Goblin 570

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Gary Townsend

Helicopter

SAB Heli Division

Goblin 570

8 flights, 0.67 hours flying time, 0 crashes

8 flights, 0.67 hours flying time, 0 crashes

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Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00
BMFA Buckminster
5 flights
Next year I'm going to adjust my talking VS flying ratio so that I have at least two flights per hour. That would have meant 14 flights today because I was there for 7 hours. There's no excuse for me other than great company and me failing to control my desire to talk. It's a wonderful flying site and I had plenty of opportunity to fly, perhaps even 3 to 4 flights an hour if I'd capitalised on the relatively low turnout no doubt due to the bitter cold weather, especially cold for the first couple of hours with ice still on the ground.

The conversations got interesting today and for a time we were talking about curries and flatulence. A very nice gentleman called Lee even provided us with numerous demonstrations; what a great heli pilot he is too :)

P.S. The 2nd flight attempt of my Logo didn't happen after it failed to spool up. It span a couple of times and then died, but I'm almost certain I remember the servos still operated as I carried it back to the bench to unplug and reboot. Anyway after plugging it back in, even the VBar didn't power up, no lights, simply nothing. So I guess it's most likely my Kontronik Jive that's stopped working, but I won't know until I've tested it of course.

Update: I've checked and the VBar works fine powered by a 4 cell battery. The ESC is completely dead, although it still does the sparking thing when first plugged in which is as expected, so why did it die after 3 to 4 years consisting of a few hundred flights, none particularly hard because it has a relatively gentle setup. If they can repair it for a decent price I'll get it fixed, otherwise I might consider another make. To test it I simply unplugged the lead from the ESC and connected the battery by using the two male plugs of a 'Y' lead, so it isn't a short circuit in the wiring.
Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:10
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
After much consideration chatting on Facebook about the weather, we couldn't decide on Saturday or Sunday. The choice according to the BBC forecast was either today with the risk of the rain running into midmorning, thick cloud, but very low wind, or tomorrow with beautiful sunshine predicted but much more wind and lower temperatures. Well today it was and we made the right choice. We did get thick cloud for a while but overall the sky was very pleasant.

Bryan Evans! This young man learns too fast. Just his fourth session flying his Blade 360 CFX (2 bladed version) and he's hovering inverted, doing rolls, stall turns, all with good stability and control. I told him when he left not to get any better LOL :) How good could he be in a year from now, something to look forward to seeing.

We all love our better halves of course, but sometimes I wish we weren't so under the thumb, even just for 1 whole day :) Neale and myself were just getting fired up after only 3 to 4 flights each, increasing the RPM and generally speeding up our flying, and then it's time to go. Even so what a great session, wonderful company and excellent flying all around.
Sat, 30 Sep 2017 09:00
BMFA Buckminster
1 flights
A long day at the BMFA Buckminster flying site today, my 1st ever session there.

It's a fantastic flying area with the sun directly to the back of you as you fly. The flight-line was busy, roughly equal numbers of planks and egg whisks, and socially it seemed to work perfectly with nonstop flying as we took it in turns, and some good chat as well.

I'm too tired to waffle on 😃 and I only had about 3 to 4 hours sleep last night, but even so I enjoyed flying a lot and was still able to concentrate pretty good. My only disappointment was my attempt at flipping circuits which I can do on the sim, and a bit at the field, but once flying into wind I couldn't keep it going, kind of not enough power it felt like, but also if the timing was just even slightly out whilst trying it into wind, it ballooned upwards very easily.
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:45
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
Awesome! What a fantastic day.

I arrived expecting to fly in the usual spot but there were activities about to start involving a full-size heli, so perhaps heli rides or something like that.

After a good old chat in the café we made our way down the far end to fly, thankfully the sun (directly in front of us) was nicely obscured all morning. The cloud thinned at around midday and for the following two hours the sun was about half visible, nothing sunglasses didn't fix though.

The sky was quite busy with several gliders taking off and a few passing planes, but we had 4 spotters constantly looking out for traffic, so absolutely no problem whatsoever, and really nice to see them too as they flew by in front of us.

The Goblin 570 had its 2nd ever flight, or 1st really considering its only ever time in the air before now was just myself buddying Clare for a practice hovering around flight. Anyway it flies superb and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the Logo, but I didn't want to push my luck as I was feeling adventurous, so after only 1 flight I just left it standing pretty in the pits.

My friend Max admiring my Corned Beef sandwiches.


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