All Sessions

From Mon, 1 May 2017 for RichardV at Leicester Model Aero Club

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.


Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

25 flights


Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Area Radio Control Society

RichardV

4 flights


Sat, 4 Feb 2017 09:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

23 flights


Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

2 flights

Had a half-day, but the fog never lifted. Got a flight on A and also maidened the new B after a blades-off check on the ground.


Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:00

Leicester Area Radio Control Society Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

17 flights

Started at Larcs in the frost, on my own for a few hours. Went for lunch and then on to MK. Just 4 of us flying in the sun. Not sure where everyone was, the weather was great.


Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

14 flights

Misty, then blue skies and sun, followed by grey and dark. Had a pretty good session, but the cold just went through me, even with the mitt and thermals. Sunday should be better.
Oh, finally got rid of the old Opti 30 pack. I haven't used it for a while, tried it today and was getting sag within the first minute.


Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00

RichardV

0 flights

Raining all day, so another setup session to get ready for the week. Reworked the head links on the A to get a purer setup. Double-checked everything on the B and made some changes to the tail links and setup. Updated all the settings from the NEOs into the spreadsheet. Also ordered some thrust bearings, dampers and turnbuckles from Align Trex.


Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:00

RichardV

0 flights

Awful forecast, so a maintenance day for me. First I finished the discharger. Then I retired the orange Yak and moved the Rx to the blue one.
I thought I had a wonky swash on the A but it turned out to be a bent mainshaft. Also found the main grips didn't rotate freely. I opened them up and the thrust bearing cages had turned to iron fillings. Replaced those and it all seems good again. It will be interesting to see if I get more out of the Rx pack now.
Raining all day tomorrow, so will finish setup on the B. Hopefully some mid-week flying next week.


Sun, 8 Jan 2017 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club MK Heli Club

RichardV

15 flights

Started off at LMAC. Was a bit busy with planes, left early.
Wasn't sure where to go after that. Felt like a bit of company but still with opportunity to fly big, so made the drive through to MK. Turned out to be perfect. Sun was out, fairly warm and no wind. Just myself, Dave and Phil flying helis. Flew Kev's quad again and crashed it. Good session.


Sat, 7 Jan 2017 08:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

18 flights

Met Paz in the morning at MK. Hoped he could get to see some of our better fliers but no-one arrived for ages.
After a week of sim instead of IRL flying, I struggled to get connected to the heli. It worked itself out after almost 10 flights and I got the connection back and then I felt I'd got a nice progression for the week.
Drizzled lightly most of the day, not a great session.


Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:00

Central Model Helicopter Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

11 flights

Decided to try CMHC in the morning. Nice to see everyone again but flying with the sun in the wrong place isn't very easy.

Went for lunch and then went on to LMAC. Was on my own for a few hours, but what a pleasure flying with the sun from behind and a having a heated shed to hide in.


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.


Previous Sessions


Suggest an update to this page.