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Old 09-05-2018, 07:26 PM   #321 (permalink)
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Default One last summer evening...

Managed to squeeze in one last summer after work outing before hte kids fall schedule get packed. After all of his engine trouble Steve had a theory that maybe he had a batch of bad fuel..


... and it turned out to be right!


I dug though the basement and found one old open half gallon of Powermaster I had left, and brought that along. Well would you believe it, we fired up his engine on that fuel and it ran like a top. No random flameouts, and we where able to lean the low another full turn and get the low idle dialed in where it should be.



So I did one test flight, and then let Steve have at it and he got a good 4 or 5 more flights in. Of course now he has to go find some good fuel... seems like few stores around here even stock glow fuel any more.



I got in a few flights, and while we where there Raja and Ansy showed up, doing test flights on a new heli I believe Ansy was helping set up for Tyrus.


From here out, things are going to slow down. I looked at the fall renovation project list and the kids activity schedule... its not looking good for free time though Turkey day. We shall see...





Whiplash-G V1-2: 2
Helix: 1
Jon L' Citabira: 1

2018 annual totals:
EF 60" Extra: 26
Edge 540: 20
Whiplash-G V1-2: 39
Helix: 45
Trex 450: 2
Raja's Whiplash: 2
Ned's E-Flight Timber: 1
Jon L' Citabira: 1
Subtotal: 137
Sensei training flights with Joey: 14
Total: 150
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Old 09-05-2018, 10:58 PM   #322 (permalink)
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Default Outing today before Vermont

Went out to meet Ansy as Jeremy commented to help him with Tyrus's new Whiplash V2 that needed to be maidened and adjusted. We did a quick flight with it, Ansy still needs to do some adjustment before we can try out the Axon governor.

Jeremy was flying his gassers along with a buddy that is getting reacclimated with flying planks, and I managed two flights on my Whiplash in between all of that.

Larry showed up this evening and we went out for Chowda & Lobster Rolls. Gonna pack up everything tomorrow morning and head to Vermont for a private funfly at a buddy's house.

Whiplash V1-2 = 2

2018 count:

FPV Taylorcraft = 4
MA 1005 = 68
Spectra-g = 92
Taylorcraft = 20
Whiplash V1-2 = 131
Whiplash V2 = 222

Total = 545
Gallons Mixed = 57.75

Wow Jeremy, 150 flights for you not bad. Are you #2 on this list? I forgot what others have managed...

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Old 09-05-2018, 11:37 PM   #323 (permalink)
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Default 2018 Flight Log

I havenít posted any totals and Iím at work so I donít have the exact number on me but Iím over 400 heli flights this year and around 100 on planks and quads. Living 10 minutes from the flying field and having a ton of time to myself means I fly nearly every day and being by myself means I pound a bunch of flights out when I do go out.
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Old 09-06-2018, 06:57 AM   #324 (permalink)
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Wow Jeremy, 150 flights for you not bad. Are you #2 on this list? I forgot what others have managed...



I have to check previous years log's but I'm almost certain that 150 is a record for me going back to before I had kids. The last 5 years my average has been more like 100-120 and the first couple years after the kids where born it was more like 0-20.


Back when I was in my 20s and single I could probably bang out 250-300... and would use a gallon of glow fuel a week in the summer ... but not anymore..........
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Old 09-10-2018, 05:42 PM   #325 (permalink)
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Took Larry and went up to Vermont this weekend for a funfly at a friend's house. We fly in the back yard, BBQ and sit by the fire with a "few" drinks in the evening. The weather was mostly sunny, with temps in the 60's to 70's. There was some wind on Saturday that kept Larry cold, he's still in summer mode and Vermont is 1 month ahead as far as the weather is concerned, its like October here.

We got there Thursday evening in time for me to put 1 flight in, then spent the next 3 days flying every day, good food and friends. Just came back at 11:30pm last night.

I didn't have time to get on the PC and update the flight log daily or do other stuff, we were busy most of the time, so I'll try to update everything now as best as I can remember and perhaps not in chronological order:

Devon showed up from FL on the way home to Maine. VT is not on the way home, but what the heck, he came to have some fun with us guys and I told him he could fly my machine. I took a short video clip of him flying it on Friday:

Whiplash V2 3D flight (5 min 32 sec)


At some point I decided to retrieve a hula hoop from the back by the wood pile and use it as a "Hula hoop autorotation challenge" The trick was you need to pick it up, climb high, release it off the skids in some way shape or form, and then autorotate down and see if you can beat it to the ground.

I did this several times, the first couple I didn't beat it but later I managed to do it. Mike decided he is going to have a try at it, and did several tries and beat it a couple of times as well. Then on one of his tries disaster struck. He tried to get it off more violently than normal I think, and it swung up into the blades and *BOOM* the heli book struck and came straight down. It was a total rekit from what Mike says, pretty smashed up with frames broken. Here is the video 30 seconds after it happened, sadly I did not catch it live, Rich was very disappointed he missed the crash:

Mike's Gaui NX7 explosion (0 min 50 sec)


Also below see some pictures of the heli, and then the grave site where the heli impacted the ground.

On Sunday, this apparently isn't Mike's weekend, while flying is X3 somehow he put it in also. Didn't know what happened, I shot another short video:

Mike's Gaui X3 crash (0 min 39 sec)


Larry flew several flights to include a couple of small electric heli flights that he enjoys, Kumar flew a glider and his 700 electric heli, Rich flew several helis. I flew my gassers and Rich's foamy airplanes at night, Jim flew a drone FPV. He let Devon fly it, Devon augured it in. He fixed it and let Mike fly it, Mike flew it into a tree. I was going to ask to fly it but after the 2nd crash I thought its not a good idea as Jim didn't seem quite confident with the pilots trying it...! Devon flew my gasser as well as another fellow's Trex 700 nitro and repaired it for him. Mike let me fly his little Oxy 200 is it? It only stays in the air for 90 seconds on a battery, no time to hover or think of what to do, think before you take off what maneuvers you want to do and go for it!

Here is a facebook link with some photos that Juliet took:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

Whiplash V1-2 = 4
Whiplash V2 = 11
MA 1005 = 6

2018 count:

FPV Taylorcraft = 4
MA 1005 = 74
Spectra-g = 92
Taylorcraft = 20
Whiplash V1-2 = 135
Whiplash V2 = 233

Total = 566
Gallons Mixed = 57.75

Burned through a whole 2 1/4 gallon container+ in 21 flights. Great weekend enjoyed by all Mike's cpmment on facebook just now:

"Great time Rich LOL, atleast I was able to go home with 1 flyable helicopter.. LOL No flybars were harmed at this event.. LOL"

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Old 09-13-2018, 09:05 PM   #326 (permalink)
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Default Back at the local field today

Almost calm and misty/low cloud cover. I headed to the field with the FPV taylorcraft and the Whiplash. Main priority was to fly the plane, its a plane day with no wind. I did several flights with it, for a total air time of 98 minutes so call it 6 flights. I did practice some landings and then later the clouds started to part and I had the most beautiful flight with cloud cover BELOW me while flying at low altitude. I could look up and see a low cloud and the plane would pass above it, what a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

After I packed up the plane I pulled out the Whiplash for 1 flight. The mosquitoes were coming out so it wasn't as enjoyable but I managed the flight. Decided to pack up and leave after that as it was starting to get dark, and that's "early" now you can feel the nose dive in daylight hours.

Whiplash V1-2 = 1
FPV Taylorcraft = 6

2018 count:

FPV Taylorcraft = 10
MA 1005 = 74
Spectra-g = 92
Taylorcraft = 20
Whiplash V1-2 = 136
Whiplash V2 = 233

Total = 573
Gallons Mixed = 57.75

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Old 09-17-2018, 05:10 AM   #327 (permalink)
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I finally made it out Saturday, but only one flight. It was hot and muggy, plus no Mark or Bill. Looks as if I will be flying alone from now on...

Total = 50
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:46 AM   #328 (permalink)
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Default Failed attempt

I tried to go out on Saturday, but when I got to the field with 2 whiplashes I discovered I forgot the pull starters at home...DOH!! I tried to see if I can start it with a rope, but no such luck. The 1005 would have worked easily, I did it before, but ther RC motor doesn't have a good place to wrap the rope around. So I just went home with no flights and just ended up taking home some garbage from the field.

I did refill my fuel gas tank after the Taylorcraft flights so updating the total fuel mixed this year..

Total = 573
Gallons Mixed = 60

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Old 09-20-2018, 09:41 PM   #329 (permalink)
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Default Extended outing today from 11:30 to 6:30pm

A nice day at the field. Ansy got me out of bed to go help him with Tyrus's Whiplash. We spent time working on the governor setup and dialing in the machine so he could start breaking in the engine for Tyrus. The grass cutting guy showed up when we were almost through, Ansy took off and I grabbed the weedwacker and lawnmower and cleaned up the pitts area while the guy was mowing the lawn. We were done around 3pm and then I flew my gassers from 3 to 6:25pm.

No one else showed up though a couple of airplane guys were there in the morning.

Whiplash V1-2 = 4
Whiplash V2 = 2
Tyrus's Whiplash V2 = 1

2018 count:

FPV Taylorcraft = 10
MA 1005 = 74
Spectra-g = 92
Taylorcraft = 20
Whiplash V1-2 = 140
Whiplash V2 = 235

Total = 580
Gallons Mixed = 60

I shot a little video of the field today all nice and tidy but not sure if its worthy of posting.

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Old 09-24-2018, 07:55 AM   #330 (permalink)
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Went out flying with Bill this last weekend. And for a change, the weather was great! High 60's, barely a cloud in the sky, with 6 MPH winds.

I had brought a bunch of helis to "air out", but only flew the electric 700. I have some tuning to do with this heli. Bill had bought a Raptor 50 from Mark early this year (possibly late last year?), and it was time to maiden it. Bill did a great job at setting it up. The motor was set very rich and the expo was set too high, but it flew well. I made some radio adjustment, and we tuned the motor...now it flies better!

Bill put in one flight on it and likes it a lot. Then it was time for one of his Fury 55's. Bill brought the wrong one with him, but I test flew and adjusted the radio setting (Expo) to what Bill can handle.

Sunday was more of Saturday...tuning up Bill's other helis. This time Bill brought his other Fury 55 to fly. However, there is a problem with the receiver/Beast X. He normally flies out a ways (maybe 400 feet away) and experienced a dropout of radio signal! His heli started doing its own maneuvers, but somehow Bill was able to get it back close enough to receive the radio signal and land safely. We ran out to retrieve his heli. Brought it back and started trouble shooting.

His DX7 radio allows for a range test, and I was able to walk ~50 away with his transmitter behind my back and lost signal with the heli. I gave Bill some "homework" to do for this week to try and find what is causing this dropout.

In the meantime, I put in 2 more flights on my electric heli and pulled out my Whiplash 700 nitro. The motor is running great, but still very rich...need to start fixing this! The YS 120SRX motor is fairly new, but has plenty of power to do what I need. Outside of that, the heli handles very well, and I'm very comfortable on the sticks...a little motor tuning, and then time to start whaling on this heli!

electric 700 = 5
Whiplash nitro = 1
Bill's helis = 2

Total = 58

I have 5 more weeks before another surgery date in November, then I will be down for awhile.
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Old 09-26-2018, 08:34 AM   #331 (permalink)
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I am going though serious flight withdrawal. Unfortunately its fall, which means renovation season.... Promised the mrs Id get the entire kitchen/DR/LR area redone before the holidays this year...


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Old 09-26-2018, 09:14 PM   #332 (permalink)
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Larry and I showed up this morning and had a great day flying at the Virginia field. Yesterday would have been there but there was a huge accident on I95 South in Virginia I got to exit 152 and couldn't go any further easily. Decided to stop and eat and wait for the traffic to go away before making it the rest of the way.

Today just a couple of locals there we flew all day. I managed 10 flights today, 5 on the Spectra and 5 on the Whiplash V1-2.

Spectra-g = 5
Whiplash V1-2 = 5

2018 count:

FPV Taylorcraft = 10
MA 1005 = 74
Spectra-g = 97
Taylorcraft = 20
Whiplash V1-2 = 145
Whiplash V2 = 235

Total = 590
Gallons Mixed = 60

Some pictures below that I took for some friends on Whatsapp.

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Got to the field around 10 and decided to bang out some flights until it started to rain then go to the post office and mail out some MA filters.

I managed 4 flights before the rain drops started to fall. Larry and I went to the PO and then it was raining more so we went for lunch. The rest of the afternoon was spent just hanging around with the guys and going out to dinner later.

Tomorrow will be a better day, no more rain in the forecast and more people should be arriving.


Whiplash V2 = 4

2018 count:

FPV Taylorcraft = 10
MA 1005 = 74
Spectra-g = 97
Taylorcraft = 20
Whiplash V1-2 = 145
Whiplash V2 = 239

Total = 594
Gallons Mixed = 60

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Hey Raja-


While you are on the road have you seen the chatter on the FAA bill and contacted our reps?


https://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=812347


Better do it... If this one passes we are in deep Licensing requirements, hard 400ft ceiling EVERYWHERE, and new airspace rules and authorization requirements put a lot of clubs into controlled zones that will require ATC authorization.. I *think* Medfield is ok, its just outside the Norwood Airport Class D circle, but Davis is probably in trouble, NEHC is probably in trouble, Burlington is definately in trouble... .



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Been a nice few days here in Virginia. Larry is up in the air now, Mike jumped my spot I said go for it so I can update the log now.

Lots of flying, several crashes today, some quite bad. Two crashes were the same issue so to speak, a servo horn came off on one and a bellcrank came off on another. The high speed SAB airplanes did a nice routine, one of them went down in the corn. They got it back, but in some pieces.

Spectra-g = 2
Whiplash V1-2 = 5
Whiplash V2 = 8

2018 count:

FPV Taylorcraft = 10
MA 1005 = 74
Spectra-g = 99
Taylorcraft = 20
Whiplash V1-2 = 150
Whiplash V2 = 247

Total = 609
Gallons Mixed = 60

I did some night flying by the construction lights yesterday, might do some more today.

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I've spent the last 3 weekends painting 8 hours a day between other responsibilities, painting after work till 8pm some nights, and I don't even have the kitchen done yet (painting cabinets is a b$*(&#$%) 2 more rooms to go before the holidays.


But I really needed a break and Steve has his 35% CARF Extra almost ready to go so we went out a couple hours Sunday. Great day, the 10+ (maybe 15) year old DA100 in Steve's plane ran like a top (just ground tests). I did 3 flights on the Edge, I let Steve take 2 flights on the Edge... His full scale acro experience really shows, you would have no idea he took a 10 year break from the hobby.



Then I did one whiplash flight. One thing I wanted to do, with the threat of a 400ft ceiling is check altitudes again. As I remembered, when I am flying basic big air circuits on the Whip I tend to be around 200ft. Anything under 100 feels dangerously close to the trees. In a punch out, 400 comes up really fast. Flying the big airplane we where easily breaking 400 on loops and pushing 600+ for spin entries. Bailing out below 150-200 gets your heart racing.




This ceiling is going to be a pain if its enforced and/or we cant get a site waiver.


Edge 540: 3
Whiplash-G V1-2: 1


2018 annual totals:
EF 60" Extra: 26
Edge 540: 23
Whiplash-G V1-2: 40
Helix: 45
Trex 450: 2
Raja's Whiplash: 2
Ned's E-Flight Timber: 1
Jon L' Citabira: 1
Subtotal: 141
Sensei training flights with Joey: 14
Total: 154
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Old 10-02-2018, 04:21 PM   #337 (permalink)
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Nice open space you could use the whole field. Did 3 flights with the Whiplash and then was cleaning it up when Montee came by and wanted to do autorotations. So I put the Spectra up and we did about 20 different autorotations each he would pick one and then I would pick the next one.

Spectra-g = 1
Whiplash V2 = 3

2018 count:

FPV Taylorcraft = 10
MA 1005 = 74
Spectra-g = 100
Taylorcraft = 20
Whiplash V1-2 = 150
Whiplash V2 = 250

Total = 613
Gallons Mixed = 62.25

Got some more cheap gas for $2.49 on the way home and filled up the heli can.

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Default Short outing yesterday

Went to the field after mowing the jungle from the Virginia trip. It was cool but it felt colder at the field. My hands were borderling cold I finally pulled out the temp gage and it turned out to be 53F, no wonder! I'm usually getting into the heated glove below 50F.

I put up the 1005 to run the engine and air her out for 3 flights in a row. I had the Spectra but decided to just stick with one machine. Today I have to meet an old friend and help him maiden and trim out a plane he build some time ago, so I'll take the Spectra and use that to do some flights. I'm also taking the weed whacker to clean up the entrance road to the field.

MA 1005 = 3

2018 count:

FPV Taylorcraft = 10
MA 1005 = 77
Spectra-g = 100
Taylorcraft = 20
Whiplash V1-2 = 150
Whiplash V2 = 250

Total = 616
Gallons Mixed = 64

I mixed some more gas as my Virginia gas in the car was running out and I needed a refill.

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Old 10-06-2018, 01:52 PM   #339 (permalink)
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Default Back from the field

Met up with Besho and Larry to help them out with their new planes. Larry's airplane got up OK and I flew it around, trimmed it and did several landings for fun with it. He got to fly it a little bit and Besho flew it some more.

Besho's plane never got off the ground, he brought the wrong radio...ooops!

I did fly my gasser for them a couple of flights to do a demo. John was there with his gasser and he took Larry up on a training flight. I used the weed wacker to clean up the field and the road to the entrance. I hope I didn't splatter any poison ivy juice around, I was trying to be careful but its a dangerous job...

Larry's trainer = 1
Spectra-g = 2

2018 count:

FPV Taylorcraft = 10
MA 1005 = 77
Spectra-g = 102
Taylorcraft = 20
Whiplash V1-2 = 150
Whiplash V2 = 250

Total = 619
Gallons Mixed = 64

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Old 10-07-2018, 03:41 PM   #340 (permalink)
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Default Plains Park today

Went there to see the crowd and talk about models. Met some new guys into the hobby and enjoyed talking to them and answering all the typical questions about the helis.

There were some guys from RI as well as MA with giant scale planes, those flew very nicely it was cool to see them wow the crowd. It was quite still today so the weather was a for everyone I did race with an OS 46 Cherokee and beat it -- guess he can't go 90 mph...

Whiplash V2 = 3

2018 count:

FPV Taylorcraft = 10
MA 1005 = 77
Spectra-g = 102
Taylorcraft = 20
Whiplash V1-2 = 150
Whiplash V2 = 253

Total = 622
Gallons Mixed = 64

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