Gary Townsend

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United Kingdom United Kingdom

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Models

Align Dominator 450L
Align Dominator 450L
Align
,
2 flights in 2017
0 flights in 2016
12 flights total
0.13 hours in 2017
0.00 hours in 2016
0.63 hours total flying time
0 crashes this year
0 crashes last year
0 crashes total
Align Trex 150X
Align Trex 150X
Align
,
6 flights in 2017
0 flights in 2016
6 flights total
0.34 hours in 2017
0.00 hours in 2016
0.34 hours total flying time
0 crashes this year
0 crashes last year
0 crashes total
Align Trex 550E
Align Trex 550E
Align
,
1 flights in 2017
6 flights in 2016
81 flights total
0.08 hours in 2017
0.45 hours in 2016
5.96 hours total flying time
0 crashes this year
1 crashes last year
2 crashes total
Blade 130S
Blade 130S
Blade
,
6 flights in 2017
0 flights in 2016
6 flights total
0.36 hours in 2017
0.00 hours in 2016
0.36 hours total flying time
0 crashes this year
0 crashes last year
0 crashes total
Blade 450X
Blade 450X
Blade
,
4 flights in 2017
5 flights in 2016
118 flights total
0.30 hours in 2017
0.38 hours in 2016
9.61 hours total flying time
0 crashes this year
0 crashes last year
1 crashes total
Goblin 570
Goblin 570
SAB Heli Division
,
8 flights in 2017
0 flights in 2016
8 flights total
0.67 hours in 2017
0.00 hours in 2016
0.67 hours total flying time
0 crashes this year
0 crashes last year
0 crashes total
Goblin 700 Competition
Goblin 700 Competition
SAB Heli Division
,
10 flights in 2017
4 flights in 2016
40 flights total
0.75 hours in 2017
0.30 hours in 2016
3.06 hours total flying time
0 crashes this year
0 crashes last year
0 crashes total
Mikado Logo 550SX
Mikado Logo 550SX
Mikado
,
40 flights in 2017
13 flights in 2016
295 flights total
3.33 hours in 2017
1.08 hours in 2016
27.78 hours total flying time
0 crashes this year
0 crashes last year
0 crashes total

Flights by Model

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6 flights on Goblin 570 6 flights on Goblin 570 6 flights on Goblin 570 2 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 2 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 2 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 4 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 4 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 4 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 1 flights on Align Trex 550E 1 flights on Align Trex 550E 1 flights on Align Trex 550E 1 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 1 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 1 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 2 flights on Align Trex 150X 2 flights on Align Trex 150X 2 flights on Align Trex 150X 1 flights on Blade 130S 1 flights on Blade 130S 1 flights on Blade 130S 2 flights on Goblin 570 2 flights on Goblin 570 2 flights on Goblin 570 6 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 6 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 6 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 15 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 15 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 15 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 4 flights on Align Trex 150X 4 flights on Align Trex 150X 4 flights on Align Trex 150X 3 flights on Blade 130S 3 flights on Blade 130S 3 flights on Blade 130S 2 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 2 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 2 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 4 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 4 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 4 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 2 flights on Align Dominator 450L 2 flights on Align Dominator 450L 2 flights on Align Dominator 450L 2 flights on Blade 130S 2 flights on Blade 130S 2 flights on Blade 130S 1 flights on Blade 450X 1 flights on Blade 450X 1 flights on Blade 450X 13 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 13 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 13 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 1 flights on Blade 450X 1 flights on Blade 450X 1 flights on Blade 450X 1 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 1 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 1 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 2 flights on Blade 450X 2 flights on Blade 450X 2 flights on Blade 450X 2 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 2 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 2 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX

Places

Central Model Helicopter Club
Lutterworth, Leicestershire
5 Members
9 sessions in 2017
4 sessions in 2016
Leicester Model Aero Club
Lutterworth, Leicestershire
5 Members
2 sessions in 2017
0 sessions in 2016
RealFlight Simulator
,
6 Members
0 sessions in 2017
3 sessions in 2016

Sessions by Place

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1 sessions at BMFA Buckminster 1 sessions at BMFA Buckminster 1 sessions at BMFA Buckminster 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at BMFA Buckminster 1 sessions at BMFA Buckminster 1 sessions at BMFA Buckminster 2 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 2 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 2 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 2 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 2 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 2 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 2 sessions at Leicester Model Aero Club 2 sessions at Leicester Model Aero Club 2 sessions at Leicester Model Aero Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club

Latest Sessions

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00
BMFA Buckminster
8 flights
Next year I'm going to adjust my talking VS flying ratio so that I have at least two flights per hour. That would have meant 14 flights today because I was there for 7 hours. There's no excuse for me other than great company and me failing to control my desire to talk. It's a wonderful flying site and I had plenty of opportunity to fly, perhaps even 3 to 4 flights an hour if I'd capitalised on the relatively low turnout no doubt due to the bitter cold weather, especially cold for the first couple of hours with ice still on the ground.

The conversations got interesting today and for a time we were talking about curries and flatulence. A very nice gentleman called Lee even provided us with numerous demonstrations; what a great heli pilot he is too :)

P.S. The 2nd flight attempt of my Logo didn't happen after it failed to spool up. It span a couple of times and then died, but I'm almost certain I remember the servos still operated as I carried it back to the bench to unplug and reboot. Anyway after plugging it back in, even the VBar didn't power up, no lights, simply nothing. So I guess it's most likely my Kontronik Jive that's stopped working, but I won't know until I've tested it of course.

Update: I've checked and the VBar works fine powered by a 4 cell battery. The ESC is completely dead, although it still does the sparking thing when first plugged in which is as expected, so why did it die after 3 to 4 years consisting of a few hundred flights, none particularly hard because it has a relatively gentle setup. If they can repair it for a decent price I'll get it fixed, otherwise I might consider another make. To test it I simply unplugged the lead from the ESC and connected the battery by using the two male plugs of a 'Y' lead, so it isn't a short circuit in the wiring.
Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:10
Central Model Helicopter Club
4 flights
After much consideration chatting on Facebook about the weather, we couldn't decide on Saturday or Sunday. The choice according to the BBC forecast was either today with the risk of the rain running into midmorning, thick cloud, but very low wind, or tomorrow with beautiful sunshine predicted but much more wind and lower temperatures. Well today it was and we made the right choice. We did get thick cloud for a while but overall the sky was very pleasant.

Bryan Evans! This young man learns too fast. Just his fourth session flying his Blade 360 CFX (2 bladed version) and he's hovering inverted, doing rolls, stall turns, all with good stability and control. I told him when he left not to get any better LOL :) How good could he be in a year from now, something to look forward to seeing.

We all love our better halves of course, but sometimes I wish we weren't so under the thumb, even just for 1 whole day :) Neale and myself were just getting fired up after only 3 to 4 flights each, increasing the RPM and generally speeding up our flying, and then it's time to go. Even so what a great session, wonderful company and excellent flying all around.
Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:00
Central Model Helicopter Club
2 flights
Started the day with a very enjoyable two hour social in the café which included a full English breakfast at only £4.50

Breakfast Description: 2 Slices of toast, 2 Sausages, 3 Rashers of bacon, 1 Fried egg with a runny yolk, approximately 12 little mushrooms and 75 baked beans.

A bit too windy for me to try and fly as I normally like to. Even so at least I know now that after stripping down and rebuilding my elevator servo on the Logo to get rid of the squeak, it's had a test flight. And my Trex 550E has had its test flight after being rebuilt after crashing into a fence about a year and a half ago.
Sat, 30 Sep 2017 09:00
BMFA Buckminster
10 flights
A long day at the BMFA Buckminster flying site today, my 1st ever session there.

It's a fantastic flying area with the sun directly to the back of you as you fly. The flight-line was busy, roughly equal numbers of planks and egg whisks, and socially it seemed to work perfectly with nonstop flying as we took it in turns, and some good chat as well.

I'm too tired to waffle on 😃 and I only had about 3 to 4 hours sleep last night, but even so I enjoyed flying a lot and was still able to concentrate pretty good. My only disappointment was my attempt at flipping circuits which I can do on the sim, and a bit at the field, but once flying into wind I couldn't keep it going, kind of not enough power it felt like, but also if the timing was just even slightly out whilst trying it into wind, it ballooned upwards very easily.
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:45
Central Model Helicopter Club
8 flights
Awesome! What a fantastic day.

I arrived expecting to fly in the usual spot but there were activities about to start involving a full-size heli, so perhaps heli rides or something like that.

After a good old chat in the café we made our way down the far end to fly, thankfully the sun (directly in front of us) was nicely obscured all morning. The cloud thinned at around midday and for the following two hours the sun was about half visible, nothing sunglasses didn't fix though.

The sky was quite busy with several gliders taking off and a few passing planes, but we had 4 spotters constantly looking out for traffic, so absolutely no problem whatsoever, and really nice to see them too as they flew by in front of us.

The Goblin 570 had its 2nd ever flight, or 1st really considering its only ever time in the air before now was just myself buddying Clare for a practice hovering around flight. Anyway it flies superb and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the Logo, but I didn't want to push my luck as I was feeling adventurous, so after only 1 flight I just left it standing pretty in the pits.

My friend Max admiring my Corned Beef sandwiches.

Sat, 2 Sep 2017 08:15
Central Model Helicopter Club
8 flights
A strange day for me really, so I'll rank it as below:

Social: 10 Cars in the parking bay of the flight line, loads of good chat, and a long 7 hour session finishing at about 4:00pm. Rating 5 Star.

Weather: Virtually no wind at all, sunny, warm, but not enough cloud to obscure the sun, which bothered me from about 12:00 to 14:00, the next two hours we faced the other way and it was getting increasingly better as the sun went around towards the back of us. Rating 4 star.

My Flying: There were moments when I felt very unsettled, struggling to concentrate well, and I don't know why, but it wasn't too much booze the night before because I was a good boy last night 😃 By the end of the session it was about half 😱 and half 😃 so just about okay. Rating 2 star.

So we have: (5 + 4 + 2) / 3 = 3.67 Star, hence my 4 stars given for the session.
Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:10
Central Model Helicopter Club
11 flights
Wicked as we used to say.

I flew all morning with Mark and Andrew. I did as much flying as talking today, so I enjoyed quite a bit of each.

My Trex 150 can do quite tight tic tocs without bogging when at full rpm, significantly more so than the Blade 130S. Having said that, a moderate amount of collective management for either model is all that's needed to help smooth the flying. Perfect morning then for the little ones, especially the first 2 to 3 hours during which the wind was almost zero.

It was great to fly the Goblin 700 again for the first time in absolutely ages. I'm hoping to get stuck in with flying it much more often too. And the Logo 550SX, simply wonderful as always.
Sat, 5 Aug 2017 08:30
Central Model Helicopter Club
2 flights
I spent most of the morning talking and simply enjoying being outside.

The weather turned out really nice for pretty much the whole morning, but then all of a sudden thick black cloud came over and it pissed it down, but the last of us were already packing up by then so lucky timing really.

I'm liking my new Blade 130S quite a lot now and it's growing on me, and it looks really pretty too.
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:00
Leicester Model Aero Club
13 flights
I really felt like I was getting back into it today after my recent year and a bit without flying.

Shockingly after sliding a Turnigy battery into my Logo and tightening the strap it burst into smoking, but luckily it didn't actually go up in flames. I managed to pull it out (it wasn't plugged in to the ESC, so the lead was just dangling out the front) and toss it across the grass so no damage was done to the heli. It was a slightly tight fit sliding the battery in (no puffing though as this was a new pack having only flown 1 to 2 flights, but the plastic frame needs a gentle sand just to make it slide in a little looser), but I don't believe that was the reason, and I'm still extremely surprised that it happened. In the moment it was absolutely shocking, so a very lucky result to have no damage.

I tried flying a few different moves today including several attempts an pirouetting loops, a few of which were starting to form not actually that bad, but as usual a few heart wobbling moments throughout todays flying for me, but you've got to push I suppose if you want to give yourself a chance at getting better.

Richard was very good about 1 1/2 years ago around the time he started to fly his 700 size helis, but now after seeing him fly today it's obvious that he's progressed to being...... not trying to make his head swell any bigger...... but it's simply correct to say a brilliant pilot.

I'm looking forward to next time and what a great day indeed.
Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:20
Leicester Model Aero Club
6 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.

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