Gary Townsend

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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
,
0 flights in 2017
6 flights in 2016
80 flights total
0.00 hours in 2017
0.45 hours in 2016
5.88 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 700 Competition
Goblin 700 Competition
SAB Heli Division
,
3 flights in 2017
4 flights in 2016
33 flights total
0.23 hours in 2017
0.30 hours in 2016
2.53 hours total flying time
0 crashes this year
0 crashes last year
0 crashes total
Mikado Logo 550SX
Mikado Logo 550SX
Mikado
,
24 flights in 2017
13 flights in 2016
279 flights total
2.00 hours in 2017
1.08 hours in 2016
26.44 hours total flying time
0 crashes this year
0 crashes last year
0 crashes total

Flights by Model

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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 1 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 1 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 1 flights on Goblin 700 Competition 4 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 4 flights on Mikado Logo 550SX 4 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
6 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 Central Model Helicopter Club 1 sessions at Central Model Helicopter Club 1 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

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.
Sat, 8 Jul 2017 08:00
Central Model Helicopter Club
3 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
3 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
5 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.
Sun, 3 Apr 2016 08:00
Central Model Helicopter Club
3 flights
I decided to only take the Trex 550 today so I could further test and play with the SK720BE and GPS2.

In general the unit did its job as it did before during my 1st testing session with the setup. Also, the software update in the GPS2 definitely cured the height variation that the heli was displaying during position hold during my 1st testing session. It rescued from all orientations, but there were problems. I had my spotter with me, and we only tested the rescue system when there were no people or obstacles within or close to the flying area.

Problem 1) The height at which the hard deck was activating was varying. It was set to 9 metres, but the rescue sometimes kicked in a few metres lower than this, and on one occasion during rolling it even rescued way higher, perhaps more like 15 metres at a guess.

Problem 2) This next part is quite serious in my opinion. On three occasions the hard deck rescue activated, but height and position control didn't work, resulting in the heli flying without the pilots (me in this case) stick inputs controlling the heli. Now it is true that after a hard deck rescue is complete, the pilot then needs to flick the GPS switch to manual to take back control, and for the 1st two incidents this is what I did, but for the 3rd one I flicked the wrong switch. There are various built-in safety aspects which shut off the rescue system altogether so that it doesn't attempt a rescue in the first place when something about the heli or the system isn't right, such as very high vibration, or loss of GPS lock. The flight data shows 17 to 18 satellites so the GPS lock was very good, and the super bright LED was blue. As for vibration when it gets too high, the system is supposed to make the super bright LED flash red. I have no idea what caused the position and height control to fail after the initial/orientation part of the rescue.

I've read that other rescue systems which don't use GPS control, only lockout control from the pilot for about 2 seconds, or like the NEO whereby you regain control by moving the sticks (which I've read is a problem for some). The problem with the Skookum SK720BE and GPS2 hard deck rescue that I experienced, was that you have to manually flick a switch to take back control. This is actually a good thing when the rescue system works as designed, since the heli rescues, yaws to tail-in, and holds position (but gains altitude).

Anyway I crashed whilst locked out of control during a partial and failing rescue attempt, since the GPS was not holding the helis position or controlling the height. If it had been on a 2 second preset and given control back it wouldn't have happened, but the point is, it shouldn't need to give back control if it works correctly. I understand that it's designed to disable the rescue functionality when something is wrong, but making some kind of attempt and locking out the pilot indefinitely until a switch is flicked is dangerous, and not as designed either.

More details can be found here: http://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=739789 (Someone else started the thread since they also had their SK720 and GPS setup go wrong. My post is #3)
Sat, 2 Apr 2016 09:30
Central Model Helicopter Club
4 flights
Hadn't been to LMAC in about 9 to 10 months, I can't really remember how long. I decided to have a session there and say hello to everyone, but the weather forecast let me down since the rain (which wasn't even mentioned on XC, and on the BBC only barely suggested the day before) was pouring quite a bit. Understandably nobody was there, so I left after a few minutes and went to CMHC.

Started in the café having a good old natter. We spoke to Max about the basics of setting up a VBar on his new Trex 700, as he's never set up an FBL before. He even showed us the kit in the back of his car, so a few of us bowed down to it with respect to its existence.

At the field I just had 4 flights of the Goblin 700, which was nice, and it flew really well. I increased the agility slider on the VBar from 90 to 110, which has made a massive difference to how well I can do piro flips. This has also made me appreciate even more now that my control rates must not be too low.

Weather, raining for the 1st 20 minutes, then okay but cloudy. After a couple of hours the cloud cleared, but it remained pretty windy for the rest of the session.

Another session on for tomorrow, so I'd better not get too drunk.

Edit: I've been playing around with LogView Studio. It shows some of the flight data from my last flight today with the Goblin 700. The two photos each show two periods of me doing tic-tocs. One photo shows 4 parameters, and the other shows only the BEC current. The high current usage shown (not the average, but the maximums/peak) for the tic-tocs doesn't surprise me, but the very low BEC current does, which seems to peak at just over 6A and average around 2A according to the graphs, and this is during the tic-toc to the left in the graphs. The following thread (#37, #39, & #40) might identify why, brushless servos perhaps? http://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=734372&page=2

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