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From Thu, 1 Jun 2017 for RichardV at Leicester Model Aero Club

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.


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

9 flights

Nice summer evening of flying.


Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

12 flights


Sat, 8 Apr 2017 08:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

25 flights



Fri, 7 Apr 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights



Fri, 7 Apr 2017 13:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Lunchtime sesh in the sun. The new moves are coming on nicely.


Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

18 flights

Took a half-day and went flying. Windy and cold, but good visibility.


Wed, 5 Apr 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

8 flights

Windy, made for some interesting practice.


Tue, 4 Apr 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Dark skies


Mon, 3 Apr 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

9 flights

Summer evening of flying 👍


Sun, 2 Apr 2017 13:00

MK Heli Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

28 flights

The plan was to drive to Charmouth before the sun came up, but I heard that it was pretty empty on the previous day and that on Sundays everyone disappears after the lunchtime raffle anyway. A 6 hour drive for a few hours of flying suddenly didn't seem very appealing at 4 in the morning, so I went back to sleep.

Had a few flights at Gumley before taking lunch and going off to MK. Ended up having a fantastic afternoon. After a few flights Duncan (and Wayne) turned up, and Woods and I alternated flights with him most of the afternoon. He has a couple of moves that he uses a lot, and I've never been able to figure out exactly what they are, but I started getting a handle on it towards the end.

I finished up as the sun was going down on 28 flights for the day, almost 60 for the weekend. Very happy I didn't go to Charmouth, it couldn't have turned out better. Wayne also confirmed that the bearings were going in the motor, so I need to sort that out this week.


Sat, 1 Apr 2017 07:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

31 flights

A long, windy day at MK with Tish and the 2 Mikes. The grey skies didn't make it easy, and I almost smashed it into the ground at one point, before blindly reversing the pitch and fortunately having it stop 2 foot short of burying itself.
Also, I almost auto'd it into myself when the wind pushed it down and caught me out. Finished at around 6. Could have stayed longer, but I was mentally done.


Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights


Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights


Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Area Radio Control Society Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

14 flights

Gumley first thing until I realised I was supposed to meet Marc at Larcs. Had a BBQ for lunch and watched Matt put a few good flights in. It got busy after a while, which was nice to see, but not really my thing. Back to Gumly for a few cups of tea and a bit more flying.


Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

21 flights

Tried 6S on the B machine which actually turned out pretty good. 8 minute flights of gentle 3D at 1140 RPM, will definately try that again on a less windy day.
Had a cell go one one of the Zippys, so had to dispose of that pack. I got over 150 decent flights out of it though.
Felt very disconnected on the initial flights after 2 weeks of not flying, but got back into into after the slow flights.


Sun, 12 Mar 2017 13:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

13 flights

Raining in the morning so took the opportunity to change the front TT gearbox and auto-rotation gears. The rain stopped after lunch and I made it to Gumley just after one o'clock. Only a handful of people around, and they left early, so I had the field to myself for the afternoon. Worked on some weaknesses and had a bit of a chinwag with a few visitors.


Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

24 flights

The flying is coming on nicely. Worked on some low piro flipping and did the usual messing around. I tried a couple of the F3N sets but it was just horrible. I need to spend some time on setup to get it right.
I flew Phil's 470L which was actually pretty good. The skid angle was immediately obvious after takeoff but not noticable in flight. The canopy is pretty wide which makes it quite easy to orient. I've changed my mind and I think they're pretty good, although for new stuff I think the speed and visibility could make it harder than learning on a 700.


Sat, 4 Mar 2017 07:45

MK Heli Club

RichardV

21 flights

Woke up later than I wanted but made it to the field by 7:40. Had the keys for the genny which was nice. Spent the morning exchanging flights with Bob before everyone else arrived.
The flying was OK. I don't have any goals for the year and the flying seems to reflect that. Mostly just messing around. not doing anything in particular. I really need to get my arse in gear.


Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Area Radio Control Society Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

16 flights

Went to Larcs but decided it was too cold/windy to hang around in the open so drove through to Gumley. Had a few flights before it got busy and I went back to Larcs. Quite a few around and they had a BBQ. Stayed for a few hours until everyone packed up and I went back to Gumley for a few more.


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