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..The sun is out!...Let's go FLYING....False alarm...
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Heli-Log 3:24:12

Posted 03-24-2012 at 02:15 PM by rcnut
Updated 03-26-2012 at 06:55 PM by rcnut

A lot has happened since my last post. So, first up is my new Compass 6HV...

I did a driveway hover test to make sure the motor was spinning in the right direction...it wasn't. No biggie, swapped to motor wires and everything is fine. I did a two minute hover at normal throttle and everything seemed ok, then tried idle up 1 & 2. Once there is proper head speed, this heli comes to life! The tail seemed a bit sensitive, so I adjusted the gain down. However, I didn't have enough battery to check it, so I decided to wait until the next day.

Saturday! It was nice and warm, 78+ degrees, a bit windy with a gust (15-20 mph). First flight was spent trying to tame the too sensitive tail. I adjusted the gain to 47% and it was still wild, so I consulted the manual. Then I remembered a thread about needing to mix the gear channel to the gain channel. Once setup, I was able to adjust the tail gain without the tail wagging. Now it fly's a whole lot better, but the head speed in idle 2 is a bit low. So while the battery packs were charging, it was time to work on the 3D+.

Second heli...Compass 3D+. I needed to readjust the needles after cleaning the motor. And hind sight should have told me to check the carb, but I didn't. First flight was hands off the sticks in a hover. Set the needles, and I was off testing every aspect of this fun flying heli. Second flight I noticed the elevator changed and needed to add 2 click of up elevator in the radio! What??? What's that about? During the rebuild, I adjusted the elevator lever to a new position on the shaft and possibly didn't tighten the grub screw enough.

I continued flying trying to determined what could be the problem. On the third flight, after checking and charging the LiFe pack, the motor started to act funny. Interesting how this happens when you're flying around inverted! And just as I was getting ready to flip back to right side up, the motor coughed, sputtered, ran some, then just died. Did half a flip and landed. As I picked my heli up, I noticed the carb had come off the motor. It was barely in the case, and as I moved the throttle stick on the transmitter, the whole carb moved in and out of the motor case. So that heli is done!

Well, then I decided to work on Bob's new Blades 450, a maiden flight! It was a bit windy to really do anything with it, so I did a hover test, checked out the idle up positions, and even did a couple of laps around the field. After that I pulled out my protos 500 and flew it twice. After that we called it a day, considering I have a coupled of heli's that need some attention.

Once home and after getting something to eat...I cooked a couple of steaks on the grill while drinking a couple of beers! Put the 3D+ on the workbench and pulled the motor. Cleaned all the "goop" off and around the carb, applied some silicon on the carb base, mounted that, then installed the carb and "gooped" around it. Then I looked over the 6HV, checking all the screws. Everything seem fine, so it is ready for the next day.

Sunday after church, I met Bob at the field. Winds didn't change much, still gusty. But I was determined to test everything out. The 6HV was flying a lot better, more Beast X tweaking. So I put up 3 flight on it. Then tried the 3D+, and it's a lot better as well. Put 3 flights on it as well. Bob ask if I was going to fly my big heli...my Rave 90 ENV FBL. I was thinking about calling it quits, but decided to get a couple of flights on it. Everything went well outside of some more minor adjusting on my 6HV.

Was planning on going out today, but the weather is threating to rain, while the sun popping out every now and then. But in the meantime, I discovered one of my packs for the 6HV lost a cell!? Cell #4 dropped to 0.5Vdc. Don't know what to make of that. It was working fine, managed to get two flights on it, and charged it up last night for today, and while double checking the voltage status, it is now zero volts! Well, looks like I'll be buying some new packs!

Wow, as I'm writing this, the sun has come out! I'm gone...time to go flying!
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