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From Sun, 1 Oct 2017 for RichardV

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:35

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights

A nice session with blue skies and light wind. I had a eureka moment with the PWR when I realised why it had scored low and why DO does them different to me. I had thought it was a style thing, but I've realised I was just doing them wrong.


Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:30

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

RichardV

19 flights

Gumley first, too busy. Larcs for a bit until it was time to get some lunch and get down to MK. It turned out to be a really nice session with the Daves. First a bit of work on SM for next year and then some rolling stuff.
Home for the F1 and then started putting some music together for next year's FTM.


Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:00

3D Champs, Loughborough

RichardV

2 flights


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club 3D Champs, Loughborough

RichardV

23 flights

2 Early flights at Gumley to check the rebuild and also make sure the genny was OK before I drove through to Loughborough for the 3D Champs funfly. Initially it was a bit rubbish, with the rain, and carpark being a long way from the flightline. I didn't have any cover, so I just had to hide until the rain disappeared enough to get the table, genny and chargers set up. After that it went really well, got to fly with George and the blokes from WHFC. Met atomiccomp and Maria.


Sat, 9 Sep 2017 07:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

32 flights

A long day at MK. I had intended to got to Jason's funfly in North Notts, but the forecast showed rain all day there and clear at MK for the morning. I didn't expect to be long so didn't bother taking lunch.
Woods was already there. He had a few flights and then crashed both his Goblins. Not much damage, but enough to end his day early.
I flew almost non-stop, getting some good practice in.
Having been at the field for 10 hours with no food, I got a bit tired, which turned out to be a problem. During a rolling auto, I just didn't have enough headspeed to complete it and the heli hit the deck. Not too hard, but enough to break the skids, blades, boom and a blade grip arm. It'll be a relatively cheap/quick fix, but shouldn't have happened.
At least tomorrow is too wet n windy for flying, so it's a build day for me.


Fri, 8 Sep 2017 00:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights


Wed, 6 Sep 2017 18:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

Picked Tom up for some evening flying. I'm getting more confident in the dark, which is always dangerous. All the new moves I'm working on are taking a chunk out of my flight time. I think I was ending up just over 4 minutes on most of them.


Tue, 5 Sep 2017 18:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

A few flights after replacing the links last night.


Sun, 3 Sep 2017 11:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

She flies! Changed all the servos this morning and took her out for a tentative few flights. The trims are out and it's a bit whippy in left piros, but everything else is just as it was. I'll have to do one of those long days at the field where I redo all the trims and optimisations.


Sat, 2 Sep 2017 09:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

22 flights

Arrived late, got a few flights in before starting the search for Andy's heli and getting scratched up.

The flying went well and I got some new moves down. Duncan came out later to get some practice for 3D champs, which was nice to watch. I also got to ask him about some of the moves. I don't think I'll being doing the Champs this year but it's good information.

Towards the end of the day, I had a complete lockout coming out of a loop and the heli went nose-first into the rough before I had a chance to do anything. I hit TH to stop any further damage and strangely the heli lifted up above the long stuff and then dropped back again. The radio then started giving low Rx voltage warnings, so I assumed I'd had some sort of low voltage reset. The blades were folded back but I couldn't see any signs of damage. The log only showed low voltage warnings after TH which explained why I never got any warnings in flight, but didn't explain the lockout. After still not finding any damage, I found the rear cyclic servo was completely solid. I had the feeling I was able to level the heli with aileron but elevator had no effect for that half-second before it went in, so I'm pretty sure that's the culprit.

So amazingly, after hitting the deck at speed and full RPM, the scrub slowed the heli down enough to not cause any damage beyond a few cracks in the canopy. I'm pretty happy with that.


Fri, 1 Sep 2017 12:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

8 flights

The forecast for this evening looked dire so I went for a quick lunchtime session. Quite a few fixed-wingers around but they normally vacate the flight-line when I go up. Completely unnecessary of course, but it's nice to have a clear space to fly in anyway.
Went back after work for a few more flights with Tom and Rob.


Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:45

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

9 flights

It was raining when I left work but, as the evenings are getting shorter, I had to take a chance it would get better. By the time I charged up, checked the heli over and had a cup of tea, the clouds had gone and the wind had died.
It turned out to be a really chilled session, lots of rolling and drills.


Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

3 flights

Finished changing the dampers in the head and had time to get out to the field for some test flights.


Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00

RichardV

0 flights

Started maintenance on the A machine. Replaced the main gear, main shaft, main shaft lower bearing and swapped the tail box with the barely used one from Dean's airframe. The front TT unit had been changed on Monday, so left that alone.
Still to change the dampers in the head and then she'll be ready for some more flying.


Mon, 28 Aug 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

27 flights

Decided to skip MK as I wasn't up for the drive. I stayed local which turned out to be fortunate, as my front TT gears stripped after a few flights and I had to go home to get a replacement.
Spent 11 hours at the field. It was fairly windy but the sun and warmth was fantastic. Finished up as the sun was going down.


Sun, 27 Aug 2017 07:30

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

RichardV

19 flights

Up early to take Alan fixed wing flying, then to Gumley for him to check the club out. Home for lunch and back to Larcs. Was supposed to go to the Nats but couldn't face an hour in the car with such decent weather. Went back to Gumley instead and flew until sundown. Home for some of the F1 and the chaos of some visiting friends and their kids.
The heli is starting to sound a bit ragged and the main gear teeth look a bit thin. One more day of flying and I need to start replacing parts.


Sat, 26 Aug 2017 07:30

MK Heli Club

RichardV

35 flights

I was aiming to be there really early, but got delayed a bit. I didn't miss anything because the drizzle only stopped at about 8 anyway. From there on it was endless flying for me. Quite a few people were out, including Baz who took his 700n out for a bit. I don't do nitro, but I can appreciate it when people know how to get it working Andy did over 2 hours on his 600n and that engine just goes flight after flight.
Alessio had his 700x go in after one of his servo screws came out in flight. It's not a bad crash, mostly boom, should be a quick fix.
After 2 weeks of struggling with weak side piro rainbows, it finally came together today, and I couldn't get enough of them, I think I flew more of right rudder piros than anything else.
Eventually it was just myself and David until it got to grey for me to fly any more. Home for a adult bev and a bit of F1 qualis. Perfect day!


Fri, 25 Aug 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

7 flights


Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

9 flights


Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights


Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

8 flights

Grey with occasional bright bits. The flies were a pain though. Kept landing on my head at the wrong time. Almost stripped a tail gear putting it down too quickly at one point.


Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club MK Heli Club

RichardV

27 flights

I wanted to watch Matt practice for the 3D Champs, but he wasn't around so I skipped Larcs and went to Gumley for the morning. Then off to MK for the afternoon and some flying with Mike and the Daves. Rain set in earlier than expected but not a bad day.


Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

8 flights

A quick blast with Scott in the morning before the wind picked up. Then home to service the genny and replace the motor on the A machine. A few more flights in the evening as the wind dropped.


Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

9 flights

Windy when I arrived so did some cleaning and checking while I waited for it to drop. Turned out to be a lovely evening for it, even found a blackberry bush to munch on.


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

9 flights

Decent evening of flying with Tom. Last flight of the day and I was messing around with autos. I did an inverted delayed bailout, and flicked the switch the wrong way, thereby cutting the motor instead of powering it up. I flicked it back immediately but fast spool-up had been cancelled and I knew I couldn't save it. It plopped onto the grass inverted and fell over. After a brief checkover, it was flying again. The boom had shifted up a few mm, but that was fixed easily enough, so I'm not counting it as a crash. Lucky escape!


Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

A couple of flights in the murk and occasional drizzle. Tom was doing some range testing after his 1.5k Typhoon crash yesterday.


Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:00

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

RichardV

19 flights

Larcs first to get some heli flights in before 9 o'clock. Then to Gumley for gala day and some fixed wing flying. Was hoping to get some of the BBQ and then go to MK, but the food was taking too long so I ended up going without.
A nice session at MK with Mike and the 2 Daves. I finished flying at 6 because of the dark skies, but stayed another hour to fly the Dave's helis and fiddle with their settings.


Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

31 flights

Got to MK by 7 and flew for 2 hours before Bob and others started arriving. Got to listen to Andy's interesting observations on IRCHA. Gary put his Logo into the ground in a big way. It almost reached my car and Allessio had to run from a blade that went spinning off. Only a few minutes later Andy had a lockout and crashed his nitro 600. Not too bad, but Gary's is a rekit.
Got loads of flying in, had a nap around 5 0'clock and left at 6. Great day and banter with Bob, Mike and everyone else.


Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

5 flights

Nice evening for flying. Would have stayed longer but there were a few fixies getting in the way.


Mon, 7 Aug 2017 18:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

6 flights

The forecast for the next 3 days was rain, so naturally I storage charged the packs this morning. Of course this evening turned out to be flyable, which meant a mad rush to pick Tom up and charge everything on one charger.
No wind meant lots of midges and spiders but nice to be out anyway.


Sun, 6 Aug 2017 07:00

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

RichardV

21 flights

Up early at Larcs. Was intending to stay a while but the genny died and refused to start again. Went to Gumley for a couple of hours before it got too busy. Went through to MK and had a great afternoon. It was pretty windy, but I think I'm getting better and the wind doesn't seem to affect me as much.
Sold a PSU and charger to David, so I need to order a 2nd iCharger.


Sat, 5 Aug 2017 07:00

MK Heli Club

RichardV

25 flights

Went out to MK early to get some flying in before the rain arrived. Did some work with Mike on getting his B. Was going nicely until the rain arrived. Went home for lunch, and then on to Gumley for a few more flights under blue skies.


Fri, 4 Aug 2017 17:20

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

12 flights

A summer evening of barefoot flying.


Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

8 flights

Evening flying with Tom. The dampers were completely shot, making clicking noises, so I replaced the head with one I'd just serviced. There's still some bearing noise but I have the replacement motor back from Align, just need to install it and check everything.


Sun, 30 Jul 2017 07:00

Leicester Area Radio Control Society Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

22 flights

Rain forecast for the afternoon so I got down to Larcs at 7. Lovely blue skies and warm enough. Cleaned the shed out a bit between flights. Once we get rid of the cobwebs and rubbish, it'll be a decent place to hide from the elements.
The weather seemed to hold, so after lunch I went to Gumley until the wind got too strong.
A pretty good day of flying considering the forecast was so bad.


Sat, 29 Jul 2017 08:30

Leicester Model Aero Club Alcester Helicopter Club

RichardV

20 flights

Gumley first to make sure the heli flies and genny works. Then through to Alcester to fly with Dave and Ian. It's a very nice wide field with the sun and wind from behind all day. It'll make a pretty good competition field for F3N.


Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

14 flights

Forecast was for rain all day with a few gaps. Ended up going back and forth 3 times and got some decent flying in.


Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:00

Leicester Area Radio Control Society Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

18 flights

Not a very good forecast so decided to stay local. Went to Larcs for an early session before meeting Gary at Gumley. Had a great morning flying with him and the usual fixie group. He managed to smoke a Turnigy pack while putting it into the Logo. Never seen one go up like that before.
Eventually the rain arrived and we called it a day.


Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

11 flights

A bit of evening flying after work.


Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Grey skies and windy. Batteries all at storage.


Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

8 flights

A summer evening of flying after work. Got another set of packs from Tom and finally ditched the yellow Zippys with over 500 flights.


Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

24 flights

Prepared the car to go to WHFC the previous evening, but just didn't feel like the drive when I woke up.
Went to LMAC and spent the morning with Scott and Kev. With all the other members having gone to RIAT, it was just us swapping flights and having a laugh. Eventually it was time to go to MK, but I couldn't be bothered with packing up and driving all that way while Gumley was empty.
Eventually a bit of drizzle came in and I took a break to watch the F1.
Went back to Gumley afterwards for a fantastic evening of flying on my own.


Sat, 15 Jul 2017 08:00

Leicester Model Aero Club Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

18 flights

Was supposed to go to WHFC funfly, but with a variable forecast of wind and rain I decided to stay local. A good thing as after 3 flights the rain came down and I packed up. Went home to watch the Qualis and try and figure out the FTM. It's taking more practice than any of my other rounds and will probably be the one I drop, so it's pretty frustrating.
Went out in the afternoon and took the laptop onto the flightline. Played all the music I've gathered just to see what worked and felt good to fly to. Might do the same again tomorrow just to see if it still works.


Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

10 flights


Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:40

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Was enjoying a lovely evening of flying before they decided to mow the grass 😠


Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

4 flights

Hadn't planned to fly, but Tom was up for it.
I got to abuse one of his 75C desire packs. The ESC was just about thermaling but the pack wasn't remotely warm. Too much pack for me though, the 35s are enough.
No real practice, just messing around in the grey sky.


Sun, 9 Jul 2017 09:00

Leicester Model Aero Club MK Heli Club

RichardV

20 flights

Started off at Gumley. It never really got busy so I stayed until it was time to go to MK.
Efforts were made to retrieve Mike's Goblin bits from the tree using his gaffer taped waggler.
DO showed up later and we had a good conversation about set manoeuvres. He's still miles ahead of me, but at least I'm at a level where can speak about the same moves.
My FS routine is pretty much down. I need to refine some of the transitions, but at least I'm ready to move onto the new FTM.


Sat, 8 Jul 2017 08:00

Central Model Helicopter Club MK Heli Club

RichardV

12 flights

A long morning doing BMFA tests at CMHC. Then through to MK for some SM and FS practice. Got to watch Duncan doing his prep for the World Champs and pick up some tips from him and Wayne. DavidS and I did some practice calling together. Hopefully we can make it a regular thing.
Mike put his Goblin in the big tree (again?) He managed to knock the body out but the canopy and boom are still up there.
Home at 8 for F1 qualifying.


Tue, 4 Jul 2017 18:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

7 flights

Picked Thomas up after work and went for an evening fly. Tested out some of the new FS routine and tried some new interesting moves. Lovely evening, heli felt really connected.


Mon, 3 Jul 2017 18:00

Leicester Model Aero Club

RichardV

7 flights

Wasn't planning to fly but the lure of the sun and warmth was too much. Off to the flying field after work before I realised I'd left the radio at home. Went back and got it, had some nice flying barefoot and in shorts in the sun. Made some changes to the F3N freestyle routine. Gonna get it bedded in well before the next comp.


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