All Sessions

From Sat, 1 Jul 2017 for RichardV at neXt simulator

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:10

Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

3 flights

A few flights before work.


Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

26 flights

Was expecting a busy Sunday but none of the usual socialites turned up. Flew, went home for lunch, came back and flew, went home to watch F1 and came back for a bit more flying in the evening. I didn't practice any of the routines, just enjoyed the flying, great day.


Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

15 flights

With a forecast of wind, I was pretty certain I was going to be on my own all Saturday, so I was surprised by about 5 other fixies being there. They didn't really get in the way. Had a decent day with a lunchbreak in the middle and a bit of F1 at the end.


Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

Replaced the remaining links and swapped the head for one with new dampers. Had a few flights in the wind and called it a day.


Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights

Was going to go before work, but it started raining just as I was leaving. Had a lunchtime session instead.
It was pretty windy, useful for trying the routines. After 4 months of struggle with the Jack Sparrow flight to music, I've decided to ditch it for something else. I think I've found the music I'm replacing it with and now I have 8 days to plan the routine and practice it. I could skip the music round but I might as well try and put something together.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

7 flights


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00

Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

3 flights

SM was reasonable with good vis and the wind from behind. Still a lot to work on. FS is getting better, but still need to clean up the final bit. Not easy using batteries with 400 cycles that die towards the end, but there aren't any Desire in the country at the moment. FTM is still only halfway there and even that bit needs refining. Will have to finish that ASAP so I can start practising it.


Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

8 flights

Wind in the face made things difficult, but good for practice. Had a visitor while I was there. Amazing to see him dropping below the treeline doing manoeuvres. There were 2 of them around and one came in really close.
Changed some links and stayed a few minutes extra to charge up the packs for tomorrow morning.


Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:00

Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

3 flights

I signed up for the next F3N comp at Staffs Heli Club, so I have 12 days to practice SM, finish the FS and figure out my FTM.
Charged my batts early this morning and got 3 flights in before work. Hopefully with a bit of sim and a couple of nice days, I can get the flights ready in time.


Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

18 flights

Awesome long weekend. Friday at Weston, lots of flying and watching the guys practice. Saturday at MK for a BBQ and more flying. Had a few thermal warnings in the afternoon, but I think being at Weston in the heat would have been too much for me. Sunday at Gumley. Not too busy, got lots of flying in. Took an afternoon break and went back for some evening flying to finish it off.


Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

19 flights

Awesome BBQ by Dave, ate far too much. Even had some boerie supplied by Mark.


Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:00

Weston Park, Helifest

RichardV

16 flights

Drove through to Weston to get the airframe off Ian. Got some flying in, walked around, met Brian, awesome day, home by nine.


Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00

neXt simulator

RichardV

0 flights

A pretty decent afternoon missed due to my foot operation. Doing sim instead. 😠


Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:00

BMFA Buckminster

RichardV

9 flights

Drove out to BMFA Buckminster to check out their new grounds and join their fly-in. Not much flying going in in the wind, but Dave from CMHC turned up. He ended up doing his B test in the wind and passed.


Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

15 flights

Had to increase the negative pitch to make the collective even. For some reason it isn't reaching the endpoints in any of the flight modes. I may need to redo the setup.
One of of the flights I managed to exit out of battery selection. That meant no warnings and the ESC went into LVC and shut down. Fortunately it was giving a bit of power and I managed to get it back to the field. Never done that before, very odd.
Eventually got too windy to fly.


Sun, 4 Jun 2017 09:00

Aberdeen Aeromodellers

RichardV

1 flights

First was the scale round and I was asked to be a judge, which was interesting. A fun auto contest followed, with me missing the circle completely in one of my attempts. I should have done them inverted, maybe next year.
They finished up with the presentations and I got a trophy and a mug.
The trip home was made in one go in 7 and a half hours, no stops. Awesome weekend, and I'll have to go back next year as they want their trophy back.


Sat, 3 Jun 2017 09:00

Aberdeen Aeromodellers

RichardV

8 flights

Had a very vivid dream that well known pilot broke my last remaining model, v strange. Got to the field early to find out they don't allow flying by competitors before a competition, which I guess is the way it should be.
I was drawn 3rd to fly sets after Dave. I nailed a few of them, while the globes let me down. I also got an extra half roll and a flip wrong in the Cuban 8, but the judges didn't notice. That would normally get a 0.
I started the 2nd round of sets with a very bad rainbow X but I think the wind affected everyone and it turned out to be my best round, 940 out of 1000.
The 3rd round was freestyle. Dave flew before me, but it seemed very disconnected and I couldn't tell what he was doing most of the time. My freestyle is normally my worst due to my slower style, but it still scored well at 937 out of Dave's 1000. It was only just over 3 minutes, so there is a lot of room for improvement.

Final positions were me in 2nd behind Dave with 1878 out of 2000, which I am quite happy with and I think the judges got it right.

I called for Andy and he called for me, which was new for both of us. We both got it wrong once, but the judges were lenient and scored us anyway, which is exactly why this competition is great for learning.


Fri, 2 Jun 2017 13:00

Aberdeen Aeromodellers

RichardV

20 flights

The forecast was for rain, but I decided to go anyway as I'd feel pretty silly if they had the competition and I missed out. I left at 5am and drove through to Aberdeen, and only got lost a few times. Arrived at 1 to clear skies and got some flying in until 8. Met Andie from the forums and a bunch of friendly Scottish people. Bought some sandwiches and had an early night at the hotel.


Thu, 1 Jun 2017 17:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

11 flights

Gorgeous summer evening.


Wed, 31 May 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

A few flights before heavy clouds came over and it got a bit dark.
I gave a few of my old packs to Scott. He tried the Opti 50 with 335 cycles and it worked better than his normal packs in his Sukhoi. Hopefully my new Desire packs get here soon.
Played with Antonio's DS-16 as well. Very impressive radio, great screen, intuitive programming. Pretty weighty though, defo have to use a strap.


Tue, 30 May 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

9 flights

Summer evening!


Mon, 29 May 2017 11:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights

A quick few flights during a break in the rain. Scott was there with some more unbelievable "facts". Such an unintentionally funny guy, makes me laugh.


Sun, 28 May 2017 07:00

Leicester Area Radio Control Society Heli Extreme

RichardV

20 flights

Went to Larcs early to get a few flights in. Windier and cloudier than expected. Marc had a weird problem with his Raptor tail, but I think we managed to fix the other problem on his TRex 250.
Drove through to Heli Extreme to meet Darren (bigpops) and have a few flights at his club. He's a pretty good pilot with the helis and 3D quads. Saw Andy and Andy fly as well. A bunch of other members arrived as I was leaving, but the genny was already packed away and I'd had a decent afternoon in the sun.
Back at home with a cold one watching F1 again.


Sat, 27 May 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

11 flights

A bit of rain initially but turned out to be quite nice for a while. The wind swung round and got a lot stronger so I left for lunch.
Cut and resoldered connectors on the 2 Rx pack leads.


Fri, 26 May 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

17 flights

The morning session was mostly about setting the B up and doing a few routines until a receiver pack wire fatigued and departed from the connector. I salvaged the vertical fin and main gear to fix the A, so flew that for the after lunch session. Considerably windier in the afternoon, didn't stay too long. I'm going to look for another airframe for the B as spares seem to be very expensive.
I'm loving the iCharger at the moment. Lots of information on that colour screen including cell/line IR's. Interesting stuff trying consolidate those figures with how the pack performs.


Wed, 24 May 2017 18:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Flew the B as the A is out with the bad bearing. Had to change the Y lead, which turned out to be a bit on the short side and proceeded to unplug itself on the 4th flight. Auto'd it down a fair distance away and snapped the vertical fin.


Tue, 23 May 2017 17:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights

Had to rush home to get the right lead for my new charger. After that it worked well, I like it so far.
The motor support bearing is knackered so I'll have to replace that tonight otherwise it'll be the B machine for the week.


Sun, 21 May 2017 08:30

Leicester Area Radio Control Society Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

21 flights

Started off at Larcs with Malcolm until lunchtime. Then flew at Gumley for a few hours. I managed to blow up the Fusion charger, so now I need to by an iCharger ASAP. I never liked the Fusion anyway, weird programming and the buttons were too fiddly.


Sat, 20 May 2017 08:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

15 flights


Thu, 18 May 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

25 flights



Sun, 14 May 2017 00:00

Leicester Area Radio Control Society Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

18 flights



Sat, 13 May 2017 08:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

29 flights

Superb day at MK. Arrived early and got loads of FS and SM flights in before anyone arrived. Then had a decent afternoon of practicing bits and playing around. Finished with some fun/risky autos. Home for F1 and an adult beverage, another awesome day done.


Wed, 10 May 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

33 flights

Awesome day in the sun. No shoes or shirt, just shorts. Loved it.


Tue, 9 May 2017 17:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights


Sun, 7 May 2017 07:00

Central Model Helicopter Club

RichardV

1 flights


Sat, 6 May 2017 00:00

Central Model Helicopter Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

11 flights

Had a bit of a chinwag with Martin, Max, Neale and Ewan in the morning. The rain stopped for a bit and I got a few flights in before it came back and we packed up. Met Andrej later and we had a few flights at LMAC in the light drizzle.
I did have one weird thing happen with the VBC though. At one point it completely froze during switch on, with the Mikado logo showing. It wasn't responding to any inputs so I couldn't turn it off. I was about to open it up to disconnect the battery when I remembered the reset hole in the back. Pressed it with a bit of wire and it restarted fine. It all seems OK now and I didn't lose any information.


Mon, 1 May 2017 09:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

13 flights

Started off OK, occasional drizzle but generally flyable. After 12 it just got a little too windy, too cold and the visibility got worse, so I called it a day. I'm trying a slightly higher headspeed on the advice of Phil, we'll see if it pans out.


Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:20

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

18 flights

Very windy, but decent visibility made for a really nice back-to-basics session. I removed the external sensor after a few flights as I didn't like the feel and I also noticed some servo creep on the bench. Took a lunch break just after two to get some food and watch the F1. Went back at around 5 and got 1 flight but it was just too dark.

JR broke the nose off his Sbach in the morning which shorted something out.


Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

22 flights

Decent weather, lots of flying, some Duncan and home for a cider and F1. Just the best way to spend a day.


Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

28 flights

Took the day off work to take advantage of the decent weather. Cloudy and grey most of the day. Set up the external sensor first thing and had a reasonable session. Quite a few fixed wingers out but not enough to get in the way.

I was getting some jerkiness in the cyclic so I've replaced and greased the dampers.


Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:30

Staffs Model Heli Club

RichardV

14 flights

Drove out to Staffordshire heli club to fly with some new people. Met Rachel, Mickey, Steven and a couple of others. The club is really nice with the flight area sloping away from the flightline. It sounds like 4 of them might be doing F3N this year so I'll probably see them at the gliding club in 2 weeks.


Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

25 flights

First few flights were horrible, absolutely no connection with the heli until I realised I'd changed the mainrotor optimisation yesterday. Changed that back to it's previous value and the feel I wanted was back, along with the loss of pitch during full aileron.
After a few flights of changing optim, expo, paddle sim, etc. AK gave me some help and we pinned it down to the cyclic ring value being too low. Moved that up to about 75 and I had the feel around centre i wanted, along with a working pitch range. The cyclic feels very much like the Vortex I had a few years ago, and the heli feels like it should now.
The rest of the day was a blast, couldn't do anything wrong, even had a chat to Duncan and Wayne.


Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Was having some weird issues with IU1 that weren't apparent in IU2. Went through the all flight modes and the only difference was the optimizer setting. Set them all to the lowest setting and all is good. No idea what it does though.
Finished early due to bad visibility.


Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights

The A is working great again. Got some good flights and I can see I'm making some progress.


Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

OWB failed on the A on the first spool-up. Took the B out, but it needed quite a bit of work to get it flying nicely.
It was too dark for sunglasses and the cold air was making my eyes water so I didn't stay long. It was probably a better evening for the foamies.
OWB has been replaced ready for tomorrow.


Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

14 flights

Wind in the face, very cold and cloudy. Not much fun.


Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

11 flights

Wasn't expecting to fly with such a bad forecast but the rain held off. Some good windy practice.


Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

25 flights

Epic day, at the field for 10 hours, now home with cider and some F1 to watch. Perfect.


Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

8 flights

Windy, cloudy and cold. Lots of auto practice, until I ran out of HS doing an auto loop. Bailed out, but wasn't going to make it so went back into TH and let it go in. Broke a blade and dented the boom, but the rest looks OK. Will service it tonight, ready for tomorrow.


Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

A dark cloudy evening of auto-rotation practice.


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