've posted a guide on how to setup the Spektrum DX6i (that comes with the E-Flite Blade 400) and RealFlight G4. You can see the guide here:

I've gotten various PM's in the past asking me about this setup, so I'm glad I could finally get around to making a complete guide for this.

Making the tutorial was also a nice camera exercise. I wanted to take pictures...
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Asking for help

Posted 02-28-2008 at 10:11 PM by int2str (From The Sideline)

Many Internet users come to a forum to ask for help or assistance. This is not much different than meeting in person. However, when you meet someone in person, communication is more instant and thus less prone to confusion. Here are some simple tips that I hope will help people asking for help more efficiently on Internet forums such as HeliFreak. Hey, there might even be a life lesson in here somewhere...

In order to get the best help possible - and fast, it is important that the...
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