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Heli-Log 2:7:2012

Posted 02-07-2012 at 08:36 AM by rcnut

Managed to get out and do some flying this weekend. Saturday was a bust! I barely managed 2 flights due to the wind chill freezing my fingers. During the second flight on my Rave, I had to stop and put my gloves on. The rest of that flight consisted of autos, my gloves were restricting the feel of the sticks.

Sunday, however, was a better day to go flying. Coronal had called shortly after I was out of church and asked if I was heading out to fly, oh yea! So I drove home and picked up my heli’s and headed out to meet him. The temp was 41 degrees with a light wind, perfect! We worked a bit on my Compass 3D+, setting the needle valves and adding some throttle compensation to the cyclic’s. For the exception of the nitro motor sound, my Compass acted like a electric with a solid head speed! I have to admit, I’ve been lax on adjusting the needle valves in the colder weather. Allowing the motor to run richer.

We had a blast, no crashes, a couple of somewhat close encounters with the ground. All in all, 2 flights on my Protos, One on the Rave, and 6 on my 3D+, not too shabby of a weekend. I’m still waiting for warmer weather to kick off the flying season. However, I need to tear down my 3D+, remove the HV servos and governor. Also I noticed the belt keeps loosening. So I will pull the boom off and lightly sand the end with some 180 grit sandpaper. This will give the boom clamps something more to grip onto. This is the one thing I hate most about belt drive tails, the constant adjusting!

I still need to upload those pic’s of the power supplies I'm working...and finish that project! I’ve been lazy the last couple of weeks…lack of much needed sunshine! In the meantime, I saw Heliproz looking for team pilots on Facebook. They've compiled an list of the usual questions. Name, address, number of years flying, equipment using, fun fly’s attending, other interests, shirt size... And oddly enough, one of the questions asked was “Do you live in a van down by the river? If yes, name of river and year/make/model of van.” So my reply was my name is not Chris Farley! LoL But I have a truck and live by a creek...if that helps! LoL That means I filled out their application and submitted it online. It will be interesting to see if I make the grade!
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