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Friday, April 18, 2014

GoPro flight using my Great Planes UPROAR rc plane on 04-18-2014.

Click this link, or copy and paste into your browser's window to see the video of today's flight I posted onto YouTube this evening....

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-u3aymdupmZE/U1HYzkkSXrI/AAAAAAAAAyc/jp-m5fBg9gY/w426-h320/GoPro+Flight+#+1+on+04-18-2014.mp4

Saturday, April 12, 2014

First Fun-Fly of the 2014 Season

We had a blustery start to our first fun-fly flying of the new season. The competition was how many loops in a 30 second time limit. The strong wind at times made consecutive loops difficult to maintain.

There were five contestants (shown below) and two judges, Steve Stafford loop counter and Ken Conway timer. The results were:

Ed Vincent             9 1/4 loops First Place
Cloyce Mann         8 3/4 loops Second Place
Dennis Sporing      8 loops Third Place
Marlowe Cassetti   7 1/8 loops
Steve Anderson      4 1/4 loops

Cloyce getting started to compete
Steve and Ken judging the event

Terry next to his Paramount watching Dennis preparing his Twist
in the background left Steve and Ed troubleshoot Steve's Tiger 60
In the background right is Buzz working on his plane

The flight line with Steve's Tiger 60 on the left

Terry working on his Paramount while Buzz watches


A good time was had by all. It was great to have so many participants. There were several flyers that flew but didn't compete. Mark Sullivan and his grandson stopped by the field on their was to a baseball game. Terry Davis brought his Paramount that he won a few years ago in a club drawing. He had some difficulty with it and didn't fly. Not in the pictures are my Uproar and Big Stick 40. I flew the Uproar but switched to the Stick for the competition. As the wind was picking up many of us packed up early.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Saturday Flying April 5th

From the meeting the evening before, we scheduled a Saturday workday. I had conflict and didn't arrive until around 11:00 AM. Ed was spraying weeds and Steve Stafford was doing touch-up painting on the impound building. After spraying, Ed had some buddy box flying with both Ken and Steve. Terry and Kenny were also there but I didn't see them flying. Arlyn Robbins brought his T-28 but it was forced down with some damage. Mike Ciganek was there to lend his support for the workday.

Steve Stafford getting some "buddy box" refreshing from Ed

Terry, Kenny and Ken posing behind Ed's Funwagon
I brought my Drastik and micro Spitfire IX. The Drastik had the landing gear collapse on takeoff, so repairs are now in order. I flew several flights with the Spitfire and I think I impressed the guys with how well it flew. With a lot of help from the AS3X (Automatic Stabilization 3 Axis) technology which keeps the plane's attitude locked on. Makes it much easier to fly this very small plane (16" wingspan) especially if there is any wind.
FlyZone micro Spitfire IX after the crash
note elevator frozen in full down!

Unfortunately on the last flight the electronics malfunctioned and it came straight down. No apparent damage to the plane but the elevator servo failed in the hard down position. So far I think I will have to replace the electronics which is an all in one unit that has the receiver, AS3X built in, rudder & elevator servos, and speed controller. It costs as much as the entire BNF airplane which is now discontinued. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

here it is

Terry Davis' PT 17 Flight

It's Friday March 21 2014 it's a little cool out side and the wind is out of the East blowing at 10 to 15 mph all morning. I loaded up the Pt 17 military biplane from Great planes and headed to the clubs flying feild.  I wanted to fly it to see if the tailpipe would losen up when the OS 1.20 4 stroke motor got hot. Dennis showed up right after I got there. So we fired it up and warmed it up all looks good so far so it went for a test flight. The 16x6 apc prop got it off the ground faster than I wanted but I was ready for anything. the new Futaba 2.4 radio (6EX )  is nice it didn't take much to trim it out and the flight lasted a little more than 5 or 6 min. I have a video of it and I'm trying to download it  the camera is bolted on the bill of my cap if I get it to download I post it for now it is on my facebook page

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Snow Day flying at the Sky-Corral airfield

Here's a link to the video I was able to get using my quadcopter at the Sky Corral airfield last week with some of the Pueblo club members. We flew off the snow in the parking lot and had a blast that day.....Tony Brotherton called me the evening before and I ended up meeting Kiwi (Stephen Cairns) in Pueblo West for breakfast and some great bench flying before we headed over to the field where we met up with Tony and his Dad along with Mark Siemens also. We were there at least a couple of hours it seemed like and I ended up flying all 4 of my batteries I had for the quad. They all got in several flights too during the day. Check out the video even though it is somewhat hard to see the planes on the flyby's due to them blending in with the snow in the background. Enjoy!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dxT1HlokqA&list=HL1391730886&feature=mh_lolz

New Years Day "Nitro-Chili-Burn"

As promised earlier last month.......the pictures I took of our club's 3rd annual New Years Day "Nitro-Chili-Burn" fly in event. I finally got my GoPro camera back from the warranty repair work that was done and they made sure to send my storage card back with it that I'd inadvertently left in the camera when I sent it in for the warranty work, and with this brutal cold snap we are under right now the work schedule load is all but non-existent for the present time, so that allowed me the time at home to get this report in now.

 The winds on New Years day were quite ferocious so not many pilots got the chance to get in very many flights that day, but some did. The temperature was not cold that day by itself but the winds made the day a bit chilly, but yet bearable too. I was able to get in a couple of flights using my video camera quad-copter platform on that day also, along with taking some still pictures of those folks that braved the cold and windy day to have a great time of visiting and enjoying the pot luck lunch that everyone helped with. I certainly appreciate all of the effort and hard work put in by all of the volunteers to see that this event was another great success too!

  I sure hope to see everyone out at the field enjoying some great winter-time flying in the very near future, and I have gotten in a few more flights on the snow this season now, using both my quadcopter and my .40 sized UPROAR 3d plane on ski's when the snow has been present, or on wheels when the runway has been clear.

 Once again, thanks to all of the pilots and members and the public for the great turnout for this event again this year, and let's keep up the great time of flying and enjoying this great hobby of ours.