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Heli-Log 4:11:2020

Posted 04-11-2020 at 07:06 AM by rcnut

Here we are in April...and old man winter is trying to hang on! Go away dude!

Synergy G696Z

I made it out yesterday (Friday), putting in another 2 flights! The weather was nice enough to get out. 40 degrees, with big puffy clouds and sunshine, 10+ mph out of the Northwest...burrrrr! This time I brought my radio glove. It felt weird at first, but I got over it. The first flight granted me 12 minutes. The second flight, with a little carb tuning, gained 2 more minutes, for a total of 14 minutes, and with a little fuel left in the tank. I might be able to stretch that to 15, but the arthritis in my hip was killing me and had to call it a day. Next time I'll bring a stool to sit on, until this pandemic is over and I'm able to receive treatment for my hip. Sucks getting old...er.

However, both flights were great. The G696Z is flying fantastic, no issues, plenty of power, and tracking is perfect! I couldn't believe how fast 12 minutes goes by. With some more tuning, I think I can get close to 18 minutes, maybe more. I do have a slight tail stop issue when turning to the right, it doesn't stop fast or hard, it drifts slightly, but turning and stopping to the left, it stops fast, solid. Something to look at in the programming of the controller. Not sure where...

This conversion is holding up just fine. I looked everything over, trying to find something lose or something needing to be fixed...nothing. This conversion is a tank.

Now that I had a couple of flight under my belt, I wanted to checkout how this heli autos. At the start, i set the timer in the radio for 10 minutes. It went off, and I brought the heli close enough to check the fuel level...nice to have a clear tank! I had plenty of fuel, so...its auto time!

I climbed up to my normal height and flipped the hold switch. It floats! Oh boy! I over shot my normal landing, by me, and set it down. This time a little further out, but the same thing! Did I forget how to auto? I just needed to readjust the descent angle. It does bleed off lift close to the ground, but at the last second, where it could count the most. It is a little easy to over speed the head which I find a bit interesting! Most of my other gassers, I need to really drop fast in order to do this. Autos need more work...with this heli.



After thoughts...

Someone asked me what the G696Z flew like, how did it feel… To me, it felt like the way my Rave 90 ENV felt…very comfortable, solid, predictable. That was one of a very few helis I flew that fit me almost to a “T”. With the Rave, I could try just about any maneuver I wanted to learn, and quickly figured it out. For those that may not know of the Rave 90, it was a heli that Curtis Youngblood designed back around 2008…or so. It was a big air presence (mainly a big and somewhat heavy canopy) that flew great!

Once Curtis sold the company, and parts were hard to come by during the transition, I sold my Rave and bought my first Synergy heli…the N7. I’m a big nitro fan and wanted to stick with nitro’s. There was a small learning curve with this heli, building, FBL controller (the Spartan Vortex VX1n), and foam tape! The N7 was a solid flying heli; tighter in controlling, like more precise, but the foam tape that I used (the stock foam tape from Spartan) gave me issues!

I made my first ever trip to the Birmingham Alabama fun fly, only to find out all the issues I was having was because of that foam tape. Once switched out with some good ole 3M tape, it was night and day! I looked like a pro flying, but I’m nowhere near that. It didn’t take that long for me to gel with my new N7, and I was having a blast with it.

Now with this new 696 conversion kit, I am reminded of those few helis that I felt at home with. As I’ve said earlier, the conversion builds almost like that of the Synergy N7. So I can (hind sight) see why there isn’t instructions or a pictorial for this conversion. But a picture would be helpful…like having the ability to place the battery tray/ESC plate horizontal versus the traditional angle like most kits, and the landing gear doublers…you know, the small stuff. LoL!


Until next time…


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