Fri, 15 May 2015 10:05 10:05

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Gary Townsend

(4-7 mph) Light breeze

Mikado Logo 550SX
3 flights
Avg. flight time 00:05:00
Goblin 700 Competition
2 flights
Avg. flight time 00:04:30

A great 1st flight (maiden) for Clare on her Goblin 570. It flew really well from the moment it lifted off the ground. No wobbles at all, and very smooth. She really liked it and was feeling quite comfortable hovering around covering some ground. One of the main blades was a little too loose after the first flight to be able to spool up again without it folding back, and I didn't have the Allen key, but although it was just one flight, it couldn't have gone any better.

My new 15 tooth pinion on the Logo is allowing me to govern the rpm at about 2300 with sufficient head room, but I was mostly flying at about 2250, and I will be doing a mixture of 2100 to 2300 in the long run I think. So I'm pleased with that. Flying wise I didn't really try anything interesting.

The Goblin 700 is no longer showing the significant cyclic wobbles it had last time, probably because I've lowered the cyclic gain from 90 down to 70, which is what it was set to before the rebuild, 70 that is. My head speeds are approximately 1850 Normal, ST1 1900, ST2 2050, and ST3 2150 (80% Throttle). There is some wobbling under approximately 2000 rpm (a bit of tail bobbing, and a bit of slow wag), which perhaps the gains might help (I'll have to set each VBar bank accordingly), or else taking the shims out of the head dampening. I managed to do some really quite good paint stirrers with it, as good as my sim efforts, and Clare was impressed :)

Overall quite a nice session. There's an event at CMHC next weekend and some of the glider pilots are starting to position their equipment from today, which will be in area Zone B. Two very nice gentlemen, one mowing the whole field and one setting up the perimeter, kindly came over and spoke with us, and we had a nice chat. They told us they would leave where we were flying until as late as possible to allow us to continue flying :) Dudes or what ;)

OH Yes, I forgot my sunglasses, which made it difficult on a bright day like today. So I'm off out to try some on so that I'll have a few pairs, some of which will live in my car B|


RichardV on Fri, 15 May 2015 13:55
Nice, good for her.
I've got 2 pairs of sunglasses, one of which lives in the car for such emergencies :)
Gary Townsend on Fri, 15 May 2015 13:59
That's my conclusion too.
Gary Townsend on Fri, 15 May 2015 15:10
I've ordered some Rapid ones.
RichardV on Fri, 15 May 2015 15:11
Cool. I've always wondered if those would fit my big nose. Might have to try them on :)
Gary Townsend on Fri, 15 May 2015 15:18
They do a few different frame styles. If the first ones I try are an unluckily bad fit, then you have up to 14 days to return them, which means I suppose you could just order another set from their range.

Don't worry about your big nose, I'm sure when you try them you'll find a way to fit them over it :)

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