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..The sun is out!...Let's go FLYING....False alarm...
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Heli-Log 4:29:2020

Posted 04-29-2020 at 11:23 AM by rcnut

April showers brings…yea well, April is almost done!


Sygnergy G696Z…

Another outing! Snuck out before the rain comes...again. Cold to start at 9:30 am, but warmed up nicely, and then the overcast clouds moved in! It started to sprinkle, so I left.

In the meantime, I managed 4 flights this time. Slowly checking out this new conversion. I found (or I think I have) the setting in the Spartan controller for the tail stop control. It has CW/CCW stop control settings...well, that's what the screen said. CCW was set to 70%, and CW was set to 100%. I changed the CW value to 107% and that seem to fix most of the problem. There is a slight movement, but it is very small now. I tried 112%, and no noticeable change.

I also dropped some of the expo on elevator, aileron, and rudder...much better. Now I need to increase the agility some. It acts as a heli in a sim at a slower rate. This is fine if you're looking to perform aerobatics and 3D on the slow side...so I'll play with that some. It's been over a year since I've been out flying a lot, so this is getting me back into the swing of things!

On the second flight, I moved to the center of our field while flying. This gave me a better view with the sun to my back...and wind. Yea, the wind was out of the South today. What a difference that made compared to yesterday, out of the North. It warmed up in no time, and I took off my radio glove.

On the third flight, and half way through the tank, it was time to shoot autos. Well, ok, but I was in for a surprise. It doesn't float down as slow as it did yesterday. I had constant 10+ mph winds which helped slow the heli down, making it look like a floater. Today, the winds were lighter (5-8 MPH) and varied. Yea, today the autos were faster and bled off quickly at the end. I'm still working on these...

It was the 2nd flight that I almost flew my new heli out of fuel. I was getting excited performing maneuvers, and getting closer to the ground, I had forgotten where I was with the time. So I'm doing several forward flips with 180 degree tail turns, and the motor stutters! Oh, I know that sound! I flip to right side up and land. There wasn't a drop of fuel in the tank or pick up line, just what was left in the bowl. 14 minutes and 45 seconds of flight time at idle 2...1950 head speed. What a rush! I normally run out of nitro fuel inverted doing some sort of tail-in or nose-in funnel close to the ground. Don't panic, move the collective to zero, flip to right side up, and land. Done this many a times, but with this new gasser, yea, it got the heart pumping for a couple of seconds.

On the forth flight, I practiced some more autos as the clouds started moving in quickly. I knew my time was up, I didn't care, I was having fun! I took off around the field fast and then hit throttle hold in the middle of a turn...something I normally do as well with my nitro machines. The turning auto went well, until I took off again. I heard a "tink" sound, that's not good! I started thinking where this might have come from...drive train? No, the boom, apparently I had a slight boom strike on take off? As I was cleaning up, I noticed a small dent in the boom on top by the tail, and with a little bit of white paint. Never had that happen before. Not sure what to make of that.

Anyways, it felt good to get out and fly. I had our club field all to myself...until it started sprinkling. As I was driving away from the field, it stopped sprinkling, so I pulled into a car wash and cleaned my truck! So it should rain extra hard. Good luck rain, truck is in the garage clean and dry! Ha, Ha!


A new toy!

I’ve been trying to film myself flying with bad/hilarious results…upside down, low battery, out of memory, etc.. So I looked into buying a drone to film for me. I bought the DJI Mavic Air. I spent a few days researching them (drones), and the Air fit what I wanted to do, or at least try to do. This one has a follow mode, Active Track. It can track you in profile and track you while (the drone) flying sideways… So you can choose which object to track, and that’s where my heli comes in! I am planning to try flying my heli while the drone tracks and records my flight…that’s the plan.

I had to go through a bit to get this thing programed and registered to my phone. Then there was the watching several short videos to understand what all the functions are and how to use them. Not to mention charging batteries. Ok, so while the batteries are on the charger, watch videos. Once everything was charged, it was time to work on the camera part… It takes great videos and pictures, but my card that I have is a slower type card…yea, buy a newer card. And my old Mac Book Pro is not able to handle HD video, it’s jumpy. A new Mac Book Pro…I wish! But then again…

Yea, I’ve been looking to replace my current Mac. It’s 10 years old and still performs as if it was brand new. This newer Mac has all the bells and whistles. Mega more memory, SSD hard drives that starts out at 1 terabyte, a bigger screen, the i9 8core processor, and much more! Yea, comes with a hefty price too! It’s always nice to dream…

Anyways… the first flight was a bit interesting. Trying out the controls and video. It starts out in beginner mode, which is clunky, but effective. I switched out of beginner mode, and now it was time to fly around the house! The battery packs don’t last that long, 20 minutes worth. At the end of the second pack, I found the Active Track menu and played with that, before thebattery died. It seems to work, but now to try one of my helis! I’ll start with a small electric and see how the drone handles that! Then it will be onto the bigger helis.

If this drone can keep up with my heli, it should be interesting to see how the video turns out!


After thoughts…

The weather is slated for beautiful temps, 70’s, with light winds Friday through most of next week! Our club field (the last I checked) is still open. Providing we practice social distancing. So I might venture out Friday after work to see if the drone can follow one of my helis. I think the drone needs to be roughly 10 feet off the ground before you can start tracking? Need to play with this. Also, if I fly my heli over 10 feet, will the drone follow it as well? Hence trying this with a smaller electric, just in case.

Until next time…
Today`s show is brought to you by: The new Letter "G", the Number “6”, the Number “9”, the other Number “6”, and by the new Letter “Z”
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