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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Test Flying on Tuesday

Well I had a lot of things going on Tuesday including going into Canon City for some necessary shopping. However just before I left home I checked airport weather and it showed calm winds. So I tossed a plane into my car and headed to Canon City with an intermediate stop at our flying field. It was late in the day, but I thought there was enough time for a couple of flights before the sun set in the West. Within a minute of arriving at the field (I was alone there) I installed the LiPo battery in my Spitfire and set off for the first flight. The wind was slight and from the East. I switched on 3 axis stabilization and proceeded the takeoff roll. As it picked up speed it was straight arrow down the runway. The first left hand turn required both rudder and aileron to overcome the stabilization. No problem. After a few minutes of flying I switched off the gyros and realized it needed a few clicks of down elevator and a lot of clicks of left ailerons. It loops and rolls quite well and although it doesn't have unlimited vertical its power is okay. Again switching on stability I brought it into a landing approach. After rolling out onto final the gyros were locked in right down the runway and I controlled the rate of decent via the throttle. My mouth dropped open as the Spitfire made a picture perfect landing. It looked as if it were on an invisible wire. Before it came to a full stop I gunned it and pulled another takeoff. I wanted to see if I could repeat another "perfect" landing. Sure enough, with stability still turned on, it was another two great landings. However on the last landing I didn't bleed off enough speed before I turned to the right and partially collapsed and bent the right landing gear. I couldn't fly again until I bent the gear back.

Just then my cell phone rang and my wife just had to give the good news about her medical tests. So we chatted for a while until I had to explain that I was at the field and the daylight was beginning to fail. After the call ended I hurriedly got out the needle nose pliers and started bending the gear back when all of a sudden the Spit squirted out of my grip and dropped upside down on the ground, damaging the rudder hinges. That ended flying for Tuesday.

Spitfire from Hobby King
Note the separation of the rudder from the fin, caused by dropping it on the ground
Speaking of Spitfire we saw a full scale replica being constructed at the Aircraft Museum in Pueblo. It is quite an undertaking. See photo below.

Anyway, with a successful test flight,  I'm contemplating utilizing 3 axis stability on a larger nitro powered plane in my inventory. So many pilots of high dollar investment (jets & warbirds) planes are turning to 3 axis stability. I can understand why.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday, Another Great Day

A cool. blustery morning turned out to be a nice flying day. Plus we had a great turnout; lots of pilots and planes. All our flight stands were filled up. See photo below.
Flight Stands as far as you can see

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Great Day to be Flying

I have been doing a lot of R/C flying lately. Tuesday I was in Pueblo for various reasons and I had two planes with me. I was the only one there at the Sky Corral field and I was a kid in the candy store. I flew the heck out of Das Ugly Stik and the HK Spitfire (which I later brought to the Sky Corral meeting for Show and Tell). Then yesterday I got brave and flew Das Ugly next to my home and got in several flights. I flew combat with a hawk who thought Das Ugly was encroaching on his territory.

Today I arrived at our FCRCC field with my OS 55AX powered Stinger II. It is a really great sport flyer and a bit of a hot rod. After a couple of flights Kenny showed up with his Corsair, a great looking plane on the ground and in the air. See pix below.

Kenny  taxiing out his Corsair
I had the opportunity to use the new flight stand recently built by Bobby Bellino. It is a real luxury to use with all its space and newness. Great job Bobby.

My Stinger II on the new flight stand
After a while Larry and Garry showed up with planes. Larry got in some quality buddy box time in assisted by Kenny. Garry demonstrated some smooth landings that he has been perfecting. I left after my 5th flight of the day when the 55AX started running sour.

From the left Garry, Kenny, Larry, and Larry's CG Falcon II 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Eve Flying

What a gorgeous day to go flying. Calm winds, mild temps and great group of guys for company. When I arrived at the field I was greeted by a great demonstration of "almost" solo flying by our latest trainee Larry Shivers. He flew a few more times that day and he got in some quality stick time. Way to go Larry. He switched to a better trainer from the Alpha he had been flying. Much more controllable and thus a better trainer.

Larry Shivers and his "better" trainer

Ed Vincent had his large Spitfire out plus his Tiger II. He twice ran the tank dry on his Tiger, but gave a good demonstration of how to do dead stick landings. He didn't fly his Spit today due to a malfunctioning fuel dot.

Kenny brought out his Moki powered Edge and put it through its paces. I thought for a while he wasn't going to get it into the air today because of starter problems.
Kenny holding his Edge up while checking the fuel draw. Ed is working the throttle.
Gary Iovinella had a high wing sport plane and he practiced greasing in the landings .... except one rather bouncy landing, like a rodeo performance. Gary got a kick out of having three planes in the air at once. Gary, Ed and me. Ed's engine quit and Gary quickly called out "dead stick" and he and I got our planes out of Ed's way. Way to go Gary. Arlyn Robbins and his son brought out Arlyn's J-3 Cub. I left before they gave it a flight.

Kenny readying his Edge. In the foreground is my "Das Ugly Stik"
I brought out two planes, the Ugly Stik (pictured above) plus a Hobby King Spitfire, both electric powered. It was the maiden flight for the Spitfire and was quite pleased with its handling and performance. I have a bit of work to adjust the control throws. I switched on the stabilization (built into the Orange receiver) and it flew great especially when hit by gusts. I have to turn down the rudder gain but overall it did a great stabilization job. My flights on the Stik were routine and although I have about 8 flights with it I am amazed with how it performs due to its light wing loading and powerful motor. One flight lasted 16 minutes including three touch and go's. Hobby King's Das Ugly Stik is from Durafly and is one of their Retro Series.

If the weather cooperates tomorrow I plan to maiden my 55AX powered Stinger II. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An Unbelievable Video

Here is a video that cannot be believed ... do not try this at home!!! Click on the link below and enjoy.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Newsletter and new members

Howdy Everyone,
I need some help with your stories and submissions for the monthly newsletter I am sending out each month. It is a struggle to put out a newsletter when I am not able to be at the club events and such very often due to my work schedule and travels. Thanks for everyone's assistance in this matter.
I have spoken to several prospective new club members about joining our club in the past recent months and have handed out several of the club business cards also and for that I am very grateful for the opportunity to welcome new members to our great club. I hope they decide to join us for all the fun and events that we all enjoy as members. I'd also like to welcome the new members that have already recently just joined us too.

FCRCC Newsletter Editor

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fremont County Airport Event

Our club has been invited to have a static display at this event. Please feel free to bring a plane if you're interested. Also check with Mark Sullivan to see if he is bringing his trailer and maybe he might be able to have room for your plane in his trailer. See you there.

 I'll be at work this weekend and unable to attend this airshow. If anyone needs to use my trailer to get the canopy shade, tables, chairs or planes stored in there you are most welcome to come pull it to the airport for the club useage. Just give me a call anytime to set this up. Can someone please get a lot of photos of the days activities for the club newsletter and email them to me ASAP after the airshow as that would be a tremendous help also. Also let Jim Aultman know right away because he needs a lot of help at the airport during this show too.

Thanks in advance,
Mark J. Sullivan