Mikado Logo 550SX

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Gary Townsend

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Mikado Logo 550SX

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:55
Central Model Helicopter Club
10 flights
Awesome! and I'm totally delighted with todays flying. My 1st proper session flying for many months, and I managed to reach quite good form considering. It was a little windy, but at times the wind almost dropped completely. Richard suggested I try a pirouetting loop during my last flight, which I managed to pull off, and one of them was even reasonably okay for my 1st attempts.

Moves flown: Rolling circuits, reverse piro flipping, 8 point tic-tocs, piro rainbows, piro half loops, piro full loops, and elevator pole dancers. Okay fair enough, at least half my efforts were very limited and in need of massive amounts of practice, but most of it was recognisable :)

I haven't seen Richard fly in many months either, and I have to say it, watching him fly his 700 has inspired me all over again. The power and blade noise from that machine is tremendous, even without turning the headspeed up to a very high RPM. Best move I saw him do was I think, a pirouetting tic-toc loop, left rudder, anti clockwise loop. Extremely well flown, which I scored him 9 out of 10 for, 8 at the lowest if I'm being mean.

The sun was out all day, a little chilly for the 1st hour or two, but overall very nice weather to be outside in.

See you next time, and I feel after today, I'm more back on track than I could have hoped for.
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 08:45
Central Model Helicopter Club
3 flights
Great to be back flying and overall it was a great session. My last flight was 13 weeks ago today.

I've given up on the BeastX used by my 450X as today it was behaving very unusual indeed and very inconsistent. It was only initialising every other time, and during the times it failed all the servos twitched quite a bit. That wasn't really the problem though, as it was the following two issues occurring during flight which made it difficult.

1) An aggressive drift/tilt to the right during hovering (happened for approximately half the flights)

2) From take-off the cyclic gain felt like it had been turned down to minimum. Again not every flight. When it was okay-ish, then after piro flipping and levelling out, the weird low gain feeling seemed to kick in for a few seconds.

Anyway then for its final flight of the day I decided to demonstrate its behaviour to Neale and it didn't drift at all. Amazingly it seemed reasonably locked in for most of the flight, but the super low gain feeling still kicked in a few times lasting for a couple of seconds. Most bizarre.

Since I'll have 3 spare VBars after fitting my Skookums (no I haven’t fitted one yet) I've decided to put one on the 450X, and so I've given away the BeastX making it quite clear that I'm not happy with it, and that it's most likely a cold weather issue, just to make him aware.

The Logo was an absolute dream to fly. Extremely smooth, solid, and perfectly consistent like always (like my Trex 550E is too).

My flying was as I expected it to be, a bit rusty, but even so I was feeling unexpectedly confident, more so than my flying revealed.

Very low wind, nice and sunny, six of us flying in total, so a very happy session overall.
Fri, 5 Jun 2015 11:00
Whitwick Flying Field
0 flights
Tried doing pirouetting half loops for the first time at the field. I'm glad nobody was watching. Far too windy for me to have a good go at getting started on these, but I managed to form some of the first parts of the curvature on the way down. It was beautifully sunny, but the visibility was no better than moderated to good, which when flying as high up as I was made it difficult to see. The white belly and the skids were blending into the sky, so I kept trying it lower, but it was getting very risky. So an okay session, but my pulse was racing a little for a brief period during flight 5.
Sat, 23 May 2015 08:55
Leicester Model Aero Club
8 flights
Started out with darkish cloud, but then it brightened up with the cloud thinning, low wind, and just warm enough, so overall very nice weather. Did a bit more practice on pirouetting rainbows, but I need lots more. I pulled off some half decent continuous quite high speed piro flipping during a couple of flights, but still really want to master the controlled slower aspect to it. So I'm rating my flying today as okay, but could do better. A significant discovery about my Goblin today made by Richard, after asking him to have a fly to see if he thought it felt weird, the answer was yes, very. So, I'll just describe the first moment of discovery. Quite simply after rotating at the top of a stall turn and pulling up as the heli is flying downwards, there is a very significant amount of left aileron occurring (or at least it’s flying as if its receiving left aileron input). Strange, the VBar doesn't correct it at all. Whatever the cause is, it's definitely affecting several aspects of flight, not just stall turns. I've tried very low, medium, and high cyclic gain, and the characteristic is still the same, so it's not that. I've checked all VBar settings and there's nothing wrong there, I'm pretty sure anyway. So I don't know what to do. I might take the VBar out of my 450 Dominator and put that in it and do a brand new set-up, but I really don't think that will make any difference. Richard mentioned something about mechanical/aerodynamic phasing (I think he said phasing, not sure) possibilities, so I'll Google that tomorrow. To conclude, if the Goblin was flying as it should be, it would have been at least a 4 star, possibly even a 5 star :)
Sun, 17 May 2015 07:00
Whitwick Flying Field
8 flights
An excellent session. I need to always be wearing my sunglasses I think, as they make me feel more relaxed somehow. I started off with low confidence, but by flight three I was feeling quite at ease. Moves today were: Slow and medium speed piro flipping (quite high up), pirouetting rainbows (quite high up), paint stirrers, and elevator slappers. All four moves are coming along nicely, and my flying today was closer to where I am on the sim than my last few sessions were, I just hope I can maintain the focus and confidence I had today. If the sunglasses are helping like I suspect they are, then my new Rapid ones on order are going to be very interesting for me, as they have four different types of lenses to try :) :)
Fri, 15 May 2015 10:05
Central Model Helicopter Club
3 flights
A great 1st flight (maiden) for Clare on her Goblin 570. It flew really well from the moment it lifted off the ground. No wobbles at all, and very smooth. She really liked it and was feeling quite comfortable hovering around covering some ground. One of the main blades was a little too loose after the first flight to be able to spool up again without it folding back, and I didn't have the Allen key, but although it was just one flight, it couldn't have gone any better.

My new 15 tooth pinion on the Logo is allowing me to govern the rpm at about 2300 with sufficient head room, but I was mostly flying at about 2250, and I will be doing a mixture of 2100 to 2300 in the long run I think. So I'm pleased with that. Flying wise I didn't really try anything interesting.

The Goblin 700 is no longer showing the significant cyclic wobbles it had last time, probably because I've lowered the cyclic gain from 90 down to 70, which is what it was set to before the rebuild, 70 that is. My head speeds are approximately 1850 Normal, ST1 1900, ST2 2050, and ST3 2150 (80% Throttle). There is some wobbling under approximately 2000 rpm (a bit of tail bobbing, and a bit of slow wag), which perhaps the gains might help (I'll have to set each VBar bank accordingly), or else taking the shims out of the head dampening. I managed to do some really quite good paint stirrers with it, as good as my sim efforts, and Clare was impressed :)

Overall quite a nice session. There's an event at CMHC next weekend and some of the glider pilots are starting to position their equipment from today, which will be in area Zone B. Two very nice gentlemen, one mowing the whole field and one setting up the perimeter, kindly came over and spoke with us, and we had a nice chat. They told us they would leave where we were flying until as late as possible to allow us to continue flying :) Dudes or what ;)

OH Yes, I forgot my sunglasses, which made it difficult on a bright day like today. So I'm off out to try some on so that I'll have a few pairs, some of which will live in my car B|
Wed, 13 May 2015 16:15
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
One of my crappiest sessions ever, but still it deserves one star because it was nice talking with the lads. The 1st flight 30 seconds in (I was already being restricted to a poxy small flying area due to the gliders having parked in the middle of our main patch to the right), some geezer walks directly underneath where I'm flying, then 30 seconds after that a glider gets towed straight down the middle of the little bit of our main patch that still remained, directly towards me, at which time Mark advised me to land. Half an hour later Neale arrived (things had settled down a bit) and he did a cracking first flight, especially considering he hadn't had a fly in three weeks, nice one dude :) Anyway then I left and went home for a BBQ. Most annoyed. I had the Goblin and Logo with me, determined to get 10 decent flights in, but it all went to sh-t at the very beginning. Never mind there's always next time :(
Sun, 10 May 2015 07:30
Central Model Helicopter Club
8 flights
Overall a very nice session. The weather was great at first, then 20 minutes later when Ewan turned up it got quite windy and there was thick dark cloud affecting the visibility. Then an hour later Mr Bird arrived and the cloud cleared, but the wind remained, and it gradually got stronger for the remainder of the session. The Goblin is back in the air. I need to have a play around with the cyclic gain I think (perhaps I need to lower it, it's at 90 at the moment), I'll research some setups later, but I managed some high speed tic-tocs and some low speed gentle ones during my nervous first two flights since the rebuild due to the fire. I started practicing a new move (stolen from Richard) on the Logo, one which I thought would be suitable for me when it's very windy. It's quite simple, but a challenge for me to do very well formed and in position. Basically it's just an elevator rainbow with a 180 degree aileron rotation as the heli flies over the top, flying from left to right and right to left. I didn't have the bottle to try the pirouetting rainbows yet, maybe next time.
Mon, 4 May 2015 07:30
Central Model Helicopter Club
7 flights
A good session with Richard but very windy, and the control he has in the wind is definitely very impressive, and a good target to be aiming for. I practiced a bit of heli to the right skids in tic-tocs, heli in front skids in tic-tocs, a little bit of piro flipping, and 4 and 8 point tic-tocs. To be honest I felt restricted due to the wind, which put me a little too far outside my comfort zone to be able to fly how I'd have liked, but it was a nice session considering. One of the canopy support posts nearly worked its way out on the Trex so I only had one flight with it, which was a little disappointing as I prefer it to the Logo when the wind is up, probably due to it being a heavier model and having a higher head speed, making it feel slightly more solid in the air.
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:55
Central Model Helicopter Club
6 flights
An excellent session. Spent two flights setting the throttle curves on my Trex 550, and then shortly afterwards Richard turned up, which is when the session really began. Moves I practiced were piro flips, backwards waves, rolling circuits, 4 and 8 point tick-tocks, and some general random transitioning between various orientations, which is the single biggest aspect I want to practice more. Richard was flying magnificently this evening, demoing lots of different moves. I don't know the names of many, but to be able to fly the complexity of continuously changing orientations is something I'm aiming for.
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:00
Leicester Model Aero Club
5 flights
An okay session, but I wasn't really concentrating very well, partly due to feeling quite cold I think. I did manage to do some okay walking tick-tocks which I haven't done for a while. Problem though, my Trex 550E with its new Jive 100LV and telemetry unit now has a servo twitching issue. It started out on servo 3 front right, but after further testing it has now changed to servo 1 elevator, so it's unlikely to be the servos, and is probably something to do with the BEC supply not being properly compatible with the servos. My Logo has exactly the same setup, but uses Savox servos, and there's no problem. Both are using VBar. So now then, Noel at Midland warned me that when the Jive 100LV BEC was set to 6.0v on his Trex 550, the servos had a random big twitch during flight, and that setting it to 5.6v cured it, but mine is set to 5.6v. So what the heck am I to do now, change all the servos, or use a Castle 120 ESC :( Dunno, probably change the servos.
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:00
Central Model Helicopter Club
3 flights
Fantastic :) I passed both the flying and the questions. Thank you Richard and Adrian for being the examiners :) So then my opinion is: My two practice flights, one on my own, and one with Richard, both went very well, even with the strong wind. About an hour later I did my test flight and the wind had increased even more. Overall not bad, all very safely in control, some good moments, and some wobbly, but largely due to the gusty wind. So for a school grade perhaps a 'C' which I'm happy with. It's Neale's (Mr Bee) turn next :) and he told me he'd like to do it before Grass Roots :)
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:00
Whitwick Flying Field
8 flights
Windy and gusty, that's all it seems to be lately, whenever I fly anyway. Overall quite please with my flights today. My stall turns are much better, and my figure eights seem better formed flying them a little faster, which is my usual style anyway, so why was I flying them slow, I just don't know. Hovering about the same, nothing changed there, and it just seems to be more about the wind than my thumbs that determines how smooth the heli is. I know in about a 5mph quite steady wind it all seems about 3 to 4 times easier than in a 15mph gusty wind. Anyway tomorrow is looking as windy as ---k, so it's unlikely I'll have a descent chance at the B test.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:30
Central Model Helicopter Club
6 flights
Had 6 packs practicing for the B test. Richard turned up and watched me fly the routine, giving me some pointers on a few aspects of the test. Cheers mate :) Anyway after flying the whole routine, and then a couple of flights just concentrating on a few of my weak points, my confidence has improved considerably, and it's nice to have a reference to aim for from such an experienced flyer. Over the next few days I'll be working on the shape and positional accuracy of my stall turns, and then second to that the neatness and style of my square circuits, and figure eights, and then also just generally tidying up the rest of the manoeuvres. Hopefully I'll be able to have a go at the test on Saturday, after 2 or 3 days more practice this week.
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:10
Leicester Model Aero Club
3 flights
Two packs practicing for the B test with Clare standing next to me as I was explaining the moves, and I did very well. Clare did point out my square circuits weren't very neat, so I told her I wasn't trying properly for that part, and that they were suppose to be rectangles. I had one flight just flying around randomly, and did a few really big stall turns which I really like doing, simple but satisfying. I buddied Clare on the 450x, her first flight in about 6 months. Weather forecast: Cold, quite windy, thick grey/black cloud, visibility good. Loads were there, and by 10:30 it was getting very busy with planes. Overall a nice little session, and as usual I did a fair bit of talking.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:50
Central Model Helicopter Club
8 flights
It was pretty windy, making it difficult practicing the B hovering manoeuvres, but I did okay though considering. It was gusty too, not just plain windy. I had a couple of flights doing a little bit of Gary flying, but overall I was slightly disappointed with my flying today. There were loads of us there, and Neale seemed to be loving flying in the wind, and I think at one point he even wanted it to get windier :) The sun was out all morning, and by 11:00 it started to become a real problem, even with sunglasses. I decided to do a couple of stall turns at one point, but to have flown them left to right, would have meant flying either through the sun, or if I'd changed the way I was facing, then over where everyone was standing, and it was getting more and more distracting moving into the afternoon. So when the sun's out, it seems early to midmorning, or from 3:30 onwards are the best periods to fly. Also last but not least, Dave was there visiting the club, and he had a few flights of his heli, which I think was a Trex 500, and he flew it very nicely. I spent loads of time talking to him, but I couldn't wear him out, he just kept listening and listening :)
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:25
Central Model Helicopter Club
8 flights
Spent all 8 packs practicing the B moves. Quite happy with my progress, but still a little work to do in certain areas yet. Hopefully I'll be ready to take the test by next weekend. One nice change for me this evening was having a 3:25 (that's meant to mean 3 hours 25 minutes) flying session instead of getting drunk in the sun :) although I like doing that too. What I liked most of all though is just being at the field with other dudes. 8 packs over 3.5 hours is so much better that 8 packs in 1 hour dude-less.
Sun, 5 Apr 2015 07:40
Central Model Helicopter Club
4 flights
Richard was already there when I arrived. Possibly the most aggressive 3D I've seen him fly. My legs wobbled a couple of times. It's the slow perfectly controlled stuff though which I admire the most, although the fast stuff is quite a blast to watch, and very entertaining too! A lovely morning, virtually no wind, and not too cold even with having an early start. Dean from Medway Massive was there, and it was nice to see him fly his Trex 700 and have a nice little chat :) I was feeling comfortable and somehow slightly clearer than usual about my flying today, everything seemed to flow a little more naturally from the start of each flight to the end. No doubt the good weather helped, a beautiful day indeed.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:00
Whitwick Flying Field
7 flights
A really nice session. Quite a bit windier than I was expecting. Spent all 7 flights practicing the B moves. I'm now flying the whole routine at 1900rpm until I get to the stall turns. At that point I'm increasing the rpm a little (forgot to look at the reading) by switching into stunt 1. I have the top half of the pitch curves the same in normal mode and stunt 1, both at a maximum of 90% with the VBar probably initially setup at 13 degrees, which seems okay, and I get no sudden change in height now. It was useful today having the nearly usual 0 to 90 percent (although I could make this even) stunt 1 pitch curve for the stall turns, as when into-wind I used quite a bit of negative collective to hold the position at the top of the manoeuvre, and when downwind quite a bit of positive. Whether I leave it in stunt 1 or switch to normal for the 45 degree decent will hardly make any difference, with only a slight change in rpm coming into play. At a certain point downwind during the figure eight I was sometimes getting an aggressive drop, which needed quite an adjustment to compensate, especial to the collective, but other than that considering the wind strength, not bad overall. My latest thinking is to fly the test in one pack, as I'm getting even longer with more of the routine being flown at 1900rpm, and my thumbs seemed to be okay today with pressing down for over 8 minutes without a break.
Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:45
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
We went through the A test questions today, and some of them were an interesting challenge, especially the one about the pothole :) I only had one flight due to spending lots of time talking, probably over 5 hours worth in a 5 1/2 hour session, which has worn me out. It was nice watching Richard getting back into flying the pirouetting loops. Also Neale's 700 Assault DFC is amazing, especially considering it's a £400 set-up if you don't count the £50 regulator. I'm seriously considering getting one simply because it's a 700 size to practice on with relatively extremely low crash damage costs.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:00
Whitwick Flying Field
4 flights
I'm learning the B test routine as a complete flight from start to finish. Having said that It's not correct yet, as there's a landing or two missing, positioning and transitions need some consideration, distances, height consistency, and generally how well the manoeuvres are formed, are all things I'll be trying to improve. Also I need to get the spatial positioning of the heli in my head when it's flying further away. It's great fun and I'm liking doing this very much. I've only had 4 flights at flying the moves as a full routine, so I've only just about managed to memorise it. It's taking me between 7:30 to 8:00 minutes to complete, but I'm hovering too long at times, and probably flying a bit too slow during the rectangular circuits. So considering also that there's a landing I need to squeeze in, then it'll probably end up very close to 7:30 minutes. I'm landing with about 20 to 25 percent left in the packs when flying with an rpm of 1900.



Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:00
Whitwick Flying Field
6 flights
Spent all six flights practicing my B moves. I got on really well, and enjoyed it a lot. I like having a routine to follow and target levels of flying to aim for. Also I positioned the cones on my flying patch, and that was also nice to reference my position against for the relevant moves. Over 9 minutes per flight for the hovering flights. The wind speed was super low, I wasn't cold, and all I want now is a few beers, but I'm not sure if I should.
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:30
Central Model Helicopter Club
4 flights
I spent most of the first 3 flights practicing my A manoeuvres, and getting it very good every time isn't as easy as one might think, but I did okay, and overall with my practice flights and the 4th (test) flight I'm very pleased, absolutely delighted in fact. I've been putting this off for months as I get very nervous under test conditions, but thankfully my hands (especially my left thumb) seemed reasonably steady :) I'm going to get straight on with practicing the B manoeuvres which I'm really looking forward to. I will of course be play flying doing my usual stuff, but I'm mostly going to spend the next several weeks concentrating on getting the B certificate. Eleven of us were at the club today, and it was an extremely nice social atmosphere, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and they all clapped when I'd finished :)
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:45
Whitwick Flying Field
6 flights
The weather was nice. Warm, low wind, cloudy but bright, and excellent visibility. No gloves for all 6 flights. My confidence was a little off, but overall it was a nice session. I think I made a small amount of progress on my rolling circuits after quite a few goes. It's when heading towards me at about 45 degrees just before the heli passes by that I'm finding it the most challenging. Also I started very carefully and gently working on upright anticlockwise pirouetting circuits (one orientation of the manoeuvre I've not flown so far). I made a little bit of progress, but I need to make sure my field flying keeps up with the sim. If I'd had another 2 packs with me it might have just about made it to be a 4 star.
Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:00
Central Model Helicopter Club
8 flights
Started off quite foggy, then got very foggy, and then cleared towards the end of the session. Overall very enjoyable, feeling comfortable, but my tick-tocks today were diabolical. Halfway through my 450 flight one of the links from the swash to the blades came off (never to be found) and it went crazy and dropped to the floor, but I easily had time to hit throttle hold so the only real damage was my old canopy now needs replacing. It was great to see Richard, Neale, and Mark. Richard's tick-tocking circuits, tight continuous pirouettes, rolling loops, and some rainbow move transitioning halfway through, all looked very well flown, impressive. I only wish I’d had more packs and more time, as I missed seeing Neale's 700 fly, and was really in the mood to stay and fly some more. So a really great day :)
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:45
Whitwick Flying Field
4 flights
Too cold and too dark. I think it was just the thick cloud mostly, also perhaps a little late in the day. 3rd flight I tried without the mitt so I could use my tachometer, but I'd forgotten how to turn the light setting up so it was like looking into a black hole, and I had to land halfway through because my hands were getting numb. A nice positive for today was I found lowering the head speed helped me control the rolling circuits better, but overall I found myself concentrating on visibility and cold hands more than the flying.
Sun, 8 Feb 2015 08:10
Whitwick Flying Field
6 flights
It felt very cold this morning. My hands were freezing in-between flights. I spent the first 2.5 packs trying nose down 4:30 and 7:30 tick-tocks, and afterwards just flew pretty randomly. Also about halfway through my 50 minute session the wind blew quite a bit, which added to the cold even more. I'm glad I've got my mitt, as fingerless gloves just don't do the job. I'll tick the remove fisheye option next time to keep the ground looking flat, although I don't actually mind the barrel distortion effect now I'm used to it. I just like the ground to be at least a little bit in view on the recording. Sorry it's all the same thing, just a demo for Suthae.

Sat, 7 Feb 2015 08:10
Whitwick Flying Field
8 flights
Despite the thick grey cloud and the sweltering 2 degrees, it just made it to be a 4 star session. I wasn't sure how much longer I wanted to stay during pack 5, but then packs 6, 7 & 8 turned out to be really enjoyable flights. A nice little session of exactly one hours flying. I tried slowing down a lot, the speed of my rolling circuits, since it's something I've been struggling to properly get into, and it's made a big difference. I managed to do them nice and slow today (which was my favourite part of today’s session), far better and with more control than before when they were just too quick with not enough control and not formed to completion. Otherwise I had a little practice at most of my usual flying. I noticed a rattle after my last flight which sounds like it's coming from inside the boom, and there’s an irregular clicking when the tail belt rotates, so I need to investigate this before its next flight.
Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:30
Whitwick Flying Field
6 flights
Almost a 4 star. Two more packs (I only took 6) and slightly nicer weather and it definitely would have been, perhaps even a 5 star. I felt a bit edgy until halfway through my 3rd pack when my confidence kicked in. I did a bit of ordinary backwards inverted which I've not done much of lately, and it felt good to do. The thing I'm most pleased about is my nose-down 4:30 and 7:30 tick-tocks, which I tried at the field for the first time today, and somehow I was doing them significantly better than I've been doing on the sim. So a very nice session from pack 3 onwards, but even so, it was still pretty windy when it blew, very wet and muddy, and cold. No video today, just concentrating on flying.
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:15
Whitwick Flying Field
8 flights
I must have picked the windiest part of the day where I fly. About the same maximum gust strength as yesterday but more persistent. Still it was great fun, but I didn't really do a lot, mostly lots of piro flipping and tick tocks. I did attempt to do some rolling circuits for the first time high up, but I need lots more practice. I've been studying the GoPro and I'm getting to understand the technicalities of the camera. This sessions recording is all in the narrow field of view as opposed to the medium I used last time, and as a result the ground goes quickly out of view, but the image is possibly a little closer. I'll try a mixture of both next time. Also, even though the mp4 that the camera produces has excellent image quality when played on the computer, it seems YouTube (even when uploading with the correct specifications, with an mp4 which is also produced to be highly compatible) always reduces the quality, but it's still quite good overall. The trick is to keep the heli as close as is safe.

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:10
Whitwick Flying Field
5 flights
A very enjoyable session. It was pretty windy (the 450x didn't like it) and I found it quite difficult during the gusty spells (slightly windier than forecast at times), feeling limited in what I could practice, but it was still great fun. I did some of my best 4 (getting to be 8ish) point tick tocks so far. Unfortunately I messed around with the camera settings today and made a mess of it, so no decent footage recorded, which I'm disappointed about, but I think I've sussed it now.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:15
Whitwick Flying Field
3 flights
My first recording session with the GoPro. It was a little foggy, but perfectly okay to fly, and I've managed to remove most of the fog using the camera software. Not my best session recently, but okay. I've selected some of my favourite clips from today's flights for the video. There are two crashes of the Blade 130X, and the one at the end is replayed in slow motion. My piro flipping is getting a little lower, but still needs a lot of work to make it look neat.

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:35
Whitwick Flying Field
5 flights
I've mounted my S4 Mini onto the front of my baseball cap and made my first few recordings. I got used to it quite quickly and was pleasantly surprised to find it only takes minimum effort to make minor head movement adjustments to get the framing reasonable. The 550sx video is a better quality than the 450x which has quite a bit of blurring. Overall I'm very pleased with the results for a first effort. I'm considering buying a GoPro and the head strap plus baseball cap mountings, but I just need to convince myself that the quality will be significantly better and more consistent than my phone. As for flying today, it was great fun. My continuous spinning piro flipping is getting much better (especially on the 550sx being much easier to do it on than the 450x). I just need to be brave and try it closer to the ground. It was extremely cold on the hands in-between flights when messing around with the phone camera, but that's my only complaint.



Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:45
Whitwick Flying Field
5 flights
What a beautiful morning, clear blue sky, quite low wind and the sun to my back. First flight on either of my 550s in 9 weeks, and it was a treat to fly. I did some more continuous spinning piro flipping (quite high up though) and got on pretty nicely. I'm thinking of making an acrylic holder for my phone to fix onto the front of a baseball cap so I can make recordings, so basically copying Tony's method.
Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:10
Leicester Model Aero Club
5 flights
Might have been a 6 star but it only goes up to 5 :) This was one of my favourite sessions (at least joint 2nd) this year. My aileron tick-tocks were getting quite good, far better than I've ever done before, and I was able to make rudder and elevator corrections to keep them half neat, which felt nice. Besides the tick-tocks it was lots of what I usually like to do. I felt very on form today even though I've not been flying very much recently. No doubt the low winds helped a lot, and perhaps all the iron in last night's 18oz steak (which I polished off for breakfast this morning) helped nourish my concentration today :) Richard was there flying excellent as always, and he's even starting to get good at 3D stuff with his planes now.
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:05
Central Model Helicopter Club
3 flights
A nice session with lots of people turning up. It wasn't too windy for the first hour or so, but it started to pick up quite a lot as the morning went on. Mostly I just started to get a good feel for the Logo after not flying it for a few weeks, and had a few nice flights with the 450x as well. It was quite cold, and Richard kept insisting that I use his Transmitter Glove/Mitt as I forgot my gloves.
Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:20
Leicester Model Aero Club
4 flights
In addition to me flying today I buddied Clare (my other half for those who don't know) for 3 flights on the 450x and 1 flight on the 130x. Clare's flying was very good today. She's now hovering tail in moving left and right with some precision, turning it sideways on, holding the hover pretty much in position, and then slowly flying forwards to the right, stopping and then back to tail in, and then flying back in front of us. I'm not totally happy yet with the Goblin. It's probably mostly that I need to get used to it, but also it doesn't feel as perfectly stable as my Logo 550sx does. The weather was fantastic today and it got very busy by midday, so I could do with a long but not busy day and loads of flights on the Goblin, playing around with all the settings.
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:30
Central Model Helicopter Club
4 flights
Started early at 7:30am and struggled slightly with visibility, which got pretty good by 8:30am. For the following 2 & 1/2 hours the weather was absolutely amazing, with virtually no wind and a beautiful sunny sky. Me, Richard and Chris were flying today. I've almost got to grips with my new 'backwards upright transitioning to forwards inverted' move described in my last session. Also for a very brief moment I managed 2 to 3 transitions of continuous piro flipping quite high up, which I'm not bad at on the sim, but at the field somehow I need to synchronize my mind with the sim. So overall a very nice session.
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 07:45
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
A very enjoyable and relaxing session flying with Richard, Mark and the rest of the crew. Tried a new move today on the 450x, which was anticlockwise circuits, starting with backwards upright, transitioning into forwards inverted by doing a simple nose down elevator half flip. Although I can fly backwards and inverted circuits reasonably well, I'm finding transitioning in this manner a challenge, but feel after a few more decent sessions I'll be okay with it, hopefully.
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:45
Leicester Model Aero Club
2 flights
Finally had my first flights with the Goblin 700 Comp. The tail gain was too high at first, but reducing it completely stopped any wag. There's still a slight elevator wobble but nothing major, so it just needs some more setting up. Overall a good first 3 flights, with me starting to feel slightly aggressive by flight 3 :) Being totally honest though I was proper nervous during flight 1 as I was fully expecting to be, but I'm extremely happy to have had my first few flights with it.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:00
Leicester Model Aero Club
4 flights
1st flight I was feeling extremely uncomfortable (I considered calling it a day) after a very bad nights sleep. By my 3rd flight I was amazed how much more focused I was feeling. Then the following 6 flights went pretty well, practicing funnels and general inverted in a medium strength wind. About half way into my last flight with the 450x the motor almost completely ceased up, with both bearings having broken apart, but I landed okay though.
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:00
Leicester Model Aero Club
7 flights
A very nice Saturday morning flying session starting at 9:00am. The wind increased from about 3mph to 12mph by the time we left at 2:00pm. Clare's still loving the 130x, but is now focusing on more precision hovering on the 450x. Overall a very lovely day flying with Clare and Richard, and my ham and cheese sandwiches were nice too.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:30
Leicester Model Aero Club
2 flights
Another perfect weather day. It was very busy at times so I did lots and lots of talking, which I like. Richard was there on another extended dinner break, unfortunately we didn't get to see what he had to eat :) but probably not another full English. It was Clare's session really today, as I buddied her for 9 flights on the 130x. She's liking that little heli very much indeed. So a very nice day today :) We saw Mick Middleton just before we left, and watched him have a hover on his rebuilt Blade 450 FB. It seems he had a tail belt drive gear slipping issue, which was unfortunate.
Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:25
Leicester Model Aero Club
5 flights
It was my first time flying with sunglasses today, and I've found the difference to be fantastic. I can now fly quite far over to the left even past mid afternoon. I buddied Clare for 3 flights on the 450x and 5 flights on the 130x, so 15 flights in total between us. It would have been more but we were all waiting for the mowing to finish around midday.
Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:45
Leicester Model Aero Club
9 flights
Best day of the year so far for me and Clare. By the end of the day I was feeling totally relaxed and in sync with the sim. Clare was consistently flying left to right rotating at each end all with nice control (I buddied her for 6 flights on the 450x). The weather was warm, very low wind, with a nice bright blanket of cloud shielding us from the sun, so even late into the afternoon facing to the left was no problem. Couldn't have been a better day :) Really feeling like I'm getting into it, and it has to be said once again, massively inspired by RVA. Can't wait until early next week for our next session.
Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:45
Leicester Model Aero Club
3 flights
A beautiful day with very low wind and a nice amount of sunshine. I felt the most confident in ages and did quite a few half decent tail down and nose down belly in funnels, as well as some inverted loops, no doubt the low wind helped loads. In addition to my 5 flights I buddied Clare twice and my Dad once. No crashes today.
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:30
Leicester Model Aero Club
3 flights
Started with 1 flight early morning before this session actually started. After we'd returned it had got quite busy. Had another 2 flights on the Logo, and 1 flight (1st flight in over 2 months) on the 130x, which was as fun as always.
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:00
Central Model Helicopter Club
2 flights
A short session today. Had 2 (might have been 3, don't think so though) nice flights, pretty basic but okay, a bit messy at times as usual. Me, Clare, Richard, and Mark plus family were there.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:30
Leicester Model Aero Club
2 flights
During the second flight of my 550sx I found the nerve to try the tail down belly in funnels I've been practicing on the sim, although not very well formed which wasn't helped by the wind. Then I met Kev another heli pilot who was slinging his Blade 300 around. I felt encouraged to have ago on my 450x so I gave it a go, and I was able to manage some more tail down funnels, again not very well formed. Then the wind went crazy and it hammered it down.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:15
Central Model Helicopter Club
3 flights
First fly at LMAC in a little while, and nice to see the crew again. A little bit windy but not too bad. Nice to see Richard there flying superbly as usual.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00
Leicester Model Aero Club
4 flights
Nice to be at Gumley in the evening for a change. A very chilled out atmosphere and great company. The sun was becoming an obstacle, but walking out onto the patch and turning around helped a lot.
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:00
Leicester Model Aero Club
3 flights
It was Gala day today at LMAC. Very windy indeed, even more so than yesterday. Although I was struggling again, I enjoyed my flights very much, so very happy with today. Great company, Richard was showing off of course :) and lots of planks in the air too. It was a nice surprise to see so many people flying considering the wind, probably 20mph average with 30mph gusts, and even the occasional 35mph gust.
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:30
Leicester Model Aero Club
4 flights
A great days flying at Gumley. Very windy but still lots of fun. I Started out with a warm up flight and some hover practice on the 450x with JP instructing, and then got back to practicing a few moves I've been doing on the Sim, struggling with the wind though. Clare had 3 flights on the 450x as well, and did pretty good considering the wind.

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