RC planes ... to full-scale

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by Peter Ha, Apr 11, 2020.

  1. Peter Ha

    Peter Ha Pre-takeoff checklist

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    That's cool.
    I'd be too afraid of off-airport landing on glider. Guess you're trained to have enough altitude and thermals to reach your destination?
     
  2. Bill Watson

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    Well, not exactly. Off field landings are part of the cross country racing sport. Training for it is a bit difficult in the US because no one will rent a glider for training and most clubs don’t do it. So you have to own and then go teach yourself.

    I have almost 50 of them logged. It’s kind of fun most of the time but in a race, it’s not the path to winning.

    Sailplanes with sustainer engines or self launchers have become popular I’m told.


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  3. Jeremy Billeaudeaux

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    I know from having my PPG, that soaring is indeed so much fun. DLG is a blast, and its so incredible as soaring pilots we recognize even the smallest bubble. So challenging to maintain efficient and coordinated circles @ 10' above the ground for minutes with the sudden cannonball blowing through taking the little 7oz glider to speck height. A blast, and enjoyable. I spend many many summer mornings in a tremendous park by my house all by myself barefoot chasing those little bubbles.
     
  4. Brad Smith

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    Thanks for the update on Fermin. It's very sad that the Ranger is on a power trip. Years ago I was harassed for being on the ocean side of the retaining wall. It was taking me more time than the Ranger thought was necessary to land my "toy plane" and he was getting a bit heated. Fermin, as you know, is not the place where you can say OK! and land it immediately as it requires a bit of planning. I guess I'm not missing much at Fermin these days.
     
  5. Pugs

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    What a pain in the butt. No, not the 6 whole screws it takes to put together but finding out the DSM transmitter I've been happily using for a decade is no longer supported. So, new transmitter. Then apparently you're supposed to use some sort of zen-like force to understand of the 6 wires coming out of the wing which go to what in the fuselage. To be fair, the flaps were labeled but not the retracts or ailerons.

    Then the Y harness that came with it was bad. Horizon Hobbies may be the worst customer service I've ever dealt with. An hour waiting on tech support, an hour on sales and no answer. By the way "use our chat service" Um, you do know there is no link to chat on your website? How in the hell can you not do phone tech or sales from home today? Finally e-mailed them and in typical fashion got a generic e-mail back and they shipped me a new one. It arrived yesterday evening while I was out actually flying and getting some approaches in.

    So, all set to go out this week.

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  6. Peter Ha

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    Nice! Share maiden flight video?
     
  7. Aviatorbrew

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    Planes from flitetest.com
    Made from dollar tree foamboard
     

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    Based on your recommendation, I bought one. Actually, the V911S https://usa.banggood.com/WLtoys-V91...&ad_id=395572890419&ID=47003&cur_warehouse=CN

    It's a lot of fun. Easy to fly, difficult to fly well, so it will keep me amused for quite awhile, I'm sure. I'm amazed that it's possible to get a 4 channel, gyro-stabilized helicopter with radio for under $50 (I bought a bundle with extra battery packs and added a few other spare parts as well, and still came in at $75 or so. The manual is mostly an incomprehensible translation from the Chinese, but the illustrations show you most of what you need to know.

    It's a marvel of miniaturization; the helicopter only weighs two ounces and appears extremely fragile, but the light weight does a good job of keeping things from breaking. I've only got about 30 minutes of stick time thus far, so most of my flights still end when I let it get too far away to tell how it is oriented, and I chop the throttle before I lose it in the trees. Over grass, I don't think it's possible to hurt the thing.
     
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