Blade 360 CFX

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Gary Townsend

Helicopter

Blade

Blade 360 CFX

5 flights, 00:21:30 flying time

5 flights, 00:21:30 flying time

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:20
Leicester Model Aero Club
2 flights
My first session at this club in over two years maybe, doesn't seem that long ago though.

I also had three flights on my CAP 232 today which was fun too.

Overall a very nice day out and some okay flying from me, but too basic really, and not feeling very confident for most of the session. Need to get out more and practice more.

During my last flight my dad shouted out that I had to stand behind the new fence LOL. Strange because I thought I'd been standing near to the far edge of the mowed grass 'D' (situated in front of this new fence) previously, but perhaps not, my memory fails me :)

Anyway about this new fence and the rule that comes with it, which I've been told came into play a few months ago. It's about waist height and runs along the flight line. The old tall netted fence behind the pilots is still there of course to protect everything behind the pilots, but this new short fence is supposed to protect the pilots toes and ankles from being chopped in the unfortunate event that somebody taxis their plane towards the flight line and fails to stop. There might be other reasons too, but I'm not sure yet.

I was quite surprised to find myself distracted by this new short fence, although I'm sure I'll get used to it after a few more flights. I think it was simply my peripheral vision that wasn't used to seeing a boundary immediately in front of me, which if I wasn't so short (5' 5") would have been less noticeable.

The weather was really nice with the wind a little strong at first but dying down later, especially during the last 1/3 of the session.
Sat, 8 Jul 2017 08:00
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
Had a really nice time with beautiful sunshine. Only a few flights today, as mostly enjoying watching a few of the guys passing their A and B Certs which was really nice to see.

Hello Richard for the first time in over a year, nice to see you again mate 👍
Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:45
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
A bit too windy for the 450X and 360 CFX. The Logo flew quite nicely though. It was just nice to be outside and chat with some of the lads.
Sat, 20 May 2017 08:30
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
1st session in over a year but I can still fly 😃

The 450X what can I say, the same good little heli which is always a joy to fly. I flew this 1st just to warm up.

The Blade 360 CFX has loads of power, almost no bogging in tight tic tocs, and overall a great Maiden flight. Silly me, I forgot to Velcro the batteries before I left out, but thankfully Phil had a small piece which I used on one of my packs. It feels like almost double the power of the 450X when you bang the collective, very nice indeed and I'm very happy with it. I wasn't going to mention it but it's true that Horizon provide the same 2 blade foam support that pegs onto the boom as you get with the 450X, proper stupid considering this is a three bladed heli. Anyway I'm simply supporting the middle blade (when they're all folded back) out of the 3 by using one of the slots in the support, and then using a Mikado battery strap to gently tie them all together which actually works very well.

I finished with two flights on the Logo which was super smooth as always, which for that reason probably makes it my favourite, at least for now. I just changed the swash after noticing the last time I landed (spring last year) that the middle section was coming away from the outer swash body. Anyway all is good, but even though the old swash looked pretty dodgy I honestly couldn't tell any difference, it just flies great.

Next the rain came so we all packed up. Overall a very nice morning.


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