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By Nigel on Wednesday, 27 August 2008 6:30 PM
Was lovely later afternoon weather for flying.

2 more flights again in the backyard. First flight I spent the nearly the whole pack right side in hovering with a couple of piros.  The second flight I spent some time doing left side in hovering, but was having a bit of trouble due to a slight gusty breeze that had blown up, and also not feeling totally confident in the confined space of the back yard.

Right side in is almost automatic.  I still have to think about it, but its more "helicopter...
By Nigel on Tuesday, 26 August 2008 6:52 PM
Very turbulent in the back yard.  But was an enjoyable challenge keeping the heli in a stable hover.

I was able to keep the heli very stationary and manouver to land on a board that I had laid down.  When the wind wasn't so blustery, I even managed some short hands off hovers.

Practiced some right side in hovering as well. (couple of minutes worth)

I had setup a second "landing pad" at the other end of the back yard with the plan to fly to one, land, take off and fly to the other...
By Nigel on Sunday, 24 August 2008 7:18 PM
Went to Virginia Rec Centre for this flight.  Different place to fly, but is a nice oval.  Wind was slight but gusty, but not too bad to fly in

Even after adjusting the tail a further two turns out, it is still drifting.  The drift is getting less, so nearly there.

I was a bit more adventurous, with some nice circuits.  They are so easy compared to hovering nose in LOL.  Also did some right side in hovering

I am a bit disappointed that these dualsky packs are using more juice. ...
By Nigel on Sunday, 24 August 2008 7:12 PM
I reset the tail last night as per the instructions in the jr manual.  The tail is a lot better now, but still needs some tweaking as i am still getting a small amount of drift.

Both flights were basic hovering with some piros and slow forward flight thrown in.

Between the two flights, I lengthened the tail control rod by two turns, but still had a small amount of drift.

Weather was beautiful down at SARCH to day.  Pity there were only a few of us that showed up.

By Nigel on Saturday, 23 August 2008 7:07 PM
Didn't manage to get to SARCH this morning due to needing to do some running around.  Hopefully tomorrow.

Im still running the gyro in rate mode, but for the 2nd flight changed it to HH mode.  It had a really bad drift anti-clockwise (tail to the right), even after landing, and cycling the power on the heli it still drifted, so i switched back to rate mode.

Nothing much other than hovering and trying to trim the tail.

Flight times were 6minutes each flight.

Pack #4 took...
By Nigel on Friday, 22 August 2008 12:16 PM
I decided to finally bite the bullet and purchase a flight sim.  Having run Realflight G3.5 and 4, Reflex XTR, Aerofly Professional Deluxe and the favourable comments on the forums about Phoenix, I decided to go with Phoenix.

I must say that price did play a major factor in the pruchase, but more bringing it forwards than anything else.  I knew that if i got RFG4 or XTR that I would need a new computer first, but when I tried the demo for Phoenix, I was getting over 40 frames per second.  Even with all the graphics features turned off in RFG4 my computer was still barely able to hold the frame rate above 15.  The rave reviews that Phoenix is getting in the forums also helped "push" me in that direction as well.

By Nigel on Monday, 18 August 2008 9:04 PM
I have been itching to get another flight in as i haven't flown in a few weeks due to weather or this weekend was kids.

I changed the throttle curve in Normal mode from an almost linear "curve" (0-35-50-65-100) back to what i used to run (0-60-75-inh-75), or at least similar to what i used to run.  The heli was a lot mroe stable and not as twitchy as it had been.  I guess this would be because the head speed would be more constant

Other than several Left and right Piros, most of the...
By Nigel on Sunday, 3 August 2008 8:47 PM
I managed to get in a flight in the back yard this arfternoon.  It took 1 turn on the "slave blade" to get the blades tracking nicely.

The heli does seem a lot more stable with the align blades

I spent the rest of the pack mechanically setting up the tail using the trim and in rate mode (heading hold off).

It took 13 clicks of trim to the right to stop the tail drift.  I went through the arms that i had to try and find one that ligned up 90deg to the servo, but unfortunately could not.  the closest one i had required (oddly enough) 13 clicks of sub-trim to get it to that magical 90 degree position.  Hopefully from here, it will only require small changes to the length of the linkage rod to stop the drift, if any adjustment is required.

By Nigel on Saturday, 2 August 2008 6:32 PM
Another flight down at SARCH today.  Unfortunately I only had time for one flight due to me leaving my second battery at home, and also the drizzle setting in.

Flight time for this flight I kept down to 6 1/2 minutes.  I will keep flight times down until this battery has a few more charges under its wrapper.  I adjusted the length of the tail linkage rod to try and fix the drift, but unfortunately it didn't work.   Think i will have to go back to basics and adjust it back to "mechanical center"...
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