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From Sun, 1 Jan 2017 for RichardV at MK Heli Club

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

14 flights

Just a few people up at MK. Worked on various piro tictoc versions.


Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights


Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Back at work, but went out for a lunchtime fly. Good fun in the zero-wind conditions. Got the Yak to launch off the stilts and also figured out how to increase the response rates so it will prop-hang on its own.


Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

20 flights


Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:50

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Decent forecast and nothing to fly, so I quickly glued the Yak back together and charged a few batteries before work. Blue skies and sun but very cold wind. The VBar is definitely an overkill on this plane, good fun though.


Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

11 flights

Good fun with the Yak until I put it in nose-first and the engine mount broke off. Took a break to go to Central, but Dave was the only one there and on the way out. Went back to LMAC and had a couple of flights on the A. Was chatting to Kev while waiting for a flight and the heli started smoking. I thought it was a lipo but turned out the be the new servo I put in the replace the previous burned out one. Either there is something wrong with the VBar or I haven't set the endpoints properly and it's burning out when it stalls.


Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

15 flights

Late start at MK today. Wasn't sure if there would be fog or not, but it turned out to be nice and clear. Didn't need the mitt either. Worked on weakside PTTs.


Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

20 flights

Took a half day based on the forecast and it turned out to be foggy all morning. Got loads of flights on the Yak. Tried the gyro stabilisation which can be useful for one handed take-offs but it tends to do weird things at low speeds with high bank angles. Not a bad morning.


Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights


Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Flippy floppy prop hanging bouncing stuff with the Yak. Bored after 4 flights. Back to helis from tomorrow.


Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights

Horrible weather for helis. Got the Yak out and messed around. All the Turnigy batteries are stuffed, so those will be going in the bin tonight. The new ones have arrived so I have lots to fly this weekend.


Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

9 flights

Swapped the dodgy servo out of A this morning. Also set the a Yak up with the new NEO and had 2 flights with Allan's batteries. Mine were all knackered so I'll have to order a bunch tonight.


Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

0 flights

No flying, servo stopped working. Went to it's endstop on the bench and stayed there. Unplugged, tried to move by hand and it's stuck solid. Casing was bloody hot as well.

I think that's the 2k for the year blown then. There's no way I could get another 240 flights in 25 days, especially with the bad weather forecast for next weekend. It was a good try though.😀


Sun, 4 Dec 2016 09:30

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

15 flights

Lovely morning of still air and perfect vis. Not many people around so stayed for the morning, went home for lunch and came back in afternoon again. A glider went down near Lubenham, so the roads were blocked off and the air ambulance and police helicopters were out.


Sat, 3 Dec 2016 08:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

18 flights

All-day event at MK. Got my new airframe with the FL head from Dean. Broke a bolt on the DFC link. Won the MK Top Gun award, epic day




Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:50

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

Dark skies, didn't need sunglasses. Flying felt good.


Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:50

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

I didn't feel like like flying, but as everything was ready, I worked on the basics. I think this machine needs more pitch and I need to optimise the governor settings.
The mitt warmer work OK. Potentially it was doing such a good job, I didn't notice, but it doesn't give off a lot of heat. Gonna velcro the heater as it slips down during use.


Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

Nice enough weather. Definitely not enjoying the A machine as much as the B. Will have to take a decent day to try and figure it out. The servo's defo draw more. I get double out of the B.


Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

A few tentative flights on the A machine over lunch. Doesn't fly as well as the B, seems to lose headspeed in continuous rolling and certainly makes more blade noise with obvious slowing. But it was very nice to fly again. You can't be wrenching when the weather is this good, defo worth having 2 helis.


Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:50

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

Bugger! Was on the 5th pack during a lunchtime session with a fairly strong wind from behind, and I got the timing wrong and the wind just hammered it into the ground.
Defo the worst crash I've had on a 700. I've never had a frame go before and I've never seen a 700 mainshaft bent, and this has both plus all the usual stuff. Even my Opti 50 pack got a bit squashed. It basically needs everything, so it'll be cheaper to find another airframe.


Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

17 flights

Cold and windy. Went home for lunch as it got busy and came back later for a 2nd session.


Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:10

MK Heli Club

RichardV

23 flights






Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Nice day, just very cold. Didn't bother flying the last pack, chin frozen.


Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

17 flights

Took a half day off work. Turned out OK'ish. A little grey, but no wind and temps were OK. Mostly gentle 3D and orientation drills.


Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

Cold and grey. Nice basics practice.


Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

7 flights

Grey and slightly wet.


Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

20 flights

Great day at MK. Left home in the dark and got back in the dark. The weather in the morning was perfect, crisp, blue skies and no wind. Everyone seemed in a really good mood and we got loads of flying and and shooting the breeze in. Dave lost his quad after doing a huge climb-out. I had my eye on it the whole time, and I didn't lose it. It simply got so small that it disappeared from sight. I flew Phil's quad LOS for one flight at the end of the day. Very weird with the lights on the front instead of the back. I tried FPV as well, but all I could see was sky and I crashed it after about 10 seconds.

The cold really wiped me out. Very sleepy on the way home, just poured the food in when I got back and fell asleep on the couch.





Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:50

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

Blue skies, windy and cold. Had to stop occasionally to get feeling back in the thumbs.


Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:50

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

Grey and windy. The temperature was OK at 13 degrees, so I went out anyway.


Sun, 13 Nov 2016 07:30

Leicester Area Radio Control Society Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

34 flights

The forecast for the day looked amazing. I tried to get an invite to Parkhall MHC, but unfortunately Ross wasn't able to make it and wasn't sure anyone else would be there.

I decided to hit Larcs early and take it from there. The weather was perfect. Very light breeze, blue skies and not too cold. Got 21 flights all on my own before I went for lunch. Almost went to MK for the afternoon session, but decided it wasn't worth the drive with only 3 hours between opening time and sundown. Went back to Larcs and had more flying until some para-motors arrived. They were giving tandem flights so I just stayed out of the way until the sun went down.

Now at home and very pleased to find I did 34 flights, with a total of 3 hours actual flying time. What an awesome day!





Sat, 12 Nov 2016 15:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

Nice little session as it got darker. Totally forgot that the sun goes down early, so I didn't get as long as I was hoping. Lots of piro drills with reversals. Stayed an extra half hour in the gloom while the batteries charged for tomorrow.


Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

20 flights

I had a half day off work and the weather was perfect. Started flying at 9, got an hour in before anyone else arrived. Worked on sets early on, then switched to piro and rolling with reversals. Awesome session.


Wed, 9 Nov 2016 15:00

Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

2 flights

Rushed lunch due to a meeting. Quick couple of flights in the gloom and cold. The shield of the car works pretty well, I wonder if it's worth coming up with a wind breaker of some sort for places like MK.


Tue, 8 Nov 2016 12:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Very cold on the hands, even with the mitt. Quite a few fixies around but mostly resigned to the clubhouse. Heli seemed very grabby in the air, must have been the wind, Glasses kept steaming up as well. Not a great session, but nice to be out. Also got an offer from T to put some new batteries through their paces, which will be interesting. Free packs are always good. 😀


Mon, 7 Nov 2016 13:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

Cold and windy, but sunny enough. Got there and Kev was rolling the grass. Worked on getting perfect rainbow arcs and some piro reversal stuff.
There's a big difference between the A and B, evn though they are practically the same and running NEOs. The cyclic on the B is far better, piro tic tocs seem far easier and less likely to wander. The servos also use far less energy so the Rx batt lasts almost twice as long.


Sun, 6 Nov 2016 07:00

Leicester Area Radio Control Society Clipston Sports Field Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

2 flights

With the terrible forecast, I wasn't expecting to get any flying in today. Got up and eventually realised the sun was out and there wasn't much wind.

Got in the car and drove to LARCS to find the farmer had changed the locks again. 😠 This happens every time I have a half decent opportunity so I'm not joining this club again!

On the way back I realised I might be able to sneak a couple of flights in at Clipston football club. Arrived, unpacked, waited for a dog walker to leave and tried to fly. Unfortunately I'd forgotten that I'd storage charged the batteries in lieu of yesterday's weather forecast. F!!!

Drove through the Gumley at which point I realised I was in danger of missing the promised breakfast with my wife, so I had to turn around.

Had breakfast with El, dropped her off at the stables and got 2 flights in at Gumley on the way home. Too windy to practice anything so I'm back at home and the forecast rain has just kicked in.


Sat, 5 Nov 2016 09:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights

Couldn't decide whether or not to go to MK, but it was raining in the morning, so I stayed at home for a bit. Eventually the sun came out so I went to Gumley. Double-checked the mechanics and flew both machines. Pretty windy and cold. The keepers work really well. No more canopy clips being blown off the table and lost. Will buy a 2nd set for the B.


Fri, 4 Nov 2016 12:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

F3N sets practice. Cloudy and cold, full winter gear bar the thermals. Gonna need them for the weekend though.


Wed, 2 Nov 2016 13:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Beautiful blue skies, but so cold. Had to wear the mitt again. I was expecting more people as the weather was so much better than yesterday, but it was pretty empty.


Tue, 1 Nov 2016 12:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Charged up in the house carefully last night,so got 4 flights today over lunch. Pretty murky conditions with the occasional drizzle, but very nice to be out. Had to break out the mitt and winter gear.


Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

2 flights

Had a couple of batteries still charged from yesterday. Really nice conditions, warm and bright. Wish I could have stayed.


Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:30

Oxon Helicopter Collective

RichardV

10 flights

Visited the Oxon Heli Collective today after getting an invite from Gary (gazmk2). Drove through early and hung around until Torsten arrived. Watched him fly a couple of flights with a misbehaving receiver before everyone else arrived. Met Bruce, whom I haven't seen in a while.
It's a small field with only one person flying at a time which is a different dynamic to my normal places. If you're not flying, you have to watch and socialise, but it's a friendly crowd.
Got to see the Neil flying the 700x. He's already worn out a set of tail gears, but you can see why when he makes the heli work for a living.
Stayed late with Bruce until it got too dark to fly any more. Drove home and watched some F1. Had a really nice day and very glad I went.

Finally broke 1,500 flights. I'm falling behind on my target of 2k for the year, unless I can something out the bag and do 500 flights in 2 months. Might have to take some leave 😀


Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Full of fixies. Had a few flights and left.


Sat, 29 Oct 2016 09:30

Central Model Helicopter Club

RichardV

8 flights

Late start and facing an early return for a Halloween party, I decided to skip the long drive to MK. Went to Central instead and had some good flying with the guys once the drizzle stopped. Forecast was for sun all day, but it turned out to be heavily overcast and frikkin' spiders dropping on everything. The charging table was covered and occasionally they would walk across your face while flying. Eventually had enough of the little ba*ds, and went home for lunch.


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

14 flights


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

17 flights


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

18 flights

Perfect day. Raining in the morning, took the wife for breakfast. Skies cleared around 12, too late for the fixies, so when i got there I had a field to myself. 5 hours of flying in the sun, awesome!


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

22 flights

Arrived at 8, managed to overload the genny charging 4 stick packs, Tx and Rx batteries all at once. No wind and sunny in the morning, so had some great flying. Everyone else started arriving at 10. Very happy with the low HS gov setup, still learning about it but the gov is starting to work for me. Lots of testing to find a decent high HS still. Had to leave early for a fitness assessment, would have liked to stay, especially as Duncan had just arrived.


Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:30

Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

4 flights

Very little wind and almost warm. A very nice little session before going back to work.


Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

9 flights

Took a half day and went to LMAC early. Too foggy to fly initially, so stayed in the shed doing sim and listening to RCHN. Got some decent flights in before the Tuesday crowd arrived, so I left for Larcs.


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