All Sessions

From Wed, 1 Jun 2016 for RichardV at Leicester Model Aero Club

Sat, 28 May 2016 08:30

WHFC - White Horse Flying Club

RichardV

4 flights

Arrived at Zone around 8:30 with Connor. I managed to reach 801 flights before the end of the month, but then I stripped the main gear which killed my flying for the rest of the weekend. No-one had a spare gear, and I couldn't get a replacement from Align-trex, so I was pretty stuffed. The flying was amazing though. Best night flying I've ever seen too.


Fri, 27 May 2016 17:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights

Another great summer's evening of flying. Almost reached 800 flights so far this year, but the session was curtailed by a certain wife. Just a few flights this weekend and I should safely make it before the end of the month.
Leaving to watch Zone tomorrow morning with Connor.


Fri, 27 May 2016 12:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

2 flights

Busy. The tail is starting to get a bit jumpy and I'm not sure what it is. It sounds very geary as well, but everything looks OK. The bearings on the tail control feel like they have quite a bit of play, so I'll start with replacing those.


Thu, 26 May 2016 17:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

15 flights

Best session of the year so far. Warm, blue skies, just about no wind and no-one else around. Flew continuously for 3 hours and absolutely loved it. The only let-down was my dual charger wasn't keeping up and I had to wait a few minutes after each flight for packs to finish. The new charge box is almost complete, so I'll be able to charge 4 full packs at a time soon enough. Dropped the flight time by 10 seconds to 5:10 as the packs were coming down a bit on the low side. Finished at 9 as the sun was going down.




Thu, 26 May 2016 12:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

2 flights

Very overcast, just went out to charge some batteries in readiness for this evening. My best batteries all seem a bit tired, which is a pity. I've been pushing them hard lately, might have to slow down a bit.


Tue, 24 May 2016 17:50

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights


Tue, 24 May 2016 12:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights


Sun, 22 May 2016 13:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

15 flights

Mostly worked on weakside piro flips towards myself. Saw Duncan fly for the first time in ages. Good day!


Sun, 22 May 2016 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights

Nice morning at Gumley. Left my canopy clips there when I went to MK.


Sat, 21 May 2016 10:00

RichardV

0 flights

Forecast was for rain and wind all day, so I'd ordered some maintenance links and gears in preparation. Only thing is this ball links for the rudder pushrod are different to all the others, so I had a 90 minute round trip to Midland Helicopters to pick up a £5 bag of bits :)
Got the heli sorted for Sunday though.


Thu, 19 May 2016 12:20

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Dodging the fixies today while trying to do some of the routines. The additional FTM stuff seems OK,


Sun, 15 May 2016 13:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

20 flights

Resisted flying in the morning to do some more analysis of my last F3N scores and plan my next campaign. Had lunch and took extra food to MK so I could spend the day there. Didn't get much done initially but eventually everyone else either left or went quadding and I had the flight line to myself. Made some really good progress.


Sun, 15 May 2016 08:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

18 flights

Cold, wind up and down, clouds here and there, jacket off and on. Didn't really focus on anything, just flew a lot. Have decided to stick with current music plus a minute of something else, so I need to get back to focussing on the next comp.


Fri, 13 May 2016 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights

Warm and bright enough enough for naked flying, but just too windy. Called it quits after a few flights.
Managed to stick an empty pack in the heli and had a forced landing after a minute. I'm not sure how I thought it was charged, but it's crazy puffing now. Was down to 2% / 3.1v a cell. Hopefully it'll recover, although I think it's had over 100 decent cycles. No great loss.


Thu, 12 May 2016 13:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Warm, blue skies and very windy. Worked on weakside piros mostly.


Sun, 8 May 2016 19:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights

Evening piro practice all on my own


Sun, 8 May 2016 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

10 flights

Hot and windy. Surprisingly, hardly anyone flying, so I stayed and owned the flightline until lunch.


Sat, 7 May 2016 08:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

10 flights

Got a few flights in early, then helped with road maintenance for a couple of hours. Baz cooked up some burgers and sausages for lunch, and I finished the day with a few more flights.


Fri, 6 May 2016 17:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights


Fri, 6 May 2016 12:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights

Busy flightline as I knew it would be, but I couldn't be bothered to phone the farmer for the new gate code at Larcs.


Thu, 5 May 2016 17:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

10 flights


Thu, 5 May 2016 12:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights

Nice lunch break. Did the new SM round, and it works well. It does run a bit long on the batteries though, so I may have to lower the headspeed or find a way of shortening it. Worked on the FS routine as well. Just some minor updates.


Wed, 4 May 2016 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

10 flights

Went to Larcs first, but the farmer had changed the lock AGAIN! Tried Gumley and it wasn't too bad, considering it's the fixies favourite day to fly. Good some good reversal and light wind practice. It was even t-shirt and bare feet for a bit.


Wed, 4 May 2016 12:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights

Blue skies and windy, t-shirt and shorts weather. Lot of fixies out, but not many flying in the breeze. Practised reversals and SM.


Tue, 3 May 2016 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Nice summer's evening. Got a few flights in before a work call ruined the mood. Went home and worked on my new charge case for a bit.


Mon, 2 May 2016 18:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights

Decent little session after the rain and wind today. Practised some of the set manoeuvres for F3N and a little bit of messing around. Had a chat to Thomas about music choices. Very pleasant evening.


Sun, 1 May 2016 07:30

Little Harlington Model Flying Club

RichardV

6 flights

Arrived at about 7 after having a clear drive through to Heathrow. Paul and Ethan Williams arrived next, so we had some warm-up flights together. Watching Ethan fly didn't help the nerves, and Paul won Grassroots last year so my expectations started dropping.

Pilot's briefing was at 9:45 and I was picked to do a calibration flight for the judges. I'm not sure if it helped or not, I think my calibration flight of SM and first SM flight were about the same.

The first SM round was reasonably good, no screw-ups and I didn't score zero for anything. My biggest fear was I'd been practising the moves incorrectly, but they all seemed on the money. The VTT8 was pretty bad in the last quarter, but everyone seemed to get it wrong, and they didn't zero me, so not bad at all. The feedback from the judges was mostly general stuff, which essentially means more practice.Jamie gave me some advice on how the practice the VTT8,

After the SMs my nerves settled a bit and I was happy to sit and watch the flying. Gary and Clare from CMHC and David from MK came along to watch, so I had someone to talk to. Also met aussie Dennis from Helifreak, and had a chat to him about the centre-sprung throttle I tried a few months ago.

The FS is where everyone else excelled. Steven Gerrard's opening flight was incredible. It had some sort of pirouetting flower which I just have to try. John Nobb's flight was right on the deck, and everyone seemed at a very high level, even those who struggled with the SM. My flight was much more sedate, and short. My routine normally takes 3:30, but in the moment I rushed the whole thing and landed after 2:55, which resulted in a time penalty.

The FTM round was the usual mishmash of top pilots getting an amazing mix of music and flight styles, and some that didn't seem to make sense. I really didn't know how my Waltz went down, and even my caller said it might be my Achilles Heel 😃 I also changed one of the moves trying to bring the heli back after a drift downwind, which resulted in me repeating a move instead of using the variation.
Fortunately the judges liked it, and it was my highest scoring round at a normalised 803.

Then there was a final round of SM. This didn't go very well, as the wind had picked up and I was trying to implement the feedback I received in round 1. Dave calmed me down a bit mid-routine and it ended well enough.

All in all a day that surpassed my expectations. 789 Out of 1000 puts me straight into the Pro category with a decent margin. Huge thanks to Dave Fisher and Rachel Plant for being my callers.

F3N Pics https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1741822369372171.1073741843.1489992747888469&type=3







Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

17 flights

Early start to take advantage of the morning sun. It turned cold and windy pretty quickly, and a lot of the fixies started showing up. Eventually got too busy, so I left for lunch and went to Larks. Had 2 flights before it started spitting. There's no place to hide at Larks, so I packed up and went back to Gumley. The wind was keeping the fixies off the flightline, so I just kept flying until I felt completely done.
I've done as much as I can for tomorrow and feel pretty good regardless of what the outcome will be.


Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights

Cold and windy. Didn't bother practising F3N, just messed around with some old stuff.


Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00

RichardV

0 flights

The weather forecast looks good for Sunday's competition, so I've sent my music and set manoeuvres list to the CD. I've elected to do the following SM:
Rolling circle,
Backward rolling circle,
Pirouetting loop,
Vertical tic-toc eight,
Two Opposite Piro Funnels,
Waltz,
Funnel with half rolls and pirouettes,
Inverted backwards horizontal eight.

It's a mix of K factors, the lowest being 7 for the backwards inverted eight, and 10.5 for the vertical tictoc 8. This should give me an idea of how the judges score on easy stuff done well, up to difficult stuff done OK/badly.

Saturday's weather looks OK, so I'm staying local and should be able to practice most of the day. I might even get a few flights in later today after the wind and rain drops off.


Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

12 flights

Took the day off to get some last minute practice in. Lots of flights as the weather got progressively worse. I'm putting the VTT8 back in the SM and getting rid of roll reversals. Mike says my FTM is boring, but he likes the FS. Too late to change it now 😱


Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

1 flights

Missed flying at lunch due to rain. Tried again after work and got 1 flight in before it started getting dark. I feel like I haven't flown in ages.


Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00

RichardV

0 flights

Changed the dampers on the 700, soldered up some new leads and started playing with the new Hyperion charger and power supply.




Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

12 flights

Cold and wind kept the flightline clear, so I stayed at Gumley for the day.


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights

Cold, windy, probably flyable if I wasn't recovering from a throat infection and flu. Called it a day and went home. Had a quick squiz on the CMHC webcam and they seem pretty busy. Nice one.


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:15

Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

4 flights

Sunny, wind in the face. Rolling circle reversal really sucks in the wind. The reversal tends to balloon or drop depending on the wind. Defo needs more practice. The FTM was still a bit behind the music, but was a bit better than last time.


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:40

Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

8 flights

A bit too windy for practice, so mostly just played with funnels. Blue skies and a chilly breeze.


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:15

RichardV

4 flights

Blue skies! Not quite warm enough to get naked, but almost 😀
Fresh breeze from front right was a nice direction to work on. SM and FS was OK, but the FTM was horrible. You have time in the first 2 to work at it, and slow it down to make sure you're in the right place, but there's no place to hide in the flight to music. Pretty bad 😠


Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:40

Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

8 flights




Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:15

Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

5 flights

Gorgeous day, got a practice round of F3N in, as well as playing with a couple of Tim Jones' moves. Should get some more flying in this evening.
The heli is sounding a bit gear'y, so I might get spares and start replacing pieces. I pre-flight checked the heli a few times today. Will hopefully bring down my crash statistics this year.


Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:00

RichardV

0 flights

After yesterday's session ended early, I re-attached the broken canopy post to the frame with a longer bolt and washer, and replaced the wobbly anti-rotation bracket on the 700. Also ordered some new head dampers/feather shaft sleeves. She'll be as good as new by the end of the week. I'm quite happy the way the reversed skids are working, as well as the stubby skid pipes.


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 13:15

MK Heli Club

RichardV

15 flights

Great session. Flew F3N flights endlessly trying to get it to all sink in.


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:30

Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

6 flights

Was a pretty good session until I saw some travellers making their way over. Turned out to be some ramblers, but I'd already packed up. Went to MK.


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

2 flights


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

0 flights

Finished the rebuild this morning and went to Gumley to complete the setup and test flights. Pretty cold and not very pleasant, but at least the heli is back to flying state. I quite like the new canopy and Hughes 500 skids.


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:00

RichardV

0 flights

Started breaking the heli down and making a list of parts that I need. For all the carnage, it's not looking too bad, maybe even a lower cost than the last one. If I do a servo/system test, then I should have a complete spares list, and hopefully have it built for testing on the weekend.
Unfortunately I threw a broken bit of plastic away the night before, which I then realised I could glue back on, and save myself having to replace a side frame. It took me 20 minutes to go through a day's worth of rubbish with a fine-tooth comb to find a tiny piece of black plastic, but it's saved me almost £50 for a frame and having to dismantle the heli.
I'm feeling quite positive after this crash. The heli is built really well, I'm rebuilding it myself and getting to know it, and all the servos survived.


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 07:00

Corby and Distict Model Flying Club

RichardV

8 flights

Went out early with Dean to the Corby club. Got some good flights practising for F3N, but then I had a mechanical failure. One of the balls on a servo arm unscrewed itself. I guess the crash a few weeks ago loosened the loctite and the ball just worked its way out. Lots of broken bits, can't be arsed to figure it all out just yet.


Sat, 9 Apr 2016 12:00

Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

7 flights

Was supposed to be an early start with Gary and Dean, but I had to go into work for a while. Had a couple of flights at LMAC with Dean, but it got a bit full, so we went to Larcs. Flew a bit until the rain came. Might go to Corby club tomorrow.


Fri, 8 Apr 2016 18:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights

Worked late plus no batteries ready meant just a few quick flights. Lovely weather.


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